Fannie Battle Leadership
Board of Directors
Solvig Gentile Northhighland Consulting
Ben Sellers Libstream Technologies
Courtney Corlew Vaco
Renee Chevalier First Horizon
Sandy Wade-Johnson HCA Healthcare
Nathan Bleak HCA
Amanda Brown Garner Therapy Services
Wesley Carter Delek US Holdings
Joshua Cumby Adams & Reese, LLP
Bill Evans Evans Glass Company
Shane Fortner Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Meggin Grobmyer Community Volunteer
Curtis Harrington Farmer, Purcell, White & Lassiter, PLLC
Brianna Healy The Boedecker Foundation
Barry Hickson First Horizon
Lisa McCauley The East Nashvillian
Kristie Ryan, CFRE, Executive Director
We welcomed Kristie to Fannie Battle as executive director in April 2020. Having served nearly 30 years in non-profit development and management, Kristie has a garnered a depth of knowledge across her profession while working in a variety of non-profit organizations. Her experience ranges from community based social service agencies, local and national health related organizations, and her sorority’s foundation.
Kristie was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1999 and has continuously maintained the designation since. Additionally, she received a non-profit management certificate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she has served in various roles including Nashville Chapter President. She greatly values her own involvement as a volunteer with various Nashville area organizations having previously served with Nurses for Newborns, Boy Scouts – Troop 86, Faith Family Medical Clinic, Hillcrest UMC, and Brentwood High School, to name a few.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Middle Tennessee State University. Kristie is a Tennessee native and has been married to her husband, Alan, for 25 years. Together they have two children, a son, Will, who attends the University of Tennessee, a daughter, Anna Gray, who is soon to be a high school senior, and a labradoodle named Charley.
Book to read when I was younger: Any of the books in the Alfred Hitchcock and Three Investigators series, and the Harry Potter series.
Cookie: Homemade sugar cookies
… being outside, like gardening, fishing, or hiking, as well as flower arranging and spending time with my family.
Melissa McWilliams, Development Director
Melissa joined Fannie Battle in October of 2016 and has extensive experience in marketing, sales, and development with small businesses and nonprofit corporations. She has served on various boards and committees for the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Torrance Chamber of Commerce in the Los Angeles area, as well as community nonprofits specializing in children and family services. Melissa received recognition in the community as a Person of Distinction for Business after launching and maintaining a Young Professionals Business Networking group in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the board of directors for The Tomorrow Fund, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Book to read when I was younger: Anything by Shel Silverstein or The Berenstain Bears series
Cookie: Peanut Butter
… visiting Disney theme parks, learning to garden, and being outside with my family.
Stacie Spasoff, Program Director
Stacie is a former School Age teacher at Fannie Battle and was promoted to Program Director in 2018. Stacie has her Associate’s Degree in early childhood education and is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree. Stacie has a long background in early childhood care and has been the center director for a multi-site child care, as well as served as a classroom teacher for various age-levels of children prior to joining the Fannie Battle team.
Book to read when I was younger: R.L. Stein books
Cookie: Chocolate Chip
… spending time on the lake with my family.
Latara Holt, PS/SA Director and Instructional Coach
Latara began working at Fannie Battle in 2007, as both a lead preschool and toddler teacher and was promoted to the Infant/Toddler Director in 2018 and then to our PS/SA Director and Instructional Coach in 2019. Latara holds an Associates Degree and has a vast amount of experience working in a variety of early childhood education centers since 2007, such as Montessori, MNPS schools, and after school programs.
Book to read when I was younger: James and the Giant Peach
Cookie: Chocolate Chip
… spending time with my family.
Cherri Godwin, Infant/Toddler Director
Cherri Godwin started as our new Infant/Toddler Director in June 2020. She brings over 30 years of experience in early childhood education, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Ms. Cherri is currently working to earn her master’s in Child Development.
Book to read when I was younger: Nancy Drew Mysteries
Cookie: White chocolate macademia nut
… traveling and annual family reunions to see my entire family.
Raniqua Johnson, Development and Office Coordinator
Raniqua initially came to Fannie Battle for her nonprofit internship in 2016. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Psychology and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Raniqua returned to Fannie Battle as a receptionist in 2018, and from there got promoted to Development and Office Coordinator in 2019.
Book to read when I was younger: The Rainbow Fish
… listening to music, watching fashion haul videos, and hiking.