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Centerstone Announces New Board Members

Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, has named four new members to its board of directors:

  • Rev. Luis C. Bernard
  • Christa Holleman
  • Elisabeth Rukeyser
  • H. David Smith


“These committed individuals bring tremendous enthusiasm and valuable experience to our 24-member board,” said David Paine, chairman of the board. “We are pleased to welcome Christa, David, Elisabeth and Luis and look forward to working with them to serve the behavioral health needs of Middle Tennesseans.”

Bernard, who oversees the Hispanic ministry at Arlington United Methodist Church, volunteers for the YWCA, Vanderbilt University and Tying Nashville Together. A resident of Murfreesboro, he earned a B.S. from Baylor University, an M.S. from the University of Central Texas and an M.Div. from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico.

Holleman, a longtime community leader, is a resident of Clarksville. She serves on the boards of Crisis Call, Leadership Clarksville and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. She also serves on Austin Peay State University President’s Advisory Council, the Positively Clarksville steering committee, the Nashville Committee on Foreign Relations and the Nashville Symphony Guild. She received a B.A. from Bob Jones University.

Rukeyser, former Commissioner of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for the state of Tennessee, is vice-chair of Respect International. She also serves on the board for the University of Tennessee Theater. A resident of Knoxville, Rukeyser was educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Smith, a certified public accountant, is chair of Centerstone’s Investment Subcommittee. A Nashville resident, he has served on numerous boards and currently is involved as a director, treasurer and executive committee member for the Campus for Human Development; director and treasurer for the Tennessee Historical Society; advisory board member for Faith Family Clinic; member of the Metropolitan Nashville Planning Commission; and board member of Metropolitan Federal Savings & Loan Association of Nashville; among others. Smith received a B.A. from Carson Newman College.