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MTA Board Members

Gail Carr Williams — Chair

Gail Carr Williams has been a member of the MTA board since 2002 and is Associate Director of Community, Government and Neighborhood Relations in the Division of Public Affairs at Vanderbilt University. She is responsible for building community relationships on behalf of the university. Prior to her work with Vanderbilt, Williams had similar responsibilities at Ohio State University. She also has been a Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist with an emphasis on conflict resolution and mediation, and she practiced law in Oakland County, Michigan for 10 years.

Williams also is a member of the following public service and community boards: University School of Nashville, The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1979 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1982.

Lewis Lavine — Vice Chair

Lewis Lavine has been a member of the MTA board since 2000 and is president of the Center for Nonprofit Management. His responsibilities include management of the center's operations, assuring its fiscal integrity, carrying out its mission, implementing the policies established by the board, and together with the board, creating a vision for its future. Prior to joining CNM, Lewis was the chairman of The Ingram Group, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm based in Nashville.

A graduate of Davidson College, he earned his master's degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. His career has included a number of government posts including executive director of the Tennessee State Planning Office and chief of staff to Governor Lamar Alexander. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards in Middle Tennessee including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Transportation Authority.

Janet Miller — Member

Janet Miller, who was named to the MTA board in December 2014, is CEO and Market Leader of Colliers International. She previously spent 20 years with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in various roles with her most recent position as Chief Economic Development Officer.

Miller also is an active member of the Nashville community and is a supporter of the YWCA, Friends of Radnor Lake and the Tennessee Women's Forum. She is an a highly sought-after lecturer and has spoken on economic development around the country, including Georgia Tech, University of Oklahoma, University of Kentucky, and University of Tennessee.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She also attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and received her Certified Economic Developer accreditation in 1999

Hannah Paramore Breen — Member

Hannah Paramore Breen, who was named to the MTA board in March 2017, is an entrepreneur, international speaker, digital marketing expert, and the Founder of Paramore | the digital agency in Nashville, Tennessee, a $5 million, 15-year-old company of about 25 people.

Paramore Breen works with a variety of organizations throughout the country including tourism in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia. She is active in the community, serving on the advisory board for Synovus, The Bank of Nashville, The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Fisk University School of Business, Downtown Partnership and was the first chair of Moving Forward's Public Engagement Task Force. Her passions include golf, travel, the YWCA, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and more golf.

She studied classical piano at Belmont University.

Walter Searcy — Member

Walter Searcy, who was named to the MTA board in November 2015, is president and chief executive officer of the WALAR Group. He has spent the past 23 years with the consultant firm, where he remains today as a Principle member.

Searcy has served on the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He also has served as a board member of the Nashville Chapter of the Red Cross, treasurer of Senior Citizens, Inc. and president of Second Harvest Food Bank. Searcy has been a Boy Scout master, served on the board of the Cumberland Valley Boy Scouts and is the recipient of the Whitney M. Young Award for the promotion of scouting in the inner city. He is a former director of the Nashville Bar Association, is a member of the State Legal Redress Committee of the Tennessee NAACP, and chairs the Criminal Justice Task Force of Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH).

He received his undergraduate degree from Fisk University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University Law School. He also attended the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of Ghana, West Africa.

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