2021 Board of Trustees

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Neil Gibson, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience at FedEx, continues to serve as Chair of the New Memphis Trustees in 2021.

Meet our new trustees:  

Nancy Averwater is the Vice President of Human Resources/CHRO for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. She has served in this role since 2015. Nancy previously served as CEO and Administrator of Baptist Memorial Home Care Inc. and CEO of Baptist Minor Medical Centers. Nancy has her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Memphis and her BSN in Nursing from Harding University. Nancy served on the board of directors for Bridges as well as Leadership Memphis. Nancy is a graduate of the April 2015 New Memphis LDI and was named to MBJ’s Super Women in Business in 2013.

Renee Bailey is the Senior Accountant in Benefits/Restructuring for Pfizer. She has been in this role since 2018. Prior to joining Pfizer, Renee served as Director of Internal Operations for Memphis River Parks Partnership, was CFO of Oak Hall and worked as a Senior Auditor for Deloitte. Renee received her Master’s in Accounting as well as her BBA in Accounting from the University of Memphis. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). In addition to being a graduate of the September 2014 Fellows program, Renee is also an active member of the Junior League of Memphis and serves on the boards of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the Community Foundation’s Give 365 board. Renee previously served on the board of the Collegiate School of Memphis, the New Memphis Fellows Advisory Board and was a University of Memphis Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board Member. Renee was a volunteer reader at South Park Elementary School for two years and served as a volunteer for the MIFA MIphone Buddy program. Renee was named to Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals in 2019, 2019 University of Memphis Black Alumni Chapter Young Alumna, Greater Memphis Chamber’s Top Young Memphians in 2017, Recipient of the University of Memphis NAACP Young Alumni Freedom Award in 2016 and The MBJ Top 40 Under 40 in 2015. Renee received the Exemplar award (previously known as the Dean Deyo Award) as a New Memphis Fellow.

Naren Balasubramaniam is the senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. As a member of the System Leadership Team, he serves as executive leader of the human resources function including talent acquisition and recruiting; compensation, HRIS and payroll; benefits and wellness; organizational effectiveness; associate relations, health and worker’s compensation. Most recently, Naren served as a managing partner of the healthcare practice for enterprise resource planning solution giant Workday. His extensive experience also includes leading HR transformation and supporting organizational growth at Washington’s Providence St. Joseph Health and at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Naren has also been an entrepreneur and led health care development and consulting services. Naren holds a Master of Social Work, Human Resources and Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Madras. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earned his certification as a Global Practitioner of Human Resources by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) in 2008. Naren has a history of community service and volunteer engagement. Most recently, he served as Programs Committee Volunteer with the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as School Committee Volunteer with the United States Tennis Association. He has also served as a volunteer with arts and culture, civil rights and social action, disaster and humanitarian relief, education, health and social services organizations. Naren moved to Memphis in September 2020.

William Barksdale is President of Cotton for Cargill. William has worked for Cargill for more than 27 years. He graduated from Memphis University School (MUS) and received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. William has held 11 roles with Cargill that have taken him to Albany, Georgia, Wichita, Kansas, back and forth to Minneapolis, Minnesota; Paris, Illinois and even Shanghai, China. He started as Ingredient Merchant- Cargill Poultry Products in Albany, Georgia; Non-Grain Feed Ingredient Merchant- Cargill Flour Milling in Wichita, Kansas; Spring Wheat Product Line Manager- Cargill Flour Milling in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Divisional Merchandising Manager- Cargill Dry Corn Milling in Paris, Illinois; Eastern Region Merchandising Manager- Cargill Flour Milling in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grain Co-Product Trading Manager (also in Minneapolis); Trading Manager Mexico- Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain; Trading Manager Greater China and Korea- Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain in Shanghai and he returned to Memphis in 2014 to be the Global Trading Manager of Cotton and was named President-Cotton in 2016. William participates in several industry organizations including serving in an advisory role to the Agricultural Trade and Advisory Group (under USDA), First Vice Chairman of the American Cotton Shippers Association, and is an active member on the boards of the National Cotton Council, Cotton Council International and The Seam, a technology solutions company for agribusinesses. William participated in the New Memphis LDI in April 2017.

Tammy LoCascio is senior executive vice president and chief human resources officer for First Horizon National Corporation. She was previously executive vice president of consumer banking for First Horizon Bank and was responsible for retail, private client, wealth management, small business, mortgage and consumer loan delivery, call centers, consumer products and business analytics. Tammy joined First Horizon in 2011. She began her banking career at Barnett Bank in Florida and has held several retail banking executive leadership roles. She was Mid-South region chief administrative officer at Regions Bank, director of retail banking at Union Planters Bank, and training director and retail executive at National City Bank. Tammy is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis and on the First Horizon Advisors Board and the First Horizon Foundation Board. She has been recognized as one of Memphis’ most influential women in business and one of the 2018 Super Women in Business by Memphis Business Journal. Tammy is also an October 2006 graduate of the New Memphis Leadership Development Intensive. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Florida.

Kelly Lomax is CFO of Dunavant Enterprises. As CFO, he supervises all of Dunavant’s operating companies and partnerships. Before joining Dunavant in 2015, Kelly was the Director of Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting Systems for Thomas & Betts (now ABB) and he worked for KPMG for the first twelve years of his career. Kelly received his Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Kelly is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Kelly has served on the board of Junior Achievement of Memphis and the MidSouth since 2014. In October 2017, Kelly completed the LDI. In 2019, Kelly was named CFO of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal.

Mickell Lowery is Managing Director of Sales at FedEx Logistics. He previously worked for FedEx Services for 20 years in the roles of Marketing Specialist, Senior Project/Process Analyst, Sales Executive and District Sales Manager. He received the FedEx Five Star Award which is given each year to the top two percent of employees as well as the FedEx Sales Ambassadors Award, given to the top 10% of sales leaders in the corporation. Since August 2018, Mickell has served as Shelby County Commissioner. He represents the constituents of District 8 which includes areas of Downtown, Frayser, South Memphis, and Central Gardens. Mickell is a graduate of the September 2007 Fellows and October 2019 LDI. Mickell received an athletic scholarship from LeMoyne-Owen College to play basketball. Mickell graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College with his Bachelor’s in Business. He went on to receive his Master’s in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for LeMoyne-Owen College. Previous service includes the board of the Fire Museum of Memphis; Past-President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association a youth football coach for 11 years, despite not having a child or family member on any of his teams. Mickell is a youth mentor for Charjean Elementary School and has helped to implement after-school tutoring programs at Georgian Hills Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, Treadwell Middle School, and Kingsbury High School with the A+ Learning Academy. He is the former President and Vice President of the National Alumni Association of LeMoyne-Owen College. Mickell currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Memphis Housing Authority and was elected to the Democratic State Executive Committee in Senate District 29. His awards include the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, and Ebony Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30. Additionally, Mickell has been recognized for his extensive community service and professional accomplishments by Diversity MBA Magazine and Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Mickell is an alum of Nexus Leadership, a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Program and is a graduate of both the New Memphis Fellows and the LDI.