Board of Directors

Justin Testerman

Board Chair; jtesterman@valorcollegiate.org

As Co-CEO of Project Renaissance, Justin manages the recruitment of great schools and educators for the city of Nashville. He was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Charter School Center. In this role, he led the Center’s incubation efforts, resulting in the development of 15 high-performing charter schools in Nashville and Memphis. Prior to coming to Nashville, Justin served as the Director of Education Programs for Volunteers of America of Minnesota. Justin also served as a Charter School Specialist in the Minnesota Department of Education and began his career as a middle school teacher through Teach for America.

Bob Hannon

Board Member; bhannon@valorcollegiate.org

Bob Hannon is an attorney and Partner at Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, LLP where he focuses his practice on the commercial finance and banking industry. Mr. Hannon was a 5th and 6th grade teacher earlier in his professional career in the Washington, D.C. public school system via Teach for America, and has remained passionate throughout his career about providing all students with a high-quality education. His tenures on various education-focused volunteer groups and boards include McNeilly Center for Children and The Belcourt Theatre.

Malika Anderson

Board Member; manderson@valorcollegiate.org

Malika Anderson is the Chief Portfolio Officer of the Achievement School District (ASD), where she leads the authorization and start-up support of charter school operators and the assessment and accountability system for all ASD schools. Ms. Anderson has 15 years of strategy, leadership development, performance management and operational redesign experience. She has led and consulted organizations undergoing significant transformation efforts in education, social service, healthcare, and commercial fields. Prior to becoming the ASD’s Chief Portfolio Officer, Ms. Anderson was the Director of School Turnaround for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Sylvia Flowers

Board Member; sflowers@valorcollegiate.org

Sylvia Flowers currently serves as Executive Director of Educator Talent at the Tennessee Department of Education. She executes the state’s strategy to improve recruitment and retention of effective teachers and manages a portfolio of strategic compensation pilot projects in approximately 18 districts. Previously, she served as Director of Technical Assistance at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a nonprofit and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Dave Hanson

Board Member; dhanson@valorcollegiate.org

Mr. Hanson is Managing Partner of Hanson Wells Partners (HWP), a contrarian value investing partnership. Prior to founding HWP, Mr. Hanson was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank, responsible for providing investment banking advisory services to both public and private companies in the financial services industry. During his career at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Hanson advised specialty finance, asset management, insurance, and financial technology companies on the issuance of over $5 Billion in equity, debt and convertible securities. He also advised clients on numerous merger and acquisition transactions.

Gatluak Thach

Board Member; gthach@valorcollegiate.org

Gatluak Ter Thach, PhD is the founder and current president and CEO of Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). NICE ensures refugees and immigrants achieve their full potential now and for generations to come.  He is also the author of My New American Dream and serves on a wide range of nonprofit boards in the community.  He is married to his beloved wife, Nyakuma Ter Thach, and they are blessed with four beautiful children: Duang (a Valor Voyager Academy scholar), Ter Jr., Selena, and Pel Thach.

Rascoe Dean

Board Member; rdean@valorcollegiate.org

Rascoe Dean is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and is currently a law clerk for Judge Gilbert Merritt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before law school, Mr. Dean spent two years as a 10th and 11th grade English teacher for Teach for America. Since leaving the classroom, Mr. Dean has remained passionate about ensuring that all students have the opportunity to receive a high quality education. He also serves on Teach for America’s Rising Leaders Board and volunteers for the Martha O’Bryan Center’s Post Secondary Success Mentorship Program.

Michael Harmon

Board Member; mharmon@valorcollegiate.org

Michael Harmon is an attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis, LLP where he represents financial institutions, healthcare providers, and other businesses in commercial disputes. As a child of two educators, Mr. Harmon has long been an advocate for high-quality education. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, the Owen Graduate School of Management, where he received an MBA, the Australian National University, where he received a Master of Public Policy, and the University of South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.

Matt Nicholson

Matt serves as Business Development Manager for Turner Construction Company where he manages the business development and marketing efforts of the Tennessee / Northern Alabama office while supporting the strategic growth of the company’s local operations. Matt is active in the Nashville philanthropic community, currently serving on the advisory board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville and on the board of the Phoenix Club of Nashville. Matt is a native to Nashville and is married (Brooke) with two young children, Charlie (7) and Elly (5). Beyond the full time hobby of raising two kids, Matt enjoys live music and all things outdoors including golf, trail running, fly fishing and cycling.

Trevor Brown

Board Member 

Trevor is the lead Partner for the Personalized Learning Initiative at New Profit, where he plays a lead role in the investment selection process, serves as a Deal Partner, and runs the Initiative’s learning community for peer-to-peer learning amongst selected organizations. He is an experienced growth advisor that has worked, both domestically and abroad, in an array of industries and functional areas. Trevor was most recently a Partner at Next Street Financial, where he led the NYC advisory practice and was responsible for business acquisition, client relationship management, engagement execution, and hiring/talent development. Trevor graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics and holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Though originally from the Greater Hartford, CT area, Trevor now lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Marice, and three children, Maria-Paz, Mariana, and Ian.

 

Associate Board Members

Ben Baden

Ben Schumacher

Jocelyn Logan-Friend

Keaton Osborne

Leslie Pack

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Monday, May 19, 2014 (Minutes)

Monday, June 16, 2014 (Minutes)

Monday, August 25, 2014 (Minutes)

Monday, November 10, 2014 (Minutes)

Monday, February 23, 2015 (Minutes)

Friday, May 15, 2015 (Minutes)

Friday, June 19, 2015 (Minutes)

Friday, August 21, 2015 (Minutes)

Friday, November 20, 2015 (Minutes)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 (Minutes)

Friday, February 19, 2016 (Minutes)

Friday, May 20, 2016 (Minutes)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, January 20, 2017 (Minutes)

Friday, March 10, 2017 (Minutes)

Friday, May 19, 2017- Board Retreat (Agenda)

Friday, July 21, 2017: 8 AM to 11 AM (Agenda)

Friday, September 15, 2017: 8  AM to 11 AM

Friday, November 17, 2017: 8 AM to 11 AM

Friday, January 19, 2018: 8 AM to 11 AM

Friday, March 16, 2018: 8 AM to 11 AM

Friday, May 18, 2018: 8 AM to 11 AM

Board meetings are generally held at 1600 Division Street, Suite 700. If you wish to attend a meeting, please email lsmith@valorcollegiate to confirm the meeting time, agenda and location.

Committee Meetings

Bylaws and Policies

Additional Governance Documents

Finances