Tennessee Board of Directors
Larry Neal - Board Chair
Commercial Lender, Simmons Bank
Larry Neal has a passion for creating opportunity for students. He currently is a Commercial Lender at Simmons Bank. 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.
Contact Information: Larry.Neal@greendot.org
Edward Nenon - Vice Board Chair
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.
Contact Information: Edward.Nenon@greendot.org
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.
Contact Information: Amertice.Allen@greendot.org
Director of Operations, WelbeHealth
Matt Thiry servesd as the Special Assistant to the President for Strategy and Analytics at the Memphis Grizzlies. His primary responsibilities at the team included providing strategic guidance on key corporate initiatives and overseeing the organization’s analytics staff. Matt was also involved in the team’s community outreach efforts. He 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, and received his MBA.
Contact Information: Matt.Thiry@greendot.org
Former Associate Director, Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies
Blanche Deaderick was the 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.
Contact Information: Blanche.Deaderick@greendot.org
Trey McKnight III
Economic Development Specialist, Economic Development Growth Engine
A native Memphian, Trey has a love for Memphis and wants to help move Memphis forward with new economic opportunities. He joined the Green Dot Public School Tennessee Board in the Fall of 2018. As an Economic Development Specialist with the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE), he is focused on bringing new opportunities to the Whitehaven community, where Hillcrest High School and Fairley High School are located. Trey received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. He is married to Traci, and they have a son, Zachary, and a daughter, Addrie.
Contact Information: Trey.McKnight@greendot.org
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.
Public Notice of Meetings:
All meetings will be held at 4:00 p.m. CST.
Conference Line: 712-432-1500
Access code: 448964#