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Who We Are

Founding Members

Ronald K. Johnson

ron johnsonRon Johnson has been working with underserved youth and adults for over 20 years. He has been the director of youth programming at the Oasis Center in Nashville, an adult case manager for Welcome Home Ministries, a network of halfway houses for recovering addicts and former inmates, and is currently Nashville's first Community Safety Coordinator working out of the Mayor's office.

In addition he is a co-founder of StreetSolid where he is one of the lead intervention specialists and oversees community relations. He is truly the face of StreetSolid. He is originally from Memphis and is a former TSU and Atlanta Falcon's football player.

Dr. Vince Morelli

vince morelli Vincent Morelli is a professor at Meharry Medical College and adjunct at Vanderbilt University. He has designed and served as lead editor 11 medical textbooks on topics ranging from Medical Care in Underserved Communities to Adolescent Health to Environmental Justice. He has also authored numerous peer reviewed scholarly articles and has written and spoken extensively on recidivism, resilience and psychological trauma. He has also completed an extensive literature review on risk assessment, needs assessment and recidivism for the juvenile justice system in Nashville. He has written, directed, edited and produced critically acclaimed documentaries and stage plays. He is the lead author of  StreetSolid's social-emotional curriculum that is used in StreetSolid's juvenile and adult programs. and , together with Ron Johnson and Tay McGee is a co-founder of  StreetSolid Industries.

Tay McGee

Tay McGeeTay McGee, began as a volunteer at the REAL program in 2014 and has been working with underserved youth ever since. He is currently Director of Youth Equity and Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters for Middle Tennessee, Co-Chair of My Brothers Keeper Nashville and Co- founder of StreetSolid, where he is one of the lead intervention specialists and heads up the mentor/facilitator recruitment and training. He also provides administrative support, and outreach support for involved families. He and the rest of the tStreetSolid eam maintain consistent communication with probation officers, adult and juvenile courts and school personnel. He is truly the heart and soul of the StreetSolid. He has an intimate knowledge of the streets and has served time as both a juvenile and as a young adult, before he went on to earn his college degree with a 3.75 cumulative GPA. Any printed bio on Tay would sorely understate the talents and passion he brings to the program.

Founding Board of Directors

Millard D. Collins

Millard D CollinsMillard Darnell Collins, Jr. was born in New Orleans, LA on January 4, 1976. He graduated from Xavier University and Meharry Medical College.  Since graduating from Meharry Medical College, Dr Collins has held positions as Associate Dean of Student & Academic Affairs, and currently serves as Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. In addition to his efforts at Meharry, he is also a is a Harvard Macy Scholar (2010).  Dr. Collins spends his days as a versatile administrator, mentor to many students, residents and junior faculty, and letting the local Nashville community and beyond know of his passion for serving God through worship of mankind.  It is indeed his hope to apply his innovative approach to problem solving to the larger societal needs surrounding health disparities.

Sada Garba

Sada GarbaSada is a technology development visionary with a notable track record for successfully moving great ideas from grassroots level to production status and into the marketplace.  As Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Givful, (http://givful.com/) - a platform for charity giving and partnerships - he has overseen the development of the current software platform, from sketch concept to today’s production version, and he will spearhead future progression on the company’s product development roadmap. Sada’s development work has touched a wide variety of industries, from interactive media (including extensive work on high-profile gaming projects such as Spiderman 3) to financial payment solutions.  As an independent developer and consultant in recent years, he built a client roster that has included Ogilvy-Mather, Atlanta; TNG Wallet + Invox Finance, Melbourne; MedCenterDisplay, Nashville; the non-profit Contributor newspaper, Nashville; and Tango Mobile, Los Angeles. Like all the Givful executive leadership, Sada contributes significant time to the community, including as a volunteer and Next Generation Board member at Siloam Health, a care provider to the underserved and refugee population of Nashville.

Sada holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nevada—Las Vegas and has been a resident of Nashville since 2012.  Sada enjoys music, reading, writing, playing soccer and creating mini-games for his seven nieces and nephews who still think he's a super-hero.

Corbette Doyle

Corbette DoyleDr. Doyle's particular areas of expertise are diversity in the workplace, women’s leadership, risk financing and the healthcare industry. She currently serves on the Boards of Trust of Martin Methodist College and has previously served on the board of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. She consults with Fortune 500 companies and professional service firms on their diversity & inclusion strategies and is an external member of Nissan America’s Executive Diversity Council.

Recent honors and awards include: Education Honoree of Peabody College, the PLUS One Award for outstanding contributions to the professional liability industry, and the APIW Insurance Woman of the Year award. Prior board affiliations include: Definity Healthcare, Sterling Insurance Company, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, the CPCU Board of Governors, and the Owen Alumni Board.

Michael Kenner

Michael KennerI am an infill developer in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. My specialty is in helping to redevelop Nashville's inner core neighborhoods working closely with the community on land use issues and policy. I work a grassroots effort with neighborhoods and the municipality to develop housing stock, and policies that help to curb socioeconomic gentrification of preexisting communities. Smart Growth and the school of New-Urbanism are defining practices that I strive to implement in every project I select.

Stephen Young

Stephen YoungStephen G. Young was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1967. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1989 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  In 1994, Mr. Young received his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis. There, he served as Associate Chief Justice on the Moot Court Board. From 1994 through 1998, Mr. Young was an attorney for the Metropolitan Office of Public Defender of Nashville, Tennessee, where he represented indigent individuals charged with crimes.

Mr. Young is a strong supporter of pro bono and other volunteer efforts within the community. He has worked directly with the Legal Aid Society as an annual fundraising volunteer since 2001. Mr. Young also coached youth soccer, basketball and baseball, served on non-profit boards and committees, participated in missions, active at Westminster Presbyterian Church and in Leadership Nashville.

Mr. Young is a member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the latter of which he is past president. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Foundation and served as a pro-bono program volunteer and mock trial coach for the Nashville Bar Association. In 2006, Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Mr. Young to the Tennessee Council of Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, which monitors the transfer of criminal offenders into and out of Tennessee. His main areas of practice are criminal defense, general civil litigation, collections and personal injury.

Howard Gentry

Howard GentryHoward Gentry serves the Metropolitan Government of Nashville as the Criminal Court Clerk of Davidson County in the Twentieth Judicial District. In this capacity, his office is responsible for performing the clerical duties (hard copy and electronic forms) for the operation of the General Sessions and State Trial Criminal Courts.He was appointed Criminal Court Clerk in 2011 and reelected, without opposition, in 2012.

A Nashville native, Gentry was elected three times to countywide public office. He was a Metro Council member-at-large before being elected Metro Nashville-Davidson County’s first African American vice mayor. He was re-elected in 2003. In 2007, Gentry was a candidate for Mayor and narrowly missed the run-off by less than 300 votes. He received his B.S. and master’s degrees in education from TSU. Howard has served in various civic organizations including: The Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Committee (past chair), Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (founding chair), 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Nashville’s Agenda, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Music City Bowl, Nashville Sports Council, Metropolitan Social Services Commission (former chair), Nashville Poverty Reduction Council (founding chair), NAACP, Leadership Nashville and United4hope (chair). Tn Sports Hall of Fame (past president), Nashville Public Television, Arts and Business Council, Fisk University, Boy Scouts of America Nashboro District (chair), Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Operation Andrew and Key Alliance

Curtis Baysinger

Curtis BaysingerCurtis Baysinger, MD, received his undergraduate and medical education at Vanderbilt University. After a residency in anesthesiology and an obstetric anesthesia fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco, Dr. Baysinger joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2003 and was the Director of Obstetric Anesthesia from 2008 - 2014. Dr. Baysinger’s research interests the combined effects of hypoxia and PDE5 inhibition on the feto-placental circulation and the effects of other druggable targets on outcomes in preeclamptic women. With Ray Johnson, MS and John Downing, MD, Dr. Baysinger conducts laboratory investigations using fresh placental tissue in a dual perfused single cotyledon model of the placenta.

Thurman Webb

Thurman WebbDr. Thurman E. Webb Jr., Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Education, Tennessee State University.  Dr. Webb serves as coordinator and provides instruction for the College of Education in the Professional School Counseling program. He is also the lead instructor for Psychology of the Black Experience at Tennessee State University. Dr. Webb received his B.S. degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee; M.S. Psychology: Professional School Counseling from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning (Leading for Social Change) from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Dr. Webb is a Licensed Professional School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. The counseling profession is a labor of love for him and has resulted in a productive, 10 year career, in Metro Nashville Public Schools as a Licensed Professional School Counselor, as well as a counselor educator for the past 7 years at Tennessee State University.

Sean Roach

Sean RoachSean is a native of Nashville and has lived here most of his life. He is president of Sean Roach & Associates PC.  They are a full service CPA firm and provide strategic planning as well as tax and accounting services to their clients. He is the current Treasurer for the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce.

He has served on numerous boards over the past 25 years. Some of which include YMCA of Sumner County, Hendersonville Rotary club, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club day of Sullivan County and Sumner County Mounties. He and his wife if 31 years enjoy horseback riding and spend much of their free time on the trail.