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David Avirom
David Avirom, and his wife Toni, have been living in Brentwood since 2006, and Middle Tennessee since 2000. Having lived in several parts of the country, they quickly recognized the area as a perfect place to put down roots. They have two Ravenwood graduates, Quinn (attending Miami University/OH), and Kyle (attending University of Alabama at Huntsville).  David also has a daughter, Tiffany (Montgomery, AL), and a son, Justin (Richmond, VA).

David has a BS and a MBA from Florida State University, along with a Masters of Military History from Austin Peay State University. He has over 30 years of progressive product management, marketing, and technology experience in wireless telecommunications and associated products. Locally, and elsewhere, David has been active in coaching youth sports, homeowner associations, local city government, zoning boards, and is pleased to be a part of Citizens for Brentwood Green Space.

Don Green
Don Green has lived in Brentwood over 20 years with his wife Amy and two children, Ailie and Brandon. He has spent his career in environmental assessment and policy development, focusing on water quality, stormwater, sustainable development and environmental education across the state and region. He has a BS and an MS in Biology from MTSU and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Don has over 30 years in water quality field working with TDOT, TN Department of Environment and Conservation and TN Department of Agriculture's 319 Nonpoint Source Program; where he developed and managed water quality grant projects across the state. He developed the Stormwater Program at Franklin, TN, where he served as Stormwater Coordinator for 5 yrs.

He is past member of Brentwood Sustainability Committee and Tree Committee, and past board member of Keep Williamson County Beautiful. He is also past president of the state wide Tennessee Stormwater Association, TNSA, where, in 2015, he won the TNSA Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has recently published his first novel and is currently a Water Quality Supervisor for the City of Chattanooga.

Kathy Crisp & David Kumatz
These married CBGS Board members met at Vanderbilt Law School.  Kathy Crisp is Assistant Vice President of Administrative and Business Services at Middle Tennessee State University.  She graduated from Tennessee Technological University and Vanderbilt Law School.

David Kumatz is Associate General Counsel, American General Life and Accident Insurance Company. He is a graduate of Hamilton College in New York and Vanderbilt Law School.

They have lived in Brentwood in the Carondelet subdivision since 1992 and have two children, Daniel and Adam. The family loves the rural character of Brentwood and the parks and trails developed by the City of Brentwood. All of the family either run, bike, hike, or play soccer in Brentwood's green areas.

Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins has served on numerous Community Boards including Franklin Tomorrow as well as The Friends of Franklin Parks which is the team that led the effort to raise funds and build the new Tractor Supply Equestrian Arena at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Although Chris grew up in the Dallas, TX area, he has lived in Middle Tennessee for 24 years and is married to a Brentwood native, Serena Hill Cummins, for 20 years.  Chris and Serena have three daughters attending Brentwood Middle and Edmondson Elementary schools.  

Chris has a Business Degree from Baylor University and earned his MBA here at Tennessee State University.  Chris and his wife currently run their own business together and enjoy tennis, volleyball, hiking, outdoor concerts, and walking their dogs in our local parks.  Chris considers it an honor to continue his conservation efforts here in our Brentwood community.

Jay Hancock
Jay Hancock has been a Brenthaven resident since 2000 and previously served on the Board of Directors when CBGS as a founding member. He has been married to his wife, Linda, for over 25 years and has three children who are graduates or attendees of Brentwood schools.  Jay is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and works in the Tax Department of Ernst & Young (Nashville). He is a member of the Brentwood United Methodist Church.

Jay enjoys hiking and walking, especially on the trails in Brentwood's parks.

Joe D. Harkins IV

Joe Harkins is a career marketing communication professional who has held leadership positions with several Nashville area companies, including Third National Bank, First American National Bank, Gish Sherwood & Friends and J&A integrated thinking.  While at J&A he became involved with the Citizens for Brentwood Green Space in a marketing advisory capacity in 2007 and remained actively involved through 2015. He joined the Board of Directors in January 2016 as its Vice President.  He has also served as a volunteer and supporter of the following organizations: Marketing Advisory Committee - United Way of Metropolitan Nashville (11 years), Advisory Committee - Grassland Village Special Area Plan (Williamson County Planning Commission) (3 years), Board of Directors – Nashville Vanderbilt Club (3 years), and Chairman – Easter Seals Charity Bowl.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Joe is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has completed Executive Education courses in Finance and Strategic Planning at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  Joe returned to Middle Tennessee in 1991 after working for advertising agencies in Atlanta, Georgia (Ogilvy & Mather), and Houston, Texas (McCann-Erickson USA). Joe and his family lived in the Grassland Village area of Williamson County from 1996 to 2012 where he and his children were actively involved in sports, volunteer activities and scouting.  Joe is an active songwriter/lyricist and earned his racing license from the Sports Car Club of America at Sears Point Raceway in 2000.

John R (Robbie) Hayes
Robbie Hayes has been a Brentwood resident since 2008. He is married to Tricia (Tuck) Hayes, a Brentwood native, and they have two children (Holden and Nora). Robbie serves as Planner for WSP USA, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, who provide services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one.

Robbie is actively involved in various community and civic organizations, and is a graduate of the 2017 Leadership Brentwood Class. He hopes to provide assistance and raise awareness on the importance of greenspace preservation, to ensure Brentwood remains a special place for future residents and visitors.

Gil Hutchinson
Gil Hutchinson, his wife of 31 years, Annette, and their two children, Kelsey and Scott, moved to Brentwood in 1999 from Orlando, Florida.  He graduated from Tulane with a BA and Florida State with an MBA. Gil has over 35 years of progressive healthcare management, finance and technology experience and has worked with some of the leading health systems and insurers in the country.

Gil is actively involved in community activities, having served on the City of Brentwood's Historic Commission, Tree and Environmental Quality Coordinating Committees. He was active in the City's "Adopt A Soldier" program and is a past graduate of Leadership Brentwood and the Citizens Police and Fire Academies. Other past activities have included being President and on the Board of Directors of the Highland View Homeowner's Association. Annette is a realtor. The family attends Brentwood United Methodist.

The Hutchinson's have traveled or lived in many parts of the country, but truly believe that Brentwood is a very special place to work and raise a family. A true gem of a community that deserves to be cherished and protected against the blight caused by extensive overdevelopment.

George Malo
George Malo has been a resident of Brentwood since 1984. He has been in the field of education for over 40 years as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. He recently retired from the Tennessee Board of Regents where he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Assessment in the Office of Academic Affairs. Prior to joining the Board of Regents, George was an Associate Assistant Commissioner in the Tennessee Department of Education; taught mathematics in public schools and a community college in Springfiled, Illinois; was a faculty member at the University of Illinois; and was on the adjunct faculty at Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University. He currently serves on the Blackburn College (Illinois) Board of Trustees and does volunteer work in online course development for Freedom in Christ Ministries-USA. George has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Science from Indiana University, and a Bachelors degree from Blackburn College.

George moved to Brentwood from Davidson County because of the quality of residential life promoted by the city. As the Williamson County area grows, he sees the need for Brentwood residents to offer support to help maintain this quality of life and to ensure that growth is well-planned and managed. Hearing about the Brentwood Green Space organization, he joined the group because of their belief in preserving sufficient green space, especially during growth.

Kelli Nelson
Kelli Nelson and her husband Mark are both native to the Nashville area. They moved to Brentwood in 2007 to be closer to their daughter’s school, and because they fell in love with the area. Their daughter Sydney is a graduate of Ravenwood High School and Youth Leadership Brentwood, and is currently a freshman at Vanderbilt University. Their younger daughter, Emily, is an 8th grader at Sunset Middle and enjoys playing golf. They are members of Brentwood Baptist Church.

Kelli has been with HCA Healthcare for twenty years. She serves as tax director, overseeing their partnership and international tax compliance areas.  Prior to joining HCA, she was a tax manager with Ernst & Young.

Kelli has volunteered for many organizations since moving to Brentwood. In addition to volunteering for our schools, she served as a Girl Scout troop leader for seven years. She is a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Brentwood Class. Since helping the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home install new signage on campus as part of her Leadership Brentwood group project, Kelli has been an active volunteer for them by serving on the planning board for one of their annual fundraisers,  the Hope Hines Fore Kids Golf Tournament. Kelli also served two years as President of the Tennessee Irish Dance Organization, a parent booster organization supporting Irish dancers in the Brentwood area.

Alex Noble
Alex Noble is a native of the Brentwood area.  A little bit of family history to set the stage.  His grandfather, Dr. Albert Noble, moved to the area in 1917 and built a drugstore at the corner of Franklin Road and Old Hickory Blvd in 1929 and the family has been involved in business and civic activities ever since.

Alex's father Glenn, was right in the middle of the formation of the incorporated city in the late 1960's, chaired the chamber of commerce committee that recommended incorporation.  Glenn served on the regional planning commission governing the area including what is now Brentwood, actually wrote the report recommending incorporation, was responsible for the idea of incorporating the entire 15th civil district instead of just area around the existing business district close to Old Hickory Blvd., campaigned for the referendum to incorporate and ran unsuccessfully for commissioner in the first election.

Alex and Sandy, his wife of 33 years have two sons, Christian, 31 and Dustin 28.  Over the years, Alex, a retired highway engineer, has served 5 years as city commissioner, 6 years on the planning commission, and is currently serving on the board of zoning appeals.Having lived in Brentwood over this length of time, Alex has a unique perspective on Brentwood, past , present and future and wants to see the community continue to prosper without destroying the natural beauty that makes Brentwood such a desirable place to live, work and play.

Stephen Prince
Stephen Prince, his wife of 30 years, Carol, and their three children, Angel, Mitchell, and Courtney moved to Brentwood in 1985. They have built three houses in three different subdivisions here in Brentwood over the last 26 years. Angel lives on the Big Island of Hawaii, part time, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, the rest of the time.  Mitchell graduated from BHS in 2003 and recently completed a four-year tour in the U.S. Air Force. Mitchell now attends Middle Tennessee State University.  Courtney graduated from BHS in 2005 and now attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhatten and plans to graduate in December 2011. Stephen and Carol started their company, National Business Products, in 1993 which now operates out of a 3-year old, geo thermal heated and cooled building in Nolensville. Stephen rebranded his company Card Marketing Services in 2007. Stephen and Carol travel all over the country and world for their business.

In sum, the Princes love and appreciate the special experience of living in Brentwood, TN.  Carol and Stephen have every reason to believe that they will live here for the rest of their days.  But their interest goes far beyond their own lives.  They have always been comitted to an eternal stewardship responsibility to all following generations, and preservation of green space is just one of those responsibilities.

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson is a Principal at Mercer Health & Benefits LLC.

Jimmy  Wilson
Jimmy Wilson lives in Oak Hall with his wife Sarah and son Felix.  Oak Hall (Circa 1845), located on Wilson Pike in Brentwood, was built by Jimmy's great, great, great grandfather James H. Wilson, who also built Ravenswood (1825) and  Inglehame (1856).  Jimmy and his wife are both alumni of the University of the South.  Jimmy has a JD degree from the University of Memphis School of Law and is a retired attorney and CEO of two companies.  He currently is a partner in the Blue Chair Cafe in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Jim Wiseman
Jim Wiseman, his wife Sandra, and their two children Lindsay (25) and Emily (20) relocated to Brentwood in 1999 as a great place to raise a family.   Jim and his family were first attracted to Brentwood by the school systems, rural characteristics of open land, friendly neighborhoods, and caring residents in this oasis close to  jobs and other activities.  Jim is excited to join this board to help make sure existing and future residents continue to enjoy this great community.

Jim earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting at the University of Tennessee.  Jim is a CPA and a 2005 graduate of the Leadership Brentwood program.  He has a long history of serving in community efforts including Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America - TN Chapter Board, Youth Sport Coach, Homeowner Association President, Community Garden Organizer et. al.

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