Tennessee Leadership

Matt Robertson

Matt Robertson

Executive Director

Matt provides overall strategic and administrative leadership to the Tennessee Office of NFN. Starting on NFN’s Development Team in 2017, he now serves as our Executive Director. He has strong experience in leadership development and program management with organizations focused on serving the community and vulnerable populations. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before working at Nurses for Newborns, his family had been clients of NFN, after his daughter was born 6 weeks early and spent 20 days in the NICU.

Carianna Johnson

Carianna Johnson

Director of Nursing

Carianna oversees our home visiting staff in the delivery of our program while also directly working with NFN clients. As a Registered Nurse, she has over 30 years’ experience as a Labor and Delivery and High-Risk Obstetrical nurse and an ADN from Tennessee State University.. Carianna has also been heavily involved with international medical support teams since 2003 and has led surgical units, helped establish medical clinics, and provide orphan support in seven different countries.

Kathleen Clancy

Kathleen Clancy

Development Director

Kathleen is responsible for communicating NFN’s mission and impact with our community of investors in Middle Tennessee. She leads the Development efforts for the Tennessee Office, with the goal of securing the funds and resources needed to sustain and ultimately grow our program to serve more families. Kathleen has over 17 years of experience working in nonprofits and nonprofit management in New York and Chicago and a BA in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies from Miami University in Ohio.

Advisory Board

Megan McCormack – Advisory Board Chair
Shannon Alley-Hughes
Brittney Cooper
Julie Dunkin
Annette Edens
Justin Leverette
Anna Napier
Brandi Simms
Amanda Stewart
Michael Wrenn

NFN Board of Directors

Kelly Ferrara Bayne – Board President
Frances Barbieri – Board Vice President
Tom Shaner – Board Treasurer
Shanna Wiechel – Board Secretary

Jagruti Shah Anadkat, MD
Brad Bakker
Nanci A. Bobrow, Ph.D.
Hon. Patrick Dougherty
Diana Gilbert
Dan Green
Eileen Hamburg
Marianne Hayes
Laurie Lambert Hopkins
Kevin D. Knatt
Pamela A. Lesser, MS, RNC-OB,
Burnea Lester
Madelyn T. Marks, MA, PM
Suzanne Marshall-Caby. Ed.D.
Brandi Mathews
Michelle Miller
Genie Mueller
Cora Orphe-Harris, MD
Cynthia Rogers, MD
Stacy West-Bruce, OTD, MSW, OTR/L
Sen. Brian Williams
Ken Worland

Nurses for Newborns’ local Advisory Board provides support, guidance and community leadership to Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee while overseen from a fiduciary and legal perspective by the Missouri-based Board of Directors.

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