Megan Sutton is an associate in the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. She defends local, regional and nationally-known employers against workers' compensation retaliation claims, as well as against allegations of age, race, sex, national origin and disability discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and under the Tennessee Human Rights Act. She also advises employers on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Rights Credit Reporting Act (FRCA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and defends them in court when necessary. Ms. Sutton also has experience with issues of pregnancy discrimination and failure to promote, as well as Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) anti-retaliation matters. Further she assists with wrongful death/premises liability claims for a national restaurant chain.
As an integral member of the Labor & Employment department, Ms. Sutton regularly conducts plaintiff and defense witness depositions and handles settlement negotiations. She is also one of the Firm's diversity trainers on "implicit bias." Before joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Sutton was a judicial clerk for Chancellors W. Frank Brown, III and Jeffrey M. Atherton at the Hamilton County Chancery Court in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cellist Sari De Leon-Reist performs regularly with some of Nashville's finest musicians and ensembles on stage and in the recording studio. She plays with the Nashville Opera Orchestra, and is a regular substitute for the Nashville Symphony. Sari was a soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Nexus Chamber Orchestra. In the popular realm, she can be heard on the recordings of Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon, Faith Hill, Ben Folds, Train, Carrie Underwood, and countless others.
Sari received her Bachelors of Music degree in cello performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Irene Sharp. Later, she received her Suzuki Certification through an intensive two year pedagogy program at School for Strings in New York City, where she later joined the faculty. She was also formerly on the faculty of Mannes College of Music and The Childrens' Orchestra Society of New York, as well as the Governors School of the Arts in TN and Lipscomb University. Sari maintains a private studio in addition to teaching at Blair School of Music.
Tiffany Pack has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in health and wellness, marketing and healthcare consumer engagement. Prior to joining Sparks Grove, where she currently serves as Director of Strategy, Tiffany successfully led engagement, implementation, strategic account management and marketing at Change Healthcare, Ceridian Corporation, ADP, Gordian Health Solutions (Onlife) and Click4Care. In addition to her professional experience, Tiffany is the founder of and continues to run a preventive care clinic in Ecuador. She is also a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing with Cum Laude honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jocelyn D. Briddell, PhD, Briddell recently became the Director of Active Aging for FiftyForward a non-profit organization that supports and optimizes the aging experience here in Nashville through community centers, programs and services. She is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of all programs and services for active older adults including seven senior centers, Foster GrandParents and Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs.
Before coming to FiftyForward, Dr. Briddell was the executive director of the Scarritt Bennett Center which is a nonprofit education, retreat and conference center that presents a variety of programs and events that address racial equality, cross-cultural understanding, the empowerment of women and spiritual renewal. Dr. Briddell was responsible for the vision, mission and overall administration of the Center including its management, oversight of fundraising, and program development on a local, regional, national and international level.
An administrator in higher education for 30 years, she has extensive experience in facilities management, program planning and community collaboration; this is indicative in her work at both Rutgers University’s Douglass College and Connecticut College. A graduate of Douglass College, Jocelyn is a member of the Advisory Board for Horizon Summer Camp at Nashville’s University School, because of her interest in serving the Edgehill community. She also serves as the President of the Black Alumnae Network with the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, where she received the Douglass Medal in 2007. Jocelyn holds a master’s degree in student personnel services from the College of New Jersey and a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Born and raised in a different “Music City” (New Orleans), David Vulcano has lived in the Nashville area since 1999. With master’s degrees in social work and business administration, he currently serves as the Responsible Executive for Clinical Research at Hospital Corporation of America. Despite a busy professional career, David is active in the Nashville community, serving on several organizations and boards pertaining to youth sports and Catholic scouting. With his wife, he also created the Vulcano Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as a venue for giving money to organizations that help improve lives other than their own. In addition, David volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Nashville Rescue Mission and Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he is a citizen graduate of both the Brentwood Citizens Police Academy and the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Academy. Finally, David is a founding contributor to the Williamson 100 and the current president of the Nashville Chapter of the Angel Capital Group, which funds and mentors startup companies (and for which David’s work earned him the title “Angel of the Year” by Angel Investing magazine).
Loraine Segovia-Paz, the 2010 recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration “Women In Business Advocate of the Year Award,” is a leader in connecting to the growing and widely diverse population of Tennessee. In 2003, she founded Hispanic Paper and began publishing Spanish-language educational content as a vehicle to foster effective communication with the fast-growing population of Hispanics in Tennessee. An advocate for public service, in 2007, Loraine received the Small Business Administration Business Advocate Recognition and, in 2008, the Hispanic Heritage Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. As a Vice Chair of Education and Business Literacy initiatives for the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), she developed a Latina Leaders training program and annual recognition program. Other organizations with which Loraine has and, in some cases, continues to work include Comprehensive Care Center, American Red Cross and Metro Human Relations Commission. She is also credited with building valuable partnerships with respected institutions including the Belcourt Theater Foundation, Scarritt Bennett Center, American Red Cross and All About Women.
Chris Farris joined ALIAS through a class on board service through Hands On Nashville. Previously, he served as Director and Operations Manager for a large non-profit in Michigan. Chris is a senior consultant with C3 Consulting in Nashville, where he leads large-scale installations or upgrades of network infrastructure, telecommunications systems, enterpriser resource planning (ERP) systems and corporate disaster recovery/business continuity plans. He has experience in all phases of needs evaluation, proposal development, budgeting, planning and procurement. Chris is a member of ALIAS’ Marketing committee.
Board Chair Georgeann Burns has devoted her career to working on healthcare facility projects, which have ranged from research studies for the VA to master plans for leading academic medical centers. She has worked with national and international design firms and led several consulting firms focused on healthcare planning and programming. Working on projects throughout the United States and around the world, Georgeann offers expertise in community hospitals, specialty institutions (pediatric, facilities for aging and behavioral health) and ambulatory care centers. With a growing interest in Lean principles and their application to both healthcare delivery and the process of project delivery, she established Health Facilities Planning Partners, LLC, to provide innovative master planning, planning and programming services. She serves as the company’s President and Senior Advisor.
After two years as an English major at James Madison University, cellist Matt Walker transferred to Florida State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. After playing for three years with the Jacksonville Symphony and then five years with the Charleston Symphony, he won a position in the cello section of the Nashville Symphony in 1999. In 2002, Matt helped found ALIAS and he has since appeared regularly with the ensemble as a cellist, bassist, guitarist and composer. ALIAS has presented several world premieres of Matt’s compositions and he is featured on the group’s Grammy-nominated CD “Hilos,” which he also co-produced. As a composer as well as a performing musician, Matt has written many pieces that have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe. In 2012, he was commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, which performed his “Arabian Blues” in May 2012. That same month, Yo-Yo Ma premiered Matt’s cello duo “Yo-Yo Joe.”