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Board of Directors

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 and 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 and the Arts.  Our current specific board member expertise needs are marketing, social work, and HR.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Kimberly Ingram, President | 2018-2021

Kimberly is an attorney with Bradley Law, where she focuses on complex business litigation and appellate matters in state and federal courts.  Prior to joining Bradley, Kimberly was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Palo Alto, California.  Kimberly began her legal practice after earning her J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Clemson University.  During her time at Vanderbilt, she was a site coordinator at Room in the Inn for Street Law, an organization dedicated to educating underserved populations about their legal rights.  Kimberly joined POVA to combine her passion for serving that population with her passion for the arts.  An Atlanta native who grew up in a household rich in music, theater, and the visual arts, Kimberly is excited to be contributing to the development of artistic talent in her adopted home of Nashville.

 

Jackie Tingle, Vice President | 2019-2022

Jackie is the Director of Watkins Community Education at Belmont University. She has a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MA in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design. Before joining Watkins, Jackie was the Program Coordinator at Poverty and the Arts (POVA) where she created an artistic professional development curriculum, managed artwork as well as merchandise inventory and sales, and tracked artists’ progress within the program. Prior to her nonprofit work, she was a visual art teacher in local public schools. As a teacher, Jackie enjoyed the challenge of making connections between the arts and academic disciplines, all toward the goal of practical applications in our society. In addition to being an art educator and historian, she is an arts advocate and practicing artist herself. In addition to serving as Vice President, Jackie also serves as POVA's Program & Evaluation Committee chair where she is leading the development and implementation of our art education curriculum and virtual Learning Management System.

 

Kelsey Oesmann, Secretary | 2019-2022

Kelsey is an architect and the Design Initiatives Manager with Urban Housing Solutions, a local nonprofit affordable housing developer. Kelsey is passionate about using design to build more accessible and resilient communities by integrating creative resident and neighborhood engagement, public health, and sustainability. After earning her Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2014, she spent three years working in Washington, DC before biking across the country to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing. Kelsey currently serves as the chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the American Institute of Architects and co-chair of the Urban Land Institute Housing Action Council. Kelsey is also the creator of The Game of Rent, a board game-style teaching tool about housing affordability and access. Originally from New Jersey, Kelsey maintains high standards for bagels and pizza, but has fallen in love with Nashville since moving to Tennessee in 2017. She loves coffee, dog parks, and triathlons, and never leaves home without a good pen.

 

Jacob Giesecke, Treasurer | 2019-2022

Jacob lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is an attorney at Kaalberg Law. He routinely represents healthcare companies, financial services institutions, and specialty lenders in complex commercial finance transactions. Prior to entering legal practice, Jacob worked for Oxfam, an international aid and development charity dedicated to fighting global poverty. Jacob is excited about the impact POVA is having across the city of Nashville, in particular its unique combination of social-enterprise, creativity, and personal empowerment. He enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and deep conversations. Jacob holds a B.A. from Georgetown College, M.Th. from Oxford University, and J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. In addition to serving as POVA's Treasurer, Jacob serves as the finance committee chair where he helps monitor cash flow and interprets the overall financial health of the organization, as well as supports the development of the longer-term strategic plan.

 

Kimi deMent Dean | Term 2019-2022

Kimi serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission and liaison for the Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance. Prior to her work for the Court, she worked as a Family Justice Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands in Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in domestic violence relations and in the private bar as a Civil Litigation Associate for the firm of Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious PLLC, in Murfreesboro, TN. Kimi became an advocate for POVA while the non-profit was still in its infancy, and became more involved with the non-profit as she volunteered for the Gold Key Gala, held a legal resource training and clinic for the POVA artists, and participated in other programs and POVA fundraisers over the years. She joined the POVA board in December 2018, and began work on the Gold Key Gala Committee. In addition to her work with POVA, Kimi volunteers with Achilles International as a marathon guide for athletes with disabilities, serves as a small group leader with the West End Methodist Church Youth Group, and is active in numerous outdoor adventure communities across Tennessee. Kimi holds a Bachelors of Arts from Vanderbilt University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and a Master of Arts and Theology from the University of the South: Sewanee.

 

Annica Gonzalez | 2020-2023

Annica is a Colleague Training Specialist at naviHealth. She has 2 certificates from the Association of Talent and Development for Facilitation Skills and Master Trainer Series. She was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico and moved up to Albuquerque to attend college at The University of New Mexico and graduated with a degree in Psychology degree. She did case management with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a number of years.  She ended up in Tennessee in 2016 to work at American Addiction Centers.  Here, she helped clients struggling with addiction find they help they needed. She eventually became a trainer with the company before moving to her current position at naviHealth. When she's not working, she likes taking Pure Barre classes and playing outdoor volleyball. She is a member of The Junior League of Nashville and is a board member of her sorority alumnae association, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She feels it is important to give back to her community and has been looking for ways to do so here in Nashville. 

 

Laura Hood | 2020-2023

Laura is a Franklin, TN native and interior designer at STG Design. She has 8 years of experience in the industry with expertise in commercial office and healthcare design.  She believes that dynamic listening is an active part of the design process and strives to truly understand how a client feels and wishes to experience their new space. Laura is also an artist and has had a lifelong passion for art ever since taking her first lessons in elementary school.  She continues to cultivate her artistic skills and plans to showcase her work in various art shows throughout the year.  She is passionate about helping people overcome homelessness and connect with their creative spirit.  She hopes to utilize her artwork to bring beauty into others’ lives and strives to help POVA artists empower themselves through their own artistic endeavors. Laura is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has currently served as a past board member to Light in the Nations, which was a faith based non-profit motivated to bring together neighbors and stakeholders in the West Nashville “Nations” neighborhood to identify and work together on issues concerning the community.

 

Jennifer Parker Konyn | Term: 2017-2021

Jennifer is a native Nashvillian who has had a heart for non-profits and volunteer work since she was in middle school, when she began volunteering at Saddle Up! in Franklin, Tennessee. She completed a degree in Child Development from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2011. Jennifer is a self employed mother of one, but spends much of her time working with Junior League of Nashville and other non-profit organizations. Jennifer served as POVA's Board Secretary from 2017-2019 and then as Board President from 2019-2020. This year, she is excited to serve as POVA's Gold Key Gala Committee chair.

 

Morgan Miller-Wallace | 2020-2023

With an extensive background in project management of some of Nashville’s top projects, Morgan brings her expertise to the construction department of Powell Architecture + Building Studio. Before graduating from Louisiana Tech with her Bachelor’s in Architecture, Morgan worked with her peers to design and build a home for Habitat for Humanity. After graduating, she moved to Nashville and began working on many notable projects, using her love of structure, design aesthetics, and project management. Some of Morgan’s most notable projects include the JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotel, and working on the team that constructed the Music City Center.

 

Beka Stanfield | 2019-2022

Beka recently graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration. She recently moved back to her hometown of Nashville after living in Chattanooga, where she worked in the nonprofit sector for the past four years. Beka has experience with grant writing, event planning, fundraising, donor relations, program planning and evaluation, as well as early childhood education and special education. Beka is excited to help POVA carry out their mission this year as the Development Committee Chair and Gala Committee Chair-Elect.

 

Jack Read | 2020-2023

From 2012-2016, Jack served as an AmeriCorps member in Providence, RI and Washington, DC. His terms of service strengthened his sense of purpose and duty while developing valuable professional skills in training, communication, and collaboration. His passion for working with disenfranchised populations has followed him throughout his career, from his time as a preschool teacher to discovering an aptitude and passion for development. In 2018, he joined Thrive DC, an organization in DC committed to preventing and ending homelessness, where he worked in fundraising and volunteer management. He continued nurturing those skills in his time at Project Return in spring 2020. As he continues to become knowledgeable of the nonprofit and artistic landscape in Nashville, he's committed to diversity and inclusion and amplifying others' voices above his own.

 

Jennifer Robare | 2020-2023

Jennifer has lived in the Nashville area most of her life.  She has her Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music with emphasis in business from Tennessee State University and Master of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  She currently works as an Internal Auditor for the Department of Child Services-State of Tennessee.  Jennifer also helps lead the Nashville Patriots Fan Club - also a philanthropic organization - managing the merchandise, funds and website.  She also loves photography for live music, engagements, and other special occasions.  

 

Mark Terrell | 2020-2023

Mark is a Commercial Relationship Manager and Vice President with FirstBank in Nashville, TN, focusing on helping businesses and nonprofits grow their organizations in areas such as fashion, real estate, manufacturing, and entertainment. Prior to joining FirstBank in 2016, Mark had been a branch manager with Regions Bank for five years, in charge of hiring and managing staff, and overall branch performance. In addition to managing at Regions, Mark also served on several committees within the bank, including Leadership and United Way, representing Regions’ consumer banking division for Middle Tennessee. Mark has had a passion for all things creative, most notably music and the visual arts, going back to childhood. A self-taught drummer since the age of six, Mark also took up guitar, piano, and singing, thanks to growing up in a family of musicians. A native of Birmingham, AL, Mark is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Since moving to Nashville in 2004, Mark has enjoyed spending some of his free time over the years doing volunteer work and participating in fundraising events for organizations such as United Way, Second Harvest, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hospital Hospitality House, and Habitat for Humanity. Recently married in December 2019, Mark and his wife Molly also enjoy traveling, the outdoors, and trying new restaurants. 

 

Advisory Board Members (non-voting)

  • Matt Konyn, Celero Communications LLC
  • Joshua Ragland, HCA Healthcare/ TriStar Health
  • Derek Dean, PhD, Postdoctoral scholar at Vanderbilt University
  • John Bachmann, Strategic advisor, Retired
  • A.M. HASSAN, POVA Artist