Thank you for helping us select this year’s Louisa Nelson Award recipients.
Please view the names below and select your top four choices via the form at the bottom of the page.
Voting will be weighted in order of 1-4, with the top three candidates overall being selected for the 2019 Louisa Nelson Awards.
This Year’s Nominees:
Sheree Kelley: Belle Meade Plantation Dr. Allison Plattsmier: Exec. Director of Jordan Thomas Foundation & Founder of Close the Loop Lisa Donovan: James Beard Award winner, southern chef, cookbook author, southern food advocate Ashley Evans: Founder: Spotlight615.com Jen and Georgia Starsinic English: Founders: Girls Who Write Nashville Jessica Gary: Interior Designer (Williamson Co) Jennifer McCaslin: Multiple Sclerosis/disability advocate: fundraising founder Courtney Henderson-Luckett: Greenbrier native, founder of Southern Charm Cupcakery and national food show exposure (also cancer survivor) Jaynee Day: Second Harvest Food Bank Middle TN founder (*retiring this year) Leslie Thomas: first woman president of Sertoma Club of Nashville Stacie Huckeba: community activist/philanthropist, rock photographer Elizabeth Pistole: President of Dancing Divas & Dudes (special needs dance organization) Sabrina Torres: Nashville LGBTQ+ activitst and entrepreneur Julie Potter: Dickson Co. community activist and educator Tanya Sturm: Founder: Dreams and Wishes of TN (make a wish) Ciona Rouse: Professor, Poet Laureate, Civil Rights Activist, whiskey expert, Third Man Books featured author Maggi Duncan: Executive Director of TN Association Chiefs of Police Laura Chavarria: Exec Director, Nashville Humane Association Holly McCall: Chair: Emerge TN--training program for Democratic women Zulfat Suara: Candidate for Metro Council, immigrant, community activist Waverly Ann Harris: Founder, Friends Life Community for developmentally disabled persons Michelle Hazelip: Founder, Front Porch Ministry Dr. Kimryn Rathmell: Internationally recognized scientist, physician, oncologist: Director of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Maggie Halgren: Development Director of TN Breast Cancer Coalition Maggie Ray: CEO/Founder of Nashscapes, an all-women-run landscape company Brenda Reed: local philanthropist and volunteer: therapy dog trainer Julie Meirick: Notes for Education founding member (volunteer organization for music education) Diane Chen: Stratford High Librarian, AASL teacher Karlye Rodriguez (Springfield, TN): traumatic brain injury survivor, opening gourmet market Emily Schneller: realtor, founder of Mid TN chapter of Women Who Care Emily Bache: Cancer survivor, co-founder of fashion influencer group Wanderlust Girls Rasheedat Fetuga: former metro teacher, founder of Gideon’s Army Cindy Lovelace: Founder, The Healing Net Jerry Williams: Executive Director, Leadership Nashville