Leadership & Board of Trustees

Senior Team

Jane O. MacLeod: President/CEO
Penny Bruckse: Vice President of Human Resources
Peter Grimaldi: Vice President of Gardens & Facilities
Nathalie Lavine: Vice President of Education & Outreach
Daniel Miller: Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth A. Murdock: Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth Epley Sheets: Chief External Relations Officer
Sarah​ Sperling: Vice President of Museum Affairs

2023 Board Officers

Barry Stowe, Chair

Barry Stowe, a business executive and native Nashvillian, spent his career in insurance and asset management, primarily in New York City and Hong Kong. Barry is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. and acts as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company. He has served on several boards, is former chairman of the board of Save The Children (Asia), was a trustee of The Harpeth Hall School and The Hong Kong International School and was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2009 from his alma mater Lipscomb University.

Ronald Roberts, Vice Chair

Ronald Roberts is a managing partner for Finn’s Nashville Office and leads its client retention program. He is a member of DVL Seigenthaler’s crisis communications team and is certified in crisis communications management via the Institute for Crisis Management. He also specializes in media training, message development, media relations and strategic planning and has expertise in corporate communication and conflict resolution. He has also provided counsel and direction for clients in the development and implementation of DEI and DEI-related programs. Ronald has been inducted to the Middle Tennessee State University, College of Mass Communication’s Wall of Fame, and was recognized as a 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee Distinguished Member.

Katie Crumbo, Secretary

Katie Crumbo is a nurse practitioner. She worked in HIV vaccine research for 20 years and currently works in COVID-19 vaccine research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Katie has served on the Cheekwood Outreach Committee since 2018 and joined the board in 2020. She has also served on the board of trustees for several local organizations, including The University School of Nashville and The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Josh Trusley, Treasurer

Josh Trusley is a partner at Ernst & Young, where he leads audit engagements for public and private companies, assists companies with capital raising activities, M&A, and leads consulting engagements related to the deployment of new technologies. Josh has served on the Cheekwood Finance Committee since 2020, and his wife, Brooke, serves on the Outreach and IDEA Committee. He was recognized as one of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2018.

2023 Board of Trustees

Nancy Abbott, Jacky Akbari, Elizabeth N. Akers, Rob Beckham*, Clay Blevins, Martin Brown, Jr., Kate Burke*, Andrew W. Byrd, Katherine Goodall Crosthwaite, Katie Crumbo (Secretary)*, David K. Curtis, Jay DeMarcus, Mary Taylor Gallagher*, Alberto R. Gonzales, Carl T. Haley, Jr.*, Mike D. Johnson, Matthew Kisber*, Lisa Kranc, Neil Krugman*, Hal Lawton*, Robert Lipman, Lisa Z. Manning (Immediate Past Chair)*, Vicki McCluggage, Rita P. Mitchell, Sherri Neal, Dee Patel, Sam Patel, Deborah K. Pitts*, Ronald Roberts (Vice Chair)*, Julie Carell Stadler, Barry Stowe (Chair)*, Josh Trusley (Treasurer)*, Barbara Turner*, Cameron Wells, Betsy Wills*, Linde Wilson, Ryan McLaughlin Wood

*Executive Committee Member

Advisory Board

Terry Cook, Yuri Cunza, Deana Ivey, Carolyn McHaney Waller

Representatives to the Board

Steve Sirls (Antiques & Garden Show)
Chris Simonsen (ECON)
Carla K. Nelson (Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee)
Peggy Kinnard (Swan Ball)

Trustees Emeriti

William F. Andrews, Jr., Grace Awh, Barbara T. Bovender*, Lillian R. Bradford, Joan Cheek, Barbara T. Freeman, James V. Hunt, Cathy Jackson, Gigi Lazenby, Ellen H. Martin, Robert A. McCabe, Jr., Anne L. Russell, George B. Stadler, Paul Sternberg, Jr., Dudley White

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