Our Board Members
Sarah Miller, TADP Board Chair, 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.
Amy Mohan, Secretary/Treasurer, 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. John Greer, Nashville: Dr. John Greer served as a fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Hematology and Medical Oncology (1981-84) and joined the faculty as an Instructor in the Divisions of Hematology (Internal Medicine) and Hematology/Oncology (Pediatrics). He was awarded an American Cancer Society Career Development Award (1985-88) and has played a major role in clinical research, education, and clinical care in patients with hematologic cancers. He was an Assistant Professor from 1986 to 1992 when he was promoted with tenure as an Associate Professor and became a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology in 2003. Dr. Greer was twice elected to the University Faculty Senate (1991-94 and 2013-16). He completed a Masters of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2016 with an emphasis on ethics and served as Co-Chair of VUMC Ethics Committee, 2016-18. He was awarded Emeritus status at his retirement in June 2018.
Phyllis Hildreth, Nashville: Phyllis D. K. Hildreth, heads American Baptist’s College’s new “Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose” (CLMPI) Initiative as the recently-appointed Director of Grants Management and Strategic Partnerships. Phyllis Hildreth served as associate professor at Lipscomb University, College of Leadership and Public Service. Other prior experience includes roles as Chief Counsel for Administration, Maryland State Office of the Public Defender; Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice; and first Managing Director, Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center. She earned a B. A. in biology from Harvard University, a J. D. degree from the University of Maryland, and an M. A. in conflict management from Lipscomb University. She was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law. During inauguration week activities for her husband, Dr. James E. K. Hildreth (President/CEO, Meharry Medical College) Ms. Hildreth launched the “Falcon Fund,” calling for civic engagement in justice, service, and health. She also serves on Nashville Community Oversight Board .
Reverend Amy Howe, Memphis: The Reverend 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.
Reverend Anna Lee, Knoxville: The Reverend Anna Lee is the Executive Pastor at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN. In her 10 years at Cokesbury she has served in both Outreach Ministries and Spiritual Growth before stepping into her current leadership role. She is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. It was during her time at Vanderbilt that she became involved in justice work ranging from ministries to those incarcerated, persons experiencing homelessness, and those immigrating to the United States. In addition to her responsibilities at Cokesbury, Anna is currently involved in Justice Knox, an inter-faith initiative to identify and address issues at the city and county levels that prevent full the thriving of all persons in Knoxville. She is also a part of an interdenominational group that provides encouragement to those who interact with the ICE office in Knoxville. Anna is a mother of two young children and is married to Chris, a worship leader in the Knoxville area.
Mark Stephens, Knoxville: Mark Stephens was elected in 2014 to serve a fourth term as the elected District Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial District (Knox County, Tennessee), a position he had held since 1990. He retired from that position in 2019 and returned to private practice. Mr. Stephens has dedicated his career to building the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office into a national model of holistic, client-centered representation. He previously served as President of the Tennessee District Public Defender’s Conference and Chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Defense Commission. Mr. Stephens served for two years as Chair of the National Association for Public Defense and currently serves on the Steering and Executive Committees of that organization as well as the Workload and Systems Builders Committees. He served for eight years as a member of the Board of Directors for Gideon’s Promise. In 2011, Gideon’s Promise presented him with the Stephen B. Bright Award in recognition of his contribution to the effort to improve the quality of indigent defense in the South. Mr. Stephens is a member of the ABA and NACDL. On the state level, he is a member of Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), which twice awarded him the prestigious Robert W. Ritchie Award (2000 and 2007), and he is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. On a local level, he is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association, which in 1995 presented him with the Law and Liberty Award for his efforts in the advancement and protection of law and liberty. In 2002, Mr. Stephens was presented with the UT Pro Bono award for outstanding contributions to the Innocence Project. In 2016, Mr. Stephens was awarded the Governor’s Award by the KBA for his work in developing the Community Law Office. In 2017 he was selected to become a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation. Since 2004, Mr. Stephens has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he teaches Trial Advocacy. In 2017, Stephens was named the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member by the Law School. In 2019, Mr. Stephens was selected to become a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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