We are incredibly thankful for our wonderful board of directors. As a small organization, our board is hands-on and creative. If you are interested in serving as a Poverty & the Arts board member, please email your resume and short letter of interest to board@povertyandthearts.org.

We welcome artists, arts administrators, homeless advocates, business professionals, community leaders, and more to serve as board member for Poverty & the Arts.  Our specific board member needs right now are marketing, finance, and mental health professionals.


Board Members







Clare Fernández, President    |    Term: 2016-2018

Clare joined Poverty & the Arts as a volunteer in May 2014. She contributed her skills to event facilitation; writing and editing; board and volunteer recruitment; and marketing and social media efforts. As a board member, she focuses on grant writing and marketing. Clare is an avid arts and arts-integrated education advocate, and is passionate about connecting communities to and through the arts. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Spanish and Theatre, Clare is a Textual Data Analyst at Digital Reasoning by day. She enjoys reading, laughing, belting showtunes off-key, acting, traveling, and hiking. She is also a founding member of a team that is creating a democratic school in Nashville.


Kristin Hostettler, Vice President    |    Term: 2014-2016

Kristin is a fourth generation Nashville realtor who works at HND Realty, LLC. Real estate has lead Kristin to her true passion: connecting people with their happy places. Happy places come in many forms. She is thrilled to stand behind an organization that creates opportunities and a fresh perspective within the Nashville arts scene.  Kristin graduated from MTSU with a B.A. in Art History. She is also a visual artist and enjoys spending her free time creating art and antiquing.

Emily Kerr, Secretary    |    Term: 2015-2017

Emily graduated from Belmont University in 2011 with a degree in Communication Studies. Her interest in nonprofit work began her junior year at Belmont when she worked as an intern for the Inside/Out prison exchange program at Charles Bass Correctional Facility. After graduation, Emily moved to NYC to work for Fresenius Medical Care as a financial counselor for patients in Harlem and the Bronx. Fresenius later promoted Emily to a business development role for the NYC market.  Emily moved back to Nashville with her husband in 2014 and is now the Manager of Business Development at HCCA International in Brentwood, TN. Emily‘s passion for volunteer work has led her to the UK and China.  She loves to travel and experience new cultures.







Darrell Hawks    |    Term: 2016-2018

Darrell is Business Development Director at Project Return, a Nashville-based nonprofit working with people returning from incarceration. At Project Return, he leads the employment development efforts—including the operation of a social enterprise—that serve more than 400 people each year. Darrell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Belmont University. He joined Poverty & the Arts to combine a passion for serving the underserved with a professional experience in devising and implementing innovative commerce strategies.







Justin Roark, AIA, NCARB, EDAC    |    Term: 2016-2018

Justin is an architect at Earl Swensson Associates (ESa). He joined ESa in 2006, after earning his Bachelor of Architecture, with a minor in business management, from Louisiana Tech University. In his role as Design Manager, Justin provides masterplanning and design services for new and expanded/renovated medical facilities and campuses of varying size and complexity.  In serving clients, Justin’s goal is to build a platform that achieves creativity and innovation, while committing the time and attention to detail necessary to shape design solutions that will bring clients’ visions to life. He has a passion for nonprofits and is very involved with organizations in the Amazon and around the world where he serves the poor and orphaned.  As an architect, Justin is very passionate about art and design and is excited to form new relationships with artists in Nashville and help contribute to their success.  He is originally from West Monroe, Louisiana, and enjoys woodworking and outdoor activities.


Poverty & the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.