Ryann M. Casey

Ryann M. Casey
Criminal Defense Attorney, Metro-Davidson County Public Defender's Office

Ryann M. Casey is a criminal defense attorney at the Metro-Davidson Public Defender’s office and has been there since August 2016. In addition, at the Public Defender’s office Mrs. Casey serves on the Community Advisory Board Standing Response Committee as well as the Racial Justice Committee.  In 2016, Mrs. Casey co-founded The Casey Fund. The Casey Fund is an non-project agency that supports community-based organizations that work to provide resources for youth and formerly incarcerated people.  In 2015, Mrs. Casey joined the Titans Women’s association. Through that association, she volunteers at local schools, food banks, and non-profit organizations.  Mrs. Casey believes that we all have a job to inspire positive change. She tries to volunteer, financially contribute and overall make a difference in low-income communities as she can.  Mrs. Casey earned a bachelors degree at The University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Mrs. Casey serves as a board-member for Purpose Prep and is a member of the Governance committee.

 
Vince Durnan

Vince Durnan
Director, University School of Nashville

Vince Durnan has been Director of University School of Nashville since 2000. A graduate of Williams College, where he was a Tyng Scholar, he also holds a Master in Education degree from Harvard and received his Ed.D. in Leadership Policy and Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Before coming to USN, Dr. Durnan was Academic Dean at Suffield Academy, where he also taught history and economics. He has also been a history teacher and coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kingswood-Oxford School, and Harvard-Westlake School. Dr. Durnan serves on the Board of Centerstone of Tennessee, Alignment Nashville, and Malone Schools Online Network (MSON). He recently chaired the Division II Committee for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.  He participated in Leadership Nashville in 2002-2003 and has served recently on the Board of the Red Cross, Oasis Center, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Preparatory Charter School, Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School, the Andrew Jackson Foundation and the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. Dr. Durnan has both participated in and presented at the NAIS Institute for New Heads, and he contributed a chapter for the NAIS Head’s Handbook, published in 2011, and served on the faculty for Vanderbilt’s program for independent school leadership. His primary research interest is independent school/university governance relationships. He recently completed visits to more than 30 schools nationwide to survey the educational reform landscape. Mr. Durnan is the Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Purpose Prep Board.

 
Perry Gooch

Perry Gooch
Senior Vice President of Investment Services and Office Leasing, Cushman & Wakefield

Perry Gooch is Senior Vice President for Investment Services and Office Leasing at Cushman & Wakefield and has been with the firm or its predecessor entities, since 2003 where he has been a top produced for the firm since 2010.  In 2009 and 2011, Mr. Gooch was recognized by The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for the office sale of the year.  In 2012 and 2013 he was recognized as the #1 office broker in the city by The Nashville Business Journal.  Since joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Gooch has completed over $750 million in office sales and lease transactions throughout the southeastern United States.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gooch was President and Founder of Gooch Beasley Construction, a residential construction and development firm located in Monteagle, TN.  He has served as a board member with The Foundation for Educational Excellence in Winchester, TN and Delta Axis in Memphis, TN and was a Commissioner with The Memphis City Beautiful Commission.  Mr. Gooch earned a BFA from The University of the South and MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.  Mr. Gooch currently serves as Chair of the Board for Purpose Prep and is a member of the Finance and Development Committees.

 
William Jackson

William Jackson
Managing Director/Financial Advisor, Cahaba Wealth Management

William Jackson is a Managing Director/Financial Advisor with Cahaba Wealth Management.  Mr. Jackson manages the Nashville office and serves as the financial advisor to clients in the region.  Prior to Cahaba, Mr. Jackson spent  2o years in the financial service industry and is currently in the process of obtaining his CFP®designation.  He hold the 7,24,55,63 and 65 series licenses through the National Association of Securities Dealers.  William earned his BA in Economics from Rhodes College and is a graduate of the Scarlett Leadership Institute.  He has previously served on the boards of the Fannie Battle Day Home and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Nashville).  He believes that every child has the ability to achieve greatness and just needs the opportunity and mentorship to achieve success.  Mr. Jackson serves on the Finance Committee for the Board of Directors of Purpose Prep.

 
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Dale Mitchell
Vice President, Private Client Services/First Tennessee Bank

Dale Mitchell is a career financial services professional, with extensive experience in many areas of both retail and commercial banking. Currently he works as a commercial credit portfolio manager in First Tennessee Bank’s Private Client Services group. In this role he is responsible for helping to structure and deliver customized credit solutions to the bank’s highest net worth clients. This group includes entertainers, athletes, entrepreneurs, physicians, attorneys and other professionals. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University as well as the Tennessee Banker Association’s Southeastern School of Banking. Mr. Mitchell has been active in the Nashville community for several years. He has coached youth sports and volunteered on several nonprofit boards. He is married with three children. Mr. Mitchell is chair of the Purpose Prep Finance Committee and board treasurer.

 
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Kathy Nelson
Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Bank

Kathy Nelson is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at Pinnacle’s downtown Nashville office.  Kathy began work in financial services in 1986 in Los Angeles, CA as a commercial lender for Mitsui Manufacturers Bank and later First Interstate Bank. In 1993 she relocated to Nashville, where she worked for First Union as a relationship manager, then served in commercial and corporate underwriting roles and acted as the Nashville business banking sales manager. Upon First Union’s sale to US Bank, Kathy moved to Union Planters Bank with several members of the senior management team to oversee the commercial underwriting group for Middle Tennessee. In 2015 she rejoined many of her former First Union and Union Planters associates who had started Avenue Bank and is now part of the Pinnacle family, which acquired Avenue in 2016.  

Kathy has worked with a diverse set of clients in her career, ranging from small privately owned companies, not-for-profit organizations and publicly traded corporate clients. She has years of experience advising various accounts with large treasury and purchasing card relationships.  

Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, Northridge. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University’s College of Business, Board, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of Renewal House, a founding member of Beyond The Box for Tennessee Manufacturing and founding Board member of Nashville Made.

 
Sally Norton

Sallie Norton
Member, Purpose Prep Board

Sallie Norton, a native of Murfreesboro, graduated from Harpeth Hall in 1971 and from Vanderbilt University in 1975 with a B.A. in English.  She served in the Alumni Office at Vanderbilt as Director of Reunions and then served as Director of Alumnae Relations at Harpeth Hall for over 15 years.  She also served as Finance Director for Senator Bill Frist from 1995-98.  Her husband, William L. Norton III (Bill) is a partner with Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings.  They have three children: Will (age 36) serves as the Dean of the Upper School at Montgomery Bell Academy, Jameson (34) is CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Behavioral Health System, and Sarah (age 29) is a nurse at Baptist Women’s Hospital in Memphis.  Sallie and Bill have seven grandchildren. 

Sallie’s Board and Volunteer activities in addition to her involvement with Purpose Prep Charter School Board of Directors include West End Home Foundation Board of Directors, holding the office of Secretary, Communications Committee,, Chair; Executive Committee, Grant Committee, Human Resource Committee,; Investment Committee,  and Recipient Reporting Committee.  Chair of Staff Parish and Lay Leadership at West End United Methodist Church; Junior League of Nashville, Board Member and President 1994-95; Faith Family Medical Clinic, Breakfast Chair; Kappa Alpha Theta, Bal d’Hiver Chair and Alumnae President; Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Board of Directors, Chair of Spring Outing and Development Committee; Renewal House Founding Board and Advisory Board; Leadership Nashville (1994), Education and Quality of Life Day Committees; National Vice Chair for Commemorative Events for National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Centennial Celebration of Women’s Suffrage, Chapter Regent, and State Flag Committee Chair. 

Sallie is a member of West End United Methodist Church and the Centennial Club.  She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, volunteer work, Bible Study, Covenant Disciple, exercise, water and snow skiing and bridge.  Currently, Mrs. Norton is a member of the Purpose Prep Board.

 
Charlane Oliver

Charlane Oliver
Community Liasion, Congressman Jim Cooper

Charlane Oliver serves as the Community Liasion and Communications Staff for Congressman Jim Cooper, the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 5th District. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Director of Communication for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, where she used her public relations expertise to drive key marketing and branding strategies to the largest network of businesses in the fastest-growing county in the state. Charlane is also a freelance writer, public relations strategist for nonprofits, small businesses and political campaigns whose work has been published in The Tennessean, Tennessee Tribune, Nashville Post, Nashville Business Journal, Williamson Herald, YOUR Williamson, Franklin Home Page, andTrumpet magazine. She is the founder and board president of The Equity Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on minority civic engagement, and serves on the board of the Metro Nashville Emergency 911 Communications District Baord, Purpose Preparatory Academy and the Urban Enterprise Group. She is a tnAchieves mentor and a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Nashville Women of Color in Communications, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Charlane is a 2017 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalist, a 2016 Nashville Black 40 Under 40 award recipient, and alumni of Young Leaders Council. Charlane is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is married with two children. Mrs. Oliver is a member of the Purpose Preparatory Board.

 
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Lauren Anderson King
Compassion Forward Analyst, Asurion

Lauren A. King is an analyst on Asurion’s Corporate Social Responsibility team (Compassion Forward). Lauren is responsible for the operations of Asurion’s in house Non-Profit for the US and Philippines, corporate volunteerism, and the administration of Asurion’s philanthropic efforts in the community. Lauren began her career as an educator through Teach For America where she taught Kindergarten in her hometown Memphis, TN. In that time Lauren was named as one of the districts most highly effective elementary school teachers for two consecutive years. Lauren left the classroom in 2013 to serve on the Teach For America Memphis’ regional staff as Associate of Development and then Manager of Development and Public Affairs. Lauren lead critical regional fundraising campaigns, managed donor relations, communications, and planed regional donor events. In addition to her professional work, Lauren was very active in the Memphis community serving on several non-profit boards. In 2014, Lauren was honored by the Greater Memphis Chamber by receiving the Young Memphis Award, which was given to her for demonstrating excellence in her professional field, and for her civic engagement in the greater Memphis community. Lauren moved to Nashville and joined the Teach For America Nashville staff in 2017 as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In this role Lauren drove efforts to raise over $1.5 million from corporate and foundation partners in Nashville by writing compelling grant narratives, pitches, and managing a robust donor pipeline. In Nashville, Lauren has spent her time outside of work volunteering her time with Teach For America, KIPP – Emerging Leaders board, and she currently sits on the board of Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School. Lauren is a graduate of Spelman College with a Masters of Education from Christian Brother’s University.

 
 
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Domonique Townsend
Founder and Chief of Strategy and Continuous Improvement of We Optimize Work LLC

Domonique Townsend is the Founder and Chief of Strategy and Continuous Improvement of We Optimize Work LLC. Her consulting firm helps leaders increase the value of processes needed to reach their strategic plans. She is also a prolific speaker, dynamic problem solver and advocate for young women of color to pursue STEM careers.

Domonique is an Industrial Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  Her 10 year extensive background in leadership and management has led companies to excel in meeting strategic goals in retention, engagement and process optimization on a global scale. One of her most exciting career accomplishments was designing and launching a Lean Professional Development program that helped employees achieve a savings of $3.1 million dollars over the course of 3 years.

Domonique is a native Nashvillian, wife, and mom of four children. She serves on the WomenGetIT board as the membership chair and on the board of Purpose Preparatory Academy, a charter school located in the Metrocenter area.

 
Lagra Newman

Lagra Newman
Head of School (Ex-Officio)

Lagra Newman, Founder and Head of School, has a proven track record of transformative academic outcomes for students in district and charter schools. A Teach For America corps member in Los Angeles, she also served as Recruitment Director for TFA’s Atlanta Region. As a charter leader in Washington, DC, Ms. Newman is the recipient of the Transformer Award as the highest performing teacher in her charter network of over 400 teachers, which marked student academic gains of over two years and the highest percentage of students meeting and exceeding grade level benchmarks. After Ms. Newman served as Director of Instruction, her school was recognized for achieving the highest percentage of student achievement results within her charter network of 13 schools and for being within the top five charter schools in Washington, DC for academic growth on state assessments. Presently, Ms. Newman is a Fellow with the highly selective Building Excellent Schools. Ms. Newman earned a BA at Vanderbilt University and MA in Teaching at Loyola Marymount University, and is completing an M.Ed in Public School Leadership from Teachers College of Columbia University.


Board Information - EE17

Organizational Meeting on August 10, 2012 marking the transition of the Founding Board into the Governing Board of Purpose Prep: Rosevelt Noble, Perry Gooch, Wanda Young Wilson, Cyndi McKenzie, Kathy Tompkins, Ryan McCostlin, Harry Allen, Lagra Newman, and Rita Mitchell (not pictured: Carrie Cragwall).

Organizational Meeting on August 10, 2012 marking the transition of the Founding Board into the Governing Board of Purpose Prep: Rosevelt Noble, Perry Gooch, Wanda Young Wilson, Cyndi McKenzie, Kathy Tompkins, Ryan McCostlin, Harry Allen, Lagra Newman, and Rita Mitchell (not pictured: Carrie Cragwall).

 

Schedule for Meetings of the Board of Directors

The Purpose Preparatory Academy Board of Directors will meet on the last Thursday of each month starting at 8:30 am. From September 2019 to May 2020, this schedule outlines the dates of these monthly meetings. 

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2019 - 2020

Thursday, September 5 (Board Retreat)

Thursday, September 26

Thursday, October 31

Thursday, November 28

Monday, January 30

Thursday, February 27

Thursday, March 26

Thursday, April 30

Thursday, May 28

 

Meetings will be held at Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School (220 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228). 

To receive board meeting agendas and minutes, please email the board at



Schedule for Board Committee Meetings

Governance Committee

The Purpose Preparatory Academy Finance & Facility Committee will meet on the last Thursday of each month starting at 10:00 am. From September 2019 to May 2020, this schedule outlines the dates of these monthly meetings.

2019 - 2020

Thursday, September 26

Thursday, October 31

Thursday, November 28

Monday, January 30

Thursday, February 27

Thursday, March 26

Thursday, April 30

Thursday, May 28

Meetings will be held at Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School (220 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228).Quarterly meetings are held at Cushman and Wakefield. 


Academic Excellence Committee

The Purpose Preparatory Academy Academic Committee will meet on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 12:00 pm. From September 2019 to May 2020, this schedule outlines the dates of these monthly meetings.

2019 - 2020

Wednesday, September 11

Wednesday, October 9

Wednesday, November 13

Wednesday, December 11

Wednesday, January 8

Wednesday, February 12

Wednesday, March 11

Wednesday, April 8

Thursday, May 13

Meetings will be held at Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School (220 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228).


Finance / Facilities Committees

The Purpose Preparatory Academy Finance & Facility Committee will meet on the last Monday of each month starting at 11:00 am. From September 2019 to May 2020, this schedule outlines the dates of these monthly meetings.

2019 - 2020

Monday, September 30

Monday, October 28

Monday, November 25

Monday, January 27

Monday, February 24

Monday, March 30

Monday, April 27

Monday, May 25

Meetings will be held at Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School (220 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228).


Fund Development Committee

TBD

2019 - 2020

Meetings will be held at Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School (220 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228).