Mother’s Day Luncheon 2018-06-01T14:46:00+00:00

 TJC HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON:

CELEBRATING MOTHERS AND THEIR CHAMPIONS

RENAISSANCE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE

MAY 1, 2018 at 11:30am – 1pm Central

NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES

Standing with families in times of crisis, Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) has time and again witnessed the extraordinary power of parents’ love. We have been inspired by moms and dads who persistently advocate not only for their own children, but for all children–especially those with special needs. For two decades, TJC has observed Mother’s Day by honoring the strength and determination of these advocates/heroes with the Tennessee Justice Center Mother of the Year Awards.
 
On May 1st, we invited our friends to be inspired as well by joining us for our first annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at The Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Emceed by Matt Wiltshire, the luncheon recognized not only the seventeen women honored as 2018 Mothers of the Year, but also celebrated the achievements of five heroes who have spent their lives championing mothers and their children: Honorable Sheila Calloway, Rev. Kaki Friskics-Warren, Dr. Craig Anne Heflinger, Linda O’Neal, and Russell J Overby. The event featured performances by Grammy-nominated singer Maura O’Connell and Nashville-based musician Johnny Duke formerly of Little Big Town, who sang a song composed by 2018 Mother of the Year Sherry Garland. The Mothers of the Year were also treated to a pre-lunch beauty session made possible through the generosity of The Renaissance and local salon chain The Blowout Co., who sent provided stylists and gift cards to pamper the moms.

OUR HONOREES

Honorable Sheila Calloway – Judge Calloway is the Juvenile Judge for Davidson County. After earning her undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt, she served for many years in the Metro Public Defender’s Office representing children in Juvenile Court. In 2004, she was appointed Juvenile Court Magistrate and in 2014 was elected Juvenile Court Judge.

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Dr. Craig Anne Heflinger-  Craig Anne retired last spring after a career in child-and-family focused psychology. She mentored two generations of Vanderbilt students who have gone on to serve children and families throughout the country. Her research provided nationally influential insights that have improved services to and systems of care for children with mental health needs and their families.

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Linda O’Neal – Linda O’Neal is retiring after a lifetime of advocating for children and the parents who care for them. She began her career working with children in foster care. She then led the successful effort to modernize Tennessee’s juvenile justice system, including the removal of children from adult jails. For the past thirty years, Linda has served as executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

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Russell J Overby Russ has devoted his entire legal career to advocacy for vulnerable families. He has spent most of those more than 40 years as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Nashville, representing many thousands of individual clients and winning landmark cases involving juvenile justice, disability rights and health care. Russ is a nationally respected expert on public assistance programs, so when Tennessee undertook welfare reform in the 1990’s, we lured him away from the Legal Aid Society for a one-year gig, which turned into a ten year run at TJC.

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Rev. Kaki Friskics-Warren – Kaki has spent her entire ministry supporting parents and strengthening vulnerable families. She has led innovative and creative efforts to reintegrate offenders into their families. Her leadership of Renewal House enabled women to conquer their addictions and become the nurturing mothers they always longed to be. As executive director of the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund, Kaki is currently guiding a major philanthropy that makes strategic grants to improve the lives of children and youth. While doing these important jobs, Kaki has for many years also played a critical role behind the scenes at TJC. A gifted administrator and social entrepreneur, she has given TJC hundreds of hours of mentoring on management, fundraising and team building. Her generous wisdom and tough love got TJC through difficult times and made us stronger, more effective advocates for Tennessee’s children.

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HONORARY CHAIRS

HOST COMMITTEE

Guy & Sarah Barnard
Marvin Berry, Jr.
Kathryn Beasley & Chris Farrell
Robb Bigelow
Iris W. Buhl
David & Elizabeth Cañas
Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda
Kay Caudle
Mary Crossman
Mary Falls
Amanda Flatt
Mary Flipse
Frank & Amy Garrison
Jeff & Allyn Gibson
 Nate & Lillian Gilmer
Kristen & Tom Grimm
Joe & Desa Haase
Bill & Robin King
David & Jackie Kozlowski
Alex MacKay & Eric Lease
Anne Martin
Maureen & Neil McBride
Robert & Bonnie Miller
Roy & Nancy Miller-Herron
Paige Mills
Brad & Julee Morgan
Mika Moser
Caitlin & Dave O’Connell
Emily Ogden
Matt & Christine Pulle
Jim & Jan Ramsey
Sharon Ruiz & Jacob Hathaway
Amy Seigenthaler & Tim Pierce
Ruth Stewart
Jerry Taylor
Steve & Jeanne Thomas
Meredith Thompson
Scott & Nesrin Tift
John & Sandee Tishler
Jenny & Zack Warren
Ashley & Susan Wiltshire

OUR SPONSORS…

LIGHT SHINER

MOM’S MEGAPHONE

ALEX MACKAY & ERIC LEASE

RIGHTEOUS PARTNER

…AND SUPPORTERS! 

EVENT COMMITTEE 

Jessica Benson
Gina Canonico
Meg Casey
Mary Falls
Alison Kreher
Nicole Smith

2017 MOTHERS OF THE YEAR

TJC KNOWS HOW TO HAVE FUN!