Our Team


Laurie Gunnells, Managing Director

Laurie brings ten years of valuable marketing experience. She spent six years with Robins & Morton in Brentwood, TN as the marketing coordinator responsible for development, organization and production of client pursuit and marketing materials. Before that Laurie spent four years as the Trade Show Marketing Manager at Healthcare Management Systems in Nashville, TN. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Laurie attended Madison Academy and later received her Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University. One interesting fact about Laurie is she has been to the ‘Holy Lands’ and strongly encourages everyone to take a swim in the Dead Sea if you ever get the chance. She says, “It’s kind of amazing.”


Jenny Stephenson

Jenny Stephenson, Associate Director of Administration

Jenny is a hospitable and servant-hearted event manager. Her gracious spirit and detailed-oriented nature help produce incredible learning experiences.  Jenny served many corporate clients through Lipscomb’s School of Executive Education before coming to Spark when it opened in 2012. 


Rachael Donnelly, Associate Director of Operations

A graduate of Harding University, Rachael is originally from California but has lived in the Nashville area for 18 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harding University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Memphis. She has a background in Speech-Language Pathology and in the field of education, and brings that organizational experience to Spark. She has a love of serving people and an eye for detail. 

Steven Durham, Meeting Coordinator

Steve brings six years of experience working with Lipscomb's Event Management department as an Operations Supervisor. Using his skills and technology, Steve loves providing exceptional experiences for our clients. He is also a talented Graphic Designer. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA he received his Bachelor of Arts as a Lipscomb graduate. Steve is a avid sports fan, he still roots for the teams he grew up watching, along with local Nashville teams.


Audrey Williams, Meeting Coordinator

As a recent Lipscomb University graduate, Audrey is excited to be a part of the Spark team. She has experience with event planning and coordination, including three years with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee. Audrey has lived in Ohio, Illinois and Georgia, but after six years here, calls Nashville home. A fun fact about Audrey is that she loves to travel and especially visit national parks. So far, she has visited 24 and hopes to get the chance to see all of them.