Staff and Board of Directors

All of us at BHH are committed and determined to make our programs successful by working collectively and individually to maximize all available resources. We are personally involved in helping our communities in every way possible in order to be the positive change we want to see in the world.

 

Staff

Mark A. Wright, Executive Director – Mr. Wright has 24+ years of experience in the construction industry. He has an AAS degree in Architectural Engineering Technology and is the Co-owner and CEO of Ideas on Paper, Inc. He is the Vice President of CME Systems, Inc. and the Vice President of 12 Stones Development Corporation. He has acquired, negotiated and managed over 40 projects, construction loans, and permanent financing to the amount of over 7 million in CHDO, THDA, CITC, NSP, and Bank financing funding.

Mr. Wright has been extensively involved in helping the community. He was the former Chairman and President of The New Level Community Development Corporation and is a current Budget and Finance Committee Member. He was the Chairman and President of The Neighborhoods Resource Center where during his tenure, Mr. Wright was able to pull the organization up from the brink of closure to become a thriving resource now serving communities throughout Nashville. He was the Chairman and President of the Historic Buena Vista Association and was able to secure generous grants which provided crosswalks, decorative lighting, boundary signs, historic street signs, and a median. He was the Chairman of the Personnel Committee for the NAACP and the Co-Chair for the MDHA Scovel Street Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Nashville Electric Service Diversity Board and the Youth About Business organization for 17 years. He is a mentor for the Youth About Business program.

Monique Neely, Office Manager/Administration-Certification Specialist – Ms. Neely is the friendly face you’ll see when you visit our office. She works closely with our Executive Director, Deputy Director, and property management company to makes sure the daily tasks of the organization are taken care of and running smoothly. She coordinates and maintains records and monitoring of our affordable housing projects. She works with our maintenance team to ensure that our homes meet or exceed the Visibility and Universal Design, HOME, and Energy Star standards.

Tonya Sherrell-Bond, Bookkeeper – Ms. Sherrell-Bond has a degree in Accounting and Non-Profit Management. She has extensive involvement with the community as a community organizer, grant writer, fundraising event coordinator, and advocator. Ms. Sherrell-Bond has served as a Board Member for Be a Helping Hand, 2nd Chances, Wang Foundation, Whites Creek Watershed Alliance, and The Buchanan Street Neighborhood Association.

Sumayya Coleman, Programs Administrator – Ms. Coleman is an old-school advocate who recently returned to Nashville and is committed to the Be a Helping Hand mission. She consults with BHH to develop programs and services for our neighbors who need affordable housing within the local community. She is abundantly gifted in developing organizations and programs that focus on women’s overall safety and wellness, economic empowerment, and self-advocacy.

Sara Jean Schweitzer, Outreach Coordinator – Ms.Schweitzer moved to Nashville from Oakland, Ca and grew up on an intentional community not far from Nashville. The community was founded by 60’s counter culture youth from San Francisco who strived to create an egalitarian community with a focus on environmentalism, vegetarianism, pacifism, and natural birth. She has a passion for bringing people together, creating community, and standing up for equality and the environment. She has a background in business, event planning/catering, early childhood education, and she has a keen eye for aesthetics.

 

Board of Directors

Charles Tydus, Chairman – Mr. Tydus is retired from the United States Army with strong community involvement. He also brings his accounting and Insurance background to the organization.

Douglass Williams, Treasurer – Mr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Natural Science at the Volunteer State Community College and is a long standing community volunteer.

Kerry McKibbens, Property Management Advisor – Mr. McKibbens attended college at Draughons Junior College, Trade School of Nashville, Urban League, and Emmanuel Bible College. He serves as assistant minister at Mt. Calvary MBC. He has 20+ years of experience in residential and commercial renovation with McKibbens’ Maintenance.

Douglass Johnson, Training Advisor – Mr. Johnson has 15+ years of experience as an electrician and HVAC repair and replacement. He lends many skills to the organization, including: home construction management, electrical and mechanical engineering, and HVAC systems.

Sabrina Williams, Secretary Engineering/Construction Advisor – Ms. Williams developed a deep passion for charitable work at a young age while spending a summer volunteering with the Greening of Detroit program. This passion still drives her to this day inspiring her support and work for various organizations such as Love Helps, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, and the American Heart Association. She has also worked on public housing projects such as the Marrero Commons (formerly B. W. Cooper), a multi-family, mixed income public housing development in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She assisted with the plumbing and fire protection design. The project included single and multi-family housing units, a day care, and a community center. This project was recognized by the Secretary of HUD for hiring the largest amount of Section 3 employees in the city’s history. The positive impact of job training and employment opportunity programs for low income residents is a powerful motivator for Ms. Williams.  

Sheena Wright, Volunteer – Ms. Wright has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Fisk University as well as a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from Lipscomb University. Her true passion and desire is to help assist those in need and to treat everyone as an equal, no matter what their circumstances may be. She volunteers with Nashville food organizations preparing meals and serving food to the homeless. She is also a volunteer with the Nashville Children’s Theatre and enjoys acting as a hobby. Ms. Wright works as a physical trainer at the YMCA and has trademarked her own fitness program.

Anita Pace, Programs Administrator Advisor –Is a Program Assistant for Vanderbilt’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.