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 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.
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.
Jan Allison – Secretary
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.
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”.
Jim Aderhold – Development
Mr. Aderhold is a retired senior pharmaceutical executive with more than 40 years of experience at two major and one start-up pharmaceutical companies as well as consultancy to a number of additional companies. During his career, he served as a sales representative, advertising and promotion manager, product manager (domestic and international), vice present of licensing and account management and vice president and chief commercial officer. He was a key officer in Cumberland Pharmaceuticals as they began a business and grew to a $50 million business. He has a lifelong passion for music, both instrumental and choral and currently sings baritone in an acclaimed 60-member church choir. He served as president of the 1600 member Healthcare Marketing and Communications Council and the group Education Foundation. He is a lifelong Presbyterian, serving as both a trustee and Elder and as a chair of several committees. Mr. Aderhold is a member and past president of the Friends of the Performing Arts in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Belmont University.
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.
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.
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.
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)