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.


Terence Patterson - Board Vice Chairman  

President & CEO of Downtown Memphis Commission

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.

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 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.

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.  

Green Dot Public Schools Washington

Larry Neal

Vice President of Business Banking, IberiaBank

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, March 2, 2017
4-6pm @ Wooddale Middle School
3267 Castleman Street
Memphis, TN 38118


Wednesday, May 24, 2017
9-11am, Fairley High School
4950 Fairley Road
Memphis, TN 38109


Thursday, June 28, 2017
4-6pm Tentative

Location 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