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 & the Arts board member, please email your resume and short letter of interest to

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.



Darrell Hawks, President    |    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.


Jennifer Parker Konyn, Secretary | Term: 2017-2020

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. While in college Jennifer began working at a non-profit, church-run camp during the summers. She completed a degree in Child Development from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2011. During this time she continued to work as a volunteer at Saddle Up!, as well as other non- profit organizations in Nashville. Jennifer became involved with Poverty & the Arts in early 2017 through St. George’s Episcopal Church. Not long after, she decided to join the board of directors with a goal of transitioning from simply volunteering with organizations she is passionate about to taking a leadership role and actively helping them grow. When she is not working with POVA, Jennifer works both as a nanny and a community educator.


Will Choppin    |    Term: 2017-2020

Will is a lawyer who serves as Assistant General Counsel at Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency (MDHA). Will is a lifelong Nashvillian who went to high school at Montgomery Bell Academy and college at Vanderbilt University. Will considers himself somewhat of a patron of the local arts scene with a special appreciation for local music and theater. Will is impressed with POVA’s commitment to community values, overcoming homelessness, and creating and developing artistic talent and marketable skills. Will is thrilled at the opportunity to serve on the board.


Lauren Dougall | Term 2017-2020

Lauren is the Executive Director at The Contributor, a Nashville nonprofit that provides economic opportunity to people experiencing homelessness and poverty through social enterprise. She holds a B.A. in Development and International Relations from London Metropolitan University, and a Diploma in Fundraising Management from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Lauren has a passion for forward thinking, innovative nonprofits. She has 8 years of experience fundraising for an array of different causes; international humanitarian aid; mental health; mass incarceration and homelessness.


Cora Green | Term 2018-2021

Cora is a self-taught artist who was born and raised in Nolensville, Tennessee. Her interest in art started at the age of four. Along with being an artist, she is an art instructor at Wine and design in Franklin, Tennessee. She has participated in art shows around the city, and her passion and expression for art is shown deeply in her work. Cora's goal is to let art be heard and help people express themselves by using their creative side. With working with Poverty & The Arts in the past, she is very excited to be apart of the board. 


Kimberly Ingram | 2018-2021

Kimberly is an attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, 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 Poverty & the Arts 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.


Kate Kostecki | Term 2017-2020

A recent Nashville transplant, Kate was raised in the Chicago area, the daughter of a photographer and potter and granddaughter of an accomplished sculptor and poet. Early on, she found her own niche in the arts, and honed her painting, sketching and figurative art skills. While working to develop classroom curriculum at a local social service agency, Kate crafted an arts program for adults living with disabilities that enabled them to express themselves more thoroughly. Clients in this program enjoyed improved communication skills and balance through sensory development. In addition to other volunteerism, Kate served as a member of the board of directors of the Northwest Area Arts Council, an organization that connects artists and their community. She later led NAAC as president and chaired one of the largest women-only fine art shows in the nation, in addition to other juried exhibitions drawing artists entries from around the world.  


Meghan Russell | Term: 2017-2020

Meghan has been a fundraising professional since 2008, primarily working in Higher Education Development, currently serving as Director of Development - Alumni at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, she worked for Belmont University and The Ohio State University in a variety of fundraising and leadership roles, including Leadership Annual Giving and Major Gifts. Meghan holds a B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience and a M.Ed. in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University. Philanthropy has been a huge part of Meghan’s life ever since receiving an undergraduate scholarship, and she has made it a priority to find ways to pay it forward in the community with her time, energy, and resources. Her interests include ministry, music, theater, cooking, and crafting. A Wisconsin native, she enjoys southern living with her husband Jonathan, her dog Ryman, and her baby girl.






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