East Nashville Hope Exchange Board of Directors
as of March 2020
Cole D. Rogers, Esq (President): Cole Rogers is an associate attorney with Bednarz & Bednarz. His practice focuses primarily on complex plaintiff litigation in the fields of medical malpractice and product liability. He is very active within the Tennessee Bar Association and serves as the Nashville District Representative for the Young Lawyers Division.
Emily Joy Allison (Secretary): Emily Joy Allison is a poet, author, and yoga teacher who has been involved with East Nashville Hope Exchange since she began attending St. Ann's Episcopal Church in 2015. She holds a BA in Theology, and her first book with Fortress Press is being published in May 2021. Emily resided on the East side for six years and now lives in North Nashville with her partner Caitlin and their dog Harley. She currently works at Second Presbyterian Church in Green Hills and has experience in both marketing as well as the non-profit sector.
Katherine Murrie (Treasurer): Katherine Murrie is a Treasury Management Officer with Regions Financial Corporation, where she has worked since 2004. She has served on the boards of both Nashville Cable and Nashville Association for Financial Professionals for several years. Katherine is a member of the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame, having won the NAIA National Championship Title in Golf in 2000.
Josephine Appleby: Josephine serves as the Pre-K Professional Learning Program Director for the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb University. She previously taught pre-K and kindergarten within Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Josephine’s primary interest is ensuring that all of Nashville’s children have access to a high-quality early learning experience that will set them up for future success. She enjoys connecting with teachers and leaders in early childhood education across the city.
Sonia Jennings Boss: Sonia Jennings Boss is a family and juvenile law attorney. She has a Master's in Education, and prior to completing her law degree, she taught fifth grade.
Shane Kimball: Shane Kimball is an Executive Vice President for Groome Transportation specializing in transportation services for colleges, hospitals and airports. He lives in East Nashville with his wife Ashley and two daughters Margot and Remi.
Rachel Kinney: Rachel Kinney is a Marriage and Family Therapist and PRN Chaplain at Saint Thomas Health. She has a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Belmont University. She is trained in EMDR, Comprehensive Resource Model and is a CSAT-C. With a history of working in hospitals, prisons and in addiction recovery, she is interested in working with people and families to help them navigate difficult situations.
Robyn Maxwell: Robyn Maxwell is the Director of Internal Communications at Asurion where she is responsible for employee and executive communications. She had previously worked for a corporate and crisis communication consulting firm in New York City before moving to Nashville. Robyn spends her time exploring Nashville’s new restaurants, attending concerts, biking, playing tennis and hiking.
Brittany Simpson, J.D.: Brittany Simpson is an associate at the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Her practice focuses primarily on business litigation, financial institution and entertainment law matters.
Joseph Taylor, M.D.: Joseph Taylor is a physician who has practiced Family Medicine and Geriatrics in Hendersonville, Tennessee, for over 30 years. He is married to his partner of 27 years, Barry Baird; they have 3 adult children. He has been a member at St Ann's for over 25 years and has been active in supporting ENHE since its inception. His hobbies include bridge, travel, and hiking.
Allen Walker: Allen Walker is a Systems Engineer/Operations Lead with HealthTrust / HCA. He has worked extensively in the fields of Network and Application Systems Engineering, with experience in infrastructure design and technical project management and training.
Jennifer Weinberg: Jennifer Weinberg is a Realtor with MW Real Estate Co. She has lived in Nashville for 11 years and resides in East Nashville with her husband and two children. Jennifer enjoys reading, traveling and sampling Nashville's many coffee shops.
Wade Whisnand Wade Whisnand is an Asset Manager at Community Healthcare Trust Inc., a publicly traded healthcare REIT based in Franklin, with a background in accounting, project management, and construction. He moved to Nashville in 2004 to attend Belmont University and currently lives in Inglewood with his family. Wade enjoys traveling, eating Latin food, listening to music, and spending time outdoors.
Annie Youngblood: Annie Youngblood serves as Director of Research and Policy Development at 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 Nashville with her wife, Megan, daughter, Roux, and pup, Zola.
Kira Austin-Young: The Reverend Kira Austin-Young is the priest-in-charge of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Nashville, where she has served since 2018. She has lived in Nashville since 2008 and has degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Rice University. She is a regular contributor to publications from the United Methodist Publishing House as well as serving as a contract chaplain for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Caitlin Dillon, PE (Non-Voting Board Intern): Caitlin Dillon is a project manager at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. She manages civil engineering projects to improve and expand BNA’s airfield. Caitlin is an alumnus of Young Leaders Council. She lives with her husband and two children in Nashville.