2019-20 Board of Trustees


As the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences, Nashville Children’s Theatre has deep roots in and a long history with the community. Our Board of Trustees represent a diverse cross-section of Nashville and the surrounding areas. While many of our members either have children who participate in NCT’s programs, or grew up participating themselves, others simply share our belief that a cultural heritage is the right of ALL children.


Emily Slattery, Chair 
Keel Point, LLC
Perri duGard Owens, Vice Chair
duGard Communications
Annette Sisson, Secretary
Belmont University
Megan Brearey, Treasurer
Fifth Third Bank


Craige Hoover // SouthCreek
Andrea Perry // Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC
Richard Tatum // Avintus


Shauna Billingsley // City of Franklin
Chip Blaufuss // HCA
Amy Willoughby Bryant // Director, Office of Conservatorship Management, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Matt Chinn // East Bank Entertainment
Corena Cupid // Cigna Health
Liz Denning // Gamma Blast
Jamie Eskind* // Community Volunteer
Reegus Flenory // Actor, Videographer
Jael Fuentes-Molina // Harvest Hands CDC
Erica Gilmore // Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Andrew Goldner // GrowthX
John R. (Robbie) Hayes // HNTB
Jennifer Hill // Nashville Public Education Foundation
Kimberly Honiball // Frist Cressey Ventures
Gretchen James // Common Cents Systems
Mollie Mann // The Booking Group
Joyce McDaniel // The Ferrell McDaniel Company
Katherine Lay Miller // Project Cure
Raj K. Patnaik // Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Stephen Peluso // Regions Bank
Marie Sueing // Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation
Elizabeth Warren // Bass Berry & Sims
Jim Williamson // Nashville After Zone Alliance - Martha O'Bryan Center


Board Development & Nominating // Perri duGard Owens, Chair
Development // Katherine Lay Miller, Chair
Executive // Emily Slattery, Chair
Finance // Megan Breary, Chair
Marketing and Public Relations // Liz Denning, Chair
Special Events // Jamie Eskind, Chair
Strategic Planning // Craige Hoover, Chair


Colleen S. Bracken // HCA
Ruby Harper Cooper // Community Volunteer
Jaime DeRensis // BMG
Rebecca Howerton Finley // Executive Aura
Janet Ivey // Janet's Planet
Jennifer Kraus // NewsChannel 5
Michael "Diallo" McLendon // Artist and Community Organizer
Erin Morrison // Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Theo Morrison // Morrison Capital Strategies
Jim Nickle // Smallwood Nickle
Trayte Peters* // Community Leader
Bill Purcell // Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC
Tamanna Qureshi // Attorney
Jim Schmidt // Schmidt Government Solutions
Kristen Tompkins // Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University
David Jon Walker // Artist, Graphic Designer, Educator
Amy Ward // LBMC
Susan Wood //Music Educator

*Indicates member is a Lifetime Member of the Board of Trustees