Tennessee Board of Directors
James R. 'Jim' Boyd - Board Chair
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.
Terence Patterson - Board Vice Chairman
Program Director for Education, Hyde Family Foundation
Terence Patterson is a native Memphian and product of the K-12 public education system. He is an accomplished attorney and leader with broad experience in Education Policy, Corporate Finance and Not-For-Profit Board Governance. Since 2011, he has worked as The Hyde Family Foundations' Program Director for Education. In the role, he manages and leads the Foundations’ K-12 Education Portfolio which includes over 20 charter schools, Teach for America, New Leaders, The New Teacher Project and Stand for Children. Prior to joining the Foundation, Terence served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. In addition to his responsibilities as Deputy Chief of Staff, he also managed over 100 charter and contract school campuses in the district as the Interim Officer for The Office of New Schools. Patterson holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, where he was two-time All-Ivy League football player and graduated as the school’s All-Time Reception Leader. He matriculated through Northwestern University’s three-year JD-MBA degree program. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, where he has served as Adjunct Professor of Law. He is also a member of the State Bar of Illinois.
Tom Marino - Board Secretary
Executive Director, Poplar Foundation
Tom Marino is the Executive Director at The Poplar Foundation, a private foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. The mission of Poplar is to increase the quality of education offered to low income students in Memphis. To accomplish this goal, Tom and the foundation partner with charter schools, private schools, education reform organizations such as Teach For America and the Memphis Teacher Residency, and advocacy groups. He currently serves on the boards of The Soulsville Charter School, The Collegiate School of Memphis, Memphis Teacher Residency, and Capstone Education Group. Before coming to Poplar, Tom was on the staff of Christ United Methodist Church, working with youth and local and international missions. Tom is a graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary and Mississippi State University. He and his wife Jana of 32 years have three sons.
Special Assistant to the President, Memphis Grizzlies
Matt Thiry currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Strategy and Analytics at the Memphis Grizzlies. His primary responsibilities at the team include providing strategic guidance on key corporate initiatives and overseeing the organization’s analytics staff. Since joining the Grizzlies Matt has also been involved in the team’s community outreach effortsn. He has provided guidance on performance measurement strategies for the Grizzlies’ TeamUp Mentorship Program, and currently serves as a mentor to nine middle school students at Grizzlies Prep Charter School. Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Matt was a Senior Manager of Analytics in the NBA League Office’s Team Marketing and Business Operations department. At the NBA he advised teams on strategic projects, particularly data-driven efforts in ticketing, premium sales, and customer surveying. Before joining the NBA, Matt supported a wide range of clients as a consultant at Bain & Company in Los Angeles. One of those clients was Green Dot, where he supported the development of leadership programs in schools. Matt is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Stanford University, where he studied Political Science and Economics.
Vice President, ALSAC’s Enterprise Contact Center
Mr. Busby has more than 25 years of leadership experience at Fortune 500 firms, including FedEx, Service Master, APL Logistics, and Mimeo.com. He currently serves as Vice President of the Enterprise Contact Center for ALSAC, which supports fundraising and awareness efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As Vice President, Mr. Busby provides leadership, strategy and execution for ALSAC’s Enterprise Contact Center, which staffs more than 200 employees. Mr. Busby refined his leadership qualities and management skills during his 21 years at FedEx, where he served the last four years as Senior Manager, Preceptor Leadership Institute. During his tenure at FedEx, Mr. Busby provided leadership for the Customer Service Center, Tell-A-Services Center, and Billing Service/Customer Invoicing. He served as Director of Enterprise Support Center/Desktop Support at ServiceMaster. Mr. Busby holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Crichton College, and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. As a native Memphian, he is actively involved in the community, leading multiple fundraising initiatives throughout the year, and is a Board Trustee and Treasurer for Greater Pleasant Hill MB Church. He is married to Lillian (Kay) for 30 years and lives in Cordova, Tennessee.
Associate Director, Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies
Blanche Deaderick is Associate Director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies. A 39 year Memphis and Shelby County teacher, she has received teaching awards from Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, the Germantown Community, Walmart, and the Tennessee Council for Social Studies. In 2007 she was named to the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame. Her community service has included membership on several boards, including Bridge Builders, the Memphis Junior League, Planned Parenthood, the Facing History and Ourselves National Teacher Leadership Team, and the Gather at the River Conference. A trained mediator for civil and commercial disputes, facilitator for Goals for Memphis, graduate of Leadership Memphis, and a Tennessee/Shelby County Foster Care Review Board member, she is currently an elder at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, a member of the Tennessee Women’s Forum, and a board member of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.A. in History from The University of Memphis.
The Green Dot Tennessee Board meets bi-monthly at the following dates and times. These meetings are free to attend and open to the public.
March 2, 2016 (Monday)
April 8, 2016: All Boards Retreat - Los Angeles
May 25, 2016 (Wednesday)