BRIDGES welcomes five new board members in 2020
In their Jan. 30 regular meeting, the BRIDGES Board of Directors unanimously voted in five new members and a new slate of officers for the 2020 term.
New Board Members
Micah is a parent of two Bridge Builder alumni and has been involved with BRIDGES for many years. As the eighth senior rabbi in Temple Israel’s 165-year history, Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein has served his congregation for almost three decades, sustaining its position as the largest synagogue in Tennessee and the Deep South. Reflecting Temple Israel’s commitment to serving the greater community, Greenstein was recognized as the first “Memphian of the Year” by Memphis Magazine in 2013.
Rabbi Greenstein served as two-time president of the Memphis Ministers Association in the 1990s and as an Executive Committee member of the National Civil Rights Museum, where he continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Greenstein served on the National Board of the NAACP and, in 2005, became the first rabbi to preach in the Washington National Cathedral on a Major State Day, Tennessee Day.
A Cornell University National Scholar and Harvard University Kennedy Fellow, Rabbi Greenstein earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Public Administration. After completing a Masters in Hebrew Letters at the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Greenstein was ordained rabbi and, 25 years later, received his Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. His greatest blessings are his wife, Sheril, and their children Cara (husband Alex), Jake, and Julia. All three of Micah and Sheril’s children participated in Bridge Builders.
In his new role, Russ will support SCORE’s expansion into postsecondary education research, policy, and advocacy. He will lead SCORE’s efforts to build and maintain relationships with leaders at postsecondary institutions, governing agencies, and organizations while seeking opportunities and identifying gaps in advocacy, policy, and practice for postsecondary work at SCORE. Russ also will collaborate with SCORE’s Chief K-12 Impact Officer Dr. Sharon Roberts on work at the intersection of K-12 and postsecondary education.
During his 23-year career at Rhodes College, Russ served most recently as vice president of student life and dean of students. His higher education experience includes roles at Rhodes as a professor, chair of the Department of Urban Studies and the African American Studies Program Committee, special assistant to the president, vice president for college relations, and vice president for external programs.
He worked across the spectrum on improving the college experience for students as well as the college’s internal and external relationship-building, strategic planning, and community engagement. His responsibilities encompassed academic support, career services, multicultural affairs, grants and foundations, government relations, and communications.
Kimmie has been with Baptist since 2001 working in community relations. Prior to BMH she worked for AutoZone, Memphis Convention and Business Bureau, and at Memphis in May (with Cynthia Ham). Her educational background is in Mass Communications, Xavier University, and she holds a certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College.
She is a stalwart leader in the Memphis community, having served on numerous boards, currently the Overton Park Conservancy and National Association of Healthcare Services Executives- Memphis Chapter. She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis and New Memphis Institute, and has been recognized with several awards including the Vox Award, MBJ’s Top 40 under 40, and 50 Women Who Make a Difference in Memphis.
Kimmie’s daughter, Kamryn, participated in Bridge Builders in 2015.
Father Ollie Rencher, Episcopal priest, has served as the Rector of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis since July 2018. Before his current post, Father Rencher served as the Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Charlotte, NC), the Associate Rector of Church of the Holy Communion (Memphis, TN), and the Assistant Rector and Episcopal Campus Minister at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS).
An alumnus of The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church (New York, NY) and of Millsaps College (Jackson, MS), Father Rencher is a member of the Fellowship of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge, MA) and has served as the Prayer Resident at the Episcopal Bishop’s Ranch (Healdsburg, CA). In the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, he has served on the Commission on Ministry, Clergy Conference Design Team, and West Tennessee Haiti Partnership Leadership Team.
Currently, Father Rencher serves on the Diocesan Standing Committee, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees, Episcopal CREDO/Church Pension Group Education and Wellness Programs Faculty, and Episcopal Gathering of Leaders Board of Directors. In the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, service included the Commission on Ministry for the Diaconate, Liturgical Committee, Constitution and Canons Committee, Bishop’s Advisory on Racial Equity and Reconciliation, and Trinity Episcopal School Board of Trustees. In 2017, he was awarded a Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program Grant for “Reconciliation, Music, and Rest for the Soul” for sabbatical time in South Africa, England, and the United States.
Other leadership areas include outreach, social justice, and community engagement ministries, and spiritual formation retreats. Father Rencher is married to Ellie Rolfes Rencher, and enjoys time with family and friends, fitness training, travel, and a broad spectrum of movies and music, especially jazz, classical, and singing in choral ensembles.
Nicole joined International Paper in November, 2000 in the Corporate Compensation department. She has held a series of HR roles across multiple businesses and locations within IP. These include working as an HR Generalist in Memphis Tennessee, Stamford Connecticut and Brussels Belgium; as a Mill HR Manager in Pineville Louisiana and Valliant Oklahoma; and as the Business HR Leader for Global Finance and Business HR Manager for Mill Manufacturing. She became HR Director, Global Manufacturing and a member of the HR senior lead team in 2016, and has been in her current role since October, 2018.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Nicole graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in English Literature and holds a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification. Nicole and her husband Michael live in Germantown, TN.
2020 Executive Committee
- Brandon Arrindell, Chair (Bridge Builders alum)
- Webb Wilson, Vice-chair (Bridge Builders alum)
- Neil Gibson, Secretary
- Kyle Hatler, Treasurer
- Kim Cherry, At-large
- Danish Siddiqui, At-large
- Open Seat, At-large