Letter from the Board Chair

Dear Friends of RISE,

With nearly $8 million in asset creation to date, the RISE Foundation is fulfilling their mission to help people help themselves. The RISE Foundation empowers low-income Memphians with knowledge of basic financial skills; RISE puts people in a position to successfully achieve their goals. These assets created include home ownership; microenterprise; post-secondary education; purchasing a computer for their family; additional education that could lead to employment improvements, or simply saving for the future for the first time in their lives.

RISE has worked with families in Memphis and Shelby County for over 18 years to help break the cycle of poverty and its effects. RISE was initially designed to help Memphis public housing residents achieve financial self-sufficiency. Today, RISE works with students starting in the 5th grade through their senior year in high school, to budget, save and accumulate assets. Their unique expertise has increased the numbers that RISE serves in the community.

At RISE, we are grateful for our supporters as RISE is almost entirely dependent upon private funding from corporate and private citizens. RISE needs your support financially and to share our story so that we can continue to serve as a great asset in our community.

RISE = Responsibility. Initiative. Solution. Empowerment. Help us to serve more individuals/families who want to become RISERS!

Randy Williams


RISE Board of Directors


2020 – 2021


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

Paul Blanchard, Finance Chair
Vice President Supply Chain Operations
Industrial Packaging

Joy Richmond Bowen, Initiatives/Program Chair
Treasury Management Advisor
Pinnacle Financial Partners

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

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

Marsh Campbell, Secretary
Retired, Regions Bank

William Capooth, Fund Development Chair
Director, Supply Chain Support/Customer Satisfaction


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

Keith L. Collins
First Vice President
Commercial & Business Banking Sales Manager
SunTrust Bank, Memphis

Jonas Croft
Vice President, Human Resources
Highline Aftermarket, LLC

Dr. Christopher Davis
Sr. Pastor
St. Paul Baptist Church

Darlene Donovan
Vice President/Retail
Orion Federal Credit Union

Stephany Goodnight
Retired Former VP of Supply Chain
AutoZone, Inc

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

Patrick F. Haynes
Chief Strategy Officer
Capitol Financial Group

Markita C. Jack
SVP, Talent Acquisition & Employee Relations
First Horizon National Corporation

Kenyon Lee
Financial Controlling Manager NALC – Memphis

David C. Lenoir
CRA Partners

Kristin Lockhart – Past Board Chair
Vice President – Recruiting
Adams Keegan

Teresa T. Morris
Memphis District Manager
Wells Fargo

Crystal R. Oliver
Managing Director
FedEx Express Corporation
Recruitment, HR Corporate Support and Training

Stephanie Scurlock

LaTonya Taylor
University of Memphis 

Melissa Thompson
Real Estate Specialist
Crye-Leike Realtors

Robert Lipscomb
Founder & Chair Emeritus