Mr. Reid is a Senior Vice President at Renasant Bank where he manages a commercial banking group and has served in a number of progressively more responsible positions within banking for over 28 years. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in Business Administration with a concentration in Administrative Management and Finance. He has been very active in training opportunities in leadership, lending and productivity. Mr. Reid is a past president of Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow, Leadership Bartlett chairman, Bartlett area Chamber of Commerce board member and Secretary/Treasurer, Central Gardens association board member and member of the Central Gardens landmarks committee, the Brooks Decorative Arts Trust, past member of the Collierville Tomorrow board, as well as a graduate of the New Memphis Institute (Leadership Academy) Master’s Program and a communicant at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He currently serves as Chairman of The Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of the City of Memphis.
Ms. Hagler is a partner with the law firm of Hagler Bruce & Turner, PLLC. Her law practice is concentrated in the areas of finance, property law, business and commercial transactions. She serves as closing attorney for commercial and residential transactions to buyers, sellers and lenders, as counsel to a number of for-profit and non-profit development entities, as well as to municipal and county governments. Ms. Hagler serves as counsel to affordable housing developers, providing legal assistance in the redevelopment of several major mixed-finance, mixed-use developments, including overseeing acquisition, condemnation, redevelopment, multifamily financing and homeownership sales. Ms. Hagler received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Memphis School of Law, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Ms. Hagler’s community service includes serving on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee, Immediate Past President of the Memphis Bar Foundation and member of the Downtown Rotary. She is past Chairman and currently Secretary of the City’s Health, Education and Housing Facility Board.
Mr. Martin Edwards, Jr. is an Owner of Edwards Investments, REALTORS® and serves as its President. Mr. Edwards began his real estate career in 1965 and became the commercial practitioner to earn the CCIM Designation in 1975. He has formerly served as Chairman at REALTORS Federal Credit Union and as President of the National Association of Realtors. He has been involved in the Memphis real estate market in numerous investment brokerage, management and developments that include apartments, land, office, industrial and commercial mortgage banking and downtown redevelopment for over 40 years. He has previously served as a Director and Board Chairman of the Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board. He is a national speaker and instructor and has testified before the US Congress on various housing, banking and affordable housing issues. He currently serves as a Director of Northwest Federal Credit Union, President of the National Association of Realtors Housing Relief Foundation and is on the Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
James B. Jalenak
James B. (Jimmy) Jalenak became a member of the board in 2017. He is a graduate of East High School, Yale College, and Yale Law School, and has practiced law in Memphis for over 50 years. His law practice primarily specialized in commercial real estate, with corporate and estate planning also included. His civic activities have included serving on the board and executive committee of LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis Urban League, and the Southern College of Optometry, Board Chairman of the Memphis Zoological Society, and president of Temple Israel, Memphis Rotary Club, and Memphis Public Education Fund. He is married to the former Natalie Block of Buffalo, and they have two daughters, Molly (Mrs. Jason) Wexler and Katy (Mrs. Clay) Levit, and four grandchildren.
Ms. Willis is a retired Vice President of the Regional Medical Center of Memphis (The Med), and owner of Nancy Willis Interiors. She has AA, and BSN (Nursing); and a Master degree in Adult Education. She is very active in local civic organizations including Central Gardens Association (current President, Vice-President and Board Member); Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School (former Trustee); Decorative Arts Trust of Brooks Museum (President); MIFA (former Advisory Board Member); YWCA (member); NAACP (member), University Club Membership Committee member, Playhouse on the Square Board member and has served on several city committees at the requests of City Council members.
Buckner Wellford is an attorney and the Chairman of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz Health Care Advocacy Group. Wellford received his BA from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and a law degree from the Washington and Lee School of Law in 1981. He represents hospitals, physicians, and medical groups in health care litigation, regulatory, peer review, contract and employment matters. He is a former Shelby County Commissioner, elected to two terms on the Commission from 1994 through 2002. Mr. Wellford’s community involvement includes past service on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit social services agency Meritan, Inc., where he served two terms as Chairman, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association, and the Goodwill Boys Club. He presently serves on the Advisory Board to the Health and Public Policy Institute for the University of Memphis School of Law.
Ashley Foxx became a member of the Board in 2017. She earned a B.A. in Communication/English at the University of Pennsylvania where she received the following awards: James Brister Society Leadership Award, Malcolm X Award for Student Leadership, and the W.E.B Du Bois Crisis Award for Contributions in Journalism. She was also a Julian J. Aresty Scholar. Ms. Foxx earned a M.S. in Journalism and Digital Media at Columbia University where she received Honors Distinction in Authentic Voice: Writing About Ethnicity and Race. She was also a Digital Media Masters Project Finalist. Prior to moving to Memphis, she worked for two large publishing houses as a public relations coordinator and professional development coordinator. Since moving to Memphis, Ms. Foxx has worked at Memphis College Prep as a lead teacher and principal. She currently is the regional recruitment manager for Teach for America.
Manoj Jain, MD MPH
Dr. Jain is an infectious disease physician, a writer, and a national leader in healthcare quality improvement. He writes regularly for the Washington Post and the Commercial Appeal. His writings also appear in the New York Times and the Times of India. He received his engineering, doctorate, and public health degree from Boston University. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on HIV, and has been interviewed by CNN and National Public Radio. Over the past 15 years Dr. Jain has given over a 150 talks, and published numerous scientific articles, chapters and books. Dr. Jain has conducted research on HIV epidemiology, quality improvement, and spirituality & medicine. Presently, Dr. Jain is adjunct assistant professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the medical director at Tennessee’s Quality Improvement Organizations. He is a faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement , and is on the leadership team for the Healthy Memphis Common Table Community Partners Council and for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. He has founded and chaired the Annual Nonviolence Conference in Memphis.