THE CONSERVANCY TEAM
John Tumminello serves as Executive Director of The Conservancy and directs the organization's operations. He brings over thirty years of strategic management, finance, marketing, and human resources experience to his position. John also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Lispcomb University's Business School. He is deeply involved with the Nashville Songwriters Association as a member of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival committee and a judge for Bluebird Cafe auditions.
Justin Branam is the Program Director for the Musicians Corner program and directs all aspects of the program including sponsorships, booking, production, marketing and event planning/implementation. He has over a decade of experience in the music industry as an artist, producer, manager, and consultant. He currently serves on the board of directors for Make Music Nashville, an international celebration of music on June 21st of each year. He is also the Executive Producer of the innovative iPhone Sessions series, which demonstrates the social impact that can be made with minimal resources by enlisting Nashville musicians to create albums on their smartphone to benefit local charities.
Justin Tam is the Parthenon Partnership and Grants Director. He manages The Conservancy's partnership with the Parthenon museum and handles private events in the building. Justin also writes and manages grants for The Conservancy and its programs. Justin spent four years as the Production Director for Musicians Corner and has booked over 500 performing artists at Centennial Park. Justin’s international event producing experience includes serving non-profit clients like Compassion International, World Vision, The Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, TN Autism, and The Red Cross.
Leah serves as the Event Manager for the Musicians Corner program and focuses on event planning/management, merchandise, staffing and volunteers. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Nashville in 2011 after earning a BA in Music Business from Anderson University (Anderson, IN). She has most recently worked at MusiCares and Creative Artists Agency and has been a volunteer with Musicians Corner since 2012. She was also a key member of the organizing committee for the Thistle Thursdays Concert Series at the Thistle Stop Cafe, which brought together local, regional, and national acts for monthly concerts to benefit Thistle Farms and the Magdalene House Residential Program.
Clare Robbins is the Membership and Volunteer Manager at The Conservancy, responsible for memberships, donor communications, volunteers, and other tasks to support the operations of the organization. A Middle Tennessee native, Clare moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and Amman, Jordan to complete her Bachelor's degree in history, and earned her Master's degree in Public History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While in school, she worked with the collections at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and McIlhenny Company's Tabasco Sauce. After moving back to Nashville, Clare worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Hatch Show Print before joining The Conservancy.
Kelsey Kingdon is the Marketing Coordinator for The Conservancy and Musicians Corner, focusing on social media, print and digital newsletters, web content development and press releases. Kelsey moved to Nashville from Utah in the beginning of 2019 to join The Conservancy and Musicians Corner team. Most recently, she worked at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention where she organized and lead the team for all marketing, branding and advertising for an event that attracts over 100,000 attendees, almost 50 TV and movie celebrities, over 400 vendors, and hundreds of artists, authors, cosplayers and panelists.
Sara Whittemore is the Event Coordinator for The Conservancy and Musicians Corner. Sara moved to Nashville from Indianapolis in 2014 to attend Belmont University, which she graduated from in 2017 with a BBA in Music Business. She previously was employed at iHeartMedia and served as the Nashville Event Coordinator and Regional Events Marketing Coordinator where she helped produce large scale festivals.
Sylvia Rapoport serves as Founding President of The Conservancy, with a focus on the Centennial Park Revitalization Capital Campaign and Conservancy Gala. A native Nashvillian, Sylvia studied and lived in London and Boston before returning to her home in Tennessee. Her passion for the Parthenon and Centennial Park began as a child, when the Parthenon was the defining piece of architecture in a town before it turned into a metropolis. A former Board Member with the organization with over 15 years of active involvement, she views the Parthenon and Centennial Park as places that champion arts and culture, music, history, education, environment and health and wellness. Sylvia has been involved locally and nationally on over 20 different boards and continues to celebrate the creative, capable, growing community of Nashville.