Caroline Young is the president of the Nashville Health Care Council, a Nashville, Tennessee-based health care industry association of more than 255 member organizations. In this capacity she works with executives to foster the growth of Nashville’s health care industry and to further position Nashville as the nation's health care industry capital.
Caroline joined the Council in 2004, serving as the organization’s vice president and the founding executive director of the Council’s Leadership Health Care initiative, a 600+ member group dedicated to nurturing the talents of Nashville’s next generation of health care industry leaders.
Prior to joining the Council, Caroline was founding executive director of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association. She also served as the director of Communications and Advertising for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).
Caroline holds a M.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. from the University of Mississippi. A Nashville native, Caroline is a member of the Nashville Downtown Rotary, American Heart Association Circle of Red and the U.S. Women Business Leaders in Health Care. She currently serves on the boards of such organizations as the Center for Non-Profit Management, Hospital Hospitality House and Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
Jenni Bradley serves as deputy director for Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council dedicated to nurturing the talents of Nashville's next generation of health care industry leaders. In this role, she is directly involved with the development and implementation of LHC programming, logistics, communications and membership recruitment and retention. She previously served as the program manager for the Nashville Health Care Council and LHC.
Before joining the Council, Jenni worked at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she served as the coordinator of scheduling and events in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, and later worked in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. She began her career in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., where she served as legislative correspondent and staff assistant.
A Nashville native, Jenni holds an M.A. in Political Management from The George Washington University and a B.A. in College Scholars from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Judith Byrd is executive director of Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council dedicated to nurturing the talents of Nashville's next generation of health care industry leaders. In this role, she oversees all aspects of LHC including program development, logistics, communication and membership recruitment and retention. In 2012, she also took on the role of executive director for Council Fellows, an initiative designed to engage select senior and emerging industry leaders to explore new business strategies and meet the challenges facing the U.S. health care system in the years ahead.
Judith has experience in journalism, government and health policy. Prior to joining the Council in 2006, she worked as an account executive for Hall Strategies, a public affairs and government relations firm. She was also the Tennessee Marketing and Communications director for the American Cancer Society.
She has served as health policy associate for the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Health Reform and as legislative director for a Massachusetts state senator. She was a news desk editor at the U.K. Press Association, in London, England, and served as editor of the Community Health Funding Report, a Washington, D.C.-based publication covering Congress, the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judith holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Kalyn Dennis is the event coordinator for the Nashville Health Care Council. In this position, Kalyn is responsible for providing logistical support for Council and Leadership Health Care member events.
Previously, Kalyn served as the executive coordinator for Nashville Capital Network, Tennessee’s leading network of angel investors. In this role, she was responsible for the organization’s marketing and communications as well as event management. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi.
Caleb Graves is the director of Membership Services and Community Relations for the Nashville Health Care Council. He is charged with member outreach, retention and recruitment as well as promoting Nashville as a health care capital to key stakeholders in the private and public sectors. Prior to moving to Nashville, Caleb spent approximately six years in Washington, D.C., working at the White House where he held several key positions.
During his White House tenure, he served as a liaison to state and local elected officials in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs working with the nation’s governors, mayors, state legislators and county officials. He also worked on the Supreme Court nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito and as an associate director in the Office of Strategic Initiatives where he assisted with the coordination of Presidential events across the country. In his final role at the White House, Caleb served as the deputy director of the Office of Public Liaison. In this position he formulated and executed outreach strategies to communicate the President’s agenda and oversaw the coordination and implementation of events inside the White House.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Caleb holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
As Administrative Assistant, Susan Hanson provides support for the Council and Leadership Health Care. Susan is responsible for maintaining the Council’s proprietary database, with special attention to the integrity of member information. In addition, Susan is instrumental in the preparation and execution of Council and LHC events. She performs and manages all office administrative duties.
Prior to joining the Council, Susan worked at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce since 1993 as events manager.
As Vice President of Operations and Events, Jamie is responsible for the organization’s internal process and support functions, as well as the execution and implementation of Council and Leadership Health Care events including sponsorship retention and fulfillment.
Immediately prior to joining the Council, Jamie was manager of Marketing and Public Relations at Cross Country Education, a national continuing education company for health care professionals. She also served as vice president of Sales and Marketing for Envision, Inc., producers of educational video programs for the health care industry.
Jamie holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing, from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.
Mark Richard is the accounting manager for the Nashville Health Care Council. He is responsible for all financial transaction processing and monthly reporting for the Council and Leadership Health Care.
Prior to working with the Council, he served as director of accounting with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Mark worked closely with affiliate organizations, providing day-to-day accounting support. He also had responsibilities in the Chamber's payroll and HR functions.
Mark is a volunteer and former board member of Cottage Cove Urban Ministries and Hands On Nashville. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance, from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Katie Schlacter is the director of Communications for the Nashville Health Care Council. In this role, she is responsible for all communications activities to Council members, media and other key stakeholders.
Prior to joining the Council, Katie was a senior account executive at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. During her seven years with the firm, she served clients in the health care, retail, education, government and nonprofit sectors. Her specialties include management, strategy development, copy writing, event coordination and social and traditional media relations.
A Nashville native, Katie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.