CENTENNIAL PARK CONSERVANCY TEAM
John Tumminello serves as Executive Director of Centennial Park 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 holds undergraduate degrees in Humanities & the Arts and Business from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Before moving to Nashville, John was a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. He then worked for six years as Digital Marketing Director for Nashville's South Central Media. John began his tenure at CPC in 2011, serving as Musicians Corner's Executive Director before moving into the Vice President of Programming role in 2017 and the organization's Executive Director position in 2019. John has volunteered for several arts organizations including Sundance Film Festival, Hatch Show Print, Nashville Songwriters Association, Bluebird Cafe, and Belmont's College of Entertainment & Music Business. He has taught at Lipscomb University's College of Business and serves on the board of St. Bernard Academy.
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.
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.
Kyla Easterday manages all Kidsville curriculum, activities, and facilitates the events. Kyla has a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor degree in Family Studies, Human Services, and Early Childhood Education. For the past 16 years Kyla has been an interactive educator, promoting the value of playful exploring in classrooms, family homes, counseling sessions, and outdoor events. Kyla develops and manages the Kidsville curriculum and educational activities at Musicians Corner, the Parthenon, and outreach locations.
Nikki Jones serves as the Community Outreach Manager for Kidsville. Before relocating to Nashville, you could find Nikki enjoying the beautiful splendor of the Colorado Rockies where she was born and raised. Nikki is dedicated to helping young professionals discover what they love doing and inspiring youth to become the next world leaders. She is passionate about community outreach, mentoring youth, employee engagement, and absolutely loves football.
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.
Neil Krugman, Chair
Phyllis Hildreth, Vice Chair
John Hackett, Treasurer
Tayo Atanda, Secretary