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BIT-Nashville Announces Founding Board of Directors

DATE: 11/10/2021


The Nashville chapter of the Blacks in Technology Foundation (BIT-Nashville) announces today the nine founding members of the BIT-Nashville Board of Directors that will each help support the chapters work of increasing the diversity of the Nashville technology community.

According to Holly Rachel, BIT-Nashville co-organizer and President: “We are so excited to begin working with these founding board members that will each bring unique perspective and insight to the work we are doing in the Nashville community.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure that we have chosen a board that represents a variety of experts from educational organizations, non-profits, tech companies, and advocacy groups. It takes all of our input to produce well-rounded change, and that is exactly what we are planning to accomplish.”

The new board members began their one-year terms with BIT-Nashville effective October 27, 2021. The founding board members are:

Dr. Charles Apigian, Executive Director of the Belmont Data Collaborative, Belmont University

Sylvester Carstarphen, Vice President of Technology – Engineering, Asurion

Amy Henderson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nashville Software School

Derek Jones, Global EHS Director GSF and Retail Operations, Amazon

Lennie Patterson, Federal Account Manager, Dell Technologies

Dr. Tamara Rogers, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Tennessee State University

Robert Tudor, Director of IT Partnership Solutions and Student Placement, Nashville State Community College

Dana Ward, Vice President of IT Business Services, Wellpath; Vice President of Women in Technology Tennessee

Danielle Wood, Member Services Manager, Greater Nashville Technology Council

Lena Winfree, BIT-Nashville co-organizer and Vice President adds: “We are so excited to have such influential people from Nashville’s tech leadership on our board willing and ready to affect positive change in our community.”

BIT-Nashville represents one of over 40 chapters of the BIT Foundation. Prospective members can join their local chapter at The Blacks In Technology Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit entity of Blacks in Technology, LLC.

ENDS For media inquiries contact: Holly Rachel, President and co-organizer,

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