MEDIA ADVISORY: Digital Age Series Features How Online Communities Enhance Real-World Communities

Health care, veterans’ mental health and at-risk teen populations highlighted at forum, moderated by Deborah Taylor Tate

Building Community through Technology
Third session of Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age
April 12, 7 p.m., Ezell Center

This third meeting of the four-part community forum exploring how digital technology is impacting leadership, community and citizenship will feature Carter Andrews, Nashville entrepreneur and founder of Not Alone, an organization that provides mental health services through the Internet for soldiers and their families impacted by combat stress.

Soldiers suffering from PTSD often have also lost trust in the institutions set up to support them. Internet support groups allow them to help each other as well as allowing Not Alone to bring mental health services directly into their home where it is private and familiar. Such services are certainly needed, in the past four months, the number of soldiers based at Fort Campbell using Not Alone services have increased from 10 to 88.


Carter Andrews
Andrews’ vision and personal experience have been the driving force behind making Not Alone a reality. A former lawyer at Tune, Entrekin and White, Andrews has also worked in real estate development and at AmSurg Corp., where he developed the sales and marketing approach and developed joint venture deals with medical practices. In 2000, Andrews joined Little Planet Learning at a time when it was focused on creating broadband online learning experiences for corporate clients. Under his sales and marketing leadership, the company established a worldwide reputation as the leader in high quality, emotionally engaging education, such as creating a technology-based program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to teach school principals how to prepare students for the 21st century workforce.

Deborah Taylor Tate, as an FCC commissioner from 2005-2009, was a leading voice on technological issues affecting families and children. She advises numerous national nonprofit organizations including Common Sense Media and serves on the board of HealthStream, a leading provider of online health care learning and research solutions. She is past chair of the board of directors of Centerstone, the nation’s largest, behavioral healthcare organization.

Note: Deborah Taylor Tate and Carter Andrews are available for phone interviews prior to the event. To arrange interviews, contact Janel Shoun at 615.335.6273.


  • Sam Davidson, with the Oasis Digital Connectors Program, which trains at-risk youth to become Internet mentors to the elderly interested in learning to use new technology.
  • Jennifer Schwartzenberg, with Now Playing Nashville, a program of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to enhance the arts community through a comprehensive events Website for Nashville.
  • Jim Jirjis, with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which uses MyHealthatVanderbilt.com to link all of its patients and health care providers online.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12
7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ezell Center, Room 301
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive, Nashville, 37204
CONTACT: Janel Shoun

The Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age speaker series is presented by Lipscomb University’s Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and Department of Communication and Journalism and by Centerstone.