Rebuilding Together Nashville began under the name Christmas in April in 1995— founded and sustained for many years by members of the local architecture community in Nashville. They came together, volunteering their time and skills to repair their neighbors’ homes. They called their effort “Christmas in April,” with the intent of gathering around a month of service each year in April.
In 2001, we officially changed our name to Rebuilding Together Nashville but continued the work of bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.
In 2010, we hired our first staff members and rolled up our sleeves to respond to the needs of homeowners impacted by the devastating May flood. Between July 2010 and July 2011, we served 141 flood-impacted homes with the help of over 2,430 volunteers.
Today, we find ourselves similarly responding to the affordable housing crisis facing our neighbors in need who struggle to maintain their homes on fixed incomes with the rising cost of living in our communities. Rebuilding Together is uniquely positioned to assist our low-income neighbors with their critical home repair needs to that they can safely and comfortably continue to live in their long-term homes and neighborhoods.
Board of Directors
Board President: MARY MELISSA YOHN, Architect, Gresham Smith & Partners
Mary Melissa is a licensed Architect in the Commercial + Urban Design studio at GS&P. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and serves as a licensing advisor for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. She has been involved with Rebuilding Together since moving to Nashville in 2013, and has served as a volunteer, House Captain and member of the Public Relations and Fundraising Committees. She joined the board 3 years ago and has served on the Executive Committee for the past two. In her spare time, Mary Melissa enjoys sketching and watercolor painting and is planning an upcoming wedding.
Vice-President: ABIGAIL TYLOR, Encore Teacher, MNPS
Born and raised on land her grandparents bought when they moved to Nashville in the 1950s, Abigail has an appreciation for the city and the families who call it home. After several years in the classroom, she went back to school and earned her Masters of Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Currently, Abigail works specifically with gifted and talented students in Metro. She and her husband have two sons and a dog. She enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.
Treasurer: EDWARD HENLEY III, Founding Principal, Pillars Development LLC
Edward Henley III is the Founding Principal of Pillars Development, a land use planning, management and development firm in Nashville, TN. A University of Tennessee graduate, he currently leads Pillars Development and continues to pursue his passions of contributing to the planning and creation of places that are civic, scenic and vibrant. Along with his role on the Board of Rebuilding Together Nashville, Edward serves proudly as a Board Member for Nashville Tree Foundation and lends his unique and valuable experience to the Urban Land Institute as a sitting member of their Nashville Chapter’s Governance Committee and as a founding chair of their Mentor Program. He strives to preserve and improve Nashville’s housing, environment and quality of life.
Secretary: RACHAEL IVIE, Market Planning Analyst, Dollar General
For seven years, Rachael worked as a planner for multiple cities in Louisiana and Tennessee. She currently holds a position with Dollar General in market planning and new store development. In addition to working with RTN, Rachael is a member of the Junior League of Nashville. Rachael graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and from the University of Memphis with a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.
Secretary: JONATHAN SEXTON, Architect, Smith Gee Studios
Jonathan was born and raised in the Nashville area. After receiving his degree in Architecture from University of Tennessee – Knoxville, he returned to Nashville to try and have a positive impact on his hometown. His work is focused on residential design, ranging from low-income housing to urban development. While he is new to the board, he has been volunteering with Rebuilding Together Nashville for many years. When he is not working or volunteering, he tries to enjoy every aspect of the city he calls home.
Immediate Past President: SCOTT NALLEY, Audit Manager, KraftCPAs
Through his accounting and internal audit work, Scott has worked with not-for-profit organizations for more than 10 years and is excited to serve the Nashville community through Rebuilding Together. Scott moved to Nashville in 2014 after graduating from the University of Memphis with an accounting degree.
SARAH CAMPERLINO, Marketing Supervisor, KraftCPAs
Sarah joined the KraftCPAs marketing department soon after she moved to Nashville in 2013. Professionally, Sarah is a member of the Association for Accounting Marketing (networking committee) and the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (programs co-chair). She and enjoys spending time with her husband, John, her dog and her two step-daughters, watching the Titans and the Preds play, crafting and singing karaoke. She is also excited for the opportunity to help the Nashville community by serving on the RTN board. Sarah is originally from Pensacola, FL, and she graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a degree in public relations.
JEFF HOOPER, Vice President, Barge Cauthen & Associates
As a licensed professional engineer, Jeff is fortunate to have worked on many exciting projects in Nashville and the Midstate area over the past 20 years. He is active with St. Ann Knights of Columbus, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Rebuilding Together. He and his wife, Sara, have two children. Jeff enjoys running, golf, camping and travel.
MEGAN MANLY, Licensed Affiliate Broker, Village Real Estate Services
Originally from the West Coast, Megan attended UNLV before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in the music business. In 2009, she transitioned to real estate. Megan, her husband and their baby boy live in East Nashville. They enjoy going to Predators games, seeing shows at The Ryman, trying out new restaurants, and enjoying all that Nashville has to offer.
SCOTT MORTON, Project Manager, Smith Gee Studio
Scott joined Rebuilding Together as a House Captain in 2004 and has been continually involved with the organization ever since. He has served on the board for the last 6 years including serving as Board President and leading the Program Committee. He is passionate about urban design, affordable housing and green building practices. He oversaw the LEED ND application process for The Gulch, the South’s first LEED ND certified neighborhood, while working at the Metro Planning Department. He is currently an Associate with Smith Gee Studio.
KYLE MILLS, Project Manager, American Constructors
Raised in Clarksville, TN with a background in architecture (degree from UT-Knoxville), Kyle’s heart is growing the Middle Tennessee region by building. He has been in Nashville working on commercial projects for American Constructors for over 5 years and was recruited to become a member of the Rebuilding Together team last year. Kyle is looking forward to making a difference in the community through design and construction connections.
DANETTA ALLEN, Manager – Entrepreneurial Services, Kraft CPAs
Danetta is a CPA with ten years of accounting and tax experience and is a manager with KraftCPA’s Entrepreneurial Services Group. Danetta has extensive experience with small to mid-size closely held businesses in various industries including construction, manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations. Danetta is an active member of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Greater Tennessee Chapter and the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee Branch. She recently joined the board of directors for Rebuilding Together Nashville, and is excited for the opportunity to serve this organization and the Nashville community.
MIRANDA CHRISTY, Attorney, Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella
Miranda grew up in a small town northern Kentucky and was the first person in her family to attend college. After finishing her Bachelor’s at Kentucky Wesleyan College, she moved to Nashville 2001 to pursue a Masters in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Miranda then pursued a law degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville before returning to Nashville to practice law with Stites & Harbison. She currently serves as an Attorney at Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella. Miranda is very excited to continue her involvement with Rebuilding Together, one of several organizations she works with in the Nashville community.
JULIA WCISLO, Metro Nashville Promise Zone, Office of the Mayor
After graduating from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and focus in Economics and Political Science, Julia returned to her hometown to serve as the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for Rebuilding Together Nashville. She is currently serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the Nashville Promise Zone and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban Planning next year. She enjoys being an active member in her community, traveling, going for runs and playing tennis in her free time and is excited to continue supporting Rebuilding Together Nashville as a board member.