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The Board of Directors

Mercy’s Board of Directors is made up of some of the community’s most passionate and active leaders. As such, they assist Mercy in understanding, pursuing, and attaining its mission. In particular, this means:

  1. Being active in board and committee meetings.
  2. Assuming oversight and approval of all organizational policies, by-laws, and procedures.
  3. Ensuring the financial well-being of the organization.
  4. Approving the budget.
  5. Assisting in the design and implementation of Mercy’s strategic plan.
  6. Providing a positive representation and interpretation of Mercy in the community.

We are grateful for this tremendous team that serves us so well!

Craig Ballentine – Chairman

Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, Craig Ballentine, CPA MBA is a Principal at Patterson, Hardee & Ballentine, P.C., a full service CPA firm in Franklin, TN.  He specializes in the tax and accounting departments, as well as leading firm development. He has experience in tax, accounting, and financial statement preparation for individuals, self-employed persons and business owners.

Craig attended Trevecca Nazarene University, where he was a standout baseball player.  After obtaining his degree in Accounting, he served as the Graduate Assistant coach for the baseball team while he completed his MBA.  During this time he began his career at APH, CPAs, a local firm in Middle Tennessee, where he advanced to the position of Director of Small Business Development.  In May of 2011, he was one of the principals in establishing Patterson, Hardee & Ballentine, P.C

Craig is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).  He also serves on the board of Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, TN.  He is a member of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Business Forum Franklin Chapter, and a former officer, of the Williamson County Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI).  He lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife Cala and daughter Charlotte.

Nancy ReecePast Chairman

Nancy Reece is a Sr. Consultant with The Human Capital Group, Inc. specializing in developing leaders that gain competitive advantage and deliver sustainable business results. Nancy is also the founder and director of Pastoral Leadership Academy, a two year multi denominational experience which builds relationships and leadership skills for church leaders. Prior to joining the Human Capital Group, Nancy served as Senior Vice President for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and national consultant for YMCA of the USA. She was the first woman elected National Board Chair of the Association of YMCA Professionals in its 130-year history.

As adjunct faculty, Nancy teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Lipscomb University’s Graduate College of Business School.

Jane Allen – Secretary 

Jane has worked at United Health Care since 2009 as the Manager of the Private Duty Nursing team. Before that she founded and administered the Parish Nurse program at Graceworks Ministries. Jane has also served as the Parish Nurse for Christ Church of Arrington and Christian Worship Center, she was a founding board member and served as secretary for Grace Medical Clinic that was acquired by Mercy Health Services in 2013. Jane has also served as founding member and president of Middle Tennessee Health Ministries Association, she has collaborated with TennCep Tennessee nutrition coalition education program and also served on the Williamson County Health Council and as special appointment for the Institute for Public Health and Faith Collaborations.

Jane has been married for over 30 years to her husband Bob Allen and they have three children and three grandchildren and six adopted grandchildren.

Jim Martin

Judge James G. Martin, III was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1947. He attended public schools in Hendersonville, Tennessee through the 10th grade.  In 1963, his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he graduated from public high school in 1965. He then attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He majored in economics and minored in mathematics, and he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earning magna cum laude recognition.

Following college, Judge Martin served in the United States Army and saw duty in Vietnam.  He earned the Bronze Star medal (2 overseas bars), the Vietnam Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.    He was honorably discharged from the military service in 1971.

Judge Martin attended Vanderbilt University from 1971-1974 as a Patrick Wilson Scholar.  He graduated from law school first in his class and along the way earned a position as an Editor of The Vanderbilt Law Review, and was recognized for his excellent academic work by receiving the Founder’s Medal, Order of the Coif, the Archie B. Martin Memorial Medal, and the Robert F. Jackson Prize.

Upon completing law school, Judge Martin started his law practice in Franklin, Tennessee with the law firm of McWilliams, Berry & Oglesby. In 1976, he joined the firm of Farris, Evans and Warfield where he remained for thirty-two (32) years (Farris, Evans and Warfield became Farris, Warfield & Kanaday, and later merged into Stites & Harbison PLLC).

During his long career as an attorney, Judge Martin practiced law in a variety of areas, including municipal law, criminal law, insurance defense, real property law, general civil litigation, and family law.  He was recognized throughout his practice, earning recognition in the Best Lawyers Of America, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Business Tennessee’s List of 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee. He maintains affiliation with the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Williamson County Bar Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Tennessee John Marshall Chapter of Inns of Court (Franklin, Tennessee), where he currently serves as President.

Judge Martin attends church at Christ Community Church. He is a Board member of Mercy Community Healthcare, Inc. d/b/a Mercy Children’s Clinic.  He is a member of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Judge Martin is married to Janis Martin. He has two daughters (Mary Ross Winsley and Dr. Emily Tarver), a stepson (Carter Baskin), and four grandchildren (Aiden Winsley, Madeline Winsley, Finn Tarver, and Camp Tarver).

In December, 2008, Judge Martin was appointed Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial District. In 2010, he was elected to this same position.

Andy Oliver

Andy Oliver is a Sr. Engineer with HCA. He works in the IT field with an emphasis on emergency alerting and network management. Andy is originally from Tallahassee, Florida, relocating to Franklin in the fall of 2004. He attended Florida State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Science.

Andy is very involved in church, serving as an elder at Christ Community Church. He and his wife, Shelly, have two boys, Grayson and Tracy. Andy pursues the guitar and bass guitar in his free time and can be regularly found playing bass on the church worship team.

Rebecca Dyer

Rebecca was born in Evansville, Indiana and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Southern Indiana.  She spent 15 years in the hotel industry working in various management roles.  Desiring to fulfill her dream of working in the legal profession, she completed her paralegal certification and then went on to attend the Nashville School of Law, graduating in 2006.  After graduation and the bar examination, she worked as staff attorney for Passport Health Communications, where she drafted and negotiated contracts. Rebecca was in private practice for several years specializing in criminal, probate, and contract law.  She is presently working for Healthtrust Purchasing Group negotiating national vendor contracts.  She is a member of the Williamson County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Courts.  She serves on the Board at Mercy Community Healthcare.  Rebecca is a member of Crossroads Bible Church and in her spare time she enjoys Pilates and Ballroom Dancing.

John Smith

John C. Smith Jr., of Granada Hills, California and Little Rock, Arkansas, is an IT Quality Assurance Director with Uniguest of Nashville, Tennessee. John has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. After high school, John enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1988-1993. He served in Operation Desert Storm and served assignments in Abilene, TX and Zaragoza, Spain. After receiving his honorable discharge from the military, John enrolled in undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he was selected as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and earned a B.S. in Accounting. John received an MBA Degree with a concentration in leadership from Lipscomb University. John and his wife Allison have two children, Christian and Alyssa. John is a member of Bethel World Outreach Church and serves as a lay worship leader. John enjoys cycling in his free time.

Julie Watson Lampley

Julie is a partner at Butler Snow law firm and serves on the firm’s executive committee.  Julie also serves as assistant practice group leader of Butler Snow’s Healthcare Regulatory and Transactions group and as team leader of the Life Sciences team within that group.  Julie has practiced law since 1987 and has been named among the “Best Lawyers in America” for health care law and “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal.  Her practice includes broad representation of Life Sciences companies including both publicly-held and privately owned international pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device companies, and research organizations, serving as a creative, solution driven advisor and passionate advocate.  Julie is also active in national representation of physician groups, physician practice management companies, provider networks, hospitals, home healthcare providers, durable medical equipment providers and ambulatory surgery centers.  Julie routinely offers advice and services involving creation, review and negotiation of broad range of commercial sourcing and procurement contracts, with an emphasis on healthcare regulatory and compliance issues, as well as advice and services involving Stark and Anti-kickback, antitrust issues, privacy policies and programs; compliance programs, managed care contracting, practice acquisitions and mergers, physician recruitment and employment, hospital-based physician contracting, entity formation and operation and issues relating to tax-exempt healthcare providers.

Ronnie McCoy

Being fluent in sign language and raised by Deaf parents, Ronnie’s past community involvement includes board chair at Bridges, which is a nonprofit organization that serves the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Middle Tennessee. In addition, he currently serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity for Williamson and Maury County. Ronnie lives in Franklin along with his wife Nicole and three daughters Megan, Olivia, and Blair.

Kristen Toth

Kristen joined Saint Thomas Health in January, 2014.  She is Executive Director of the Saint Thomas Health Alliance, and oversees acquisitions, physician recruitment and development, and provider onboarding.  She worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years prior to moving to Saint Thomas, specializing in Women’s and Pediatric Health.  While with Mead Johnson, Kristen was a project manager for the national rollout, and she was voted MVP by her colleagues for her contributions.  Some of Kristen’s career highlights include negotiating an exclusive hospital contract that increased revenue by $500K annually, winning President’s Club twice, and being selected as Sales Rep of the Year.  She holds a BA in Mathematics from Maryville College and a Master’s in Statistics from the University of TN.  Kristen served on the board of Nurses for Newborns prior to joining Mercy Community Healthcare’s board.  She is married to Marty, and has two children, Maddie and Preston.

Melora Wilkins Turner 

Melora was born and raised in Murfreesboro and has lived in Nashville for thirty years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. Melora began her nursing career at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital working on an oncology/hematology floor and also has experience in adult oncology and general pediatrics. Most recently she worked for fourteen years as a summer staff nurse at Camp Greystone in North Carolina. Melora has actively volunteered in the community. Among numerous volunteer jobs in her daughters’ schools, she served as President of the PTA at Julia Green Elementary and Chair of the Parents Association at Harpeth Hall. In addition to school volunteering, Melora has served on the boards of The Middle Tennessee Poison Control Center and Preston Taylor Ministries where she also served as Board Chair. Melora continues to volunteer weekly at Preston Taylor Ministries and is very involved with myLIFEspeaks, a Nashville based nonprofit which supports the village of Neply, Haiti. Melora is a member of West End United Methodist Church. Melora and her husband Davis, whose two daughters live in New York City and Greenville, South Carolina, enjoy traveling, sporting events and spending time with friends and family.

Todd Matthews

Todd is a Client Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management Medical Specialty Group and Registered Representative with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. He is responsible for coordinating and advising personal relationships and specializes in working with physicians, healthcare executives and medical practice groups. Prior to joining SunTrust in 2012 he worked at another private wealth firm in Seattle, Washington. He is a CFP® and an active member of the Financial Planning Association and Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee.

Todd is a Young Leaders Council board training program alumni and member of the United Way’s Sennet Society. He graduated from Campbell University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s in Trust and Wealth Management and Masters of Business Administration. Todd and his wife Rachel live in Franklin with their son Braeden and attend Redeeming Grace Church.

Bryant E. Hall, Sr.

Bryant is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) where he received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

After graduating from UTC, Bryant launched his career with STAR Physical Therapy. At STAR, Bryant actively serves as a Clinic Director, mentor, Sr. physical therapist, and medical doctor liaison.

Bryant is also Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTN (Multi-Talented Network) Universal, a company focused on partnering with individuals and businesses to take skills and talents to the next level through personal development, mentoring, and business coaching. While with MTN Universal he has implemented various leadership initiatives such as Leadership Exercising Active Development (L.E.A.D.), Fear Not Be Weird (FNBW), and Next Level Leadership.

Bryant loves public speaking and writing. Bryant is an Independent, Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. In regards to writing, Bryant is a Blogger under MTN Universal. Bryant is also the author of a soon-to-be published and distributed ebook titled, The Power of I.F. – 8 Essential Words for Living Your Best Life: with Inspirational Quotes from Great Leaders.
Bryant was recently featured in the June 2016 edition of the Brentwood Lifestyle magazine (“Boys of Summer”).

Bryant is a family man with a devotion to God, his wife Chaitra, and their 3 spirited boys. He has enjoyed serving as a Youth Pastor for the past 10 years and currently, at the church he attends. He serves as a board member with Mercy Community Healthcare. He is a member of Breakfast Franklin Rotary, which is part of Rotary International. An athlete by nature, in his pastime he enjoys watching and playing golf and basketball.