Project Transformation Tennessee Announces 2022 Board of Directors

Nashville, Tennessee (January 24, 2022) – Project Transformation Tennessee announces the 2022 board of directors, welcoming three new board members and a new slate of officers.

The 2022 board officers are: Jennifer Carlat, Chair; Scott Medsker, Vice Chair; Livia Ramirez, Secretary/Governance Chair; Drew Lamb, Treasurer

The 2022 new members voted to serve a three-year term are:

Samuel Ballesteros is Executive Vice President at Pinnacle Financial Partners. He is based at the firm’s downtown Nashville office at Symphony Place. Ballesteros, with more than 40 years of financial services experience, joined Pinnacle in 2019 from SunTrust Bank, where he was a senior vice president and senior commercial risk officer responsible for developing and leading SunTrust’s credit evaluation and industry risk areas. Previously Ballesteros was the regional special asset manager for AmSouth Bank (First American National Bank/currently Regions Bank), where he managed more than $800MM to $900MM in loan portfolios.He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Ballesteros is a U.S. Military Veteran.

Theresa Masnik is an Account Director with SHIFT Communications, an integrated communications agency. Theresa’s passion is storytelling, helping companies uncover unique media angles and developing provoking thought leadership content. She’s worked with healthcare and life science companies including Fortune 5 companies, regional health systems, health IT, healthcare startups, onsite workforce health providers and suppliers of laboratory products and clinical diagnostics. Located in Murfreesboro, TN, Masnik began her career with the American Cancer Society in Rhode Island in the Communications Department. There she acquired an interest in healthcare, which led her to join large public relations agencies in Providence, RI and Boston, MA that focused on the healthcare industry. Today, she works closely with clients to develop and produce creative, measurable PR programs that enhance awareness, build thought leadership and reputation and drive leads.

The Reverend Dr. Deborah B Smith is a retired elder in the Tennessee West Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church where she completed her tenure as the superintendent of the Metro District in the Memphis Conference.  Deborah currently serves on the Tennessee West Kentucky (TWK) Conference Board for Ordained Ministry, the Advisory Council for Project Transformation, and the TWK Anti-Racism Coalition. As an active supporter of community initiatives, Deborah continues to serve as a member of the Mission Integration Committee and My Sisters Keeper Steering Committee of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. She is also completing a three-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees at Memphis Theological Seminary and her tenure as Trustee for Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Reverend Dr. Deborah B. Smith holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Smith earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Humanities from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, a degree in Master of Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction and reading specialist certification from the University of New Orleans, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Curriculum Theory from Louisiana State University.

They join returning board members Star Brumfield, Mary Clark, John Collett, Cynthia Davis, Steve Flora, Zach Moffatt, Tabitha Mundy, Haley Smith, Mike Waldrop, Kathi Whalen, Lacy Wilson, and Ellen Zinkiewicz. Ex-officio members are Gary Hawkins, Janie Luna, Lynn McAlilly, Jeff Rice, and Vona Wilson.


Project Transformation’s mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.