Ron Snitker, President
Ron Snitker, MBA, CEP, is Executive Director, Business Development, at Waller. Previously he was Director of Sales Marketing and Administration at UBS, where he also served as the co-chair of UBS Pride Americas, UBS's LGBT Employee Resource Group with over 700 members. Ron has 20 years of successful multi-functional experience in administrative and marketing-related roles specializing in marketing, administration, relationship management, business development, leadership, and event management. A proven leader in revenue growth and developing client relationships, Ron contributes to long-term customer sustainability and retention. He has more than fifteen years experience leading and motivating employees.
Ron holds dual MBAs from the Haas School of Business (University of California-Berkeley) and Columbia Business School, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Iowa. He is a member and advisor of national and international professional organizations and has spoken at national and international conferences, including Out & Equal's Workplace Summit.
Ron is active with several local and national philanthropic causes. During nearly 20 years as a Nashville resident Ron has held positions, chaired events, or volunteered with Oasis Center, MT Lambda at MTSU, Nashville CARES, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Symphony Guild, and Blair School of Music Guild. Ron is also a graduate of the Nashville Young Leaders Council. Ron and his husband, Doug Alexander, live in East Nashville.
Donna Drehmann, Vice President
Donna is a customer experience expert with over 20 years of handling customer complaints and measuring Net Promoter Score. Currently Director of Customer Experience & Training at Postmates, she is thrilled to also have ownership of the social customer care team, getting a first hand view of how customers interact with the brand.
While at Change Healthcare, she was one of the founders of SPEAK - their diversity & inclusion program serving over 5000 onsite and remote employees. As Membership Committee chair for our Chamber she successfully ran our #strivefor300 membership campaign last year putting us in position to win additional grants and the coveted Chamber of the Year award.
A born and bred New Yorker, Donna has been a Nashville resident for over 20 years, always active in the community through board service -- The Belcourt Theatre, CABLE, AMA - Nashville Chapter, and through event work for Nashville CARES and Nashville Humane Association.
Clayton Klutts, Treasurer
Clayton Klutts served as vice president of financial planning and analysis at Dollar General Corporation. Prior to joining Dollar General in 2002, he held financial and accounting positions in the retail, banking, communications and service sectors. He is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Clayton served as executive sponsor of Dollar General’s LGBT employee resource group, EQUAL, and was a founding member of the organization.
Taylor Wirth, Secretary
Taylor Wirth has served as a member of the board of directors since June 2015 and his term ends December 2018. Taylor is the current Secretary of the Chamber and serves on its Executive Governance Committee. Taylor focuses on maintaining the organization's books and records, assisting with contract and grant review and advising on other legal and corporate governance matters.
Taylor is an associate attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims, and advises clients on a variety of corporate matters including securities offerings, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Taylor holds his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and his B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.
Jennifer Austin, Member-At-Large
Jennifer Austin is a Licensed Realtor(r) with Pareto Realty, specializing in residential real estate. She has served on the "Judges" sub-committee for TASTE the last two years. She has been active in Nashville's LGBT community for over 15 years, previously developing and leading administrative and community-based programs at Holy Trinity Community Church. Jennifer loves living in East Nashville with her wife, Anna, and their two 60-pound puppies, Izzy & George. She is also proud of her son Hayden, a sophomore at UT, Knoxville.
Steve Burress, Member-At-Large
Steve Burress is the General Manager of Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville. Steve moved to Nashville in 2015 to open the 7th trolley location under Historic Tours of America’s Old Town Trolley brand. He has been involved in the tourism field for 12 years having started with Historic Tours of America in the Key West, FL headquarters location.
Steve comes to the Nashville LGBT chamber with many years of previous board experience having served on the Key West Attractions Association Board as well as several years on the Key West Business Guild LGBT board. He is honored to be chosen to Continue serving the LGBT community here in Nashville.
In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his partner, Michael Pauley, and their three dogs, working on their Goodlettsville home and property.
Jack Davis, Member-At-Large
Jack Davis is the Founder and CEO of JD Events and Festivals. His company strives to create long lasting festivals that support the communities we love. Jack develops and manages all facets of special events, specifically marketing, promotion, production, strategic planning and sponsorship sales. JD Events and Festivals is involved in events that bring people together, inspire them, and stimulate their minds. Jack started in arena management and moved to outdoor festivals and concerts with JD Events and Festivals in 2014.
Diane Hatley, Member-At-Large
Diane Hatley works for Nissan located in Smyrna. She currently fill the role of an engineer in the new model division and has enjoyed being in the position for fifteen years. She is a native of Tennessee and attended Tennessee Technological University where she earned her degree in mechanical engineering. Currently, she finds herself advancing her career and pursuing advocacy roles and best positioning herself to be a role model for others. She transitioned to be her whole self during her career at Nissan over two years ago.
Through work, she pursued the board position at the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce since she wants to help be an advocate for positive change within the business arena. She sincerely believes that helping to create positive synergies between business and the community are key for the advancement of equality.
In her off hours, she enjoys taking care of her father, sewing, cooking, photography and spending time with her friends. She also enjoys attending events where she can help mentor others. She also enjoys helping others understand what it means to be a Transwoman and more importantly what it means to be a Transwoman in the Mid-South.
Courtney Lawrence, Member-At-Large
Courtney Lawrence was born and raised in Nashville, TN and is currently the Director of Human Resources of MediCopy Services, Inc, a Health Information Management company, where I have been employed since 2002.
Courtney is also the creator of Paris Entertainment, where he consults, manages and books drag entertainment shows for special events. He is the former Show Director of Vibe Entertainment complex for eight years before its closing. Courtney serves as the Pageant Director of Glamour City Pageantry here in Nashville as well. He plays a part in the booking of talent for Nashville Pride Festival, Nashville Black Pride and also partner with Inspired Concepts and Events as the Entertainment Director. In his spare time, Courtney likes to watch drag, travel with friends and spend time with close family and friends.
Christopher Lester, Member-At-Large
Christopher is the founder of C4ward Strategy and helps brands tell their unique story throughout the sales experience. Prior to launching C4ward, he served as the Vice President of Sales at Emma Email Marketing. Christopher has served as the Marketing Committee chair since 2017. He is passionate about both the LGBT Chamber and creating marketing that moves people, growth and the causes he believes in. In addition to his work with the Chamber, he serves on the Tennesseans for The Arts board; where, he works to educate, advocate and activate the arts and artistic programs throughout the state of Tennessee.
Amy Parker, Member-At-Large
Kanitha Pope, Member-At-Large
Kanitha Pope is a native of Nashville, TN. She studied Health Sciences at Tennessee State University, followed by receiving her Masters in Public Health at TSU. She currently works for HCA's TriStar Network as a Behavioral Health Clinical Specialist. Kanitha has a heart for people, and strives to pull the best out of each individual she encounters. She believes that if we take Pride in our Love towards one another our world would be a more compassionate place.
Jim Schmidt, Member-At-Large
A veteran of working with policy makers at all levels of government, Jim Schmidt has the experience to be a strong voice for any interest at the Hill. Schmidt began his career in state government during his college years as an intern of the staff of State Senator Jim Kyle in 1995. After graduating, he joined Betty Anderson Consulting and later Advance Public Strategies, both times working with Anderson, his mentor and one of the Hill’s most experienced and respected lobbyists.
From there, Schmidt joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz as a Senior Public Policy Advisor. He continued to expand and build their state public policy practice in Tennessee throughout his tenure. In September of 2011, he left Baker Donelson to start his own firm, Schmidt Government Solutions LLC. Many of his longtime clients followed him to his new firm and continue to value his experience on the Hill.
Schmidt is a native of Memphis, TN and a graduate of Christian Brothers High School and the University of Memphis. A resident of Nashville for 21 years, he has served on a number of local community and nonprofit boards, including the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Nashville Children’s Theatre Board of Trustees, Nashville CARES and the Davidson County Mental Health Court Foundation Board. He is an alumni of 2014 Class of Leadership Nashville and the Young Leaders Council program.
Linzie Treadway, Member-At-Large
Linzie Treadway current serves as Projects Manager in the Office of the Chancellor at Vanderbilt University, where she is oversees strategic initiatives and planning, especially around diversity and inclusion. Originally from Arkansas, she moved to Nashville to pursue her doctorate at Vanderbilt after receiving her Masters of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta. She served on the Nashville Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign for six years, including chairing the annual dinner for two.
Linzie has a deep commitment to fostering and cultivating community connections, especially deepening the level of engagement among and between diverse populations. Linzie lives in Nashville with her wife, Jessica, and their spectacularly talented dog, Freida.
Terry Vo, Member-At-Large
Terry Vo is part of the External Affairs team at Comcast Cable Corporation and manages community investment and partnerships in the Middle Tennessee region. She moved to Nashville in 2009 to serve as the JET Program and MEXT Scholarship Coordinator at the Consulate-General of Japan. In 2013, Terry was chosen as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and represented the Rotary Club of Green Hills and Nashville while attending the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, President of the Arkansas Alumni Association Nashville Chapter, Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, member of the Tennessee Justice Center Development Committee, Community Group Leader at Crosspoint Community Church, and member of the 2016 MyCity Academy Class.She has received the Margaret Duffy Sakura Award for Outstanding Leadership by the Japan America Society of Tennessee and recognized as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and attending live concerts and performances.
Rhonda Weatherford, Member-At-Large
Rhonda is a licensed general contractor and the owner of Because Home Matters, a home renovation company specializing in home additions & remodeling. She is also a founding partner of Weatherford Enterprises, a local real estate development firm. Prior to starting her own business, she served as Chief of Staff & Executive Vice President of Global Operations with responsibilities for Asian & European operations for a publicly traded Supply Chain Logistics firm. She has held previous leadership and board positions with The University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business Advisory Board, Holy Trinity Community Church, The LGBT Center, and The EWGA Executive Women’s Golf Association. She currently serves on The Southern Growth Policy Board as Special Advisor to the Governor, State of Tennessee.
Rhonda has extensive experience living abroad while managing multicultural teams, speaks multiple languages, and spent her EMBA residency in Warsaw. Rhonda resides in East Nashville with her wife Jenny and two fur babies.