2018 SMA Board of Directors
Cathy lives in South Main with her husband, Terry. A registered dietitian, she was director of food and nutrition at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for more than 25 years, then served as the healthcare specialist at Sysco Memphis. She retired in 2017 to devote time to her three grandchildren and the South Main community.
Anton lives and works Downtown as an international business and career consultant. He is the owner of Century House, an event space he has renovated with meticulous attention to historic detail housed in the former 20th Century Fox Pictures Building. A former law school dean and law firm executive, Anton completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, graduate studies at Harvard and an MBA at ESCP Europe.
Don is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. He is a financial advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc. He and his wife, Sherry, are empty nesters and moved to the South Main neighborhood five years ago, now living in the Nettleton Building. Don is a parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church and active in organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis.
Sara Cullins, Treasurer
Sara came to Memphis from Atlanta and has been a Memphian for five years. She is the director of development for Kappa Delta Foundation Inc. Sara also volunteers for Memphis Botanic Garden and serves as chair of the Kappa Delta chapter advisory board at Rhodes College. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in communication studies.
Lisa Donnelly, Secretary
Lisa is a municipal bond trader and has worked at Raymond James (formerly Morgan Keegan) since 1986. She has lived in Downtown Memphis since 2002, with the majority of the time being in the South Main District at her a condo in the Nettleton Building. Lisa has one son, Beau, who is a lawyer and resides in Nashville.
Ashley Parham, Business Representative
Ashley grew up in Bartlett and is wildly creative and known for her compassionate spirit. She is a realtor with Crye-Leike Midtown and an active member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She and her husband, Daryl, own Walking Pants Curiosities, born Sept. 29, 2016, on a leap of faith and a vision that it becomes an accelerator and front door for the South Main and greater Memphis maker, local art, and products community. Twenty percent of purchases are donated to child advocacy and human trafficking causes.
Amy Hutcheson, Art Representative
Amy has called Memphis home since 2000. A graduate of Memphis College of Art, she has exhibited her work in cities including Chicago, Nashville, and, of course, Memphis. Her approach to her work is parallel to her approach to life – exploring and experimenting with everything we choose to do and paying attention to changes that unfold rather than try to control them. Amy also owns and instructs at Downtown Yoga on South Main Street. “I don’t see what I do as teaching yoga, but rather teaching people.”
Eddy McDermott, Resident Representative
Eddy moved to Memphis from Wynne, AR, where he farmed for 20 years. He has worked at Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. for the past 10 years. Eddy has been a resident of Carolina Lofts for the past six years and serves as president of the homeowners association board of directors.
Blas Betancourt, Landmarks Chair
Blas and his wife moved to the district in 2016 from Boston, where he worked as an architect and architecture instruction at the Boston Architectural Center. He currently works for brg3s Architects. Blas has been involved in several initiatives to involve communities in the design of their own spaces and neighborhoods. He hopes to raise his 1-year-old son in the district and use many of his skills to help keep South Main a great neighborhood to do just that.
Lisa Akbari, Membership Chair
Lisa is a native Memphian and owner of Akbari Corp., a business offering hair products, a hair loss center, salon, and cosmetology institute. She serves on the State of Tennessee Cosmetology Exam Review Committee. Lisa enjoys BBQing for friends and family, entertaining, and spending time with her husband and twin daughters. She lives in the Artesian.
Milton Lamb, Special Events Chair
Milton was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from the University of Memphis in mechanical engineering. He also is a talented graphic designer who previously owned and operated the popular Café Pontotoc. Milton lives in the Artesian with his wife, Cherie, and is leading the effort for South Main Lights.
Lauren Berry, Social Media Chair
Lauren moved from Dallas to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis on a cross country and track scholarship. She graduated in May 2017 with a degree in journalism and interned at organizations including Choose 901 and St. Jude. Lauren now works as a PR coordinator at inferno, a full-service advertising, design, and digital marketing firm where being on social media (blowing up your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds) is a part of her everyday routine.
Augusta Campbell, Communications Chair
Augusta has been working as a production specialist in a variety of roles in photo shoots, national commercials, and TV shows. She also has been a freelance writer and blogger for Memphis Magazine and The Memphis Flyer. She created materials for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC Hispanic Marketing and continues to write marketing plans for clients. Augusta was born in Memphis to Chilean parents and lives in East Memphis with her two sons.
Eric Bourgeois, Strategic Planning Chair
Eric was born and raised in Charleston, S.C. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in public relations and is an avid entrepreneur with a focus in marketing, social media, graphic design, and branding. His passion for the South Main community is complimentary to his interests in urban revitalization, community outreach, connecting the right people to each other, and socializing over Wiseacre Ananda IPA.