About Us

Board of Directors

Kelly Christie – Board President

Kelly Christie, a native of Toronto Canada, and a graduate of York University has made Nashville her home since 1989. She recently retired after 25 years at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt, most recently as the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Student Life. 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 chairs the Westminster Generosity Committee and is a co-chair of the Habitat for Humanity Committee. Additionally she serves on the Music Committee, Caring Connections and Safety and Security Committees. Kelly is also a member of the College of Elders. Kelly joined Vox Grata as an alto singer in its founding year and singing with these inspiring women remains one of her greatest joys.

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 is the chair-elect on the Board of Nations Ministry Center and has served on the Boards of the Vanderbilt Community Chorus, Vox Humana Chorus, and Portara Ensemble. Kelly and her husband Bill love spending time in Canada with their 13 nieces and nephews and 17 great nieces and nephews.

Jane Ferrell – Vice-President

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.

Martha Trammell – Secretary and Legal Advisor

A graduate of Rice University and Vanderbilt Law School, Martha is retired from a legal career.  She has served on the boards of Nashville Repertory Theatre and the Marion Griffin chapter of the Lawyers Association for Women.  She was also a member of the Middle Tennessee Workforce Development Board.

A long-time lover of choral music, Martha was drawn to Vox Grata’s focus on issues affecting women and its designation of organizations assisting women as beneficiaries at its concerts.  She is a member of the choir at Second Presbyterian Church.

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 an accounting manager at Outfitter Satellite Inc., a locally owned company that sells and rents satellite telephones. Prior to this position, she served as a 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 is active 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

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.

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 is active 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”.

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.

Denise Linn – Beneficiary Committee

Denise Statham Linn relocated to Nashville from the Atlanta area 10 years ago for a career opportunity.  She has been in the protective clothing industry for 35 years and currently serves as the Director of Technical Services for VF Workwear.   Denise holds leadership positions on several industry committees and has been awarded 6 U.S. patents for inventions related to firefighter turnout gear.

Denise is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville where she met and married fellow choir member, David Linn.  She is an elder in the church, serves on a variety of committees and is a past co-President of the choir.

In addition to singing with Vox Grata, Denise enjoys sports, reading, traveling and time with her Golden Retriever, Drake.

She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, respectively.

Kimberly Pace 

Kimberly Pace is passionate about the transformation of leaders. Kimberly serves as a professor for the practice of management at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management for 15 years, where she teaches advanced communication courses to MBA, Master of Finance, Master of Accountancy and Executive MBA students. In the Vanderbilt Executive programs, she teaches Communication Strategy for Senior Leaders, Persuasive & Influential Speaking and Women in Leadership.

Kimberly began her career as the Executive Director and “on-air talent” for radio and television programs aired on CBS, NBC, and Fox in seven states to an audience of 5.5 million homes. Her experience includes designing integrated communications marketing strategies, launching a national TV branding campaign, and creating word-of-mouth marketing campaigns.

Kimberly Pace also serves as the CEO and co-founder of Executive Aura. Executive Aura is a boutique consulting firm who works with CEOs, senior management, and emerging leaders to Think, Lead, and Act like a CEO. Examples include working side-by-side with the CEO to write corporate strategic plans and executive speeches, leading culture audits and designing leadership development programs. Kimberly is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on topics such as Executive Personal Brand, Leadership Communication Strategies, Cultures of Engagement, and Executive Women.

Kimberly is trained as a professional singer, actress and dancer. She has a masters of vocal performance from Shenandoah University, Conservatory of Music. Before Covid, she organized international adventures for friends and family. Her favorite non-profits are Thistle Farms, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, HRC – and now, Vox Grata. Kimberly with her husband David, and dogs Coco Chanel and Liza Minnelli, live near Percy Warner Park so spend time hiking and cycling.

Pam Schneller – Marketing Committee

Pam Schneller has been actively involved in choral music as singer, conductor, and aficionado since she fell in love with conducting as a ninth grader. A graduate of the University of Illinois and Scarritt Graduate School, she served church choirs in Illinois and Indiana, before settling down with her husband Roland in Nashville.  As a choral director, she is the founder of five of the nine choirs at Blair School of Music, including the Vanderbilt Community Chorus. Currently, she is the Senior Associate Dean of Blair Academy, the 800 student precollege and adult program at Blair, and teaches conducting in the collegiate program. Passionate about creating musical opportunities for children and youth, Pam is a member of the Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program Advisory Board, the NSO Education and Community Engagement Committee, and the Richmond Symphony School of Music Advisory Board.

Jill Austin – Marketing Committee

Jill Austin is the founder and CEO of GrowthFlows, a market growth consultancy focused on helping organizations and individuals assess and realize their growth potential. In her most recent role as Chief Marketing Officer of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Ms. Austin was responsible for brand identity, market positioning and presence, marketing strategies and growth for the not-for-profit organization and its affiliated network. Ms. Austin chaired the Association of American Medical Colleges’ General Institutional Advancement council helping to increase participation by 50%. Before her roles in healthcare, she was a consultant on strategic growth initiatives for businesses in a variety of industries.  Prior to consulting, she was Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales for a large technology company, responsible for international sales, marketing, and developing strategic partnerships.  Ms. Austin enjoys singing as a choir member and soloist and has been singing all her life participating in a variety of choirs from school and church to Nashville Symphony Chorus and CircleSong.

Vanessa Jackson – Social Media

Vanessa Jackson, Soprano, is a longtime Nashville resident. Vanessa’s love of choral music goes back to when she was in grade school. She has long admired Vox Grata and is excited to join the board this season. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. She currently works for Verizon Communications as a Planning Analyst. In her non-working time, Vanessa enjoys being an active member of the Vanderbilt Community Chorus, Portara Ensemble, and the Nashville Symphony Chorus, where she is currently one of the Soprano section leaders and also President-Elect for a two-year term beginning with the 2019-20 season.

Rosie Smith – Choir Liaison

Rosie Smith is a Nashville native who has contributed to Nashville’s vast healthcare workforce since she graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga in 2013. Her current role is managing clients of the workforce development solutions of HealthStream, Inc. During her career, she’s been certified to teach many professional development workshops and has used her background and degree in Psychology to help support the growth of her peers in every aspect of her professional life. Rosie’s affinity for music comes from her father who taught himself to read music singing in his church choir at the ripe age of 8 years old. From elementary school through high school, Rosie participated in school choirs and was able to travel on tour with St. Cecilia Academy in 2007 and 2010. Her love for music continued after college when she was able to join Vox Grata as an Alto 1 in Fall 2016. Through this group, she continues to be amazed by the camaraderie and joy that singing brings.

Jeanette MacCallum

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 past 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)