Board Members


Our Board Members

Robert Goodrich, TADP Board Chair, Nashville:  Bob Goodrich is an attorney with Burr & Foreman LLP in Nashville with 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 three-year tenure as TADP Board Chair, Bob has helped TADP develop a major donor campaign, serves on TADP’s development team, and 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: 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:  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.

Dr. Lauren Brown, Nashville:  Lauren Brown specializes in trauma, intimate partner violence, self-harm, anxiety disorders, and LGBTQ issues. She is a lecturer for University of Louisville’s MSSW program and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lauren currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Health & Support Services at Nashville CARES. Her past experiences include clinical services with domestic and intimate partner violence and individual and group therapy with incarcerated women. Lauren created TADP’s Generations Against the Death Penalty Concert, an event featuring songwriters and their adult children, raising nearly $40,000 over five years.

Randy Spivey, Nashville:  Randy Spivey began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge David H. Welles on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeal. Spivey also served as disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility. He was an adjunct professor for Lipscomb University’s program at the Tennessee Prison for Women as well as for the department of history, politics, and philosophy and the Institute of Law, Justice, and Society (LJS), prior to his full-time appointment as director of LJS.

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.

Sarah McGee, Nashville:  Sarah McGee is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a 2012 graduate of the TACDL Criminal Defense College. During law school, Sarah worked with University of Tennessee’s Law’s Innocence/Wrongful Convictions Clinic and interned for the Knox County Public Defender, the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. From 2012-2014, she earned her Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She also served as a public defender with the Davidson County’s Public Defenders’ office. Sarah serves on TADP’s personnel committee and will be a volunteer lobbyist for the 2017 session.

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.

Ndume Olatushani, Nashville:  Ndume Olatushani was wrongfully convicted for the 1983 murder of Joe Belenchia in Memphis and spent nearly 28 years in prison, 20 of which were on Tennessee’s death row. In 2011, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Ndume’s conviction, and he was awarded a new trial. Later he accepted an Alford plea, maintaining his innocence, and was released on June 1, 2012. He taught himself to paint while on death row and has exhibited his art throughout Nashville. He works as an organizer for the Children’s Defense Fund, with a focus on ending the school to prison pipeline. Ndume serves as a speaker for TADP and has been featured in a variety of media nationwide. Ndume is also featured in TADP’s short film, To Honor Life.

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.

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.

Dr. Margaret Vandiver, Memphis:  Dr. Margaret Vandiver is a retired Professor who taught in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis from 1992-2015. She has taught numerous courses on capital punishment and published journal articles and books including, Tennessee’s New Abolitionists: The Fight to End the Death Penalty in the Volunteer State, co-edited with TADP board member Amy Sayward; Lethal Punishment: Lynchings and Legal Executions in the South; and with Michael Radelet, Capital Punishment in America: An Annotated Bibliography. She serves on TADP’s personnel committee.

 

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

 

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