The Board

Interim President: Cynthia Duke Bennett has great passion for Encouragement Ministries, because she was on the receiving end of EM services in 2012 while recovering from two massive surgeries to repair a shattered vertebrae incurred while cliff jumping at a lake on a family vacation. She will never forget the multiple encouraging notes she received from Pat Ward, and the calming presence and heartfelt prayers that accompanied each of Russ Corley’s visits. Cynthia is a Nashville native and a graduate of Lipscomb University. She and her husband, Pat (a former EM board member), have two sons, Brooks and Nathan. The Bennetts are a very active part of the Otter Creek church family, and Cynthia has recently stepped into the waters of an entrepreneurial start-up business called My Life in 10 Minutes.

Vice President:

Secretary: April Ezell is on Faculty at Lipscomb University. She has taught for 31 years in the department of Kinesiology. She was the Assistant Women’s Basketball coach at Lipscomb from 1986-2000. April graduated from Lipscomb in 1983 and received her Masters of Arts in Education from Tennessee State University in 1995. She married Gil Ezell in 2000 and has three step-daughters and three grandchildren.

Treasurer: John Griffith is Director of Finance and Assistant Controller at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he has been employed since 2006. Previously, John was an Assistant Vice President in Internal Audit at Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville. John is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville. John has been married to Alice since 1989, and they have seven children. John and his family worship at The Village Chapel in Nashville.

Elizabeth Clunan is a native Tennessean passionate about charitable work since her teenager years. Inspired by a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico, with her Hendersonville Church of Christ Youth Group, she quickly developed a devotion for the nonprofit sector. Through her volunteering with nonprofits while attending Ole Miss, she received a BA in social work and returned to Nashville to begin a career in public health and counseling. Elizabeth, her husband Kevin, and their four children call Brentwood home. She is currently happy spending her days devoted to raising her children, working as a teacher assistant at Otter Creek Kindergarten, and staying busy involved in her community. For fun, she loves hunting for unique things at estate sales and spending time with her friends. She is known to pet sit with an extreme love for animals.

Brett Holladay is the Managing Principal of Symphony Strategic Consulting. Brett founded Symphony Strategic Consulting in 2017 because of a desire to help small and medium size companies increase their value and reach higher levels of success. He has been consulting with small and medium size businesses since 2014. Brett’s career has spanned 28 years in various accounting and finance positions, including 17 years with Hospital Corporation of America from 1997 – 2014. He is a 1989 graduate of Lipscomb University with a degree in Accounting and Finance/Economics, is a CPA and a CGMA.

Allison Meyers