Hutchison is dedicated to academic excellence and to the parallel development of mind, body, and spirit as it educates young women for success in college and for lives of integrity and responsible citizenship.
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Board of Trustees
The Hutchison Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school’s mission. In partnership with the Head of School, the board sets the vision and strategy for the school and ensures sound financial management and proper stewardship of resources.
Megan Wellford Grinder ’91 holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude from the school of visual arts and art history. Mrs. Grinder previously worked as a development consultant at Coxe Currey & Associates in Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Memphis to pursue a career as a professional artist. The concentration of her work is portraiture in oil, but she also works in watercolor, pastel, and acrylic. She has studied painting with a number of nationally recognized artists, including Nancy Cheairs ’74, Daniel Greene, and Shane Neal. Mrs. Grinder has been a class agent for the Hutchison Class of 1991 for 24 years, is a past president of the Hutchison Alumnae Association, and is a recent sustainer of the Junior League of Memphis. She and her husband, Brett, are the parents of Anne ’19 and Edward.
Will Deupree III is a Managing Director and former branch manager of the Memphis Ridgeway branch of Raymond James & Associates. He has achieved the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst, a joint program between the Investment Management Consultant Associate and Wharton Business School. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. Active in his community, Mr. Deupree has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the National Civil Rights Museum and Partners in Public Education. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Deupree Family Foundation and is a board member of Commercial Bank and Holding Company. He and his wife, Angie, have a daughter, Jordan ’24, and a son, Reese.
William R. Tayloe is the president of Financial Federal Bank. He is also a member of its board of directors. An active Mid-South volunteer, Mr. Tayloe currently serves on the board of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. and has served as a member of Memphis University School’s alumni executive board, Presbyterian Day School’s alumni board, and a trustee of Saint John’s Episcopal Church endowment fund. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Kimberly have three children, two sons Byars and William and a daughter Juliet ’23.
Edward J. Dobbs serves as president of Dobbs Management Service. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia. A graduate of MUS, Edward serves on the MUS Alumni Board, as well as the MIFA Board and the Memphis Tomorrow Board, the Church Health Center Board, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the Baptist Hospital Community Advisory Board. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Andrew, Ella ’24, and Lila ‘26. In memory of his mother, the late Yvonne Spragins Dobbs ’55, Mr. Dobbs has endowed a fund that enables the School to attract and retain exceptional faculty and provide additional professional development opportunities.
Emily Bryce Bowie ’00 is an owner and communications consultant for Bryce Corporation, a locally owned and operated manufacturing business. She previously served the company as an account manager until 2011. Mrs. Bowie holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she currently is a member of the regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. She and her husband, Sean, are the proud parents of Virginia ’28, Dorothy ’30, Thomas, and Bryce.
Jenny Werner Carter ’89, a native Memphian, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Memphis. She also spent a semester abroad studying at the University College of Swansea in Wales, United Kingdom. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, her career in corporate communications was focused in the advertisement and web development industries and most recently at FedEx, where she specialized in internal communications. Mrs. Carter’s community involvement includes serving on the board of New Memphis and volunteering with Church Health, Books from Birth, and Presbyterian Day School. She and her husband, Rob, are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church and the proud parents five children.
Allison Cates is an active member of the Memphis community, serving on the boards of the Briggs Foundation and The Children’s Foundation of Memphis, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Her past board involvement includes The Bodine School and serving as president of the board of trustees at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Mrs. Cates and her family are members of Calvary Episcopal Church where she previously served as senior warden on the vestry. She and her husband, Andy, are parents to Frances ’21 and Stephen.
Erica Stiff-Coopwood is an attorney with a wide range of professional experience as a business and employment law litigator, a human resources administrator, and a tax analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University. An active volunteer, Mrs. Coopwood serves as the president of the Junior League of Memphis. She and her husband Reginald have five children, sons Reginald, Ryan, and Reuben, and daughters Riley Nicole ‘23 and Rebecca Anne ‘27.
Melissa Conrad Grimes ’87 is an active volunteer in the Memphis community. She serves on the board of Ballet Memphis and in an advisory role for the Junior League of Memphis where she previously served as president. She is a ruling elder at Idlewild Presbyterian Church where she currently serves as the chair of personnel. She is also active with Girl Scouts Heart of the South leading a troop of Hutchison girls for six years. She has served Hutchison in various roles in the Parents Association. Mrs. Grimes holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previously she was the director of communications and training for MAA, a multi-family real estate investment trust. Melissa and her husband Tom have twin daughters, Ann ’22 and Betsy ’22.
Anne Orgill Keeney ’85 received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Hollins College and currently serves on the board at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Anne and her husband, Mike, have two daughters at Hutchison, Irene ’19 and Adele ’21. In addition to serving as co-chairs of the Annual Fund for three years, the Keeney’s extended their philanthropic commitment to Hutchison by establishing the Irene Leatherman Orgill Endowment Fund, named for Anne’s mother, to provide financial assistance to deserving girls.
Kim Crain Lowrance '86 received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and currently serves on the board for the Little Garden Club, and as Secretary of Artemis Investment Club. The Lowrance’s philanthropy most recently helped complete the Crain Center, named in honor of Kim’s parents. Early in her professional career, Kim worked in Development at Bridge Builders. She has also served as a community volunteer helping organizations such as Les Passes, Junior League, CASA, and the Crisis Prevention Center. Kim and her husband Collie are members of Calvary Episcopal Church. They have two Hutchison daughters, Tayloe '15 and BeBe '19; and three sons, Brooks, Collie, and Preston.
Ragan Crawford Magness ’88 is an active volunteer in the Mid-South community. She currently works as an Interior Designer at Greg Baudoin Interior Design and serves on the board of the Memphis Botanic Garden. She graduated from Vanderbilt University where she studied political science and art history. She and her husband, Lon, are the proud parents of Natalie ’16, Meredith ’18, and Mac.
Andrew R. McCarroll serves as general counsel for Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. After graduating from Memphis University School, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt and later earned a Master of Arts and Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. Mr. McCarroll serves on the boards of Memphis University School, The Pyramid Peak Foundation, and The Poplar Foundation, and also volunteers for a number of organizations whose programming works to empower the community. He is the proud father of two daughters, one of whom is a Hutchison seventh grader.
Michelle Nelson Miller ’84 serves as senior vice president of finance for FedEx Express, the largest FedEx operating company and the world’s largest express transportation company. Mrs. Miller holds a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stanford University. She is active in the Memphis community through the outreach of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, where she is a ruling elder, as a member of the FedEx United Way Leadership Board, and served as co-chair of the 2012 Leadership Roundtable for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She also serves on the board of the Economic Club of Memphis. She is married to Eric and has a daughter, Natalie Rodriguez-Nelson ’14, and a son, Matthew.
Richard C. Moore, Jr. is chairman of Lehman-Roberts Company. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as a trustee from 1981-84, 1985-88, and 1989-92. From 1995-97, he served as board chair. Mr. Moore has also served on the board at Memphis University School and Presbyterian Day School. He and his wife, Carey ’64, are both active members of The House, an inner city ministry with the Neighborhood Christian Center and Young Life. He is a deacon and elder at Second Presbyterian Church. The Moores have four daughters, Catherine Moore Nelson ’89, Emily Moore Bragorgos ’91, Grace Moore Halliday ’94, and Maddi Moore Baucum ’07, and a son, Richard, III. They have 11 grandchildren, five of whom are Hutchison girls.
Amy Rolfes Poag ’92 is a licensed professional counselor and serves as Lower School Counselor at Memphis University School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College and Master of Science in Counseling from The University of Memphis. Prior to joining MUS, she was a child/adolescent therapist at Lakeside Behavioral Health System. Mrs. Poag has been an active member of a variety of community organizations, including serving as board chair for Metropolitan Inter-faith Association (MIFA). She also has been involved at Hutchison as an alumna, acting as class representative and member of the Alumnae Association Board. She and her husband, Josh, have three daughters at Hutchison, Celia ’24, Charlotte ’26, and Alexandra ’29.
Jeannie Sherman Tabor is an active volunteer in the Mid-South community currently serving as president of the Memphis Woman’s Club and secretary of the Little Garden Club. Mrs. Tabor holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she currently is a member of the regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. In addition, she earned her Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She previously worked as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions in Charlotte and Atlanta. She and her husband Owen have three children, sons Sherman and Harrison, and a daughter Virginia ’20.
Sequoia Taylor ’04 is managing partner of a secondary advisory firm in San Francisco called Spry Ventures. She has over a decade of experience as a finance professional and an operator at various tech startups. She started her career in investment banking having spent time at UBS Investment Bank and later at Morgan Keegan/Raymond James. In her time in Silicon Valley, she has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence for an early-stage venture fund and an early employee at a Software as a Service (SaaS) company backed by Y-combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and NEA. Prior to this experience, Ms. Taylor worked as interim Chief of Staff to the CEO of a leading advertising technology startup. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Economics from Wellesley College.
Sanford C. Thomas is a financial services professional who works in a family private equity business, which includes the management of two “fund of funds” hedge funds. In addition, Mr. Thomas serves on the following boards: Presbyterian Day School, College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board at the University of Mississippi, Investment Committee for Ignite Fund II in Walnut Creek, CA, and Goose Creek Racquet Club and Fitness Center in Oxford, MS. Some of his past leadership positions include the stewardship committees of the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Madison, MS, and St. Peters Episcopal Church in Oxford, MS. More recently, he served on the board of Oxford University School in Oxford, MS. Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law in 1982. He and his wife, Susan, have three children, daughters Anna Rose ’21 and Betty Jane ’21, and son Tol.
Muffy Farnsworth Turley ’88 is the editor of The Scout Guide Memphis, a city guide publication that features the best of local in print, online, and worldwide. In addition to her job of editor, fashion retail, buying, and personal styling has been a lifelong endeavor. Mrs. Turley currently serves on the Dixon Gallery & Gardens communications committee and her past board involvement includes The Children’s Museum of Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, St. George’s Independent School, and Binghampton Christian Academy. She and her husband, Michael, have four children, sons Michael Jr., James, and Liam, and a daughter, CeCe ’22.
Todd Watson is Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Relocation & Companies. After graduating from Memphis University School in 1992, he earned bachelor degrees in Finance and Organizational Behavior & Business Policy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Currently, he is attending Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. Mr. Watson serves on numerous business and charitable boards and volunteers in various roles within the community. He has been an active member at Hope Church for more than 20 years and recently served on the Admin Committee. He and his wife Stacey have two daughters at Hutchison, Ella ’20 and Liza ’23.
Craig L. Weiss is a co-founder and partner of Tower Ventures, which provides infrastructure solutions for the wireless industry, where he manages the sales and leasing department. He owns Central Defense Security, the largest physical security provider in the Mid-South, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He is also the Chief Executive Officer for Central Defense Staffing, which provides staffing solutions for the logistics industry in the region. Mr. Weiss is a native of Memphis and attended Christian Brothers High School. He earned a Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Mr. Weiss is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Paragon Bank, a Memphis-based Community Bank, with $500 million in assets. In addition, Mr. Weiss is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. He is on the Executive Committee & Board of Directors for the United Way of the Mid-South as Chairman of the Catalyst Fund Committee. He also sits on the Board of Directors of The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the Board of Visitors at the University of Memphis. He serves on the International Boards for BBYO and the JCC Association. Mr. Weiss is a past President/Chairman of the Memphis Jewish Community Center Board of Directors and a past Vice Chair of Jewish Community Partners. He and his wife Cathy have three children, Isaac, Ari, and Ava ’22, a junior at Hutchison.
McLean T. Wilson is a principal of Kemmons Wilson Companies, as well as President of Valor Hospitality Partners, and Chief Investment Officer of Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners. Before joining the family business, McLean began his career as a commercial broker for Spaulding and Slye Colliers international in Washington, D.C. He earned his MBA at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. Mr. Wilson’s professional board involvement includes Valor Hospitality Partners, Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners, and Billy Reid. He is also a former board member of the Intercontinental Hotel Groups Owner’s Association and was previously a chairman of the Revenue Performance Committee and Holiday Inn Committee (IAHI). He serves as President of CORRE, LLC and as a trusted advisor at Eikon ministries. Mr. Wilson is also on the board at The Collegiate School of Memphis and Crosstown Arts, where he co-led the re-development efforts of Crosstown Concourse. He and his wife, Libby, have five children, including a set of quadruplets.
Paul A. Young currently serves as the Director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD), which is responsible for coordinating community and economic development projects throughout the City. He helps to direct the programs and services of the agency and serves as the point person for major development initiatives for the City. Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of City & Regional Planning and Master of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Jamila Smith-Young, have two children, Zoë ’29, a Hutchison fourth grader, and Paxton.
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Great schools are distinguished by exceptional teamwork and collaboration across the organization. Our faculty and staff are led by a dynamic group of individuals known as our Leadership Team under the guidance of the Head of School.
Dr. Kristen Ring serves as head of school, Hutchison’s seventh head of school since its founding in 1902. To this role, Dr. Ring brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and leader. She currently serves on the boards of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and the English-Speaking Union Secondary School Exchange.
Prior to becoming head of school, Dr. Ring served as a senior administrator, teacher, and coach in private, independent schools in both Alabama and North Carolina. She began her career as an English teacher and in 2006 earned the distinguished Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award for exemplary classroom instruction.
Dr. Ring holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts from Wake Forest University, where she played Division 1 Field Hockey as an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) scholar athlete. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from High Point University.
Melissa Baker is the chief financial officer. As CFO, she leads the business office and ensures the efficient and effective management of the school’s financial resources. She previously served as the chief financial officer for Walnut Grove Capital Partners, an investment manager for a public and private equity fund. Prior to that position, she worked as an audit senior for Deloitte & Touche, LLP, serving a variety of large public clients and private companies as a certified public accountant. She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a collateral in international business. She also earned a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Memphis. She and her husband, Josh, have three children, Mary Lawrence, Mac, and John.
Beth Corley joins Hutchison as the development director. She has more than 30 years of experience as an advancement professional. She previously served as the director of development at the Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama for eight years. Prior to that, she worked for the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern California, La Jolla Country Day School, and the Marshall School of Business at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Junior League and the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a periodic speaker at local and national conferences.
Catherine Chubb has served as Athletics Director since 2000. Under her leadership, the school’s athletic program has grown to include more than 70 recreational, developmental, and competitive teams in 12 sports and a coaching staff of 45. She has led Hutchison varsity athletes to 14 team and 11 individual state championship titles. Mrs. Chubb holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood education and a Master of Science in Leadership and Administration from the University of Memphis.
Tracey Zerwig Ford serves as both the Community Engagement and Fine Arts Director. Before joining Hutchison, Ms. Ford served as the Artistic Director of the Arts Memphis Center for Arts Education. She has commissioned works from all major arts groups in the Memphis area, trained artists of all disciplines, and visited classrooms through Lincoln Center’s prestigious Aesthetic Education Institute. Ms. Ford has performed professionally in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lindenwood University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University.
Adrienne Forgette serves as upper school head. Most recently, she served as the upper school principal at Nardin Academy in Buffalo, NY. She has over a decade of upper school teaching experience, including as media arts director and college counselor at Darlington School in Rome, GA, English teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional high school in Massachusetts, and English and journalism teacher at Northern High School in Owings, MD. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and educational studies from Colgate University and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Lori Guy serves as the Strategic Communications Director, a role to which she brings 15 years of public relations experience in both the private for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Since joining Hutchison in 2014, she has worked to position the school as a leader in girls’ education by directing and executing an integrated communications and public relations plan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast-Journalism and Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a member of the Tennessee bar.
Elizabeth Jordan, a 1986 Hutchison graduate, serves as Early Childhood Head, a role to which she brings more than 16 years of experience as an administrator, junior kindergarten and 2-year-old teacher. She has held various leadership roles with the National Association for the Education of Young Children at both the state and local level. She currently is serving on the Advisory Council for the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance. Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis.
Katharine Kent, a 1995 Hutchison graduate, now serves as the lower school head. She previously served as a second-grade teacher in lower school. She has over 19 years of teaching experience, nine of those at Hutchison. Previous to Hutchison, she taught at St. George’s Independent School and Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in mathematics and French, and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Mississippi. She also spent a semester at the American Institute for Foreign Study in Paris, France.
Pam Patteson Shumake, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a 1988 Hutchison graduate, serves as the Counseling Director and Upper School Counselor. Prior to joining Hutchison in 1998, Mrs. Patteson worked at the Vanderbilt University Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic and the Center for Mental Health Policy at Vanderbilt. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science and Social Work from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Laura Shy serves as the Enrollment Management Director after having previously served as a major gifts officer in the school’s development office. An active member of the Mid-South nonprofit community, Mrs. Shy has held major gifts officer roles with Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), the Dixon Gallery & Gardens and the American Diabetes Association. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Journalism.
Nick Simpson now serves as middle school head. He previously served for the last five years as a teacher in the upper school fine arts department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre from the University of Reading, a Master of Education from London Metropolitan University, and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Memphis. Mr. Simpson began his teaching at the Holy Cross Girls School in England, where he served as assistant director of senior studies and taught high school courses in film theory, basic filmmaking, acting, media analysis, and English literature. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in media and film at the University of Memphis.
Susan Steinkamp is the Operations Director and has been with Hutchison since 2009. Prior to joining Hutchison, she served as executive assistant to the COO at Katt Worldwide Logistics, financial office manager for Shelby County Schools at Houston Middle School, and owner and operator of a day care and preschool. Mrs. Steinkamp holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI.
Alyssa Villarreal is the academic dean. She oversees Hutchison’s academic program and furthers the integration of the school’s curricula across all four divisions. Ms. Villarreal has 20 years’ experience with the Shelby County Schools, most recently as school redesign manager. She also served for many years as the leader of the world languages division. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and Spanish from the University of Memphis, a Master of Arts in education and a Master of Science in educational leadership, both from Christian Brothers University. She is currently working toward a Doctorate in Education focusing on curriculum and instruction at the University of Memphis.
Trey Wilson is the director of signature programs. Prior to joining Hutchison, he was the director of strategic partnerships at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and the chair of the history department. Additionally, he worked as Laurel’s dean of learning beyond the classroom. Previously, he worked as a humanities/history teacher at Asheville School in North Carolina. He participated in Klingenstein Center Field Work at the United Nations International School in New York, NY. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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