Nashville-Chattanooga Regional Staff

Abby Fagin

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

Coaches, develops the instructional leadership, and provides support to our teachers in Nashville.

Cherish Roberts

Director, School Partnerships & Corps Experience

Develops and cultivates school partnerships to help CMs and schools make strong matches; she also helps corps members navigate certification.

Dr. Bree Woods

Director, Teacher Leadership Development in Chattanooga

Designs the leadership of our Managers of Teacher Leadership Development and supporting our corps members throughout their 2 year experience.

Jessica Gates

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

Coaches, develops the instructional leadership, and provides support to our teachers in Nashville.

Kimberly Washington

Manager, Talent & Operations

Creates the strategies to ensure staff have what they need to thrive in a great culture, leading operations to ensure our systems and resources are clear, equitable, and aligned to creating maximum impact.

Sanjana Ballal-Link

Senior Managing Director, Program Impact

Sets vision, develops strategy, and manages our Program Impact through our program continuum.

Adrian Trejo

Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development

Designs the vision, direction, and strategy for coaching corps members to the outcomes outlined in our arc of development.

Courtney Myers

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

Coaches, develops the instructional leadership, and provides support to our teachers in Chattanooga.

Dr. DeAnna McClendon

Director, Teacher Leadership Development in Nashville

Designs the leadership of our Managers of Teacher Leadership Development and supporting our corps members throughout their two-year experience

Juan Pablo Martinez

Director, Alumni Collective Impact

Develops the structures and means by which alumni can connect and spread knowledge and innovative learning so that they can work together to create a significant impact in systems change.

Rachel Tompkins

Senior Managing Director, External Affairs

Leads the External Affairs and Alumni Leadership teams toward fundraising, public partnerships, and alumni leadership strategy.

Stephen Santellan

Executive Director

Develops and executes a strategic vision and plan to maximize our efforts to provide Nashville-Chattanooga students equal access to educational and life opportunities.

Amanda Garcia

Director, Teacher Leadership Development

Designs the leadership of our Managers of Teacher Leadership Development and supporting our corps members throughout their two-year experience

David Baird

Managing Director, External Affairs & Chattanooga

Sets the vision and direction to broaden our network of educational equity champions and supporters through cultivating partnerships with donors, community partners, alumni, and the broader Nashville-Chattanooga community.

Hayle Austin

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

Coaches, develops the instructional leadership, and provides support to our teachers in Nashville.

Kenya Payne

Director, Marketing & Communications

Connects, engages, and inspires the Teach For America network of education leaders, partners, and supporters through communications and marketing strategy.

Raneisha Arnett

Director, Corps Onboarding

Sets the vision and strategy for corps member experience from the moment the applicant is accepted until the beginning pre-service training, in order to maximize the scale, diversity, and impact of TFA's mission.

Tia Stewart

Managing Director, Pre-Service

Leads the Pre-Service team, setting the vision and direction of the corps experience leading up to the first day of school

Casey DeFord

Director, Alumni Talent & Leadership

Works to strengthen the ability of alumni to lead by building strategic partnerships and developing pathways that allow alumni to access roles and careers involved in education systems change.

Diamond Strozier

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

Coaches, develops the instructional leadership, and provides support to our teachers in Chattanooga.

Isabella Arbelaez

Manager, Individual Giving

Cultivates, develops, and strengthens relationships with TFA supporters in order to build a coalition of communities committed to advancing TFA's vision and mission.

Keyosha Emerson

Managing Director, Strategy, Talent, & Operations

Leads the Strategy, Talent, & Operations Team, setting the vision and strategy for staff experience and internal regional systems.

Raymond Wade

Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Develops and executes on the strategies to foster meaningful engagement with companies and foundations and to advance TFA's vision and mission.

Tohib Adejumo

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

Coaches, develops the instructional leadership, and provides support to our SPED teachers in Nashville.

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