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First 8 Memphis Board


Kathy Buckman Gibson

KBG Technologies, LLC
First 8 Memphis Board Chair

Kathy Buckman Gibson is President and CEO of KBG Technologies, LLC, a distributor of a full range of chemical products, services and technologies. She also serves on the Board of Bulab Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Buckman, a specialty chemical supplier. She served as Chief Operating Officer of Buckman during her career, gaining extensive knowledge of manufacturing, supply chains and global operations.  In her almost 25 years of experience as COO, Chairman of the Board and General Counsel for Buckman, she called on customers around the world in the pulp and paper, water treatment and leather industries. She holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA and JD from Emory University. Prior to joining Buckman, she worked as an analyst for Citicorp and at Smith, Gambrell & Russell as an associate in mergers & acquisitions.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, KBG Technologies is the only woman-owned business providing a comprehensive array of specialty chemistries and smart technologies to pulp and paper. It is one of a few focused on the water treatment industry in the United States, particularly for power generation. The Company brings a unique perspective and approach to the needs of the industry to help facilities meet their ambitious production and efficiency goals.     

Buckman Gibson is respected and recognized as a leader around the world in the pulp and paper, water treatment and leather industries. She is recognized by the Memphis community for her volunteer leadership and dedication. While at Buckman, she led the company's global BuckmanCares initiative with community relations, volunteerism and giving activities impacting some 100,000 people each year.

Buckman Gibson serves as Chair of First Eight Memphis, Shelby County’s Early Childhood Education Plan, and is a board member of Seeding Success and Tennesseans for Quality Early Education. She is a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Circle, previously serving as chair of the Circle's Pre-K Initiative. Buckman Gibson serves as a Trustee of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, a Trustee of Lausanne Collegiate School, and as a board member of the National Civil Rights Museum. Past leadership roles have been held with National Girls Incorporated, United Way of the Mid-South, Memphis Talent Dividend, Girls Incorporated of Memphis, Memphis In May International Festival, Mid-South Reading Alliance, St. Mary's Episcopal School, the Assisi Foundation, and Memphis BioWorks Foundation.


James R. ‘Jim’ Boyd

Executive Director
Pyramid Peak Foundation

From his work as a church leader to non-profit president to running a charitable foundation, Jim Boyd‘s career has been marked by his spirit of service. Since October 2011, he’s been Executive Director of The Pyramid Peak Foundation in Memphis which supports initiatives and organizations that effectively and efficiently strengthen the education, economic and social structures of Greater Memphis.  Jim studied political science at Vanderbilt University, attended Episcopal seminary in Washington, DC and was ordained in 1977. Prior to his work at The Pyramid Peak Foundation, Jim established urban ministries in Memphis, led churches in Fayetteville, NC and Salem, OR; and served over 15 years as president of BRIDGES, a Memphis youth leadership organization.



Carol Johnson-Dean

Executive Director
New Leaders, South Region

Carol Johnson is currently the executive director, New Leaders, South Region, a national organization providing leadership development for aspiring principals and teacher leaders. She leads the South region, providing oversight to New Leaders programs In Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida.  She has also served as executive director, of Large District Support for the Tennessee Department of Education (2015).

Carol Johnson is a 2014 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow and a visiting professor at Vanderbilt/Peabody College. She currently serves on the national board of City Year, Memphis Advisory board for Facing History and Ourselves, a member, Memphis Teacher Residency Advisory Board, and education co-chair, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra board, and an Ambassador, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). She is also a member, University of Minnesota Alumni Association Board and Memphis Chapter, Fisk University Alumni Association.

Dr. Carol R. Johnson served as Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BP) 2007-2013, having been appointed by a unanimous vote of the Boston School Committee. As Superintendent of the 58,000 - student district, she also served as a cabinet member for Mayor Thomas M. Menino.  Under her leadership, the district improved proficiency rates, narrowed achievement gaps, focused on access and opportunity, as well as graduating students prepared for college and career success. During her tenure, graduation rates increased annually, the dropout rate decreased by over 40% to its lowest levels since 1977, and more students enrolled in advanced placement and the district more than doubled the number of 8th graders enrolled in Algebra I, demonstrating significant results on NAEP.  In 2012, Dr. Johnson received the nation's highest honor for urban education leadership, the Richard R. Green Award, presented by the Council of the Great City Schools. In 2010, BPS was recognized as one of the most improved school districts in the world by McKinsey and Company. A strong advocate for arts education, Dr. Johnson received the AASA/VHI Save the Music Award, increasing the percentage of K-8 students receiving weekly arts instructing from 67% to 93% and doubling the number of art teachers.

Dr. Johnson has a wealth of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, and district administrator.  Prior to her appointment in Boston, Dr. Johnson was Superintendent in Minneapolis, MN. & Memphis TN., where she was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year and the Tennessee PTA Superintendent of the year. Nationally, Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Board, the Harvard University Urban Superintendents' Advisory Board, the University of Michigan School of Education/Dean's Advisory Board and she has served on the College Board and the Spencer Foundation Board (Chicago). Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Fisk University in Nashville TN and a master's (Curriculum and Instruction) and doctorate degrees in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.  She has also been awarded honorary degrees from Lemoyne Owen College and Rhodes College, both in Memphis, TN and Simmons College in Boston.  She is married to Dr. Willie Dean, retired YMCA executive. Together they share six adult children.


Mitch Graves

President and CEO
Health Choice, LLC

Since October 2013, Mitch Graves has served as CEO of HealthChoice, LLC, a physician hospital organization (PHO). HealthChoice, a joint venture between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and MetroCare Physicians, provides managed care contracting, employer health data analytics and population health strategies. HealthChoice also serves as a clinical integration organization, bringing together physicians and hospitals to improve quality, health and wellness through patient engagement while reducing the cost of healthcare.

Before his tenure with HealthChoice, Mitch served as the president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare's Affiliated Services Division  for 8 years.  He serves on the boards of Christian Brothers University, Memphis Light Gas and Water, Economic Club of Memphis, Alliance Health Services, and Community Care Associates. Mitch is a_ member of United Healthcare's Executive Advisory Councp, Cigna's National Health Care Advisory Council,  and  the Church Health Center's finance committee. Mitch recently served as a co-chainn an of Memphis City Mayor Jim Strickland's transition team.

Mitch graduated from Christian Brothers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance and economics. He was awarded Christian Brothers University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 and became the university's Chairman of the Board of Trustees in August 2013.

Mitch is active in his church, Grace St. Luke's and serves on the vestry. He is married to Kelly Jo and has one daughter, Caroline.


Marion Hare

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Marion Hare is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She is general pediatrician with master’s degrees in exercise physiology and epidemiology. She received her medical degree from the UTHSC and master’s degrees from Wake Forest University and UTHSC, respectively. She has over 20 year’s experience in primary care pediatrics and training of medical students and pediatric residents.

After her pediatric residency, she served in the National Health Service Corps and has continued to commit her career to child health care and promotion. She has been involved in numerous community projects and research, particularly in underserved communities. Her current clinical and research focus includes the Family Resilience Initiative, a clinical program that is designed to screen for and mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences and unmet Social Determinants of Health in children less than 5 years of age who present for their well child check-up.

Marion is actively involved in variety of charitable and professional organizations. She serves as a board member of the Cynthia Milk Fund and Greater Memphis Greenline. She is an active member of the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as one of the West Tennessee CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) facilitators. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Early Success Coalition and the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Common Table Health Alliance. In her leisure time, she enjoys outdoors activities of almost any kind, reading and spending time with her family at Horseshoe Lake. Marion and her husband, Carl have two sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.


Tanya L. Hart

Senior Vice President
First Tennessee Bank 

Tanya is Senior Vice President of Total Rewards at First Tennessee - a regional bank which is headquartered in Memphis, TN. As Senior Vice President, she is responsible for company-wide executive and broad-based compensation, benefits, HR systems, the HR call center and payroll functions. She joined  in the company in 1991  as a teller  while completing her degree in finance at the University of Memphis in 2000. In addition to her current role, Tanya  has been  in other key roles in the organization which includes, leadership training and financial planning.

Tanya later completed her MBA at Christian Brothers University in 2005. In addition to her professional studies, Tanya earned the certified financial planner designation and the SHRM, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) 

Tanya has become a locally recognized voice on  compensation  matters. Specifically,  she  has been asked to contribute to panels and speak at conferences.  She  is actively involved  with a variety of civic and professional  institutions. Her community  outreach  includes her role as a board member of Junior Achievement of Memphis, 1st Eight Memphis and community board member of the Junior League of Memphis. In addition, she is a member of the University of Memphis Foundation Board. Tanya is currently a cohort of the class of 2019 of the Executive program of Leadership Memphis. In addition to her community outreach and board service, she has led many programs within First Tennessee  such  as the Women's  Initiative, United  Way and is the former chair of the Diversity Council.

Within those roles, Tanya was instrumental in developing and leading the founding class of First Tennessee's Emerging Leader Program, expanding the company's employee resource groups and developing a formal mentoring program within the organization. Tanya earned the certified financial planner designation and the SHRM, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She currently serves as a member of First Tennessee's Pension & Investment Committee.

Tanya is a lifetime alumni member of the University of Memphis. She is supported by her husband of over 20 years, Mark and her 2 children, Braxton (16) and Addison (13).


Tomeka Hart

Senior Program Officer
& Melinda Gates Foundation

A native Memphian, Tomeka Hart serves as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading education policy and advocacy grantmaking to civil rights and equity organizations, and managing the social emotional learning policy portfolio. In prior roles she served as VP of strategic partnerships at the Southern Education Foundation, VP of African American community partnerships for Teach For America, and as the president/CEO of the Memphis Urban League. She is a former middle and high school teacher, and a former labor and employment lawyer.

Tomeka served two terms on the Memphis City/Shelby County School Board (TN), including a term as Board President. She currently serves on the board of the Data Quality Campaign, where she chairs the Board/Staff Development Committee. Additionally, she serves as co-chair of the Grantmakers for Education Equity Impact Group, and as a member of the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. Hart is an Aspen Institute Rodel-Fellowship in Public Leadership fellow and a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow.

Tomeka Hart holds a B.S. degree in Marketing Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University; and a J.D. from the University of Memphis.


Larry Jensen

President and CEO
Cushman & Wakefield I Commercial Advisors Partners

With more than 35 years of experience, Jensen has been recognized as ''Commercial Broker of the Year," "Office Broker of the Year," and "Office Leasing Broker of the Year" for the Memphis region by his peers. He was also named one of Memphis Business Quarterly's Power Players in the Commercial Real Estate category.

Jensen has personally focused his career on serving corporations, institutions , and  individuals with innovative strategies, planning , and implementation related to business, and commercial real estate. His clients have included Campbell Clinic, ServiceMaster, FedEx Corporation, FedEx, AutoZone; Hewlett Packard, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, among others.

Jensen is active on the Board of Visitors for the University of Memphis and the Board  of Advisors for the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business. He volunteers on the Executive Committee and Board of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.  He was the former President of Memphis Tomorrow, an organization of CEOs of the larger Memphis-area companies and institutions and also served as Chairman of the Memphis Regional  Chamber. Jensen currently serves on several committees of the Chamber of Commerce's Chairman Circle. He also serves on the Methodist Healthcare  Foundation's  Executive Committee as Vice Chairman and the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences Chancellor's Roundtable . Additionally, he has served on the ReadyNation CEO Task Force on Early Childhood. 

Jensen attended the University of Memphis, where he majored in Journalism.


Mary H. McDaniel

MHM Consultants, LLC

As a Retired Officer of FedEx Express Mary H. McDaniel believes she has an opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in every aspect of life. 

For almost thirty-one (31) years Ms. McDaniel made a positive impact on FedEx’s internal and external customers by leading a team of over 400 employees; managing a multi-million dollar operating budget, a multi-million dollar capital budget, and directing the inventory of more than $1.4 billion of owned aircraft parts that supported more than 670 aircraft flying into more than 375 airports in 220 countries worldwide.

By delivering on the objectives, turning challenges into opportunities, and opportunities into successes, Mary McDaniel was the recipient of the Federal Express Star Award, the Federal Express Superstar Award, the coveted President’s Club Award, and the prestigious Federal Express Five-Star Award four times during her career.

Her commitment to making a difference extended well beyond the corporate walls. She is also making a difference in the community by serving on the Board of Director of the following organizations: Chair of The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, served as Chair of the Foundation Board for Southwest Tennessee Community College, and a Board member of the Paragon Bank Board are just a few. Mary also serves with several civic, social, and technical organizations such as, International Aviation Women Association, The Shelby County Links, Inc, The Mein-Ann Circle of Friends, and as the President of The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis. Also, she served two terms as Chair of the Board for the Tennessee Alcohol and Beverage Commission and as West TN ABC Commissioner.

Throughout her career, Ms. McDaniel has been respected and honored by her colleagues and peers for her business acumen, integrity, and performance. She was featured in national magazines including Corporate Achievers, Ebony, and Women of Color.

Ms. McDaniel has an AS degree Southwest Tennessee Community College, attended Christian Brothers University and has a BS Degree from Bethel University. 

As a second half passion to fulfill all that life has to offer, Mary McDaniel is now the president and owner of MHM Investments, LLC for the past seven years. This consulting firm offers the following line of services to its clients:  Business & Professional Coaching to C-Level Executives, Career Transition Coaching, Career Coaching/Counseling, and Contract/Procurement Strategies.


Yvonne Smith Madlock

Yvonne Smith Madlock was appointed Director of the Shelby County Health Department in June 1995.  She was Shelby County’s first female and first African American Public Health Director and served in that capacity for 20 years through the administration of three elected County Mayors until her retirement in July, 2015.  Prior to her appointment as Director, Mrs. Madlock was Administrator for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Bureau of Personal Health Services. From 1990-1993 she was Executive Director of Mid-South Family Health Care Center. For 12 years Mrs. Madlock was employed by Memphis Health Center in various administrative capacities including Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Patient Care Services after joining the Federally Qualified Health Center in 1978 as a Health Educator.

Ms. Madlock taught history for a number of years at Houston Community College and Lee High School in New Haven, Connecticut.  A graduate of Wellesley College, Mrs. Madlock holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Teaching History and Urban Education from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut); she also completed graduate work at the University Of Texas School Of Public Health (Houston).  She is a 1999 graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California and is a member of the 1992 Leadership Memphis Class.  In the summer of 2000 she completed the Harvard University Leadership in Minority Health Program.

Through her engagement in many local civic and professional organizations, Ms. Madlock has demonstrated her commitment to service focused on assuring and creating health equity, economic opportunity and social justice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Alliance for the Homeless, Methodist Healthcare Foundation and the Grants and Initiatives Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Previously she has served on and held leadership positions on the boards of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Tennessee Primary Care Association, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM), Leadership Memphis, Mid-town Mental Health Center, The First Years’ Institute and Girls Incorporated of Memphis.  She is a member of the Memphis Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Beulah Baptist Church. 

She is the wife of Lawrence E. Madlock, MD and together they are the proud parents of three adult children. 


Rebecca Z. Yeung

Staff  Vice President
Service Experience Leadership
FedEx Corporation

Rebecca Z. Yeung is Staff Vice President of Service Experience Leadership at FedEx Corporation, a global transportation and logistics service provider. Her primary responsibilities are to accelerate operational excellence and customer experience across the FedEx enterprise via Quality Driven Management (QDM) cultural integration, customer experience prioritization, and operations technology innovation.

Mrs. Yeung joined FedEx in 1999, as a Senior Marketing Analyst, and has served in various roles with increasing responsibility throughout her FedEx career. She has gained more than 20 years of experience in emerging technology R&D, Quality, customer experience management, strategic planning and analysis, and marketing communications. Her most notable accomplishment is the broad adoption of QDM across an enterprise of 450,000+ team members. Most recently, she has also played an instrumental role in leading the developments of FedEx SameDay Bot, the latest company innovation. 

Prior to joining FedEx, she worked as a management consultant in Shanghai, China, where she helped British firms expand their China footprint through effective supply chain management, strategic investment, and joint venture negotiation.

Mrs. Yeung holds an MBA from the University of Maryland–College Park and has a Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in China.

She currently sits on the board of the Mid-South Food Bank and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for FedExFamilyHouse, in support of LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.