Board of Directors

Susan Hassell – Board President

Susan serves as director of corporate communications at Ardent Health Services.  She has worked for more than 30 years in healthcare marketing and communications.  

Susan has also provided leadership to a variety of community organizations during her career, including:

  • President and board member, Nashville American Marketing Association
  • President and board member, Crittenton Services
  • Elder, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Sustaining member/former board member, Junior League of Nashville

Karen Weir – Vice-President

St. Clair Blue – Treasurer

A liberal arts graduate of Vanderbilt University, St. Clair Blue studied accounting at Nashville Tech and TSU. Her first accounting position was with the law firm of Doramus and Trauger.  She is currently accounting manager at Outfitter Satellite Inc., a locally owned company that sells and rents satellite telephones. Prior to this position, she served as firm administrator at KraftCPAs for 18 years where, among other duties, she was responsible for the internal financial reporting and payroll. Currently, she also works part time at Second Presbyterian Church, assisting with bookkeeping and financial reporting.

Although St. Clair does not sing in a choir, she has always appreciated good choral music such that she considers herself a choir groupie!  In addition to being on the board of Vox Grata, she isactive in a local sailing club, serving on the club’s education committee. In her words, “Good music and fair winds make for a great day”.

Jan Allison – Development Committee

Jan joins the Vox Grata Board of Directors after her recent retirement from a career in corporate retail as a Buyer, Product Development Manager and Divisional Merchandise Manager. Her career has moved her around the United States, but she has been happy to live in Nashville since 2003 and to have put down roots here. With a current part time work schedule, she is delighted to have more time to use her business background in the service of volunteer interests. She is an active Lay Leader at St. George’s Episcopal Church and was the head of the volunteer corps for three Christ, Church and Culture conferences sponsored by St. George’s Institute. She continues her long term commitment to music as a member of the choir at St. George’s. In 2015, looking for an additional choral opportunity that would include fine music outside the sacred realm, she attended her first Vox Grata concert and just knew she had found her second musical home. She has been a member of the ensemble since Fall of 2015 and section leader in the 2017-2018 season.

Kelly Christie – Member-at-large

Kelly Christie, a native of Toronto Canada, and a graduate of York University has made Nashville her home since 1989. She is the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Student Life at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A love of music led Kelly to Westminster Presbyterian Church where Kelly has been singing in the choir since 2004 and for which she has served as President. Currently Kelly serves on the Westminster Music Committee, the Westminster Generosity Committee and is a member of the College of Elders. Through Westminster Church, Kelly is active in the community through a number of affiliated ministries that work to offer hope and a future to those in need. These ministries include Habitat for Humanity, Home Connection, Room in the Inn, Nations Ministry and the Outreach Foundation. Kelly also sits on the Board of Nations Ministry and served on the Boards of the Vanderbilt Community Chorus, Vox Humana Chorus and Portara Ensemble.

Laurie Cooper – Beneficiary Committee

Teresa Davidson – Grants

A strong leader with an extensive and diverse background which includes expertise in Business Management, Non-Profit Management, Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, Sales and Communications, Advocacy, Operations and Strategic Planning.  A polished professional with a proven track record of success and achievement can communicate verbally and in writing clearly, concisely, and effectively.  A leader that understands collaboration and the importance of strategic partnerships.

Jane Ferrell – Beneficiary Committee

Jane is a founding partner of The Ferrell McDaniel Company, an association management, grassroots advocacy and political action committee development firm.

In addition, she serves as senior development consultant for the Vision Philanthropy Group, a comprehensive philanthropic consulting firm, focusing on health care, biomedical sciences and health-related organizations, and education.

Her past community involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Breakfast Club of Nashville, the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus, Women in Numbers, Davidson County Election Commission and as an adjunct consultant for the Center for Non-Profit Management.

Jane is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in microbiology.

Sylvia Leins – Development Committee

Now retired from a career as a pediatric nurse, Sylvia Leins focuses her time on family and community outreach. A member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir for over 20 years, she was honored to join Vox Grata in 2015. Sylvia enjoys using her vocal talents to support women’s needs in Nashville and to express her joy and gratitude. She is active in her church, immersed in Habitat for Humanity, the Congregational Care Committee, bible study, and Joy in Learning (an arts and science program for children of Preston Taylor, the Nations and Westminster). Sylvia’s greatest loves are grandchildren Ellen, Jack and Lucy, and she looks forward to hiking and traveling with Doug, her spouse and loving companion of over 43 years.

Carla Lovell – Legal Adviser

Carla L. Lovell practices law with Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Vanderbilt University School of Law. Ms. Lovell is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has been listed in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts & Estates since 2012 and Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Estate Planning and Probate since 2016. She serves on the Boards of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, Vox Grata, Inc., and the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee, and is a frequent lecturer on estate planning topics before community groups as well as other lawyers.

Jennie Renwick – Marketing Committee

Jeanette MacCallum – Ex Officio, Founder & Artistic Director

Jeanette MacCallum is the Director of Music Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN and founder and Artistic Director of Vox Grata, a Nashville community women’s choir. Previously she served as an Adjunct Professor in music theory and history at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. In addition, she served as the Director of Choral Activities at Saint Cecilia Academy in Nashville, TN, from 2002 to 2012, where she conducted various ensembles and taught AP Music Theory. During her time at St. Cecilia, the Advanced Choir received superior ratings at all regional and state adjudication festivals in which it participated. In addition, the St. Cecilia Advanced Choir performed at ACDA and TMEA state conferences. Mrs. MacCallum led the St. Cecilia Choir on performance tours to Carnegie Hall, Canada and Italy. In 2007, the Saint Cecilia Choir performed by invitation at the Ospedale della Pietà and the Ospedale dei Derelitti in Venice. Her students earned positions in numerous All State and ACDA Honor Choirs.

A native of Princeton, New Jersey, Mrs. MacCallum’s passion for choral music began as a member of the distinguished Princeton High School Choir. She received her musical education at the Eastman School of Music and Belmont University, and received the Master of Church Music degree from Belmont. A singer, pianist and conductor, Mrs. MacCallum has directed choirs at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, as well as at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She is the president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Jeanette is the author of “The Sacred Choral Works of the Venetian Ospedali,” published by GIA in “Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success,” Debra Spurgeon, Editor and Compiler. (2012)