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Centerstone Expands Development Department

Two New Positions Created: VP for Major Gifts and Planned Giving and Director for Development



Nashville, Tenn.
— Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, is expanding its development department and creating two new positions.

  • Suzanne Iler, formerly Vice President for Development for the organization, now serves as Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving.
  • Lynn McDonald has joined Centerstone as Director for Development. She formerly served as Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations for The Harpeth Hall School.


Centerstone’s expanded department will emphasize planned giving and endowment as the agency continues to respond throughout the mid-state to growing numbers of seeking care for a mental illness or emotional disorder. Last year, Centerstone provided services to over 40,000 individuals including children, adolescents, adults, seniors and their families throughout 41 Tennessee counties.

“Centerstone is committed to the provision of proven treatments to help those with mental illness or emotional disorders attain maximum recovery,” said David Guth, CEO of the organization. “Suzanne and Lynn are highly skilled professionals who are capable of attracting the necessary funds and volunteers to assure that Centerstone will be able to fulfill its mission for generations to come. We are delighted to announce their new roles and the expansion of our development initiative.”

Iler, previously Centerstone’s Vice President for Development, will work with the Board of Directors, key volunteers and executive staff to identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects in support of Centerstone’s programs. Before arriving at Centerstone in 2001, Iler was Executive Director of Belle Meade Plantation, responsible for overseeing general operations and fund raising.

Iler has served on the boards of directors for the Junior League of Nashville, the Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Crittenton Services and is currently President Elect for Middle Tennessee Planned Giving Council. Iler received her B.A. in Business Administration from Belmont University.

McDonald will provide strategic development and management of the long and short-range development department goals for Centerstone in the areas of the annual fund, special events, volunteer development, public relations, marketing, communications, graphic design and donor data management. McDonald has 20 years of experience in development, public relations and event planning. Prior to joining The Harpeth Hall School, McDonald worked with Vanderbilt University and Hospital Corporation of America. She received her B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from Tulane University.