Leadership Programs

Being a CEO/ED or a member of a leadership team can be a challenging and sometimes isolating experience. We offer two types of programs to address the unique challenges of both groups.

The Executive Peer Circle Program (EPCP) and the Leader Peer Circle Program (LPCP) are 12-month programs that support exceptional nonprofit leaders in our community.

These programs are grounded in the Circle Process, which makes them different from traditional skill-development or networking programs.

Leaders learn how to combat the executive isolation, personal and organizational mission creep, vicarious trauma and burnout that successful nonprofit leaders often face.

Participants leave these gatherings renewed and better able to support their organizations.

Please note that the programs occur in alternating years and a new class of LPCP began in 2017.

Executive Peer Circle Program (EPCP)

  • Eligibility: Applicant must be the Executive Director/CEO of an agency who has had an active grant from The Healing Trust within the last three years.
  • Application and selection process: Letters of invitation will be sent in the Fall of 2017. Please check back in early Fall for dates.
  • Time Commitment and Expectations: There are 12 participants in each EPCP cohort. The program begins with a half day retreat, followed by 11 monthly gatherings (2.5 hours each). The Circle Process is used during monthly gatherings.

A full commitment to attend each gathering is expected.

Leader Peer Circle Program 2017 (LPCP)

  • Eligibility: Applicant must be on the leadership team of an agency that has had an active grant from The Healing Trust within the last three years.
  • Application and selection process:  Invitations to nominate participants were sent October 5, 2016. Interested participants were nominated by the Executive Director or Board Chair of the nominee’s employer. Applications were due December 1, 2016. Notifications for selection were sent December 15, 2016.
  • Time Commitment and Expectations: There are 12 participants in each LPCP cohort. The program begins with a half day retreat, followed by 11 monthly gatherings (2.5 hours each). The Circle Process is used during monthly gatherings.

A full commitment to attend each gathering is expected.

Past Participants

EPCP Participants

Shelley Ames– Salvus Center

Laura Berlind– Renewal House

Jenny Dittes– Hope Family Services

Lynne Farrar– CASA Works; Bedford/Coffee counties

Carolyn Isbell-Exchange Club/Stephens Center

Linda Leathers– The Next Door

Juli Liske– The Brown Center for Autism

Chris O’Rear– Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee

Chris Palombo– The Dispensary of Hope

Renee Rizzo– Hope Clinic for Women

James Settles– Aphesis House

Marcus Stamps– Williamson Co. Child Advocacy Center

Becky Sumrall– Christian Women’s Job Corp of Middle Tennessee

Lisa Terry– Primary Care & Hope Clinic

Kasey Anderson- Nashville Academy of Medicine

Becky Carter- Rebuilding Together Nashville

Kim Dougherty- Friends Life

Gary Housepian- Legal Aid

Joyce Lavery- Safe Haven

Daryl Murray- Welcome Home Ministries

Kristin Parker- CASA Maury County

Mary Schneider- Rutherford Co. Drug Court

Chan Sheppard- Preston Taylor

Laura Swanson- CASA Wilson County

Tom Ward- Oasis Center

Sue Fort White- Our Kids

Tom Starling– Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

Marc Overlock- Friends in General

Walter Davis- Tennessee Health Care Campaign

Michele Johnson- Tennessee Justice Center

Derri Smith- End Slavery Tennessee

Jaynee Day- Second Harvest

Anita Teague- Community Development Center

Marianne Schroer- Williamson County CASA

Cody Sivley- Sports 4ALL

Nicole Meadows- Kids Place/Child Advocacy Center

Kim Stringfield-Davis- 23rd District Child Advocacy Center

Tatum Allsep- Music Health Alliance

Brandi Burdette- Kid’s Place/A Child Advocacy Center

Sara Figal- Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

Kellye Gilbert- Haven of Hope

Laura Hobson- Faith Family Medical Center

Dawn Killman- The Exchange Club/Stephens Center

Rebecca Leslie- Nashville Academy of Medicine

Jim Mallory- Rocketown

Wade Munday- Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Amanda Peltz- Nurses for Newborns

Joyce Prusak- Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center

Wanda Strayhorn- CASA Bedford, Coffee, Franklin counties


LPCP Participants

2015 Cohort

Curt Campbell – Men of Valor
Frances Anderson – Nashville International Center for Empowerment
Shelia Biddy – Music Health Alliance
Nina Borum – Preston Taylor Ministries
Veronica Clark – You Have the Power
Kristi Sylvester -GraceWorks Ministries
Jennifer Trail -The Family Center
Anne Calton – Christian Women’s Job Corp of Middle Tennessee
Patience Long – CASA Nashville
Katherine Pace Snyder – Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
Jamie Staggs – Kid’s Place/A Child Advocacy Center
Taylor Cochran – Insight Counseling Centers
Jenn Garcia – Oasis Center
Robert Adams – Nashville CARES
Nikki Ringenberg – Hearing Bridges
Sharon Crawford – Tennessee Primary Care Association

2017 Cohort

James Bush-STARS Nashville
Joshua Kravitz– Dispensary of Hope
Carolyn Evans – Davis House
Rachel Freeman – Sexual Assault Center
Kyle Duvall – Welcome Home Ministries
Erika Borg– Monroe Harding
Andrea Stilwell – Interfaith Dental Clinic
Sarah Evans – Thistle Farms
Anna Claire Lowder– Tennessee Voices for Children
Emily Nourse – Family and Children Services
Claire Wisely– Nashville Academy of Medicine
Gloria Morrison– Nurses for Newborns
Jeney Slusser– Centerstone
Debbie Rutland – Begin Anew
Susan Veale – Tennessee Health Care Campaign