Our Staff + Board

STAFF

Jill McMillan Palm (she/her)

Executive Director

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As Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, Jill McMillan Palm provides education, resources, and opportunities at the intersection of arts and business. Before moving to Nashville in 2017 for this role, she worked with arts organizations and creative businesses in Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; and Boston, MA. Using her breadth of experience and skills, Jill sustains and promotes the Arts & Business Council’s mission to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville; ensures that the organization’s service to artists is of the highest quality; and is an advocate for artists at the local, state, and national levels. She is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Music Industry Advisory Group and has served on the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council since 2018. She was elected to the Nashville Emerging Leaders class of 2019, and was named as a finalist for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders Award in the Arts, Entertainment, and Music Business category in 2020. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Jill holds a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Pepperdine University. A lifelong arts enthusiast, she continues to dabble in dance, music, and visual art, all to varying degrees of success. In her spare time, you can find her taking in a concert or performance; enjoying an iced coffee with a good book; or wandering the world with her husband and their dog.

Jonathan Harwell-Dye (he/him)

Program Manager

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Jonathan Harwell-Dye is an arts administrator with nearly 14 years of combined experience in the arts and creative industries. He was previously senior communications manager for a global art and design university and director of communications for a nonprofit arts organization and local arts agency. He began his career as a graphic artist in the newspaper industry and went on to be online manager, creative director, and editor. Trained as an illustrator, Jonathan was a co-founder of the Three Cities Group Artist Collective and gallery curator at the Contemporary Arts Exchange in Macon, GA. An advocate for the economic and social benefits of the arts, he was named a GeorgiaForward Young Gamechanger in 2014 and commissioned as a regional leader by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission in 2015.

Jonathan holds a B.F.A. in interdisciplinary studies/scientific illustration from the University of Georgia, certification in creative placemaking from The Ohio State University in partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in business design and arts leadership at SCAD. He is married to Stacey Harwell-Dye, minister of missions and outreach at West End United Methodist Church. They share their home with Colby, a Shetland Sheepdog, who’s excited about the possibility of snow this winter.

LaTonnsya Burney (she/her)

Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) Manager

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LaTonnsya Burney is a Nashville native, licensed attorney currently serving in the role as Assistant Dean of Student Conduct and Judicial Affairs for Tennessee State University. She attended Western Kentucky University undergrad and law school at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Prior to her current role, LaTonnsya had an extensive legal background where she served as attorney for private clients as plaintiff and defense counsel, outside counsel for an insurance company and as in-house counsel for corporate entities and government agencies.

LaTonnsya is passionate about mentorship and pipeline opportunities for diverse lawyers and future lawyers. As such, she has served in a number of leadership roles in the Nashville community to assist in that effort. She is currently one of the Second Year Directors for the Lawyers’ Association for Women where she works closely with the diversity and programming committees, she serves as one of the on campus advisors for the Tennessee State University chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, chairs the Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers committee for the new generation of lawyers, is a member of the steering committee for the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum and was recently appointed to the Tennessee Bar Association Diversity Task Force. For her active participation and leadership in the bar, she was selected as a member of the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum class in 2017, presented the Lawyers’ Association for Women Rising Star Award in 2019 and selected for the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law class in 2020.
In her free time, LaTonnsya enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs, coaching youth basketball, traveling, attending concerts, music festivals and sporting events. She also enjoys retail therapy in preparation for these events.

Stephanie Reid (she/her)

Marketing & Operations Assistant

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Stephanie Reid supports the daily operations of the Arts &
Business Council and is responsible for critical marketing and
community outreach functions. Stephanie is a Nashville native, mom,
and student at Howard University, who believes in the power of
community and has a passion for serving her community through
education and outreach. With a diverse background ranging from
administration and education to technical support and customer
service, Stephanie has a wide set of skills which makes her well
equipped to serve the Nashville arts and business communities.

BOARD

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Martha Ingram, Ingram Industries

CHAIR

Kelly Frey, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

VICE CHAIR

Kearstin Patterson, HCA Healthcare

TREASURER

Mike Koupal, Elliott Davis

DIRECTORS

Caroline Allison, Photographer

Libby Callaway, The Callaway

Brittany Cole, Career Thrivers

Trish Crist, Frist Art Museum

Yuri Cunza, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Chan Dillon, WC Dillon Company

Stephen Eaves, Belmont University

Lucia Folk, The Change Agent·cy

Omega George, Entertainment One

Chuck Harmony, Weirdo Workshop

Jamal Hipps, MPYER Marketing

Devon Holbrook, Bass Berry & Sims

Kirsten Jacobson, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Claude Kelly, Weirdo Workshop

John Leal, Brace Artist Management

Courtney Little, Musician & Arts Administrator

Emerald Mitchell, Moves & Grooves

Cindy Oliva, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tim Ozgener, OZ Arts Nashville

Joseph “Pepe” Presley, Cumberland Trust

Thor Urness, Bradley

J. Robert Valentine, Concord

Daniel Weisman, AllianceBernstein

Trent Yates, Sagemont Real Estate

Anna Zeitlin, Fanny & June

Ethan Zoubek, Campaign Monitor

YOUNG LEADERS COUNCIL INTERN

Khrys Hatch, Launch Tennessee


Are you interested in serving on an arts nonprofit board? Check out our Arts Board Matching program! If you’d like to learn more about serving on the Arts & Business Council’s board specifically, please email our Executive Director.