Chris and Elaine Whitney moved from St. Louis, MO, to Franklin, TN, in 2004 to start a church. Little did they know that, in the process of pastoring a church, One Generation Away would be birthed. In 2014, OneGenAway was established and in the first year distributed 400,000 pounds of food from the back of the Whitneys’ car. It has now grown to serve over 4.2 million meals to those in need throughout Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and disaster relief locations.
In November of 2018, Chris stepped down as the pastor of a local church to focus on OneGenAway full time and serve the community at large.
Chris and Elaine have been married since 1986 and have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren who all live in Middle Tennessee.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sue Dyer is Senior Litigation Counsel for HCA with over 17 years of experience managing commercial litigation, and providing advice and guidance on a variety of matters for company affiliates. She is also an adjunct instructor in the healthcare MBA program at Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey School of Business. Prior to coming to HCA, Sue practiced with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in its Litigation and Healthcare practice groups. Before beginning her career in law, she practiced nursing as a registered nurse in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Sue attended the University of Kentucky College of Nursing where she earned her B.S.N. She later returned to her alma mater to attend the University of Kentucky College of Law, earning her J.D. (cum laude).
Sue enjoys serving her community in a variety of ways. She currently serves on the Administrative Leadership Team of Hope Church Franklin and provides pro bono legal services through the Tennessee Justice Center. During the school year, she volunteers at Buena Vista Elementary School. Her most important life’s work involves her family. She is married to Ken, her husband of 20 years, and they have two daughters, Lyla and Kendall.
VICE CHAIR & TREASURER
CAREER:Richard Algood is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Global Management Accountant, with 35 years experience in healthcare finance and development. He has worked with hospitals and health systems across the country specializing in reimbursement, regulatory affairs and healthcare operations finance serving in senior management positions for the nation’s largest healthcare companies including HCA, Quorum, Kindred, IASIS, and RegionalCare. He has also operated a successful consulting practice assisting several early stage healthcare services companies.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK: Richard has served on One Generation Away’s Board of Directors since its inception and has seen the nonprofit grow from a small community group to a staple nonprofit in the Middle Tennessee community.Outside of his passion for One Generation Away, he has served as board member and treasurer for Hands on Nashville, and board member and finance committee chair for The McNeilly Center for Children.
CAREER: Mr. Lusher brings over thirty years of business finance, banking, strategy, and development experience.After spending 10 years in banking and financial services working with corporate and national accounts while directing emerging market, Jim has been working with businesses of all sizes to develop strategies for growth and funding.He has supported and directed venture capital campaigns involving mergers, acquisitions and private placement of both debt and equity. During his tenure, Jim has also been directly involved in financing companies in software development, manufacturing, commercial facility automation, medical device development and certification, land acquisition, brand loyalty, financial management and more.For the past 7 years Jim has focused primarily on commercial real estate project funding and has been involved in projects of all sizes, from single tenant retail to over $1B.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK:Jim’s family has been in the middle Tennessee area for twenty-three years.He has two sons that have followed him in finance and entrepreneurship. He is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a director of their Knights of Columbus Chapter as well as involved with several other ministries.Jim has been on the Board of Directors of OneGenAway for seven years providing food to the hungry of Middle Tennessee and disaster relief to hurricane devastated areas in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Juliana is the founder of Ellis Pond Marketing, an agency that helps companies boost sales by leveraging a combination of technology and direct response. Juliana has led multiple teams through hyper-growth, adding millions of dollars of revenue while scaling infrastructure to ensure continued growth. Companies benefitting from Juliana’s help have the right building blocks for growth, but just haven’t been able to put it all together.
Juliana is also a speaker and educator in the digital marketing space, getting an early start in online education over ten years ago while teaching LSAT and MCAT prep at Vanderbilt University.
Whether teaching from the stage or working with business owners to increase their revenue, it’s Juliana’s ability to create productive order out of chaos that helps her run onsite operations for One Gen’s mobile food pantry distributions.
Food is Juliana’s “love language”, and she champions One Gen’s mission of eliminating hunger wherever it is, regardless of who’s affected and what brought them there.
CAREER: After attending undergraduate and law school at Wake Forest University and serving three years in the United States Marines Corps, Fred moved to Franklin, TN and joined a Nashville law firm. As a lawyer, Fred represented commercial banks and real estate developers and broadened his practice to include businesses that had fallen on hard times but could be rehabilitated. As a result of this interest he directed a turn around of a $1.2 billion REIT in Atlanta and a retail chain with over $225 million in annual sales. Both of these businesses were later sold at profit for the original shareholders. Additionally, Fred served as the managing partner of the law firm. In 1999, Fred retired from the law practice and started investing in real estate projects for his own account. He specialized in small retail strip centers, small condo projects and apartments.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK: Fred has an interest in supporting institutions that emphasize programs that enable low income families to escape the poverty cycle. Fred has served several terms on the Boards of Monroe Harding Children’s Home, The Martha O’Bryan Center, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, TN, One Generation Away and the United Way of Williamson County. Fred is an active member of the Franklin Rotary at Breakfast Club and participates in numerous community activities. Fred and Susan have been married for 55 years and have two children and five grandchildren.
Harriet Wallace is an award winning multimedia journalist at Fox 17 News in Nashville. She is also co-host and producer of Nashville In Focus. She is the first African American at Fox 17 News to host a talk show at the station. Harriet is also the lead host and creator of the popular talk show Pumps & Politics. The show and movement has been a pivotal voice in Nashville, hosting courageous conversations about issues impacting families, women and the African American community.
She also created the Pumps-In-Politics internship program for high school girls and college women. Harriet has emerged as a sought-after voice in the Nashville political industry. When she’s not practicing journalism, she’s teaching it on the collegiate level or learning it as she is pursuing a PhD in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy.
Harriet and her husband Scott Wallace own Wallace Media Group and have helped put dozens of kids through college and helped place athletes on semi pro and professional football and basketball teams.
CAREER: Rick retired from KPMG as of January 2017 after 40 years of Big 4 public accounting experience serving various segments within the Financial Services Industry. He is a Leader of Asset Management practice groups and diverse teams of people. Rick is committed to ethical behavior, acting with integrity and setting a proper tone from the top. He has a deep technical and regulatory knowledge of registered mutual funds/ exchange-traded fund and and has extensive risk management issue resolution experience.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK:Rick has served on the Board of Walnut Theater and LaSalle Univeristy Business Advisory Board. He has volunteered with Cathedral Kitchen of Camden as well as Fund-raising for Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Multiple Sclerosis and American Cancer Society. He is a frequent speaker at LaSalle Univeristy Business School.
CAREER: Dave Krikac is the regional vice president of adult services at Health Connect America, where he connects adults who have disabilities with job training and employment opportunities throughout Tennessee and beyond. Over 16 years ago, Dave founded the GEAR Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing job opportunities for adults with special needs. Through the foundation, he founded and operated Our Thrift Store in Franklin, Tennessee, for 15 years, employing about 25 special-needs adults and 25 typically developed adults until the store closed in 2020.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK: With a varied background in nonprofit, corporate, and creative spheres, Dave pursues his passion of connecting people in all walks of life, bringing communities together for the benefit of all. He has a special heart for helping people with disabilities find a path to independence, sparked after his daughter, Sara, was diagnosed with autism. Using their experience with the GEAR Foundation, Dave and his wife, Sandy, travel throughout the region helping other communities launch thrift stores that employ adults with disabilities. Dave also serves on the boards of the for-profit IHL Consulting Group, nonprofit RetailROI (Retail Orphan Initiative) and WonderWoods Nature Program. He is also engaged at Grace Chapel on the elder board.
CAREER: Jim Evans is owner of CORE Real Estate, LLC in Franklin, TN.He has worked in the real estate, real estate valuation, and the banking industry as a Senior Vice President in Middle Tennessee for over 35 years. His company specializes in commercial real estate with an emphasis on site selection for multi-family housing, assisted living housing, office relocation, and site assemblage for major commercial uses.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK:Jim has serviced on the One Generation Away Board since its inception.He served as Chairman of the Board for 7 years and currently is serving as Chairman Emeritus for the 2021 year.Additionally, he has served on the Maury County Jail Ministry Board, Better Business Bureau Board for Middle Tennessee, Founding Member of the Maury Alliance, and is currently assisting The Laundry Stop, a 501C-3 non-profit in an advisory capacity.Jim served for 9 years on the Maury County Legislative Body, serving 5 years as Chairman.
CAREER:Jenn Morrison retired in 2021 as the Director of Strategic Operations for Indirect Tax in the Americas at EY following a 26 year career as a tax attorney consultant and strategist. During her career she served many Fortune 100 corporate clients as well as led strategy development and implementation for several business units at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte Tax.
OTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY WORK:Jenn is passionate about work that has meaningful impact on intergenerational poverty. She served as the Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee and two terms as the Chairman of the Board for the Martha O’Bryan Center as well as the Finance Chairman and school board member of East End Preparatory School in East Nashville. Today, in addition to serving on the board of One Generation Away, Jenn serves on the board of The N.O.O.K. (Needs of Our Kids), a 501(c)3 that serves our community schools that she created while serving as the President of the Franklin Special School District Executive PTO. She is also an active Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Williamson County Juvenile Court.