FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John Tumminello Named Executive Director of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
As Founding President, Sylvia Rapoport to remain working in strategic development
Nashville, Tenn. (September 18, 2018) – The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park today announced a new leadership structure for the organization that creates new roles for its top professionals. Beginning in January, current Vice President John Tumminello will become The Conservancy’s Executive Director, and President Sylvia Rapoport will become Founding President. Within the new leadership structure Tumminello will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, and Rapoport will spearhead strategic development.
“It’s an exciting time for The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park,” said The Conservancy’s Board of Directors Chair Paula Van Slyke. “The organization has grown tremendously under Sylvia’s leadership, guiding it to become one of Nashville’s most impressive nonprofit success stories. John has been an integral part of that success, and we are delighted that Sylvia will continue to collaborate with him as Founding President and build on our strong foundation.”
Since joining the organization in 2011, Tumminello has built some of The Conservancy’s most successful programs, including the popular concert series Musicians Corner. Under his direction, attendance for the free concert event has grown from 5,000 to 75,000 annually, and revenue has increased 400 percent. He also developed the children’s Kidsville education program which serves 10,000 youths at 100 free events annually, and he oversees corporate sponsorships and marketing campaigns for the organization.
“Few share the level of passion and commitment to the Parthenon and Centennial Park as John, and there is certainly no one better suited to lead this organization into the future,” said Rapoport. “John and I have worked together for the past seven years, and his acumen for nonprofit management and constant creativity never ceases to amaze me. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him as The Conservancy moves into a new chapter under his leadership.”
Rapoport becomes Founding President after 12 years of serving as The Conservancy’s President. Her lifelong connection to the Parthenon and Centennial Park began when she frequented the park as a child. She served on the organization’s Board of Directors before working fulltime as its lead executive. The Conservancy has flourished under her guidance as she oversaw programs, events and capital campaigns aimed toward championing and sustaining two of Nashville’s most treasured icons, the Parthenon and Centennial Park.
“The Conservancy would not be what it is today without Sylvia Rapoport,” said Tumminello. “Those of us who love and enjoy the Parthenon and Centennial Park owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for her commitment and passion for protecting and bettering two of Nashville’s most precious landmarks. I am honored to have the opportunity to sustain her vision and continue working with her as The Conservancy’s new Executive Director.”
The Conservancy's mission is to preserve, enhance and share the Parthenon and Centennial Park so that all future generations may benefit from these enriching cultural and educational landmarks. The organization was seeded in 1982 as the Athena Fund when nickels and dimes were collected by school children and adult visitors to pay for the creation of the statue Athena inside the Parthenon. In 2005, the organization’s Board of Directors voted to expand the mission and scope of its work to include Centennial Park, and the organization has been formally called The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park since 2009.
About The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the community through stewardship and promotion of the Parthenon while enhancing, restoring and preserving Centennial Park.