Lauren Schick, Chair
Lauren Schick, originally from Jackson, MS, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Lauren is a senior attorney in the Nashville office of Bradley ArantBoult Cummings and a member of the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Lauren also practices in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. As one of only a handful of female attorneys in the state of Tennessee to be board certified as an Estate Planning Specialist by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, she assists individuals and families with estate and trust planning, wealth transfer planning, and federal tax planning. Lauren also holds the Accredited Estate Planner designation with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC). Lauren assisted TNSF in acquiring its own 501(c)(3) status and has served on the committee for the Nashville event fundraiser, Music and Masterpieces. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Greg, and three girls, Presley, Lyla, and Tatum.
Dr. Kevin Ess
Dr. Kevin Ess joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2006 and is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology. He holds the Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology. He is also an Investigator of the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. His research interests are on mechanisms of brain development and how genetic aberrations result in brain malformations, epilepsy, and autism. His clinical activities focus on the management of intractable epilepsy in children. This includes medical therapies as well as diet and surgical management. He has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of the genetic disorders Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. He also directs an active basic science laboratory that studies these disorders using mouse models as well as human induced pluripotent stem cells.
Greg Feirn serves as Chief Executive Officer of LCMC Health, the parent company which operates and manages Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Touro Infirmary, University Medical Center, the New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center.
Mr. Feirn has over 22 years of healthcare experience and has focused his career on leadership in healthcare and hospital administration. His areas of expertise include financial accounting, non-profit tax accounting, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement strategy, hospital operations, investment portfolio management, and healthcare-related academic research.
Mr. Feirn is Chairman of the Metropolitan Management Corporation and serves on the Boards of the New Orleans Business Alliance, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, The Louisiana Hospital Association, and the Thisby& Noah Scott Foundation. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Orleans Metropolitan Hospital Council Finance Committee, Child Health Association, The Finance Committee of the Mayor’s Tricentennial Commission, and Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards’ Healthcare Transition Committee.
Mr. Feirn is an inactive Certified Public Accountant and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, with an emphasis in Finance. He served as Adjunct Professor of Managerial Finance for the School of Business.
L.A. Galyon, IV, Director at Brentwood Capital Advisors, advises healthcare service and outsourcing companies on M&A and capital raising transactions. He focuses on the behavioral health care, alternate site, outpatient and post-acute markets.
L.A. lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Martha, and two girls, Hallie and Mae Mae.
Kishia has advocated for youth and their families in Middle Tennessee as well as nonprofits. She is passionate about educating and advocating children and giving back to the Nashville community as well as advocating for nonprofits and small businesses. This is evident through her volunteerism with the MNPS, YMCA Black Achievers Program, In Full Motion Organization, and the THRIVE program through Martha O’Bryan. Her goal is to make the future brighter by continuing to educate the next generation with her motto being, “ To whom much is given, much is required; therefore we must meet one, reach one, and teach one to change the world.”
Clark Rollins is a Director with Assessment and Consulting for HCA’s Physician Service Group. Prior to HCA, Clark served in the Health Care Market Segment for EY. He received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University. Clark is also an active member with Nashville Chapter of AMBUCS.
Clark lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and daughter.
John graduated with a degree in Managerial Finance from the University of Mississippi in 1993. His post-graduate stint involved a fast-paced climb in sales, where in 1995 he moved to San Francisco beginning a successful run at Time Warner’s Money Magazine and landing at E*Trade as Manager of West Coast Sales.
Approached by a friend in 2001 with a niche opportunity in the dental industry, John made a move to Phoenix, Arizona, that required a radical career change and a leap of faith. There, he became co-owner and operator of a dental chain that rapidly grew throughout Arizona and into other states. Within five years he was running a $9 million company with over 100 employees.
In 2006, with the death of his first child, Thisbe, looming around every corner, John made a swift and decisive move to sell his share in the company and move his family to Franklin, TN, where he could devote whatever time he had left to his daughter. Little did he know he would soon be repeating the battle with his son, Noah.
Upon the deaths of his children in 2007 and 2008, John and his wife, Laurian, began The Olive Branch Fund: A Thisbe and Noah Scott Legacy. Within a few short years the Fund became so successful it outgrew its primary goals, thereby initiating the founding of the Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation.
Today, John is once again co-owner and operator of his former company, which he has brought to the Southeast. He and Laurian continue to find ways to plug the numerous holes they encountered during their children’s illnesses. This, in essence, is the mission they seek through TNSF. They spend every day missing Thisbe and Noah while giving gratitude for the children they still have with them – Aslan, Ovid and Hattie.
Thomason Financial Resources was founded in 2003. Kim Thomason, CEO, is a CPA, member of both the Tennessee State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs, and has over twenty-five years of diverse, progressive experience in financial management for a number of industries including not-for-profit, banking, insurance brokerage, and technology.
Kim Thomason has represented and played various critical roles in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities as a volunteer at Leadership Nashville, Girl Scouts, United Way and the Chamber of Commerce, to name a few.
Ansley is partner at TollesonMcCoy, a Nashville based design firm. Originally from Paducah, KY, Ansley graduated from the Art Institute. Ansley is also on the committee for the Nashville event fundraiser, Music and Masterpieces.
She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two children.