Mary Ross is a 21-year retired Army veteran that deployed with the 101st Airborne Division during the Gulf War. She has dedicated her post military career to advocating for veterans and women veterans in particular. She is active in Women Veterans of America, Clarksville Women Veterans Network, the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS. Ross was the first woman veteran to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board. She was the Tennessee Woman Veteran of Year for 2012, was selected as a Woman of Influence for Nonprofit Management by the Nashville Business Journal in 2015 and received the Nashville Business Journal Veterans Award September 2015. Her passion is working with women veterans. Her mission is speaking for women veterans who are unable to speak for themselves.
A natural born leader, Joe Shakeenab is a 28-year military Veteran with 20 years as a Special Forces Green Beret. Altogether, he has over 25 years of experience in planning, directing, and advising on work performance in support of military and civilian organizations. In 2014, Shakeenab received his Master of Professional Studies and Strategic Leadership from Austin Peay State University. Since then, he has been recognized at the state level for his extensive community service and volunteer actions. From his time as a Special Forces Warrant Officer to his own consultant service, he thrives by helping others to drive them to success.
Catherine Middlebrooks is an experienced program manager with extensive supervisory, budgetary, and case management experience. She is currently the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program Manager at Centerstone. Having served in the United States Army as a Water Craft Operator out of Fort Eustis, Virginia. Middlebrooks now serves as Vice President of Communications for the Austin Peay State University Military Alumni Association. Additionally, she received a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in leadership in 2012.
Elizabeth Carmichael graduated from Murray State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science, concentration in accounting, and Master of Professional Accountancy. Currently, she serves as Stone, Rudolph & Henry, PLC’s audit team leader and assists with its internal quality control functions. In 2009, Carmichael earned the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) to further propel her career. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Leadership Clarksville, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Rochelle White is a local business owner and the spouse to an active-duty service member. Her dedication and charismatic attitude have allowed her to succeed through mentoring new real estate agents and serve as a community outreach leader. Additionally, as a VA Loan Specialist, White teaches classes to transitioning soldiers about maximizing their VA benefits. Regardless of the task at hand, she is driven and brings her vision and creativity to all her endeavors.
Henry Moore embraces the knowledge from his experience as a healthcare specialist and trauma specialist rendering firsthand treatment to traumatically, emotionally, and psychologically wounded soldiers and nationals of different countries. After his 24 years of caring for America’s Heroes in battles, conflicts, and peacetime, his knowledge equips him to be an expert in the areas of trauma and care. Moore also serves on the board of Soldiers and Families Embraced (S.A.F.E.) and is dedicated to serving his community as a facilitator of numerous support groups and coaches youth basketball.
Misty Leitsch oversees the statewide implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network in partnership with community mental health centers, emergency departments in small and rural hospitals, alcohol and drug facilities, and select private business partners. Leitsch also works on the Clarksville mayor’s challenge to prevent veteran suicides, the statewide veterans suicide prevention task force, and several intra-state departmental initiatives. Additionally, she is a certified trainer for QPR, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, safeTalk, Youth Mental Health First Aid, safety planning, CSSRS, as well as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator.
Ashley Mynatt is the owner and publisher of Sixteen Media, LLC. She has been publishing since 2012 and has launched publications across the southeastern United States including several local publications: VIP Magazine, VIP Health & Beauty Magazine, and the Clarksville Business Journal. Talented in business, dedicated, and maintaining a diverse portfolio of experiences, Mynatt ultimately seeks to focus on community in the work that she does. Core to her personal and professional mission is finding and highlighting goodness and positivity. Each Sixteen Media publication actively features and promotes local nonprofits, small businesses, and consistently donate to community causes. Additionally, Mynatt actively volunteers for United Way’s Read United program, is involved with the Regional Inter-Faith Association, and serves as an AmeriCorps volunteer to improve adult literacy.
With a 22-year career as a U.S. Army Soldier, culminating at Fort Campbell as a Command Sergeant Major in one of the most storied units in U.S. history, Holladay has cultivated immense problem solving, leadership, and team building skills. In 2013, Holladay opened Waterdogs SCUBA and Safety LLC and with his leadership, Waterdogs grew to be the busiest dive center in the surrounding states. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Clarksville Rotary Club, is involved with the Montgomery County Health Council, has been awarded Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce the 2021 “Boots to Suits” Veteran Business Award. Most recently, Holladay has become the Executive Director of Leadership Clarksville.
Larry Krieg is a retired Army veteran that brings over 20 years of leadership and management experience to the table. He is very passionate about the things that affect the Veterans in our local community and supports organizations with the same focus. He is currently the President and Broker of two real estate firms, one focusing on real estate and the other on property management. He is a member of several local organizations and professional associations to include: Clarksville Rotary Club, Leadership Clarksville Graduate (2020), Clarksville Association of Realtors, Property Management Association of Clarksville, IREM and NARPM.
O’Neal Wiggins Jr., is founder and owner of Wiggins Medical Transit, a company specializing in medical transportation services and one of Clarksville’s leading medical transportation services. A native of Southwest Georgia, Wiggins is a retired U.S. Army Veteran and adheres to the core values of professional service delivery, loyalty, and integrity. His myriad of military leadership abilities affords opportunities to share his experience in meeting others’ needs while making a difference in his community. This is demonstrable through his commitment of giving back to his community with selfless gifts of time through promoting his spirit of volunteerism. Additionally, Wiggins is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville, serves on the Board of Directors for the Clarksville Association for Down syndrome, the United Way, TN Rehabilitation Center Advisory, and Clarksville AARP.