Tennessee Board of Directors

Jim Boyd

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.

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Larry Neal - Board Vice Chair

Vice President of Business Banking, IberiaBank

Larry Neal has a passion for creating opportunity for students. He currently is a Vice President of Business Banking at IberiaBank in Memphis. He started his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching high school math in Lake Village, Arkansas after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance. Larry has served as board chair for an independent charter school in Atlanta, and he was also a New Memphis Institute Fellows Program graduate. In addition, he founded Memphians for Educational Equity after connecting with some kindred spirits upon moving to Memphis.

He and his wife Whitney, who was in the same TFA placement school in Lake Village and is a Memphis native, have two small children, are members of Christ United Methodist Church, and love Memphis. Whitney's mother is also a graduate of Hillcrest High School.

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Amertice Allen - Board Secretary

Senior Director of Alsac St. Jude

Amertice Allen serves as the Senior Director of Outsourced Operations for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she is responsible for the management of Outsourced Operations including partnering call centers.  She is an excellent communicator with 12+ years of experience in leadership fundraising roles with a focus on customer service and team building. 

Along with her leadership role at ALSAC, she became a graduate of the ALSAC Junior Executive Training Leadership & Talent Development program. Amertice is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a Trustee at New Wrights Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the Leadership Memphis 2017 Executive Class.

Amertice received her Bachelor of Science in 1996 and her Master of Public Health in 2000 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Matt Thiry

Matt Thiry

MBA Candidate at Stanford Business

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 efforts.  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.

Blanche Deaderick

Blanche Deaderick

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.  

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Edward Nenon

Vice President of SSM Partners

Ed assists in evaluating and sourcing investment opportunities and contributes to investment decisions, with a particular emphasis on original screening of opportunities and due diligence. He also provides support to SSM's active investments. Prior to joining SSM, he spent several years in investment banking with Morgan Keegan & Company.

Ed received his bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in mathematics from the University of Memphis.

Board Meetings

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. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017
4 pm – 6 pm
Hillcrest High School
4184 Graceland Drive
Memphis, TN 38116

Thursday, November 2, 2017
4 pm – 6 pm
Kirby Middle School
6670 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN 38115

Thursday, December 14, 2017
4 pm – 6 pm
Fairley High School
4950 Fairley Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Thursday, March 1, 2018
4 pm – 6 pm
Wooddale Middle School
3467 Castleman Street
Memphis, TN 38118

Thursday, May 24, 2018
4 pm – 6 pm
Fairley High School
4950 Fairley Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Thursday, June 28, 2018
4 pm – 6 pm TBD

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Conference Line: 712-432-1500
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Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee

4950 Fairley Rd.
Memphis, TN 38109

Phone: (901) 730-8160

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