Memphis-Based Soulsville Foundation Expands Board Of Directors

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The Soulsville Foundation announced Monday that it has expanded its board of directors to include, among others, industry experts outside Memphis, and the first-ever board appointment of a graduate of the Stax Music Academy it operates.

The foundation also operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Soulsville Charter School.

Its offices and all three entities are located together on a campus at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis.


Richard Greenwald, Soulsville Foundation President & CEO who joined the organization in that role in May 2017, said, “ As the Soulsville Foundation board of directors nears the 20th anniversary of its founding in 1998, we are expanding and redefining the members’ roles as we further the foundation’s work as the global leader in soul music and youth development and deepen our impact on the local community.”


New to the board in 2017 are:


·      Kirby Dockery – Stax Music Academy graduate, songwriter & Recording Artist, Roc Nation

·      Meka Egwuekwe – Cofounder and Executive Director, Code Crew

·      James Maclin – Principal Consultant, M&M Enterprises, Inc.

·      Tom Marino – Executive Director, Poplar Foundation

·      Gary Shorb – Executive Director, Urban Child Institute

·      Samuel A. (“A”) Thompson – Chairman, Treasurer, and CCO, Summit Asset Management

·      Jenny Koltnow – Chief Development Officer, Church Health Center

·      Shannon Brown – Senior Vice President/Chief HR & Diversity Officer, FedEx Express

·      Frederick Davie – Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary of New York City

·      John Kremer – VP, Business Development, Partner Ecosystem and Product Operations, Digital Media at Adobe

·      Beverly Robertson – Principal, TRUST Marketing & Communications

·      Michele Smith – Senior Director of Project Management, Concord Music


“We now have over $30 million in assets on the Soulsville campus,” Greenwald continued, “with more than 100 employees, more than 60,000 visitors a year to the Stax Museum from all over the world, and two programs that serve more than 800 middle and high school children every day. Given this kind of growth and the potential to reach more constituents, we feel that reinvigorating our board at this juncture will help pave the way for even more significant success moving forward.”


One of the new board members, Kirby Dockery, is the first-ever alumni representative of the Soulsville Foundation’s youth programs to join the board. She attended the Stax Music Academy in the mid-2000s and later attended Berklee College of Music. Now signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company as artist and songwriter, Kirby has written songs for the likes of Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Demi Lovato, and Kanye West, and was one of the ASCAP’s three “Women Behind the Music” Award recipients in 2017.


“In expanding the board of directors to add various areas of expertise,” Greenwald said, “we are particularly excited to have one of our own students representing the music industry side of things. This is a testament not only to our work with young people, but also to Kirby’s tenacity and drive to have a successful career in music.”


Current/existing Soulsville Foundation board members are:


·      Howard Eddings, Jr. – President & CEO, RedZone Memphis

·      Tom Grimes – COO, Mid-America Apartment Communities

·      Steve Guinn – Vice President and Division Manager, Highwoods Properties

·      Carolyn Hardy – President & CEO, Chism Hardy Investments & Henderson Worldwide Investments

·      Richard Hussey (CHAIR) – Head of Mid-South Agriculture, The Lawrence Group

·      Bruce McMullen – City Attorney & Chief Legal Officer, City of Memphis; shareholder, Baker Donelson law firm

·      Eric Robertson – President, Community Lift

·      Michael Ugweke – President & CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

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