BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Morning  Star Sanctuary is very fortunate to have a dedicated, hard working  group of men and women who serve on the Board of Directors.  These  volunteers meet once a month to make decisions in guiding the  organization and keeping it focused on its mission.  They also lend  their time and resources in support of fundraisers and other special  events held each year. 

Board Chair, Linda Johnston

Broker, Pilkerton Realty: A member of the Million Dollars Sales  Club, Linda has over 30 years of real estate experience in Middle  Tennessee. Her extensive knowledge of not only the landscape of  Nashville and its surrounding areas, but also the needs of the men,  women and children who live in the communities, have led to Linda's  active participation on the boards of: Libscomb University - Trustees  (she was awarded the "Lipscomb University Christian Leader of the Year"  honor from her alma mater in 1992); Nashville Christian School; and  Morning Star Sanctuary. In 2008, Linda became the receipient of the  "Mary Catherine Strobel Award for Volunteerism in Middle Tennessee."  Linda has one son, Bailey G. Heflin III.

Co-Chair, Dr. Kellye N. Rice

DMD, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry: Dr Kellye Rice has been involved  with Morning Star Sanctuary since 2001, first as a mentor to a domestic  violence survivor, then later as a board member. She has served as  treasurer, chair and most recently is co-chair of the board. She lives  in Franklin Tennessee, where she practices as a general dentist and is  married to Jeff, her husband of 31 years. They have three children:  Haley, Hunter and Hope.

Treasurer, Ann Robinson

Children's Minister Leader, Tusculum Church of Christ; Digital Content  and Social Media Coordinator, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School: A  Mississippi (Oxford) native, Ann currently serves in a part-time capacity  at both the Tusculum Church of Christ and Vanderbilt Owen Graduate  School. Once an office management professional, these days Ann puts her  focus on graphic design and web content management. In her spare time,  she likes hiking, running, photography, spending time with her husband  and being an aunt. An avid college football fan, Ann can often be found  cheering for her favorite teams with great enthusiasm.

Secretary, Mary Pomeroy

SEAA, Allstate Insurance Company: A top-producing insurance associate at Allstate for 30 years, Mary moved to Nashville from Chicago over 50 years ago. She was educated in the Davidson County School system and attended Volunteer State Community College where she majored in Accounting and Business Management. Mary is very involved in the communty, and in her spare time, she enjoys helping others, reading history novels, watching and attending football games and hosting family gatherings. She is married to Jim Pomeroy.

Martha Kincade

She is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman and has a B.S. degree in Education from Lipscomb University.  She grew up in Okolona, MS and taught school for 20 years in MS and TN.   While in MS she served as Secretary and President of the Pilot Club-a women's service club and the 20th Century Club. She has been involved for many years with Morning Star and on the Board for 3 years and serving as Secretary for 2 of those. She lives in Brentwood, TN and is married to Earl.  They have 2 sons Chuck and Chris. Both of them are Vanderbilt graduates.  One of her favorite spare time activities is traveling nationally and internationally. Her greatest enjoyment is the time spent with her grandson.

Mike Eller

Owner, Hermitage Golf Course: Mike has been an owner/operator of daily  fee/public access golf courses since 1985, including the Hermitage Golf  Course in Old Hickory, TN. He assisted in the course design, routing and  building of his President's Reserve Course, which opened in 2001, as  well as in the design in collaboration with Denis Griffiths Golf  Architects, of St. Andrew's Bay Course located in Scotland. Mike has  also served in a variety of PGA capacities: Chapter President, past  Tennessee President of the PGA and Board Member. He and his wife,  Barbara, live in Old Hickory.

Melanie Culbreath

Independent Sales Director, Mary Kay: Melanie is a native Tennessean who  grew up primarily in Lebanon (TN). A graduate of Lipscomb University,  she was also awarded a bachelor's degree in nursing from Belmont  University, an accomplishment that led her to work in women's and home  health care. Currently, when Melanie takes time away from her job in  direct sales, she serves and mentors women, a passion that she admits  led her to Morning Start Sanctuary.

Buck Dozier

Retired Executive Director, Nashville Fairgrounds: Buck began his  professional life as a teacher and head football and baseball coaches at  David Lipscomb High School. Later, he became the Youth and Family  Director at the Madison Church of Christ, and he also served as  President of the Nashville Christian School. Buck was elected Councilman  at Large for three terms in the Metro Council during Mayor Phil  Bredesen's administration. Although he recently retired as the Executive  Director of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Buck continues to serve as  Chairman of the Nashville Inner City Ministry.

Deputy Chief John Drake

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Central Precinct: A 27-year  veteran of the Metropolitan Davidson Police Department, Captain Drake  was once honored with the Lifesaving Award for rescuing six people in a  house fire. As a Bethel Unversity alumnus interested in law enforcement,  Drake translated his leadership skills into increasing positions of  authority: from patrol sergeant over a detail...to lieutenant in charge  of the Hermitage Precinct's Investigations Unit...to Captain of the  Domestic Violence Division...to his current position as commander of the  MNPD's Central Police Precinct. His community involvement includes  service as: a Morning Star Sanctuary board member; part of the Nashville  Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; and a city-wide King  Day Volunteer (2015).

Sue McGray

Retired Sales Associate, Mary Kay Cosmetics: Sue is a domestic violence  survivor, as well as an author and speaker. She is also an artist and a  member of the prestigious Monthaven Art Society, as well as a member of  the Tennessee task force of the Christian Women in the Media  organization. Although she is officially retired from her job as a  National Sales Director for a popular cosmetic company, Sue continues to  use this connection as a forum for mentoring women to better empower  themselves in the face of adversity. She is married to Duane McGray, and  they have three adult children and five granddaughters.

Madison Conquest

Attorney, Burr, Foreman, LLC: Madison is a Partner and a member of the  Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. She has significant  experience in representing financial institutions throughout the loan  transaction process including loan documentation and renewals as well as  loan re-works and reorganizations. Madison is an author and guest  speaker on topics related to bankruptcy, post-judgment collections  strategy, foreclosures, ethics and workouts. Since 2004, she has  practiced creditors' rights and commercial litigation primarily in  Tennessee while also still practicing in Delaware and Illinois as  needed. Madison has worked on a pro bono basis representing disabled  debtors, obtaining protective orders for domestic violence victims and  representing adoptive parents in adoption proceedings.

Audrey Seamon

Seamon is an Administrative Judge for the State of Tennessee.  Prior to becoming an Administrative Judge, she practiced law in Georgia, then made a transition to Nashville and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz.  Following her clerkship she worked as a Director of Medical-Legal Partnerships at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee's largest non-profit law firm.  Seamon is a 2011 graduate of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law where she was Board Articles Editor of the Faulkner Law Review.  She is a member of the 2015-'16  Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, and a long time member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Courts. Seamon is married to Justin Seamon.  The couple have a son, Miller.  She is devoted to serving the community to improve the lives of others.

Ronn Steen

Attorney, Thompson Burton: An attorney with a speciality in banking,  bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and a partner at Thompson Burton PLLC,  Ronn is AV-rated (superior peer rating) by Martindale-Hubbell. He has  also been selected as a Super-Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine  (2008-2015) and named as "A Best Lawyer" by the Best Lawyers in America  (2009-2015). Ronn currently serves on the Advisory Board for the  Nashville branch of Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that  provides live/recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities, and  as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-South Commercial Law  Institute. He is also an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council.

Ginger Turner

Former Owner, Hermitage Steak House:  Ginger is the epitome of the  generous-hearted person who wants to do something to make the world a  better place. Even her smallest gestures make a difference, whether it  is donating money or donating time or volunteering. Over the years,  Ginger has consistently given unselfishly of herself to causes that  deeply mattered to her, and she continues that practice today,  especially with her service on the Board of Directors for Morning Star  Sanctuary. Ginger is a mother of two daughters (sadly she lost her  beloved Lori Turner Provencher in 2015; Traci Turner Johnson), and both a  proud grandmother to three and great-grandmother to two.

Evelyn Odum

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