Graduate scholarships through partners benefit community

On 2/18/2014

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Institute for Civic Leadership

The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership is devoted to nurturing new collaborative leaders, the kind of thinkers and actors who can bring multiple public and private stakeholders together in a project to benefit the entire community. The institute’s five scholarship recipients hail from four community organizations established to accomplish those same goals in our community:

  • CABLE, the state’s largest network of professionals committed to connecting women and opportunity;
  • Tennessee Association of Community Leadership, a volunteer association that supports and enhances community leadership development;
  • LEAD Tennessee, the state government’s premier leadership training initiative; and
  • The Center for Nonprofit Management, which creates and sustains nonprofit excellence through training, consulting, research, evaluation and recognition of nonprofit agencies.

“Our relationship with our community partners is invaluable and it’s truly a successful collaboration,” said Lydia Lenker, managing director of the Andrews Institute. “Our initiatives reflect Nelson Andrews’ philosophy that civic leadership is everyone’s responsibility and our partners share that belief. They understand that business, government and nonprofit leaders must also be civic leaders for a community to thrive.”

Colleen Callaghan
Youth Program Manager, Hands On Nashville
Scholarship obtained through the Center for Nonprofit Management

At Hands On Nashville, Callaghan mobilized more than 2,400 youth volunteers for service in 2013. She develops service-learning opportunities for Metro Nashville’s public school students, including seven annual youth service events that engage more than 1,200 students age 11 to 18. From 2010 to 2011, Callaghan served as an AmeriCorps member at Hands On Nashville through the Youth Volunteer Corps of America. She holds a certification in nonprofit management from the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Mohamed-Shukri Hassan
Middle Tennessee Coordinator, American Muslim Advisory Council
Scholarship obtained through the Center for Nonprofit Management

Hassan is currently a board member of the Nashville International Center for Empowerment. He previously worked as director of Welcoming Tennessee at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, organizing committees throughout the state to hold community events and education sessions. Before joining the coalition, Hassan served as a fellow at the American Center for Outreach, as an outreach worker for Nashville’s public health department and as a case worker at the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee. Hassan has a degree from Tennessee State University and speaks four languages.

Patricia Brown James
Retired Vice President, Shared Services Division, Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Scholarship obtained through the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership

James was charged with leading cross-functional study teams to plan, design and implement efficient and effective “back office” shared services across North America. From 2007 to 2012 she worked as vice president of human resources and administration for Bridgestone Americas Inc., and before that she served as vice president of human resources and administration for Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC. She has also held positions with Shell Oil Company and Schlumberger.

Kellie McCain
Development Disability Director, Compliance and Quality Assurance, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Scholarship obtained through LEAD Tennessee

McCain has managed statewide data production for the state’s disabilities department since 2006. Previous to that, she has worked as a compliance waiting list and intake coordinator, a quality assurance coordinator, a community development coordinator and a quality assurance program surveyor in the state’s Division of Mental Retardation Services, which became the disabilities department. She has also held positions with the New Horizons Corporation and the Association for the Developmentally Disabled.

Emily Schneller
Broker/Retail Tenant Representation Specialist, The Shopping Center Group
Scholarship obtained through CABLE

Schneller has worked in commercial real estate since 2001 and joined The Shopping Center Group in 2005, relocating from Kentucky. During her career in commercial real estate, she has worked with developers, landlords and tenants on various projects. Her focus since joining The Shopping Center Group has been tenant representation for a diverse group of national and regional tenants including small shop, specialty retailers and grocery users. Schneller also founded the 100 Women Who Care-Middle TN chapter in 2013 which empowers women to make a collective impact on nonprofits throughout Middle Tennessee. Schneller is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and CABLE, and has achieved her Certified Commercial Investment Member designation. 


For more information about the Andrews Institute Master's Program, please call 615-966-6155.