Our Board of Directors

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David Mansouri

Director, Advocacy and Communications, TN SCORE

As Director of Advocacy and Communications at SCORE, a non-profit founded by former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Mr. Mansouri  manages the non-profit’s communications shop and advocacy initiatives.  SCORE collaboratively supports Tennessee’s work to prepare students for college and the workforce with the goal that every student graduates high school prepared for college and career.  Previously working with the RJD Group, a public relations and political consulting firm, Mr. Mansouri provided clients and candidates with campaign consulting, issue advocacy work, and public affairs and communications strategy guidance. A Tennessee native, Mr. Mansouri earned a BA from Rice University and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.


Christian Paro

Owner/CEO, Center615

In 2005, he moved to Nashville from New York City to do real estate investment full-time. Once in Nashville, Paro began flipping and wholesaling homes with a business partner, which he quickly realized was not his forte. In 2007, he started Paro South LLC, moved to East Nashville and began purchasing single-family homes as part of a long-term, buy and hold investment strategy. He has since expanded his investments in the renovations and management of 1701 Fatherland, 625 Main Street, Center 615, and many more properties. In December 2014, Paro purchased 272, 276 and 278 Broadmoor Dr. It is a 17-acre property situated across the street from Maplewood High School in Inglewood. 272 Broadmoor is currently being renovated to be “Studio 615”, a film and photography studio that will be a joint venture between Center 615 and Make it Pop Creations, one of Paro’s long-term tenants. 276 Broadmoor is occupied by Coburn’s Exclusive, a custom metal fabrication shop. 288 represents the rest of the 15 acres and will eventually be turned into a community of small, affordable housing units.



Jane Meneely

Operations Manager, PICA

As a proud graduate of MNPS, Nashville Emerging Leaders and the Young Leaders Council, Ms. Meneely understands the importance of a high quality public education and civic engagement. After spending two years as a Finance Business Analyst at PICA, managing Sarbanes-Oxley and tax filings for multiple companies, she switched back to her passion for Operations. As Operations Manager, Ms. Meneely is responsible for streamlining company-wide operations while also providing training and resources to all departments. Before working at PICA, she served as Metropolitan Educational Access Corporation Board Chair, Nashville Emerging Leaders Board member and worked as Mayor Karl Dean’s Scheduling Director, addressing community needs within a high priority, fast-paced environment. Ms. Meneely earned a BA from Stephens College.

Marcus Williamson   

Senior Director, Operations, Southwind

Mr. Williamson is a professional with 23+ years of experience in surgical facilities, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Prior to working at Southwind, Mr. Williamson served as the Director of Operations for AmSurg Corp., a Nashville based owner and operator of outpatient surgical facilities where he was responsible for partnership board governance, acquisition due diligence, strategic planning, as well as leadership training and development.

Mr. Williamson’s  projects  included  growth  within  challenging national markets and he spent 9+ years working specifically with physician practice partnerships at AmSurg. Mr. Williamson has also served in director roles with Prudential HealthCare, Cigna, Focus HealthCare and United HealthCare with a concentration in physician services, network development and executive level contract negotiation, and he brings vast management experience, governance, and finance experience.


Miranda Christy

Attorney, Stites & Harbison

Miranda Christy joined Stites & Harbison in 2006 and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Service Group.  Her practice focuses largely on banking, including documentation of syndicated credit facilities, agent-administered loans, the sale and trade of loans, asset-based loans, real estate financing, non-profit and charitable credit facilities, and credit facilities extended to a wide array of businesses. She has been named a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers and was selected as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2013. Ms. Christy is actively involved with a number of organizations in the Nashville community.  For the last two years she has been a member of the Charter School Application Review Committee for Metro Nashville Public Schools, and in 2012, she led a review team throughout the application process. She is a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and also mentors ninth graders at Cane Ridge High School as part of a PENCIL Foundation program geared toward assisting students with exploring post-secondary education options and career paths and preparing for their future after high school. Ms. Christy earned a B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College, a Masters of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Univeristy and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee’s Law School, where she edited the Law Review.


Dawn Cornelius

Co-Founder, 1907 Productions

Dawn is a Nashville native and Nashville Classical parent. Today, she uses more than twenty years of professional ministry and marketing experience to disrupt the status quo. Named by Nashpreneur, as one of Nashville’s 19 “Superhero Entrepreneurs,” Dawn was a marketing and publishing executive for more than two decades before leaving her management position in 2012 to found 1907 Apparel, a philanthropic retail store that in its first six months contributed thousands to literacy, poverty, hunger, and adoption campaigns in the Nashville area with impact around the globe.

Her speaking career has carried her to churches and organizations around the world to share her remarkable message of faith and endurance. She is currently publishing a book about her life and the movement she believes is changing the world.


Don Hardin Jr.

Owner, Don Hardin Group

Don Hardin is the owner of the Don Hardin Group, which provides project management and construction management across Nashville by managing architects, engineers and contractors on the Owner’s behalf. The Don Hardin Group is also a licensed general contractor, and their clients include the city of Nashville, The National Museum of African American Music, MARTA (Atlanta), Meharry Medical College, HCA, Nissan North America, Bridgestone/Firestone North America, TVA, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Quanta Manufacturing, Vanderbilt University and many other regional medical, educational and manufacturing clients.

Mr. Hardin is a graduate of Tennessee State University and has served on commissions and boards including the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Green Hills YMCA.


Mike Lovett

Independent Business Advisor

Mike Lovett is currently a Mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and a Board Member at the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

Mr. Lovett retired from Ingram Industries in August 2009 after a career with Ingram spanning nearly 25 years. At the time of his retirement, he was President and CEO of Ingram Digital. He had previously been President and CEO of Ingram Digital Ventures, a predecessor company, from its founding in 2005. He was President and CEO of Ingram Book Group from 1997 – 2004. Prior to this, he had been CEO of Ingram Library Services, Ingram International and Ingram Periodicals, all companies within the Book Group, from 1995-1997. He was CFO of Ingram Book Group from 1990-1996, after holding various executive financial positions at Ingram Industries.

He holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Management degree from The University of Arkansas. Before joining Ingram, he was a CPA with a major accounting firm and served in the U.S. Air Force.


Lolita Toney 

President, Ivy Recruiting and Consulting

Ms. Toney comes to the Nashville Classical Board of Directors having built a successful career in higher education, working in community relations and fund-raising positions at Meharry Medical College, Belmont University, Tennessee State University and Fisk University. Most recently, Ms. Toney was Managing Director at a local recruiting firm, where she focused on executive searches for government, education and non-profit organizations and middle management technical recruiting. Her prior board experience includes serving as President of CABLE, Chair of Nashville Cares, and as a member of the leadership team for Leadership Nashville. Ms. Toney earned a BA and MBA from Nashville’s Trevecca Nazarene University.

Rebecca Ayer   

Senior Executive Advisor, Jarrard Inc.

Ms. Ayer has nearly fifteen years of strategic communications experience in corporate, agency and government environments. Prior to joining CHS, she served as senior-level communications advisor for a boutique healthcare public affairs firm where she advised healthcare executives, board members and communication leaders as they navigated high-stakes issues and opportunities. Prior to that, Ms. Ayer served as vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations firm. She has held several communications and public affairs positions in state and federal government.

Ms. Ayer earned her master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.