East Nashville Hope Exchange Board of Directors
as of January 2023
Sonia Jennings Boss (President) is a founding member of Boss Fisher, PLLC; a boutique family law firm located in Mt. Juliet, TN. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology, a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction at the elementary school level, and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law. Outside of practicing law and volunteering, Sonia enjoys pretty much all sports, live music, and hanging out with her husband (Brian) and dog (Gunther).
Shonia Baugh (Treasurer) is a a freelance financial professional. She previously served as Financial Controller for The National Museum of African American Music. In her role she was responsible for assisting with controlling all financial operations. She obtained her B.S. in Accounting from University of Memphis and her M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from University of Phoenix. Her past roles have been in Finance having worked for Hankook Tire America, Bridgestone America and various non-profits including St. Jude Hospital, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She currently resides in Davidson County with her 2 sons Xavier & Halo.
Caitlin Dillon (Secretary) is a civil engineer and project manager at Nashville International Airport. Caitlin is an alumnus of Young Leaders Council and joined Hope Exchange in 2020. She lives with her husband, Neal, and four children in Nashville.
Annie Youngblood (Immediate Past President) serves as Senior Director of the Coalition for Better Health, a Nashville-based nonprofit that is focused on improving the health of Tennesseans. She was formerly principal of The Lede, a research and marketing consulting firm, and spent 10 years as a journalist covering local, state, and national news. She resides in East Nashville with her wife, Megan, daughter, Roux, and pup, Zola.
Dr. LaToya Anderson is the Director of Field Immersion and Senior Lecturer in Vanderbilt University's Department of Teaching and Learning. After 15 years of experience teaching and coaching in MNPS elementary, middle, and high schools, she has remained committed to supporting new teachers and furthering literacy efforts in Nashville. She began her work with ENHE as a teacher in the 2013 summer program and has had the joy of continuing in various capacities over the years. She enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking with her sons, Jalen and Zion.
Alex Borowski is a Career Coach at Vanderbilt's Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program, working with MBA students interested in careers in marketing and healthcare. He has his MBA from Vanderbilt University and currently lives in East Nashville.
Cindy Distefano is a dedicated Managed Care Professional skilled in the areas of contracting, provider relations, payment policy, training, payment integrity, strategic planning, payment innovation, practice transformation, cost saving strategies, payment reform methodologies, organizational operational readiness, administrative simplification and consumer education and engagement. Cindy has a rich and diverse background in healthcare to include managed care, state government, physician practices and health care systems.
Alyssa Dituro is Executive Director of the McNeilly Center for Children. She previously spent four years as Director of Southminster Childcare and two years as assistant director of Community Childcare. Alyssa is active in the Nashville community and is an advocate for our youth. She is a licensed postpartum doula and loves spending her free time with her family, as well as caring for 40 houseplants and focusing on fitness.
Sheneirka Edwards is a tenured risk management professional. She helps organizations by proactively identifying and mitigating risks that have the potential to derail achievement of business goals and objectives. She has worked in the accounting, healthcare and banking industries. She currently works for a major technology company. Sheneirka attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a bachelor and a master’s degree in accounting. She is a native of Mississippi and has lived in Nashville since 2006.
Katie Liggett has been a Nashville-based educator for 22 years. She is currently a second-grade teacher at Ida B Wells Elementary. She has been part of East Nashville Hope Exchange since 2008. Katie lives with her husband Eric and their 10-year-old son, Ian in East Nashville.
Lauren McKenzie is a former early childhood educator who is passionate about ensuring all students have access to high-quality early learning experiences. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, a M.Ed. in Instructional Practice, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Texas within the Department of Education Leadership and Policy. Her research focuses on early childhood policy and family and community partnerships. Lauren is currently supporting the Texas House of Representatives Early Childhood Caucus as the Director of Operations.
Donique Nobles Muhammad is a Vice President, SEED at Charter School Growth Fund. She has 15+ years of experience in education and non-profit education work. Donique is an alumna of the University of Mississippi where she earned a degree in physics and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis. She is married to a Naval aviator and currently lives in Washington, DC with him, their son, daughter, and dog.
Brandon Reid is Public Historian for the International African American Museum. He is a lifelong musician and scholar of Public History with a concentration on African American history, music, and culture, a focus that was nurtured by his time at Tennessee State University (TSU) earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) earning a Masters of Arts in Public History (Concentration in Museum Management). In his former role as Assistant Director of Education at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, TN, he oversaw the department of education including creating and executing K-12, adult, senior, and teacher training programming.
Dr. Bill Richie is a Fellowship Trained Forensic and Board Certified, General Psychiatrist with extensive experience in Adult, Adolescent and Geriatric pre-trial forensic evaluation and treatment. He has extensive administrative, clinical and teaching experience in private practice, state, and federal institutions. He has an abiding interest in the acquisition, and, dissemination of knowledge through early childhood, adolescent and adult development programs. He has volunteer experience with the Smithsonian Institution, St. Ann's Episcopal Church. The bottom like is that he is the loving devoted father to a whip smart wily 11-year-old wunderkind.
Katie Struzick is the general manager and events coordinator for popular East Nashville restaurant, Lockeland Table. She is an active supporter of childhood literacy, having served as both a tutor and board member with Margaret Maddox, where she helped raise money to directly benefit the programs sponsored and offered by the YMCA, supported directors and staff members, and helped to organize and execute events.