Board Members


Our Board Members

Robert Goodrich, TADP Board Chair, Nashville:  Bob Goodrich is an attorney with over 30 years of experience working in bankruptcy and insolvency related matters in state and federal courts. Mid-South Super Lawyers named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee. During his tenure as TADP Board Chair, Bob has helped TADP develop a major donor campaign, serves on TADP’s development team, and has filed an amicus brief with the Tennessee Supreme Court on execution protocols.

Sarah Miller, Secretary/Treasurer, Nashville:  Sarah Miller is an attorney with Bass Berry & Sims PLC, focusing on business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, focusing on business litigation while also drafting numerous pieces of state and local legislation and counseling clients on new state and federal laws. She maintains a robust pro bono practice, including work on prisoners’ rights and parole cases, in addition to civil cases. Sarah also participated in fundraising training with The Suddes Group in 2015 and is a member of TADP development team.

Rev. Dr. Jason Curry, Nashville:  The Rev. Jason Curry currently serves as the Dean of the Fisk Memorial Chapel and the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditations at Fisk University. As the Dean of the Fisk Chapel, Jason provides leadership in the area of religious and spiritual life at Fisk University. He previously served as the Director of Institutional Research at Kentucky State University from 2001-2003. Jason is a former pastor, and he is a licensed and ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Rev. Amy Howe, Memphis:  The Rev. Amy Howe is an ordained Presbyterian minister, recently retired, who served as Parish Associate at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis from 2003-2014. She also served on the board of Memphis Theological Seminary and was TADP’s board chair from 2008- 2013. She is a volunteer visitor on Tennessee’s death row, facilitates TADP chapter meetings, and organizes TADP events in Memphis.

Stephen Johnson, Knoxville:  Stephen Johnson is a trial and appellate attorney whose practice is focused on the defense of persons and companies accused of white-collar crimes, major felonies, and other serious matters in federal and state courts. He has argued or briefed cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and other federal and state courts. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is a past President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL). For three consecutive years, he served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Criminal Justice Section, and he is the Associate General Counsel for the TBA. Among many other distinctions, Stephen is an adjunct professor with the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he supervises third year law students in the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic, an initiative he helped to create and has been involved in for over fifteen years.

Tom Lee, Nashville:  Tom Lee is an attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC and practices in the areas of government services and business litigation, concentrating his work on lobbying and government relations, and providing strategic counsel on managing public policy change on state and local levels. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Tom was principal of his own public strategies firm and a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. He holds an AV® rating by Martindale Hubbell® and served on the Tennessee Judicial Council. Tom won two Emmy awards and numerous other national awards for investigative journalism and documentaries. He was named among The Best Lawyers in America© from 2013-2017, chaired the Tennessee Bar Association Government Affairs Committee from 2009-2011, and served as the Gubernatorial Appointee on the Tennessee Legislative Committee to Study the Application of the Death Penalty 2007-2008.

Amy Mohan, Nashville:  Amy Mohan is a Nashville attorney. Her practice areas are general and commercial litigation, including hospital and physician litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, media law, and state and federal appellate litigation. She also provides crisis communications and media consulting services to individuals and businesses in connection with both civil and criminal matters. Amy graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Amy also worked as a television reporter and anchor, most recently at WTVF, Newschannel 5 in Nashville. During that time, she received two Emmy awards for her coverage of the 2004 Asian tsunami. Amy currently hosts “Ask the Attorney”, a live monthly call-in show on Newschannel 5/Cable Channel 50.

Dr. Justin Phillips, Knoxville:  Justin Phillips hails from Union City, Tennessee. He attended and graduated from Union University with a B.A. in political science from Union University (Jackson, TN).  Justin then earned a Masters of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School (Durham, NC) and served University Methodist Church in Chapel Hill as the youth director. He joined Union University as the Director of Student Programs, where he oversaw the school’s co-curricular programs and student activities. In 2007, Justin began doctoral work at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) in Christian Ethics. During that time, he served in leadership roles on the Peace and Justice Concerns Committee at Fuller, the Center for Advanced Theological Studies committee. In early 2014, Justin was hired by Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty as the organizer, and he expanded TADP’s outreach to the large evangelical community in the state.

Michelle Steele, Nashville:  Michelle Steele is Academic Director of Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University and Associate Professor. With more than 15 years experience working with governmental agencies, Steele served as director of the Nashville Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods for four years during the Purcell administration, is a former case manager for the Mid-Cumberland Community Services Agency, and most recently, supervised the customer care team at the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Codes and Building Safety. Steele has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, a Master of Science degree in public service management from Cumberland University, and a Doctorate of Education in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Jonathan Stewart, Jackson:  Jonathan Stewart is a partner in the law firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC, where he has been practicing law since 2003 primarily in the area of insurance coverage litigation. He also serves as Vice President of Jackson non-profit Area Relief Ministries. A graduate of Union University (Southern Baptist), he is a conservative, who has written an op-ed for The Jackson Sun, outlining his concerns about the death penalty and is working with TASMIE to plan an event in Jackson in October.

Reverend Charles Strobel, Nashville:  Charles Strobel is the founding director of Room In the Inn and its Campus for Human Development in Nashville, a comprehensive single site of services for the homeless. In December of 1986, his mother, Mary Catherine Strobel, was murdered in Nashville. For more than 25 years, he has been a vocal opponent of the death penalty, speaking against it as a murder victim’s family member and advocate in the media and on numerous panels across Tennessee and the U.S. He also served on the Tennessee Legislative Committee to Study the Application of the Death Penalty 2007-08. Charles has received numerous awards, including Tennessean of the Year by The Tennessean and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the TN-ACLU. Charles is also featured in TADP’s short film, To Honor Life.

Davis Turner, Nashville:  Davis Turner is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of RCCH Healthcare Partners. Davis has 30 years of experience practicing law in law firms and as in-house counsel to the nation’s largest investor-owned hospital companies. Davis received his MBA in 1986 and JD in 1987 from Vanderbilt University. He is active at West End United Methodist Church, having served as chair of its Council on Ministries and its Global Outreach Committee and as a member of its Staff Parish Committee. Davis is also a conservative, who is a surviving family member of a murder victim.

 

Our Advisory Board Members

Gloria Sweet-Love, Brownsville

Joyce House, Crossville

Naomi Tutu, Nashville

Penny White, Johnson City

Reverend Robert Early, Nashville

Gayle Ray, Brentwood

Ray Krone, Newport

Ndume Olatushani

 

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