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VOL. 128 | NO. 232 | Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence

By Kate Simone

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Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.


Hometown: San Francisco

Experience: Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from University of California, Berkeley; 25-plus years of managing and consulting to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Santa Barbara, and now, Memphis!

Family: Currently living with two rescue pups, both of whom are thoroughly enjoying their new city – Shelby Farms and Germantown dog parks in particular.

Favorite quote: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

The sports team(s) you root for: The best, San Francisco Giants!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? NPR. All. The. Time. When I need some melodies, I reach for Pearl Jam, Frank Sinatra and Al Green. Also loving Macklemore right now.

What talent do you wish you had? The ability to make people feel heard, seen and complete, and to sing like Ella Fitzgerald.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? I have been blessed with a wonderful mix of strong and compassionate people throughout my life, beginning with my family. I am still connected to many of these “influencers” and am meeting new ones along the way, as well.

What attracted you to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence? Two things: the concept of a management support organization for nonprofits, and the excellent work and track record that CEO Nancy McGee and her talented staff have produced.

What are your goals in your new position? Lots! I believe so strongly in this work, helping to build the infrastructure of nonprofit organizations, and have already seen that there is a real need for it here. To meet that need, I want to expand and deepen the outreach of our consulting, training and research, and advocacy programs and services, along with recruiting and training some excellent consultants.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Always be curious. Failure is an option, an instance to welcome and learn from often – and every so often, to create something truly wonderful from. When you have the thought that some thing/person/place/idea might interest you, follow it, even if others don’t think it’s cool. Often these pursuits can lead you down some very inspired paths.

Paul Anderson has joined U.S. Trust as a senior vice president and private client adviser. Anderson previously served as CEO of Centennial Partners, a privately owned hedge fund, and as chief investment officer of Union Planters Corp.


Dr. Ronald “Nick” Laribee, an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Pathology, has been awarded $1.4 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for cancer drug development research over a five-year period.

Clayton Beatse has joined the Memphis office of Hospitality Real Estate Counselors as an associate. Beatse previously served in front- and back-of-house operations roles at the Madison Hotel.

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital has been recognized by Healthstream Inc. with an Excellence Through Insight award for Overall Satisfaction in Inpatient Maternity and Inpatient Step-Down Units for large hospitals.


Dr. Benny Weksler has been named the first Eastridge-Cole Professor and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He will also serve as chief of thoracic surgery for UT Methodist Physicians. Weksler most recently held senior-level positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

W. Steven West, John I Houseal Jr. and William L. Bomar of Glankler Brown PLLC have been named top lawyers in American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel’s “2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Healthcare” based on Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminant ratings.

Kelley & Associates Advertising has received a gold award in the 2013 MarCom Awards for its AOC Resins print ad, and an honorable mention for Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s annual report.

Glankler Brown PLLC has been named a 2014 Best Law Firm in U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Best Law Firms,” with designations in 35 practice areas.

Hilton Garden Inn has received a bronze award in the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards in the Best Team Effectiveness category for its “You Can Count on Us Skills & Service” internal training video.

Image180 Branding & Marketing has been named the creative agency of record for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee and the Shelby County Democratic Party. Image180 will develop visual branding for both organizations.

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