Three Wilson County residents are participating in a 24-member leadership academy to discuss a variety of topics related to multimodal transit issues and potential solutions in Nashville.
The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee kicked off its sixth Transit Citizen Leadership Academy last week, highlighted by discussions led by newly elected Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Ralph Schulz, president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dan Mack, Millennium Telecom owner, Charlie Smith, Land Resources Group VP and Steve Sparks, VP of existing industry with the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, will be among the 24 members who will meet weekly through November at Lipscomb University.
The course is designed to equip participants with needed tools to become thought leaders on the subject of transportation and mobility in Middle Tennessee. The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors made the Academy possible with a $15,000 grant.
“We are excited to welcome 24 members to this class, and we know they will have an eventful and educational semester, given the dynamic transit landscape in Middle Tennessee,” said Jo Ann Graves, executive director of the Alliance. “We are also grateful to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for its generous sponsorship and investment in this effort.”
Other participants include: Don Abel, president, Fifth Third Bank Tennessee; Rosemary Bates special projects director, City of Gallatin; Nick Biniker existing business manager, Williamson, Inc.; Beth Bragg, director of resource development, Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County; Julie Casassa, affiliate broker, Zeitlin & Co., Realtors; Margo Chambers, retired; Charlie Gentry, chief of administration, City of Clarksville; Brandi Ghergia, executive director, Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce; Debra Grimes, realtor, Village Real Estate Services; Campbell Haynes, Governor’s Management Fellow, State of Tennessee; Emily Hunter, long range planning supervisor, City of Franklin; Rita McDonald, director of community and business engagement in education, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Chris O’Neal, chief sales officer, Goodall Homes; Hannah Paramore, president, Paramore; David Plazas, opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean; Sher Powers, owner/managing broker, Urbane Residential Specialists; Gini PuPo-Walker, senior director of education policy and strategic growth, Conexión Américas; Emily Richard, director of communications, Bridgestone Americas; Ryan Stanton, Smart Cities Leader, Schneider Electric; Pamela Thomas, residential energy specialist, Piedmont Natural Gas; Barbara Wolke, VP, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
To apply for future Transit Citizen Leadership Academy classes, visit thetransitalliance.org/transit-academy/.