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Centerstone Announces Tennessee Board of Directors

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced officers and members of the Centerstone of Tennessee board of directors. Board members support the organization’s mission to prevent and cure mental illness and addiction, while helping guide Centerstone’s operations and policies throughout Tennessee.

“We are fortunate to have wonderfully talented and committed board members who devote their time and energy to fulfilling Centerstone’s mission,” said Bob Vero, Ed.D., CEO of Centerstone of Tennessee. “We look forward to their guidance and insights as they help us expand and improve our services for Tennesseans struggling with mental health and addiction disorders.”

Centerstone of Tennessee today named the following board officers:

Lee Ann Ingram (Chair)
Ingram is an active community leader in Nashville. She serves on the boards of several organizations including the Nashville Symphony, Girl Scouts of America, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She supports the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up, and is on the Advisory Committee for Massachusetts General Psychiatric Hospital and Women United in Giving for the United Way. Ingram works to promote children’s education and is interested in improving children’s mental, physical and spiritual health. She helped found Centerstone’s innovative Coaching4Teens program. Ingram majored in early childhood education and special education at Vanderbilt University.

Janet Ayers (Vice-Chair)
Ayers is President of The Ayers Foundation, which she oversees alongside her husband Jim Ayers. For more than 10 years, they have pledged millions of dollars to support community organizations and promote education. Ayers served as administrator in the nursing home industry for many years, and she is today involved many local organizations including the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Nashville Symphony and Abe’s Garden. Ayers holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from East Tennessee State University.

Jim Sweeten (Secretary)
Sweeten is a Certified Public Accountant who retired as a partner from KPMG. A resident of Gallatin, he is a member of Madison Christian Church. He has also served as treasurer of Nashville OIC, a member of the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy and the Downtown Lions Club. Sweeten holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.

“Centerstone reaches more than 50,000 Tennesseans each year through innovative programs that help children, adolescents, seniors and entire communities overcome mental health and addiction issues, and lead healthy, fulfilling lives,” Lee Ann Ingram said. “I am proud to serve as Centerstone of Tennessee’s board chair, and look forward to working with my colleagues to support and guide its valuable mission.”

Additional members of the Centerstone of Tennessee board include the following Middle Tennessee community leaders:

  • Dr. Richard Baxter, Professor and Consultant, Knowledge Elements (Franklin)
  • Brenda Corbin, community leader (Nashville)
  • Ansel L. Davis, Attorney-At-Law, Ansel L. Davis & Associates (Nashville)
  • Father Fred Dettwiller, The Rev. Canon, Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee (Nashville)
  • Vincent W. Durnan, Jr., Director, University School of Nashville (Nashville)
  • Mark Faulkner, President, Vireo Systems, Inc. (Madison)
  • R. Parker Griffith, First Vice President of Wealth Management and Assistant Branch Manager, Smith Barney (Nashville)
  • Christa N. Holleman, retired real estate professional (Clarksville)
  • Lavinia Johnston, Vice President of the Tucker Foundation, Johnston Southern Co. (Chattanooga)
  • Albert Menefee III, owner and operator, Beech Creek Farm, (Nashville)
  • Dana Oman, community leader, (Nashville)
  • Carmen Reagan, Austin Peay State University (Clarksville)
  • Steven Saliba, Saliba Construction Company (Lawrenceburg)
  • Joan Sivley, community leader, (Nashville)
  • Sperry Bell Stadler, ABF Freight System (Nashville)
  • Deborah Taylor Tate, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (Nashville)
  • Robert N. Vero, Ed.D., CEO, Centerstone of Tennessee (Nashville)

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.

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