Sylvia Rapoport serves as President of The Conservancy, with ultimate responsibility of oversight for the business and operations of the organization. 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.
John Tumminello serves as Vice President of The Conservancy and brings over twenty years of financial services, management, marketing, human resources and music industry experience to his position. John directs many aspects of The Conservancy's operations, including overseeing programming, memberships, marketing and public campaign. John also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lispcomb University's Business School.
Andrea Gilbert Berger is the Capital Campaign and Gala Manager. Andrea is an attorney by profession, having practiced at law firms in Nashville and in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
Justin Tam manages the Conservancy grants for all organizational programs. He also manages Conservancy digital marketing which includes the Conservancy website, social media, Musicians Corner website, email newsletter, and works in conjunction with the Musicians Corner Program Director. Justin is in charge of managing special projects that include the Parthenon Afterhours events. 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.