Board of Directors

The UNA-Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter Board of Directors is comprised of interested citizens from all over Tennessee who volunteer their time and effort to advance the work of the United Nations.

President

Bob Teague

Vice Presidents

Doris Ann Hendrix
Katherine Lay Miller

Secretary

Kevin McKellar

Treasurer

Stephie Goings

Historians

Bill Zechman
Galen Spencer Hull

Board Directors

Jennifer Adebanjo
Carmen Campbell
Rebecca Freeman
Tonya Glasgow
Madumom Iye
Cody Lester
Patricia Powell
Tim Stewart

Standing Committees

Communications-PR
Finance
Membership
Education-Young Professionals
Government Relations
Program-President, Board

Past Presidents of the Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter

1945-1946, Mr. Fyke Farmer
1946-1948, Dr. D.F. Fleming
1948-1950, Mr. Maclin Davis, Sr.
1950-1951, Dr. Fremont P. Wirth
1951-1952, Mr. M.T. Lowry
1952-1953, Mr. Morgan Reynolds
1953-1954, Mr. R. Lee Davis
1955-1956, Mr. Littell Rust
1957-1958, Mr. Lang Wroton
1959-1960, Dr. Harold Bradley
1961-1963, Dr. J.J. Ray
1963-1965, Mrs. Arville Wheeler
1965-1966, Mrs. H. Earl Cunningham
1966-1967, Dr. Alonzo Stephens
1968, Mr. George Cate, Jr.
1969, Dr. Sam Smith
1970, Mrs. John McCall
1971, Mr. James Sasser
1973, Mrs. David S. Bubis
1974, Dr. Malcolm D. Williams

1972, Mr. Fred Cloud
1975-1976, Dr. Pearle Bradley
1977, Dr. Virginia Nyabongo
1978-1979, Mrs. May Titus
1980-1981, Dr. Thomas Van Loon
1982-1987, Dr. Richard Bauer
1987-1991, Mr. Donald M. Maillie
1991-1992, Ms. Pat Bentrup
1992-1994, Dr. Dan Rosemergy
1994-1996, Mr. Bill Zechman
1997-1999, Dr. Jim Quirin
2000-2004, Mr. Tim Stewart
2004-2008, Dr. John Miglietta
2008-2012, Dr. Mary Pat Silveira
2012-2015, Dr. Klint Alexander
2015-2017, Dr. Dan Rosemergy
2017-2019, Mr. Tim Stewart
2019-2020, Mrs. Vanessa Lefler
2020- , Mr. Bob Teague

President

Bob Teague

As a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, professional writer, and information systems technical consultant, Bob continues to provide leadership in the public sector by working with civic and community organizations. An alum of the University of West Florida, Belmont University, Nashville State Community College, and Austin Peay State University, Bob holds degrees in business administration, management, marketing, and technology. Bob’s career experience includes stints as a C-level corporate executive, manager of a national nonprofit collaborative enterprise, trained community organizer, and always an ardent activist in support of environmental causes. As a technical writer, Bob is an Individual and Team Excellence award winner, from the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA), for documenting the State of Tennessee’s extensive state government systems and networks. As a musician, composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor, Bob has more than 2,000 original copyrights and nearly 100 recordings as a soloist and with other artists. As a freelance writer, he has written articles for national and international publications, and is a featured poet in “Writings From The Heart,” a 2-volume compilation of eclectic works by WordSmiths, Ink. Bob has traveled extensively and wants everyone to appreciate and cherish the opportunities we have to combine our cultures and languages into a world of caring and sharing, peace and prosperity, with love and respect for the environment and each other.

Vice Presidents

Doris Ann Hendrix

Doris Ann Hendrix – is a graduate of Vanderbilt and Tennessee State Universities and is a forty-five year veteran math educator in Metro Nashville Schools, Tennessee Preparatory School, and Woodland Hills Youth Development Center. She has extensive leadership experience in the American Camps Association, National Council Teachers of Math, Middle Tennessee Math Teachers, Metro Nashville Education Association, and the PTA. Other professional and civic organization experience include Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Key Women Educators) officer and fundraiser, Beta Sigma Phi sorority chapter officer, Kiwanis, Torch Club, National Association of Parliamentarians, and AARP tax-aide. Ms. Hendrix is in her first term as a board member of the Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter. She served as acting secretary for the 2011-12 year.

Katherine Lay Miller

Katherine Lay Miller was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN where she graduated from the Baylor School, Katherine earned her B.A. at the University of Tennessee in academic psychology with a minor in ecology and evolutionary biology. A lifelong learner, while working for three years as a Head Start teacher and social worker in Knox county she studied to have her degree related to early childhood education. While earning her M.A. at Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service, her passion for international aid was born during a travel course studying social justice in the European Union. Discussions centered around humanitarian law at the International Red Cross Headquarters, policy at the World Trade Organization, refugee immigration at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, peacekeeping at Vredespaleis and leadership accountability at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia & the International Criminal Court fueled her desire to help on a global scale. She spent ten years in the Harding Academy office of advancement as the alumni relations and communications manager, the primary relationship steward for the largest active constituency of the school. During her tenure, she increased community awareness and engagement, funds from individuals and corporate sponsors, and was instrumental in establishing the first alumni association sponsored scholarship fund, to assist those unable to afford the cost of tuition. Katherine is the first appointed Executive Director of Project C.U.R.E. – Nashville, the local center for the world’s largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to resource limited countries around the world. A photographer on the side, Katherine also currently serves on the Board of Governance for the Junior League of Nashville, the Advisory Board of the Nashville Children’s Theatre, on various volunteer committees for the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, as well as the parent organizations of her children’s schools.

Secretary

Kevin McKellar

Kevin McKellar – has been a member of the Cordell Hull Chapter of the USA-UNA since approximately June of 2019. He has a passion for international relations and UN operations. He has served on the Board of the Old Hickory Chamber of Commerce for 5+ Years, first as a Junior Board Member, then as an officer in the position of Secretary. He is familiar with Roberts Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedures. He currently volunteers at the American Red Cross as the regional coordinator for the International Humanitarian Law Youth Action Campaign, and is also involved with international casework. He has experience with event coordination, community engagement, and engagement among international communities.

Treasurer

Stephie Goings

Stephie Goings – Though I am a licensed CPA in the state of Tennessee, my truest calling lies in music. I am a multi-instrumentalist, drummer, percussionist, and social entrepreneur. I currently serve as an instructor at multiple music schools in Nashville and surrounding areas. I believe in the power of music to transform lives, give hope, and rediscover community. I first joined UNA-USA in 2008 while living in Kansas City, Missouri. With the Greater Kansas City Chapter, I had the opportunity to accompany former UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro during her multiple speaking engagements in the city. I also served as a chapter liaison receiving a proclamation from the mayor of Kansas City celebrating International Women’s Day. I’m honored to now be serving in the pioneer chapter of UNA-USA.

Historians

Bill Zechman

Bill Zechman – has been a member of the UNA-USA Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter since the mid-1980s. He served two consecutive terms as president and has chaired the government relations and community relations/public education committees. After graduating from McMinnville City High School, Bill earned BS and BA degrees in chemistry and philosophy at the University of Tennessee. First elected to public office in the 1980s as a member of the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, he later served 22 years on the Warren County Commission representing the First District. Following this, he was elected to the Warren County school board, where he is completing his second four-year term. Since 1981 Bill has been an agent with the State Farm Insurance Companies. Also, he is a volunteer producer with McMinnville public radio WCPI 91.3, where he hosts a weekly talk show on diverse subjects from politics, civic society, healthcare and education to science and technology. As a longtime member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, he has devoted much of his time to promoting public awareness of the human-caused threats to the global environment.

Dr. Galen Spencer Hull

Galen is President of HULL International, LLC, an educator, and veteran international development consultant with over 45 years of experience. He began his international career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi (1964-1966) and subsequently taught and conducted doctoral research on the system of higher education in Congo (Kinshasa) from 1969 to 1973. He was Director of the Office of International Business Programs in the College of Business at Tennessee State U. from 1999 to 2011. Upon retirement from TSU Dr. Hull established HULL International LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to international and multicultural projects. In collaboration with Dr. Ming Wang, he founded the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (TIMBG) in 2013. He has authored five books and many articles, the most recent being Crossing Cultures: Memoirs of a Travlin’ Man, published in 2006. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Class of ‘09 of Leadership Brentwood.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Adebanjo

Jennifer W. Adebanjo is associate Professor of Political Science at Fisk University. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. She received both the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Jackson State University, located in Jackson Mississippi. Dr. Adebanjo currently serves as the Chair of the History and Political Science Department at Fisk University and is an active member of the faculty. Among many other she also serves as one of the university’s Pre-Law Advisors. Under her guidance many students have been admitted into law and graduate schools across the country. Dr. Adebanjo also has served as Associate Director of the Fisk/UNCF Program for Environmental Justice Education and Research Grant and the Fisk Component of the UNCF/DOE Building Environment Justice Collaboration between Paine and Savannah River Site. She also served in the capacity of Co-Principal Investigator for the Meharry /Fisk program for Prostate Cancer and Research Training in Health Disparities for Undergraduates, (PCaRT). Dr. Adebanjo is very active in the local Nashville community and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She was most recently awarded the Fannie Bell Waters Leading Lady Award for her exceptional and exemplary service to the Nashville community. She is a Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellow and a 2010 Salzburg Global Fellow. Professionally, Dr. Adebanjo’s teaching and research interests include Presidential, Congressional, and Supreme Court Politics, Environmental Justice, and Public Policy as it pertains to race and gender. She is happily married to Bishop George O. Adebanjo, Pastor of The Living Word International Church of God in Christ located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carmen Campbell

Carmen Campbell – became involved with UNA because she was searching for local international affairs interest groups after having graduated Spring 2019 with her degree in international studies with minors in Arabic & Middle East studies, English, and film. Locally, she has also been involved with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, Peace Ambassadors USA, the Legal Aid Society, and Tennessee Justice Center. When she first joined us, she redesigned our brochure so that we would have something fresh and eye-catching for new tabling events. After tabling at Rocketown, we had an event at the Red Cross where we came up with some great ideas. As someone with experience in event planning and graphic design, she would love to help execute and advertise for the great event ideas we had.

Rebecca Freeman

Rebecca Freeman – is an Officer with Metro General Sessions Court Probation Department for Judge William E. Higgins. A winner of the 2012 Stephenson Todd Award, she has been a TLAP volunteer for over seven years. She participated with TLAP staff and other lawyers in an effort to see that TLAP expanded its scope of service to adequately include services for those with issues other than substance abuse. She served on a committee to address the rash of attorney suicides in Tennessee, and became a certified QPR instructor (Question, Persuade, Refer)– teaching attorneys across the state a simple suicide prevention technique. She also assisted in developing an all female attorney support group that meets weekly in Nashville. She has been licensed to practice law since 1985.

Tonya Glasgow

Tonya is a native of Nashville and currently serves as Veteran Services Coordinator for Operation Stand Down Nashville. At the age of 17, she enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 4 years as an audio/video specialist producing training and documentary films throughout Central and South America. This is where her desire for international service began. She has traveled to 17 countries and her greatest passion is fighting social injustice and international violence against women and girls. Tonya earned a BS degree in Public Management from Austin Peay State University and an MA degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Organizational Management. She has volunteered for many non-profits in the Nashville area and is a member of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance, the American Legion, Women Veterans of America, Nashville Homeless Coalition and the Community Partnership Program. Tonya currently resides with her daughter, Kansas, in Lebanon, TN and is a member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Tonya is currently with the American Red Cross International Services, serving military personnel locally and around the world.

Madumom Iye

Maddie Iye – is a CPA and works as an internal auditor at Deloitte. Prior to moving to Nashville, she attended college in Alabama where she was a member of the Model UN student group. She is very passionate about the United Nations and its mission. Born and raised in Nigeria, she moved to the United States as a teenager and began to see the world from a different perspective. She started to notice issues that we face in our different countries, such as poor education systems, infrastructure, healthcare, climate conditions, poverty, etc. As a Nigerian she can attest to those issues and many citizens of her country face it everyday. She noticed the impact the United Nations has on the world and how they are changing things one at a time and would love to be part of that. Her long term goal is to one day work for the United Nations and travel the world to educate young girls on the importance of education and female empowerment.

Cody Lester

Cody Lester, who worked as Program and Outreach Coordinator, now joins our UNA-Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter Board while he serves in the military.

Patricia Powell

Patricia Powell – is the President and Group Facilitator for Nashville Autism Peer Support, a group that offers adults on the Autism Spectrum with peer support. As she leads this group, she actively works on learning the leadership skills needed to be its Executive Director once it becomes a nonprofit. She is pursuing this goal through the Young Leaders Council, as well as learning leadership tools through The Junior League of Nashville. Along with this professional development, she is also a member of Autism Tennessee and People First (Davidson Chapter), and volunteers with the Nashville Public Library and End Slavery TN.

Tim Stewart

Tim Stewart, Director of Service-Learning at Belmont University, has a B.A. in Communication from Vanderbilt University and a M.A. in International Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. He served as Director of the Student YMCA and International Director for the YMCA of Nashville and Middle TN from 1991 —2001. In these positions, he helped involve area college students in the work of the YMCA’s Urban Services and managed the local YMCA’s international exchange programs with YMCAs around the world. From 2002 – 2009, Tim served as Coordinator of Community Service and Assistant Director of International Education at Belmont University. In 2009, he became the Director of Service-Learning at Belmont, helping faculty develop service experiences projects related to their course learning objectives, while continuing to serve as a conduit to connect groups and individuals with needs in the community. He has been a member of the Nashville Chapter of the UNA for nearly 20 years, serving as president from 2000 – 2004. He serves or has served on various other boards and committees including Book’ em and Begin Anew, among others. He is married to Lucinda and has two children in college, Benjamin and Emily.

  • Our Mission

    To educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and work of the United Nations, strengthen the United Nations system, promote constructive United States leadership in that system and achieve the goals of the United Nations Charter.

    Our Core Values

    • Respect for human rights
    • International cooperation
    • Nonviolent conflict resolution
    • Responsible and sustainable social and economic development

    Our Goals

    • To effect constructive US involvement in the UN through education and advocacy.
    • To support responsible development through programs that reach locally, nationally and globally.
    • To promote peace, understanding and respect.