Letter from the Board Chair

Dear Friends of RISE,

Every year, throughout the Memphis community, many of our hardest-working citizens fall short of their dreams and goals of improving their financial stability and providing a better quality of life for themselves and their families. As we try to build a workforce that supports local businesses, we sometimes fail to see the important role financial literacy plays in preparing local workers.

RISE Foundation was founded to provide opportunities and incentives for low-income workers seeking to increase their financial literacy. Our mission is to help people help themselves. By investing in our neighbors and empowering them with knowledge of basic financial skills, RISE puts people in a position to successfully achieve their goals. Among those goals are home ownership; microenterprise; post-secondary education; purchasing their first car; or simply saving for the future for the first time in their lives. And our work has a domino effect, with program participants sharing their knowledge with friends, family and colleagues.

RISE continues to grow in terms of the number of Memphians served, in our fundraising efforts, and in community awareness around the hard work and great accomplishments of program participants. RISE is almost entirely dependent upon private funding from corporate and private citizens. We are so grateful to our long-time supporters and patrons, as well as new donors who are learning about the successes of our participants. RISE has truly proven to be a great investment in our community and we hope you will continue to contribute financially and help us share our story.

Terri Browne


RISE Board of Directors


2017 – 2018


Terri S. Browne, Chair
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

Marianne Parrs, Finance Chair
Community Volunteer

Dana L. Pointer, Board Development Chair
Controller & Chief Compliance Officer
Preserver Partners, LLC

Kristin Lockhart, Vice-Chair
Adams Keegan
Director of Recruiting Services

Lisa M. Cook, Fund Development Chair
Senior Vice President & Trust Officer
First Tennessee Bank

Carla Peacher-Ryan (Legal Counsel)
Baker Donelson

LaTonya Taylor, Program Participant Secretary
Head Start Site Director – Porter Leath

Michael Bruno, Past Board Chair
VP, Alliance Partner Development
HRO Partners


Marsh Campbell
Community Volunteer

Angela L. Dixon
Senior Vice President, Commercial & Business Banking Sales Manager
SunTrust Bank, Memphis

William Capooth
Director, Supply Chain Support/Customer Satisfaction

Stephanie Scurlock

Brian K. Woods
Director of Finance

Teresa T. Morris
Memphis District Manager
Wells Fargo

Crystal R. Oliver
Managing Director
FedEx Express Corporation

Daniel D. Dennis
Director of Brokerage Sales and Disability Specialist
Capital Financial Group

Paul Blanchard
Vice President of Supply Chain, Industrial Packaging
International Paper

David C. Lenoir
Development Co-Chair
Shelby County Trustee

Jason Lee
Executive Vice President, CFO
Orion Federal Credit Union

Sheena Harper-Nelson
Program Participant Representative
Eligibility Counselor II
Tennessee Department of Human Services

Joy Bowen
Program Initiatives Chair
Vice President – Treasury Management
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Randy Williams
General Manager/Senior Vice-President of Distribution
Orgill, Inc.

Brandon Bell
First Horizon National Corporation
Vice President/Organizational Inclusion and Change Leadership

Dr. Christopher Davis
Senior Pastor
St. Paul Baptist Church

Robert Lipscomb
Founder & Chair Emeritus