Board of Directors
Janet Ross – Founder/President
President/Founder of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation, Janet Ross was tragically affected by the loss of her only sibling, Lisa, in October of 2001. Lisa’s unbelievable courage and willingness to always look for opportunities to help others were the catalyst for creating this foundation and its mission. Janet’s personal ambition to carry out her sister’s legacy makes her the motivating force behind this foundation.
As a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Janet’s background includes teaching and coaching at the college and high school levels. She is currently a territory manager with Medtronic and resides in Brentwood, TN.
Rachel Gwinn – Vice President
Rachel Gwinn, as Executive Director, oversees the overall operations of the Foundation which include fundraising efforts and managing the Board of Advisors.
Gwinn’s close ties with Lisa and the Ross family along with her background in client relations, management and health care promotion make her an important asset in developing and maintaining the Foundation’s goals and overall mission which are to carry on what was most important to Lisa Ross Parker: providing support for families touched by cancer, and assisting animal welfare organizations.
Gwinn resigned from her position as the Director of Client Services at Gordian Health Solutions, Inc., on August 15th. During her 7 year tenure at Gordian, Gwinn managed several contracted health management initiatives for Gordian clients including effective communication with employer groups, seamless program implementation and maintenance, along with tracking and reporting management. She has an extensive background in exercise physiology and was employed at the Cooper Wellness Program in Dallas (part of the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research in Dallas). She assisted in the complete day-to-day management of the program, while promoting lifestyle changes in the areas of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and preventive health.
A graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, Rachel holds a B.S. degree in Health and Exercise with a minor in Business Administration.
Tammy Ruff –Secretary
Tammy, an Associate Professor of Psychology, has spent the last 22 years at Nashville State Community College in Nashville, TN. She did her undergraduate work at Belmont University and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University. Her expertise in her field and passion for teaching won her the award for Teacher of the Year, Arts and Sciences, 2000 at NSCC. She has served as President of the Middle Tennessee Counseling Association, Faculty Senate Chair at NSCC, President of the NSCC Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and is a member of the American Psychological Association. A longtime friend of the Ross family, she contributes leadership and interpersonal skills to the Foundation.
Alice Crafts – Treasurer
Alice Crafts owns her own accounting firm, Alice Crafts, CPA, LLC. She has over twenty-five years of experience in public accounting, most recently as a tax partner for a Brentwood, TN CPA firm. Prior to that, she worked at both local and regional CPA firms in Tennessee. She serves on the Business Management Advisory Committee at Nashville State Community College and is a member of the AICPA and the TSCPA. Philanthropic activities include serving as the Director of Outreach Ministries for a local church. While serving in that capacity, the church renovated apartments for the Renewal House (a rehabilitation center for mothers with drug addictions); participated in the Room in the Inn (providing food and shelter to the homeless during the winter months); collected food for the Second Harvest Food Bank; and provided Christmas packages and visitation to patients of Comprehensive Care. Alice is also a member of the Board of Directors of Lovie’s Legacy, a charitable organization benefiting animal welfare. In 2007, she served on the Race Committee as co-chair of operations for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Nashville, TN and volunteers on a consistent basis with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Alice will benefit our foundation through a combination of business and charitable experiences.
Keri is a Clinical Pharmacist at Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. With more than 20 years of experience in health care, Keri has seen the effects of cancer on patients and their families. She is honored to work to positively impact those reached by the continued efforts of the Foundation. Having a mother who is a cancer survivor and being a family friend of the Ross family, Keri brings her personal inspiration to seeing that the Foundation’s mission is realized and that Lisa’s hope to change things for the better is accomplished.
Paige is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for Pancoast Benefits in Nashville, TN. She coordinates and implements Corporate Wellness programs in mid-state corporations. Formerly the Director of Health and Wellness for Easter Seals Turner Family Center, she brings four years experience working in the not-for-profit sector to the Foundation. She was instrumental in implementing the Jack Daniels RiverBank Run, now in its third year as a profitable fundraiser for Easter Seals. Having been a close friend to Lisa and the Ross family for over 20 years, Paige brings personal motivation to help see that this foundation is successful in carrying on Lisa’s legacy.
Beth has lived in Tennessee her entire life, relocating to Nashville from Memphis in 1991. Prior to her career in real estate, Beth served over 28 years in leadership positions in the healthcare industry.
Beth began her career as a Registered Nurse. She then joined Medtronic, USA, a fortune 500 Company as a consultant in the medical device industry and went on to create the first District Office in Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN.
Beth is a multiple President’s Club recipient in her company, the highest achievement the company bestows, due to her creativity, attention to detail and persevering attitude.
Beth is a realtor with Village Real Estate and she thinks of real estate as an equity investment in your future. Her experience, coupled with her training as a certified Hudson Institute Coach, ensures your needs and long-term financial goals will be attained.
Lisa is the Lung Cancer Scientific Program Manager at Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, TN. She manages the lung cancer late phase clinical trials and actively engages with both medical oncologists and pharmaceutical companies to ensure cancer patients have access to clinical trials in a community-based setting.
Prior to joining Sarah Cannon, Lisa was at Vanderbilt University for over 15 years where she was a Research Associate Professor in Biochemistry actively engaged in cancer research. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her Master of Business Administration degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Cancer has affected Lisa’s life, as her father is a prostate cancer survivor and several of her friends and family have battled this horrible disease.
Being a part of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation, and the mission it encompasses, is extremely rewarding as we continue to strive to provide valuable comfort and support to patients and their families fighting cancer.