Board Of Directors
Board President: 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.
Vice president: brandon miller, esq, owner, wagon wheel title & Escrow
Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Brandon graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was awarded the Edwin F. Jones Prize for his history thesis about the attack on the Freedom Riders in Anniston, Alabama on May 14, 1961. After college, he road-tripped across the United States for almost a year – touring numerous baseball stadiums, national parks, and presidential libraries - until entering law school. Upon graduating from Harvard Law School in 2001, he returned to Tennessee to practice law with the Nashville law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. After a few years of practicing commercial law, he co-founded a real estate investment company, Urban Shed Development, LLC. As his interest in real estate, the built environment, and urban development deepened, he later co-founded Wagon Wheel Title, a full-service real estate title and escrow company, as well as Lockeland Law Group, PLC, a boutique law firm focused on commercial, banking, and real estate development matters. In his spare time, Brandon loves to read (especially Southern writers), explore the burgeoning food and drink scene in Music City, engage in a variety of civic and political matters, and attend as many live music shows as possible.
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.
Treasurer: 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.
Immediate Past President: MARY MELISSA taddeo, Architect, Gresham Smith
Mary Melissa is an Architect in the Commercial + Urban Design studio at Gresham Smith. 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 4 years ago and has served on the Executive Committee for the past three. In her spare time, Mary Melissa enjoys sketching and watercolor painting, and is pursuing her private pilot’s license.
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.
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.
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.
adam smith, yl intern, gresham smith
Adam is an Architect with Gresham Smith and been a member of the Nashville community for the past 12 years. A native of Tupelo, MS, Adam received his degree in Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2006. Since arriving in Nashville, Adam has stayed involved as a member of the American Institute of Architects, volunteering for the ACE Mentorship Program and is a recent alumni of Young Leadership Council Class 70. Adam recently joined the Rebuilding Together Nashville Board as a YLC Intern and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the organization and Nashville community.
mary vavra, senior urban planner, barge design solutions
Mary McClendon Vavra, ASLA, AICP, LEED Green Associate is an Urban Planner/Landscape Architect currently working at Barge Design Solutions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1997 from Auburn University and, after working for seven years in the field, she returned to school to earn a master’s degree in 2006 from the University of Texas in Austin, where she focused on urban design and planning. After graduating, she moved to Nashville. Mary’s community involvement in Nashville includes serving as on the Nashville Traffic and Parking Commission, chairing the Mobility Subcommittee for Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee, and serving as president for Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association. She is a founding member of Transit Now Nashville. Mary has volunteered with Rebuilding Together in the past and she is excited about taking on a larger role as a board member to help the organization meet its goals.
melanie Birtchfield, broker affiliate, parks realty