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Board of Directors
Wayne Bannon, Chair
Wayne Bannon is a retired educator for the Memphis City School system. He is the founder of the Whitehaven Alliance of Churches and Neighborhoods, past President of the Memphis Police Ambassadors and the FBI Alumni Association. He is a current member of the Whitehaven Rotary Club and President of the Friends of the Library, Whitehaven Branch. For the past decade and a half Wayne has been active as a community organizer concerned with issues effecting local neighborhoods. Recently, he has worked with the American Red Cross in home-based fire prevention efforts in depressed and neglected areas.
Robbie Wallace, Secretary
Robbie Wallace has more than 15 years of working for the public good, including working as a teacher and youth counselor at Ombudsman Educational in Holly Springs and Natchez, MS. During that time she worked closely with at-risk students by helping them in determining their abilities, challenges, and personal needs. She also helped her students identify and overcome academic, personal, and family challenges that affected their success. Robbie has also worked as a Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program (CAAP), providing assessment, case planning, and crisis intervention services. She currently works as a Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator at YWCA of Greater Memphis. Her personal time is devoted to family, friends, and church activities.
Along with his volunteer work at the Memphis Crisis Center, Harold serves on the AARP Tennessee Executive Council. He was also appointed to the West Division Leadership Team and the TN Volunteer Support Team in 2015 as Congressional District Lead (District 9). Most recently, Harold served as a principal in Memphis City Schools. Committed to lifelong service in retirement, Harold is an Adjunct Professor at Christian Brothers University, volunteers with several Veterans organizations, serves on the TN Advisory Committee on Open Government, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and is active in his local church. He dedicates his service to all ages Pre-K to Post-secondary on through the, “Real Possibilities”, 50+ generation. Harold currently resides in Memphis.
The Rev. Beth Lefever, a native Hoosier, has served as pastor of Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church since July of 2012. Before that she was the half-time religious leader at Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in St. Joseph, MI, and did prison ministry at the Elkhart County (IN) Jail. She studied sociology at Indiana University and received her M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Before Beth moved into ministry she was a 911 dispatcher for 18 years in Elkhart, IN, eventually becoming the 911 Center’s Training Coordinator, and then Assistant Director. She also served on Elkhart’s Board of Public Safety. And a very long time ago she was a call-taker for Elkhart’s crisis call center, Switchboard Concern.
Emily Richardson, Chair Elect
Emily Richardson has been volunteering with the Memphis Crisis Center since interning with us in 2015. After the completion of her internship at MCC, Emily has remained an active volunteer in the call center as a crisis line worker and mentor for new volunteers. She has also assisted with the implementation of new technology in the call center and provides ongoing IT support. Following the completion of her BA in Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2016, Emily continued into the MS in General Psychology program at the U of M. Currently, Emily serves as the lab manager of the University of Memphis Psychotherapy Research Lab while finishing her degree.
Ricky Turner, also known as Coach Rix, has a wealth of experience in a wide range of leadership roles in corporate America and as an entrepreneur and Business Coach. His background includes 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and a comprehensive knowledge of business-to-business markets, national accounts, retail, and resellers. He is a results-driven leader who emphases organizational development, communications and a strong understanding of business issues. He also serves as the Vice President of the Black Business Association of Memphis.
Linda J. Mathis, Legal Chair
Linda J. Mathis is a Memphis attorney practicing in the area of civil litigation beginning in 1988. She graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and received her Juris Doctor degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). She is currently an active volunteer with the Memphis Crisis Center, and has been since 1984.