Our Board of Directors

Our board strengthens the local social enterprise community of Nashville through collaborative, engaging leadership.

Hannah Pechan

Director, Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance

Hannah Pechan is the Director of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. Her journey to this position began while conducting research in Rwanda for her undergraduate thesis. Through studying microfinance and entrepreneurship in a developing country, Pechan saw firsthand the power of business in addressing social problems. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Pechan moved to Northern Thailand to serve as Program Director for The Garden of Hope. There she oversaw programs that trained former trafficking victims in culinary arts and entrepreneurship.

After returning to the US, Pechan transitioned to the world of retail, managing a clothing and cosmetics boutique. This experience in the for-profit realm sparked a desire to increase her experience and education in business. Pechan moved to Colorado to earn her MBA at Colorado State University. During her time there, Pechan co-founded Creative Spring Productions which provided post-production photo services to wedding photographers while employing at-risk students in the Philippines.

After completing her MBA, Pechan began consulting for nonprofits that were seeking to increase their financial sustainability. Once Pechan moved to Tennessee, this consulting business grew to include artists and musicians, based on the belief that financial wellness and education should be available to all.

Pechan is thrilled to enter her role as Director of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance as the chapter looks to deepen its reach throughout the city and across the state.

Mario Avila

Director, Vanderbilt University

Mario serves as the founding Director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University, a new hub that serves as a resource and thought leader for people across the university interested in combining revenue-generating businesses with social impact objectives. Most recently, he was the CEO of Emerge and founder of Contigo Financial, a socially-responsible consumer lender headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. His management experience includes finance, education and consulting in three different countries. He was a Fellow of Vanderbilt University’s Cal Turner program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and helped develop a hybrid housing-microfinance model to finance mortgage needs of people at the base of the pyramid in Central America. Mario serves on various boards including Conexión Americas and is Chairman of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. He earned an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Don Leyrer

Entrepreneur

Early in his career in social work, as a houseparent for abused children and then as Senior Adult Probation Officer, Don learned how to work effectively with people in highly stressful environments. This prepared him well for the next phase of his career working as an executive for high profile Fortune 100 companies, and planted the seed for his current endeavors in Social Entrepreneurship.
As Senior Vice President/General Manager of Comdata Corporation, Gaming Services Division, he helped grow revenues from $25 million to $160 million. After the successful divestiture of the Gaming Services Division to a strategic buyer, Don co-founded Mailnet Services Inc., a venture backed database marketing firm that specializes in customer analytics, data management and direct marketing solutions.

Don serves on the Health and Workforce Development Implementation Teams of the Mayors Poverty Reduction Initiative, and volunteers with CASA, as a court appointed special advocate for children that have been taken into state custody.

Dan Surface

CEO, Dismas, Inc.

Dan Surface is CEO of Dismas, Inc, a charitable nonprofit operating half-way houses, and providing support services to former offenders, our returning citizens. Previously, he operated MissionMax, a consulting firm, that facilitated nonprofits in becoming more entrepreneurial and innovative through earned income strategies and other applications of social enterprise (social business) for financial sustainability.

Dan’s management experience both in advertising, sales and marketing and in nonprofit resource development and management led him to become a passionate advocate for social innovation to create more sustainable organizations for scalable maximum social impact. He is the founder and first president of the board of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance (NSEA) and former president of the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He currently chairs the NSEA Policy Committee creating policy in support of local social enterprise development.

Matt Cheuvront

Owner & CEO, Proof Branding

Matt Cheuvront is the CEO and Owner of Proof, a full-service branding firm based in Nashville. Matt has helped countless companies, organizations, and individuals think creatively, act strategically, and articulate their brand in order to grow, and grow well. Matt is passionate about working with social enterprises in helping them to effectively tell their stories. On a daily basis, Matt manages overall operations, leads client workshops, secures new business opportunities, and maintains a close connection with his team to ensure everything created is intentional, engaging, memorable, and inspiring.

Patrick Woodyard

Founder, Nisolo

Patrick Woodyard is the Founder & CEO of Nisolo, a social enterprise striving to empower impoverished artisans throughout the developing world through job creation and access to quality education by offering a quality-driven, stylish line of handmade leather footwear and accessories to consumers in the U.S. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies and the SMBHC at the University of Mississippi, where he studied Global Economics, Business, and Spanish. His experience in the economic development realm ranges from the Mississippi Delta to rural Uganda and throughout South America, including a two year stint working in microfinance and development initiatives in Trujillo, Peru.

Brian Tate

CPA

Brian is a healthcare/technology audit partner at LBMC with 20+ years of experience.  His clients include venture capital/private equity backed companies, start-up enterprises, and companies with business acquisition focus.  He is actively involved in the Leadership Health Care and Nashville Health Care Council organizations and serves on the TSCPA Healthcare Conference Committee.  A native of Nashville, Brian is an MTSU graduate and currently resides in Brentwood with his wife and four sons.

Evan Owens

CEO, Centresource Interactive Agency

Evan Owens currently serves as the co-founder of REBOOT Combat Recovery,  a non-profit dedicated to helping service members heal from the spiritual wounds of war such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and combat trauma. With groups around the US and downrange in Afghanistan, REBOOT is fighting the war against an unseen enemy attacking our troops.

Evan is also the CEO for Centresource Interactive Agency. Founded in 2003, Centresource builds web and mobile experiences for the non-profit, startup and healthcare segments.  Under his leadership, Centresource has expanded to a national client base and is privileged to be named in the INC 5000, the Hottest 100 Companies in TN and the Inner City 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the US lists. Also in 2010, Centresource was selected as a finalist for the .NET Design Agency of the Year.

Evan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Belmont University.

Kila Englebrook

Managing Director, Social Enterprise Alliance

Kila Englebrook is Social Enterprise Alliance’s Managing Director. Prior to joining Social Enterprise Alliance, Kila led the Ashoka Support Network in the United States, engaging world-class business leaders in changing the world by working directly with Ashoka and Fellows. In her tenure with Ashoka, Kila convened Ashoka’s U.S. network through the production and management of the bi-annual Ashoka Future Forum. She helped shape and develop the Ashoka team across the U.S., as well as implement and refresh operational systems to improve outcomes. Prior to her role with the United States Program, Kila worked with Ashoka’s People Team, focused on talent recruitment, development and retention. Kila graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies, with a triple concentration in Anthropology, History and Political Science.

Nicole Cobb

Executive Director of School Counseling Services, MNPS

Nicole Cobb is currently serving as the Executive Director of School Counseling Services for Metro-Nashville Public Schools.  Previously, Nicole worked for Educational Testing Service as Director of Educator Relations and was the Director of School Counseling for the State of Tennessee. Throughout her professional career, Nicole has done a great deal of policy and research work in the area of school climate, crisis response and college and career readiness. She is also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. Nicole earned a BS, MA and Ed.S. from Tennessee Technological University and a doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee.  Nicole is the program chair for NSEA.

Bruce Bowman

President, KaBOOM!

Bruce Bowman is currently the President of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. His current focus is leading their Play Products initiative with the goal of developing programs to generate sustainable income to support the overall mission of KaBOOM! as well as supporting innovation in the play products industry.

Prior to joining KaBOOM! he was with Wild Oats Markets, Inc. which is an organic and all natural grocery retailer with $1.2 billion in annual sales. During his six years at Wild Oats he served in the capacity of SVP of Operations and SVP of Business Development. He came to Wild Oats in 2001 from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream where he was their COO for six years. He led the revitalization and turnaround effort with their CEO and led several of their social mission projects such as conversion of their packaging to chlorine free paper and numerous environmental projects. He came to Ben & Jerry’s in 1995 from the snack food industry. He was with Tom’s Foods, a southeastern snack food manufacturer, where he was VP of Operations. Prior the Tom’s Foods, he was with Frito-Lay and held numerous management positions in their R&D and engineering areas.

Prior to the snack food industry, he was a mechanical engineer and flight test engineer in the aerospace industry with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and General Dynamics. Bruce also serves as an Advisor and Board member for several companies and organizations.