Amber offers a unique perspective serving on the board of MBMS, having gone through the foster care system from the age of 15 until she aged out of the system in Missouri at 21. She has a heart and passion for youth in the foster care system, to help them see the bright future they can achieve, despite the challenges and struggles they have been up against. She believes in the mission of MBMS having experienced what it is like to not have basic necessities. She also understands the impact of receiving her first piece of luggage, while in the foster care system.
Amber has lived in the Middle TN area since 2009 where she pursued her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. Since graduating, she has worked in in-patient and out-patient clinics around Middle TN. She has since started a concierge based occupational therapy practice that serves families in the Nashville area as well as around the country called Alverson Pediatric Therapy. She lives in Brentwood with her husband and three children.
Jenny Matthews brings more than fifteen years of experience working for nonprofits and associations to My Bag My Story. Foster care and adoption are Jenny’s passion, as every child deserves a loving and safe home to thrive. As a foster parent, Jenny has seen first hand that children really do arrive at foster homes with nothing but a trash bag holding a few belongings. This must change.
In her professional career, she helped establish A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville in 2015 and is the director. Since that time A Step Ahead has provided women’s healthcare for more than 2,000 clients.
Early in her career, Jenny worked for the county medical society directing their charity healthcare program for the uninsured. She was named by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 and is active with other non-profits outside of My Bag My Story, including the Arthritis Foundation and Young Leaders Council.
I earned degrees in Real Estate and Finance, and after college, I appraised commercial real estate in southwest Florida. Following, I used my real estate and financial background in multiple industries and roles, including owning a wireless communications infrastructure business, being President of a family-owned retail furniture store, and being Executive VP of a healthcare finance business.
My wife and I have raised two children, supporting them in school activities, scouts, and church groups. With both in college, I look forward to using my time to support meaningful charities such as My Bag My Story.
Chad Powers was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. After attending college at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama, he returned to Nashville where he met his wife Birdie. After working in several roles in finance, and in the music industry, Chad returned to law school. He clerked for a local judge, then worked for a small law firm, and ultimately ended up working for a Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management company, where he is now serving as Chief Legal Officer. Chad has two daughters, ages 17 and 15. He and his family, are active members at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Chad and his family have walked through several foster situations with close friends which has sparked his passion to ensure that children placed in the foster system are given every opportunity to succeed and feel dignified.
David Whitfield was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He attended Lipscomb University receiving a BS in Accounting and Finance/Economics and a MBA. David is a CPA and spent the first 12 years of his career at Ernst & Young serving as a Senior Manager for public and private healthcare companies. Currently, David is the Vice President of Accounting for Premise Health, the world’s leading direct healthcare provider.
David and his wife Sara have been married for 20 years and have 3 children ages 17, 14, and 12. David and his family have been working with foster children and their families for many years as foster parents. Understanding and witnessing the challenges that face children in foster care has shown the increasing need to support them in many different ways of which MBMS is uniquely positioned to provide these children with dignity and a sense of belonging. David has also served in board leadership roles over the past 15 years for other not for profit organizations serving in the mission field in Haiti focusing on medical missions and education.
Serves as a liaison between My Bag My Story’s volunteer agency coordinators and their agency partners to provide bags to children in foster care. Nikol earned an Environmental Engineering degree and worked as an environmental scientist for the natural gas industry in Texas and Tennessee. Most recently, she served as a project consultant for a company providing relocation services to seniors. Nikol has a passion for volunteerism. Over the years, while raising her two children, Nikol has held a number of volunteer leadership roles in the Brentwood community, including Secretary of the City of Brentwood’s Environmental Advisory Board, a position which she currently holds, as well as PTO President at Scales Elementary School, board member of Brentwood Swim and Tennis Club, and alumni council member at Brentwood Academy. In addition, she has worked with Junior Achievement and Vanderbilt University’s recruitment committee.
Matthew Webb is Assistant Vice President and Product Security Officer for HealthTrust Purchasing Group. With over 20 years of experience in the information security field, Matthew has the proven ability to provide business leadership, strategic planning, development, and management in the field of identification/mitigation of risk and security in healthcare. In his time at HealthTrust, he developed a supplier security program, built relationships with business partners and coordinated with their security engineers to ensure HCA Healthcare’s suppliers met regulatory requirements.
Matthew holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Aquinas College and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He also holds a Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture Foundation SCF in enterprise security architecture.