SPEAKERS DAY ONE
THURSDAY // SEPTEMBER 24 // 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
TCCN Board Chair
Executive Director, Crossroads Medical Mission
Her license plate reads “Rokt Powr” which may be only a slight exaggeration. Cindy Rockett is unable to leap buildings in a single bound, but she IS able to drive a 43’ mobile medical clinic through the mountains of Virginia and Tennessee!
As the original and only executive director of Crossroads Medical Mission, the “Doctors’ Office on Wheels,” Cindy was named Health Care Community Hero by the Tri-Cities Business Journal. She was featured in the Tri-Cities Emerging Power Series by the Bristol Herald Courier, in which they “spotlighted some of the most energetic, hardworking, influential and successful women in all areas of life across the Mountain Empire.”
Cindy’s leadership brought Crossroads Medical Mission from the financial abyss of having less than two month’s operating funds to a point of ongoing sustainability. She is hands-on in her approach with volunteers, patients and funders alike. Proud of the staff, volunteers and the communities in which Crossroads Medical Mission provides health care services, Cindy plans to continue with the unique approach to providing health care to folks in need. Currently, she is involved in establishing a day center for the homeless at which Crossroads Medical Mission will provide health care. Her clinic is also establishing the availability of Accu-detox, an approach using acupuncture in the treatment of depression, anxiety and addiction!
Executive Director, TCCN
Mary Kiger is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Charitable Care Network (TCCN) a membership organization comprised of over 50 nonprofit community and faith-based programs providing charitable healthcare services to low-income, uninsured, under-insured and underserved people across Tennessee. Services include but are not limited to primary medical, dental, vision, pharmaceutical assistance, behavioral, and mental health support. TCCN exists to serve its members with education, resources, representation, and to advocate for the vulnerable people who depend on free and charitable healthcare providers.
Also, Mary is the Director of Community Relations at the Rod Bragg Music City PrEP Clinic (MCPC). MCPC is a sexual health and wellness clinic whose mission is to get to zero new HIV transmissions in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. MCPC provides free sexual wellness and prevention services, including free PrEP and PEP and testing for HIV, bacterial STDs, and hepatitis A, B, and C. All services are provided free regardless of income or insurance status.
Her work in Community Relations affords Mary the opportunities to forge partnerships with area organizations whose missions align with MCPC’s. Both provide vulnerable neighbors with HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, counseling, education, stigma reduction, case management and mental health services. MCPC offers Partner Strengthening Grants (PSGs) in support of our partners’ work. More information about partnerships and PSGs is available upon request.
Mary is a graduate of Oberlin College and Duke University (MA Public Policy). She is married to Glenn, and together they raised five wonderful men. They also enjoy ballroom dancing, hiking, and just being together.
Dr. Morgan McDonald
Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Tennessee Department of Health
Executive Director, Rod Bragg Music City PrEP
Music City PrEP Clinic is a charitable care clinic empowering Middle Tennesseeans to live an HIV-free life through PrEP medication, education, anti-stigma campaigns, and support.
Founded in 2017, the Rod Bragg Music City PrEP Clinic is a sexual health and wellness clinic. Our mission is to get to zero new HIV transmissions in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. We work toward this by providing free PrEP and PEP prescriptions regardless of income or insurance status. Our services include discreet, no-cost lab testing for HIV and bacterial STDs, plus hepatitis A, B, and C testing.
For people, for communities.
At BlueCross, we provide health coverage for millions of Tennesseans. We’re also a tax-paying not-for-profit with a mission to serve. Our first priority is our commitment to a healthier life for individuals, families, and communities. Employees from all over Tennessee come together each day with one mission in mind: providing peace of mind through better health.
What does it mean to be mission-driven?
Being mission-driven means we have a responsibility to be actively involved in building a better quality of life where we live, right here at home.
Our first priority is your health.
We serve our members by providing high-quality, cost-effective health plans and wellness services — but access is not enough. Our nearly 900 nurses are working every day to support members and make sure they get the right care at the right time. We also give back to the people, families and communities we serve in meaningful ways. Visit for more information about how we have served Tennesseans for the past 75 years.
CEO, Mental Health America of the MidSouth
Just as you might contact the American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation, people reach out to Mental Health America (MHA) for education, support, referrals, information, advocacy, and training. MHA's programs and services focus on suicide prevention, Alzheimer's support, anti-bullying in schools, trauma-informed schools, free mental health screenings, a helpline for information/referrals, legislative advocacy, Mental Health First Aid training, professional continuing education workshops, and community education about mental/emotional health.
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing medicine, medical supplies and health programs. Throughout the United States, we respond to the health care needs of low-income, uninsured and under-insured people by supporting more than 1000 safety net partners across the country, as well as offering direct primary care through four of our own free clinics in Connecticut. We provide our partners with access to medicine, medical and other supplies to alleviate patient and organizational costs and improve the delivery of quality care. We work with our partners to respond with emergency programs when natural disasters strike. We complement our product donations with resources and targeted health initiatives that are building capacity in local health centers across the country, strengthening the delivery of health care in their communities.
Sr. Clinic Consultant, Empowering Church Health Outreach (ECHO)
Empowering Church Health Outreach, a ministry of Church, works with new planning groups, at no charge, to open new free and charitable clinics. It also works with existing clinics to expand their efforts in their communities by expanding capacity, adding a service or perhaps building in greater efficiencies of operation. ECHO Expansion services are offered at a low cost set rate and are designed around a particular clinic's needs and community needs and resources.
Director of Workforce Development,
Tennessee Center for Workforce Development
The Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development (TCWD) is a private non-profit organization established in 2006 to address the increasing challenges of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas across the state. We are fortunate to be able to provide all our services for free - for both medical professionals and medical practices. All our work aims at bridging the ever-increasing health disparities in underserved communities.Our incentive programs have helped us to place over 220 clinicians in the neediest areas of Tennessee. We offer a residency incentive for primary care and psychiatry residents who will serve in an underserved community after residency completion and a community incentive program for practice sites in underserved areas to help recruit primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. Our current Community Incentive Program can provide up to $30,000 to help with recruitment needs such as sign-on bonuses, relocation expenses or liability insurance.
Senior Client Services Manager
SpokenHere Foreign Language Services
SpokenHere is a Texas-based language service provider where we help clients build better relationships worldwide. We do this by connecting clients with professional, remote interpreters on-demand 24/7 in over 200 languages. We have helped numerous healthcare professionals with the interpretation and translation across the nation. By combining a wide range of language capabilities and the latest technology, clients find SpokenHere a single source for their translation and interpretation needs resulting in quick response, high accuracy, easy to deploy, and a lower cost. All of this translates into the highest levels of client satisfaction.
Chief Marketing Officer
Axiom Medical specializes in providing complete occupational health services for the total life cycle of our client's employees. We are experts in the fields of workers' compensation, disability case management and OSHA-mandated medical programs. Unlike our competitors—who manage programs using inexperienced associates—Axiom guarantees that our clients will have only the most qualified, top-level people doing the actual work.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide outstanding, innovative, and effective work-related healthcare services to employees, positively impacting their lives, and providing a meaningful return on investment to their employers.
VP SMall Markets/Rural Health
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary health organization funded by private contributions. The Association's goal is to provide reliable information to the American public on prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke, to fund cardiovascular research and to foster appropriate cardiac care in the hospital and outpatient setting. The mission of AHA is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
Founder & Principal Trainer
The Burnett Group, LLC
Erika R. Burnett is the founder and principal trainer for The Burnett Group, LLC whose mission is to inspire professionals, deepen impact, and challenge the status quo of service delivery in Middle TN and surrounding areas. She enjoys serving as a master trainer, consultant, and facilitator across a variety of topics including strategic planning and board development, civic engagement, youth development, leadership exploration, and understanding and working across lines of difference. Most recently, Erika alongside Co-Conspirator Nicole Kemp launched the Women of Color Collaborative. The Collaborative serves as an intentional incubator for women, curating supportive spaces and opportunities for collaborators to work, play and build together while centering their identity.
Clinical Psychologist/ Director of Integrative Services Maynardville Clinic
Cherokee Health Systems
David Bull, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and currently works as Site Director of Integrative Services at Cherokee Health Systems' Maynardville, Tennessee clinic. He completed his graduate training at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and both his clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Cherokee Health Systems. Dr. Bull’s clinical interests include integrated primary care, rural health, training, and forensics. Provider designation and is the dissertation phase of her doctoral program in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca in Nashville.
Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi, DMD
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi graduated from the University of Manitoba College Of Dentistry in 1991. Since then, she has spent her entire career overseeing dental programs for the underserved. She was the head of dentistry at a fly-in health center in the sub-arctic location of Churchill, Manitoba. She was also staff dentist for the Department of Health in Hamilton, Bermuda where she cared for children of low-income families, people with mental challenges, and people in nursing homes and those incarcerated. Currently, Dr. Switzer-Nadasdi is the CEO of Interfaith Dental. She became the charities’ first employee in 1995 and during her tenure, the clinic has grown from a tiny two-chair operation located in a church basement to two facilities: a 30,000 square foot facility with 18 dental chairs in Nashville and a satellite in Murfreesboro with 8.
These two clinics provided 7 million dollars of care to over 3000 patients in a ten-county region of middle Tennessee in 2019. Dr. Switzer-Nadasdi is chair of the Middle Tennessee Alliance of Oral Health Advocates, is a Tennessee delegate for the American Dental Association, she served on the American Dental Association’s council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and on the American Dental Association Foundation. She serves on the dental advisory committee for Tenncare, is Past President of the Nashville Dental Society and in 2015 she was named non-profit CEO of the year by Nashville’s center for nonprofit management.She is an avid golfer but to relieve stress she plays weekly on an ice hockey Team.
Director of the Council on Children’s Mental Health
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Melissa McGee is the Director of the Council on Children’s Mental Health with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, where she works with statewide partners and advocates to move forward the mental health system for children and families. Melissa began her professional career as a Registered Dietitian, however her volunteer work with adolescents created a passion for working with children and youth on a full time basis. After returning to school and receiving her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling, Melissa has worked with high school students and their families as a therapist and case manager in both a traditional setting and an alternative learning setting for youth with mental health concerns, as well as a therapist in an adolescent residential setting. She is currently working toward her Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider designation and is the dissertation phase of her doctoral program in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca in Nashville.
Rachel Depperschmidt, MPH
Quality & Research Coordinator
Rachel Depperschmidt is the Quality and Research Coordinator at Church Health. This work includes measuring and improving upon quality of care provided, integrating best practice health care delivery processes, and furthering the strategic aims of Church Health. During COVID-19, Rachel represents the needs of underserved populations in Memphis by serving on the COVID Safety Net Collaborative task force and the Community-based Testing Subcommittee. Rachel has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Christian Brothers University and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Memphis.
Director of Development
Katie Richards is the Chief Development Officer at Siloam Health, a faith-based healthcare non-profit in Nashville, TN. Since 2014 she has been responsible for creating and executing strategies to grow Siloam’s contributed revenue as well as strengthening Siloam’s brand awareness in the community. When Katie is not raising money for Siloam you can find her kayaking on a nearby body of water or enjoying one of Nashville’s many amazing restaurants (socially-distanced and masked of course 😊 ).
Chief Operating Officer
Jenny Bartlett-Prescott serves as Chief Operating Officer at Church Health of Memphis, TN, the largest privately-funded, faith-based health clinic in the United States. In her role, she oversees all Church Health clinics: medical, dental, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation and eye care, in addition to nutrition programs. She also oversees the Healthcare Advisory Team (HAT), which facilitates the MEMPHIS Plan, Church Health’s small business health coverage program, and the Faith and Health Ministry team, responsible for congregational engagement and health ministry publications. To support strategic partnerships, clinical operations and quality improvement, she oversees research, measurement and reporting systems to ensure close monitoring and continuity of care. Jenny has over 20 years of experience in providing healthcare to the uninsured of Shelby County. In 2019, she received Memphis Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes award for Administrative Excellence. She completed her master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and her bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College.
Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County, Inc.
The executive director of a FREE medical clinic located in a small rural community; CCSBC opens two days per week--Tuesday and Thursday from 12-6 p.m.; completing fourth year as executive director; served as CCSBC grant writer for two years; retired from Tullahoma City Schools in 2009; serves on the Tullahoma First Christian Church Board as secretary; serves on the Shelbyville Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board. Mother of two young adults and grandmother of a precious granddaughter.
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Foundation
Rae Young Bond is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, and Project Access, a community health partnership to coordinate charity care for low-income uninsured residents of Hamilton County. Rae chairs the COVID-19 Joint Task Force created by Mayor Jim Coppinger and Mayor Andy Berke. She is also serving on a variety of community COVID-19 work groups addressing key issues such as access to testing, community education, needs of specific population groups, and economic recovery.
She has been at the Medical Society from 1995-1997 and from 2002-present. From 1997-2001, she was the founding president and executive director of First Things First, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families. Before moving to Chattanooga, she was director of public affairs for the National Governors’ Association in Washington, D.C., for ten years; editor of a national weekly newspaper published by the National Association of Counties; a congressional press secretary; and an award-winning journalist in her native Idaho. Rae just completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and she is a member of the LifeBridge Physician Well-Being Task Force that has developed the nationally recognized LifeBridge Toolkit. She is a long-time member of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Health Council, which she chaired from 2017-2019, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee, Health Disparities Task Force, Infant Mortality Task Force, and other working groups. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Tennessee Charitable Care Network, Tennessee Physician Quality Verification Organization, Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Midtown Council Board of Directors, Chattanooga Area Pastoral Counseling Association, and the Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She has presented at national conferences and has provided technical assistance to numerous communities as they developed Project Access Community Health Initiatives and Physician Wellness Initiatives.
Salvus Center, Inc.
President & CEO
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics • NAFC
Nicole works daily with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and America’s 1,400 Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable, quality health care.
Nicole believes we all have the capability to make the world a better place, that health care is a right and not a privilege, that our country must start putting people over politics, and that together we should make sure all people, regardless of their age, sex, income, education, ethnicity, color of skin, religion, sexual orientation, or identity deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Nicole has testified before Congress, is a regular TV commentator, and has published numerous articles on the important role of America’s safety net and charitable care providers. She was named by The NonProfit Times as one of the top 50 Most Influential and Powerful Nonprofit Executives in the USA in 2020 and 2013. She received the Center of NonProfit EXCEL Award for excellence in Executive Nonprofit Leadership.
Nicole holds a Master’s Degree in American Government and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America, and she resides in Alexandria, VA, with her husband, Mark.