SPEAKERS DAY TWO
FRIDAY // SEPTEMBER 25 // 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Julie Darnell, Ph.D., MHSA, MA
Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences in the Parkinson School of Health Sciences
and Public Health at Loyola University Chicago
Julie also directs the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. Her research focuses on access to, and the delivery and financing of, health care for poor and vulnerable populations and the safety net organizations that serve them. She has earned a national reputation for her work on free and charitable clinics. Findings from her research on free clinics have been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and Medical Care and in a report to the U.S. Congress. Along with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and Americares, she currently co-leads the Roadmap to Health Equity project, a national initiative to collect and report on quality measures from free and charitable clinics.
Bill Lee, 50th Governor of Tennessee
Bill Lee is a seventh-generation Tennessean and the 50th Governor of Tennessee. He was raised in Franklin, where he still resides today with his wife, Maria, on his family’s farm. He’s the proud father of four adult children (Jessica, twin sons Jacob and Caleb, and Sarah Kate) and eight grandchildren.
After attending Williamson County Schools, Governor Lee attended Auburn University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he returned home to Franklin to join the family business his grandfather started in 1944, a comprehensive mechanical construction service company. He became president of Lee Company in 1992.
Now, Governor Lee is focused on several priorities, including good jobs, great schools, and safe neighborhoods so we can keep Tennessee moving in the right direction.
During his first year in office, Governor Lee passed a series of legislative initiatives to strengthen career and technical training, expand school choice, pursue criminal justice reform, improve public safety, and sharpen the effectiveness of government. His administration is also focused on the accelerated transformation of rural Tennessee.
Under his leadership, Tennessee was named the number one best fiscally managed state in the country, the best business climate in the U.S., number one in the nation for advanced industry job growth and the best state for small business growth. In the past year, the state has garnered 108 project commitments to create 16,500 jobs and $3.6 billion in capital investments, with Mitsubishi, FedEx-Logistics, JNJ, Pilot.com, Hyosung, Amazon, Smile Direct, Icee, and dozens of other companies choosing to invest in Tennessee's business-friendly environment.
The governor and first lady are people of strong faith. They are active in Grace Chapel Church and in numerous faith-based ministries, which have taken them all over the world to serve people in need, including to Africa, Haiti, Central America, and the Middle East.
Christian Community Health Fellowship
Steve Noblett has been the Executive Director of CCHF, (Christian Community Health Fellowship) since 2007. The focus of CCHF is to promote and support domestic healthcare ministries that target underserved people through distinctively Christian healthcare. The CCHF family includes approximately 300 faith-based clinics and several thousand Christian health professionals who are seeking to “live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor”.
Prior to his involvement with CCHF, Steve led an inner-city church in Memphis, TN. He has been involved in church planting, community development, and leadership training in the U.S., the U.K., southern and central Africa, India, and Central America. In 1993 he founded City Builders Youth Organization, a youth-based community development organization in urban Memphis. Steve is an elder at Christ Community Church, a network of missional house churches based in under-resourced communities that promotes the development and that sends medical mission teams to some of the poorest countries around the world. He is a co-founder and Board member of The Heights Community Development Corporation. Steve and his wife, Victoria, live in Memphis. They have two grown daughters and a son, all of whom choose to live in at-risk neighborhoods and serve Christ by serving others.
Caregiver Support Coordinator
Mental Health America of the MidSouth
Lynn Wood has spent the last 17 years working with senior citizens and their families who were dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She began her work at a Nursing Home/Rehab center running the Business Office and found herself working with families that were trying to make long term decisions based on emotions and decisions that they were not always prepared to make. She went on to work with two Assisted Living communities that offered Memory Care services. This is when she began to focus on those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The effects that being a caregiver has on the whole family unit has become a passion for her.
In Oct 2018 she accepted the position of Caregiver Support Coordinator with the non-profit organization, Mental Health America of the MidSouth. She became a Certified Dementia Specialist in early 2018 and is a member of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Her job takes her to the 13 counties in the Greater Nashville area speaking at conferences, communities, and meeting one on one with families and making Caring for the Caregiver her number one focus.
Managing Coordinator of Education, Positive Psychology Center
The University of Pennsylvania
After a successful career as a musical theatre performer and arts educator, Laura completed her Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She now serves as the Managing Coordinator of Education at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center and as an Assistant Instructor under Dr. James Pawelski for two courses in the MAPP program: Foundations of Positive Interventions and The Humanities and Human Flourishing.
Her passion for well-being drives her to help others thrive. She is the Co-Creator of the Penn Program for Flourishing alongside fellow MAPP alum Faisal Khan, and the Founder of Acting Strengths - a workshop series designed to help artists cultivate resilience and thrive in a rewarding and difficult business.
Originally from Nashville, TN, Laura enjoys living in Philadelphia and is particularly interested in the effective application of positive interventions, the arts and humanities, positive education, and organizational development.
State Representative Cameron Sexton
State Representative Cameron Sexton (R–Crossville) is an 8th generation Tennessean who graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Public Administration. Cameron and his wife Lacey live in Crossville and together, they have three children: Greer, Nathaniel, and Olivia. They are members of Central Baptist Church where Cameron is active in the church’s youth programs. He is employed by Cumberland County Bank where he works in Business Development. He also serves on the bank’s Board of Directors.
Cameron is actively involved in community and civic organizations in his district. He has served as a board member on the Friends of Cumberland Mountain State Park, and the Good Samaritan Society. He is a member in the Crossville Noon Rotary Club, Relay for Life Committee, and the Fairfield Glade Lions Club.
Representative Sexton is in his fifth term of the Tennessee General Assembly. His 25th House District includes Cumberland and Van Buren Counties and the City of Monterey in Putnam County. During the 107th General Assembly, Representative Sexton led the fight against the closing of Taft Youth Center.
He was elected by the House Republican Caucus to serve as the Majority Whip for the 108th General Assembly. While Majority Whip, Representative Sexton returned all Republican House members from the general election, assisted in increasing the margin of victory in key races, and aided in increasing the Republican majority in the State House of Representatives.