Nashville Ballet is governed by a Board of Directors, a working board of community leaders accountable for making the artistic aspirations and financial well-being of Nashville Ballet its top priorities.

Members of Nashville Ballet’s Board of Directors give their time, talents and treasures to further the organization’s goals.

Executive officers serve one-year terms, and lead board members who continuously work to further the mission of Nashville Ballet within the community.

Board members are elected to three-year terms and are an integral part of Nashville Ballet.


Mrs. Jennifer Puryear, President
Mrs. Laura Currie, President-Elect
Mrs. Suzan Gibbs Ilic, Treasurer
Mrs. Heather Thorne, Secretary

Board Members

Ms. Meera Ballal - Attorney-at-Law, Self-employed

Mr. Lance Bloom - Senior Associate, Colliers International

Ms. LaDonna Boyd - Chief Executive Officer, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corp.

Mr. John Carter Cash - Musician, Producer, and Owner of Cash Cabin Enterprises, LLC

Dr. Elizabeth Cato - Utilization Management Medical Director, Evolent Health

Mrs. Monica Cintado-Scokin - Vice President, HCA

Mrs. Allison Cotton - Employment Counsel, CHSPSC, Co-Chair Ballet Ball 2020

Mrs. Laura Currie - Community Volunteer – President-Elect

Mr. Sam Dashiell - Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor, Capital Group Private Client Services

Mrs. Patricia Eastwood - Senior Corporate Counsel, Caterpillar

Mrs. Laurie Gold Eskind - Community Volunteer

Mr. Brian T. Fitzpatrick - Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Law School

Mrs. Grace Rich French - Community Volunteer

Mrs. Catherine Gemmato-Smith - Managing Director, Jefferies & Co

Mrs. Frederick S. Grace - Community Volunteer

Mrs. Suzan Gibbs Ilic - Global Corporate Portfolio Manager, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation - Treasurer

Mr. Amos E. Gott - President and Creative Director, AmosEvents

Mr. Gerard M. Hayden, Jr. - Senior Vice President & CFO, Health Stream, Inc.

Mrs. Kay Heller - Owner, Rare Prints Gallery of Franklin, TN

Dr. Anna Hemnes - Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician and Faculty Member, Vanderbilt Medical Center

Mrs. Kindy Hensler - Sales Associate, Parks in the Gulch Realty

Mrs. Amber Holm - Vice President of Brand Marketing, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Mrs. Emily Humphreys - Community Volunteer, Co-Chair Ballet Ball 2020

Ms. Charlyn Jarrells - Walmart SVP, Chief Diversity Officer (Retired)

Mrs. Susan Short Jones - Senior Corporate Counsel, HCA

Mrs. Mary Morgan Ketchel - Community Volunteer

Mr. Neil B. Krugman - Partner, Waller Law— Immediate Past President

Mr. Sylvain Lapointe - Owner, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.

Mrs. Dionne Lucas - Director of Marketing and Communications at National Museum of African American Music

Mrs. Melissa Mahanes - Community Volunteer

Mrs. Adrienne McRae - Community Volunteer

Mr. Roger Moore - Associate Dean, Principal Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University

Mr. James F. Munro - Community Volunteer

Mrs. Anissa Nelson-Carlisle - Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mrs. Jessica Osaki - Product Operations Manager, Google

Mr. Stephen Peluso - Senior VP, Trust Advisor, Regions Bank

Mr. Brant Phillips - Chair of Litigation Group, Bass Berry & Sims

Mrs. Jennifer Puryear - Community Volunteer—President

Mr. Shannon Sanders - Program Director, Nashville’s 102.1 THE VILLE

Dr. Kara Smith - Associate Professor, Belmont University

Mr. Joe Sowell - Chief Development Officer, HCA

Mrs. Heather Thorne - Community Volunteer – Secretary

Mrs. Brooke Trusley - Community Volunteer

Ex-Officio Members

Mrs. Kimberly Novosel Revereza, Friends of Nashville Ballet President

Ms. Lindsay A. Youngbauer, Young Leaders Council intern

Advisory Board

Nashville Ballet is also supported by a group of dedicated arts philanthropists who advocate for the ballet, ensuring its longevity as a world-class performing arts organization integral in the cultural tapestry of Nashville and beyond. They provide valuable guidance to board members and administrative staff. They are long-time supporters and advocates for Nashville Ballet with strong ties to the organization’s history.

Mrs. Hunter Armistead
Mrs. Anita Baltimore
Mrs. Lucius W. Carroll II
Mrs. John R. Cheadle, Jr.
Mr. Gary B. Crigger
Mrs. Robert V. Dale
Mrs. Ralph W. Davis, Jr.
Mr. Patrick G. Emery
Mrs. Annette S. Eskind
Ms. Karyn Frist
Mrs. James F. Gallivan
Mr. Don Greene
Mr. H. Lynn Greer, Jr.
Mr. Bill Haralson
Dr. Morel Enoch Harvey
Mrs. Martha R. Ingram
Mrs. Amy M. Joyner
Mr. Eugene Lotochinski
Mrs. Ellen H. Martin
Mrs. Cathy C. McLure
Mr. Lannie Walker Neal, Jr.
Mrs. Elizabeth Litterer Nichols
Mrs. Emily J. Noel
Ms. Linda Coss Reeve
Mr. Dudley C. Richter
Mrs. Jack W. Shepherd
Mrs. Lucy S. Smith
Mrs. Leah E. Sohr
Mr. Jim Todd
Mrs. Claire W. Tucker
Mrs. Robert F. Weigel