Six New Members Join BRIDGES Board of Directors

Posted by knetzler on Jan 31, 2019

In their Jan. 31 regular meeting, the BRIDGES Board of Directors unanimously voted in six new members and a new slate of officers for the 2019 term.

The new BRIDGES Board members are:

Susan Christian
Vice President of Marketing & Federal Advocacy
Ritter Communications 

Susan joined Ritter Communications in 2005 and has served as vice president of marketing since 2008. Susan leads all of the company’s communication and advertising efforts, serves as an official spokeswoman for company-related matters, works closely with cable networks regarding negotiations, and supervises the “Tubetown” staff, Ritter’s local content production team. During her time at Ritter, Susan was previously responsible for managing the company’s residential customer care and product development team. In 2018, Susan was named Independent Marketing Executive of the Year by Cablefax, a leading industry publication.

In her federal advocacy role, Susan represents Ritter Communications and its customers before lawmakers and their staff in Washington, advocates key public policy positions and is responsible for Ritter’s relationship with governmental regulatory agencies and trade associations.

Prior to joining Ritter, Susan spent seven years as director of account services with TRUE Visionary advertising agency in Jonesboro and worked four years as a marketing manager for Cott Beverages in Dallas. She is a Jonesboro native and earned a degree in business administration/marketing from Southern Methodist University.

Susan is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and serves on the Ernest and Anna Ritter Family Endowment philanthropy committee.

Kyle Hatler
Sr. Relationship Manager, Global Commercial Bank
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kyle joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2014, and he previously served as vice president of business banking at Regions Bank.

A Memphis native, Kyle has advised companies in the Mid-South for the past 17 years. In his current role, he helps financial managers meet the cash management and credit needs of their businesses. He helps them plan for capital investments and position their companies to succeed.

Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Tennessee Tech. He is involved in several philanthropic endeavors, including executive committee member and treasurer of the Fire Museum of Memphis and class instructor for Junior Achievement of the Mid-South. Kyle is also a Bridge Builder parent.

Jason Hernandez
VP of Human Resources
FedEx Freight

Jason has held various positions with increasing responsibilities at FedEx Services since 2007. As VP of human resources, he serves as a global business leader for FedEx Freight. He is responsible for creating and delivering business-focused HR strategies to support a world-class LTL organization by building and maintaining employees’ knowledge of the FedEx portfolio of services and application of key strategies necessary for success. He specializes in learning strategy, organizational design, succession management, curriculum design, facilitation, program measurement and evaluation, and learning systems.

Jason is in the process of earning a Doctorate of Education with a major in organizational leadership at Vanderbilt University. He studied management and leadership at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Union University and a BS from Chapman University in Orange County, CA, with a major in social science and biology. Jason served in the United States Navy from 1988-1993, where he received several medals and honors, also earning the Surface Warfare Specialist designation. He has served on numerous boards and associations, including the National Association of Hispanic MBAs.

David McKinney
Vice President of Government & Community Relations

Before joining the team at AutoZone in January of 2019, David served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Engagement at the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, he was the deputy director for the Division of Planning and Development for Memphis and Shelby County, and he also served as senior assistant county attorney—where he was legislative affairs and interim chief public information officer for Shelby County. David began his legal career in private practice with the law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC. His practice focused on employment law, municipal law, and business litigation.

David earned his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He has long been active in the civic and professional community, serving or having served on several board and commissions, including, but not limited to: Memphis Farmers Market, Rock & Soul Museum (ex-officio), Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (ex-officio), and the Memphis Bicentennial Steering Committee. He has served as president of the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, and Chair of the Downtown Memphis Boys and Girls Club.

David is married to Dr. Shanea McKinney, and they have one son.

Katie Spencer
People Strategist

Katie is an organizational anthropologist, facilitator of groups, advisor to nonprofit leaders, and an expert on maximizing nonprofit impact.

Katie works as a people strategist for PeopleCap, leveraging her academic background in cultural anthropology and 15 years of experience as a leader in the nonprofit sector to help organizations unleash their full potential. Katie has worked for both local and national organizations, including leading the nationwide implementation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Club Tech initiative.

Katie’s expertise includes team development, facilitation, and training. She is passionate about leadership, organizational culture, and nonprofits. When she is not working to solve problems for her clients, Katie teaches a class called “Women & Work” as an adjunct professor at Rhodes College and serves on the board of Playback Memphis. She has a master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Roblin Webb
Founder and CEO
Freedom Prep Charter Schools

Roblin was selected as the first Building Excellent Schools fellow from Memphis to create, build, and implement a high-performing college preparatory charter school in Memphis, founding Freedom Prep in the Fall of 2009 with a class of approximately 100 6th graders.

Nine years later, Freedom Prep has grown to four schools—elementary, middle, and high—serving more than 1,600 students in Southwest Memphis. From 2011-2015, Freedom Prep Charter Schools produced some of the highest academic growth scores in the State of Tennessee.

Prior to her Building Excellent Schools fellowship, Roblin was deputy director of New Leaders, New Schools, where she coordinated all local recruiting efforts, the development and growth of a local nominators network, and logistics involved in admissions, matriculation, and certification. She also identified and cultivated sources of funding for the local program. She was an associate at Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans and Petree from 2003-2004, representing clients in various areas of civil litigation including, but not limited to, education law, commercial law, labor and employment law, and general tort liability.

Roblin earned her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, a master’s degree in public affairs and politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy (also at Rutgers), and her BA from Rhodes College with a major in urban studies.

In addition to adding five new members, the BRIDGES Board also marked a new milestone, unanimously electing its first Bridge Builder alumnus Chair, Webb Wilson. Wilson, Vice President of Kemmons Wilson, Inc., is the son of Bridge Builders program founder Becky Wilson and was elected to the Board in 2014.

Other executive committee roles for 2019 include Dan Hatzenbeuhler, Vice-Chair; Brandon Arrindell, Treasurer; Neil Gibson, Secretary; and Nancy Averwater, Kim Cherry, and Danish Siddiqui as members at-large. Click here to view our full board list.