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Executive MBA Alumni Council

  • richard williamsonRichard Williamson
    VP of Human Resources
    Bryce Corporation
    Executive MBA Class of 2013

  • Richard Williamson is a human resources executive with over 17 years of professional experience in HR, finance and operations for International Paper, RANK Group (Evergreen Packaging & UCI-FRAM) and Bryce Corporation. Richard currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Bryce Corporation and its legal entities. His focus is on executive coaching, change management, development of strategic initiatives and providing leadership for the HR and EHS professionals across the organizations. Prior to moving to Memphis, TN, Richard was the HR Director for UCI-FRAM based out of Lake Forest, IL.

  • Before joining Bryce Corporation in 2015, Richard worked for fifteen years with International Paper and RANK Group, where he gained extensive Human Resources experience with increasing responsibilities in management, labor relations, finance, benefits, talent development, and project leadership. Richard was recruited by International Paper after earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Mississippi State University. Richard later went on to obtain his Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

  • On a personal note, Richard is married to Allison Rogers Williamson, a Registered Nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. They attend Holy Communion Episcopal Church and are involved in the Senior High ministries program. Richard currently serves on the University of Memphis Executive MBA Alumni Advisory Council as the Chairman, is also involved in Dixon Gallery's Young at Art Association, and serves on the Memphis Boychoir Board of Directors and the Finance Board at Volunteer Odyssey. Richard values the time he is able to spend with family and friends and is interested in bettering his community through outreach and servant leadership.

  • Jason LeeJason Lee
    Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
    Orion Federal Credit Union
    Executive MBA Class of 2013

    Jason Lee has over 17 years of professional experience in the financial service industry and has served as the Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer for Orion Federal Credit Union for the past 7 years. There he helps provides overall strategic direction and strategy for the credit union, directing financial functions, oversees the digital technology area, and is responsible for strategic and growth initiatives. Additionally, he serves on the credit union's Asset Liability Management and Credit Risk Management Committees.

  • Prior to joining Orion, Jason worked his way up to President / Chief Executive Officer at TexasOne Community Credit Union in Houston, Texas. During his 6 plus years there, he gained experience in all areas of executive management, including: nearly doubling the loan portfolio, expansion of four branch locations, a business services department, a full-service call center, and mortgage services. Furthermore, Jason began his credit union career as a Credit Union Examiner for the State of Texas, serving as a Senior Financial Examiner.

  • Jason graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.B.A. degree in Finance and The University of Memphis with an Executive MBA degree. He serves on the RISE Memphis' Board and ConnectFSS's Innovation Committee. He formally served as the Chairman of the University of Memphis Executive MBA Alumni Advisory Council, on the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Credit Union Advisory Council and Chaired the Payment and Deposits Committee.

  • Juloy Raymer Chief Executive Officer Willow EnterprisesJuloy Raymer
    Director, Physician Revenue Cycle
    Ensemble Health Partners

    Executive MBA Class of 2014

    Juloy Raymer has been in the healthcare field for over twenty-five years both in the hospital and professional practice setting. Moving from physician practice operations, she joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as finance manager moving to revenue services director innovatively working to design processes and technology to secure all reimbursement due the healthcare system from government and managed care payers. After seven years in finance, Juloy made the switch to hospital operations as administrator of the outpatient clinical services division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare running all outpatient clinics for the healthcare system. From Methodist, Juloy moved into the vice president of revenue services role for UT Medical Group (a five hundred provider multi-specialty practice) affiliated with the University of Tennessee medical school. From there Juloy joined Willow Enterprises as managing partner and CEO. Willow Enterprises is a full service anesthesia provider practice servicing multiple facilities in Mississippi and Arkansas. Currently Juloy serves as the director of physician revenue cycle for Ensemble Health Partners where she travels all over the United States assisting hospitals and physician groups streamline and integrate their revenue cycle practices to maximum reimbursement, minimize compliance risk and move physician practices to maximum profitability.
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    Roderick HeadRoderick Head
    IT Business Technology Advisor

    Shelby County Schools
    Executive MBA Class of 2012

    Roderick Head represents a new executive breed, marketing technologists - part strategist, part creative director, part technology leader, and part teacher. His career spans over two decades in media and entertainment including Def Jam Records, Elektra Records, ASCAP, BMI, NARM, Impact Magazine, iHeartMedia and MGM Resorts International in various roles. While a Featured Columnist at Impact, Roderick became known most for penning "Ten Ways to Kill Your Brand: How to Ineffectively Run a Record Label."  Roderick is currently employed by Shelby County Schools as an IT Business Technology Advisor, serving as the point-of-contact for business demand management, technology expenditures, approval of technology requisitions, vendor/technology relationship management, and the overall client experience with the technology organization.
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  • christy cornellChristy Cornell
    VP, Investments
    Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
    Executive MBA Class of 2000

  • Christy Cornell is a Vice President, Investments, serving as a financial advisor for Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Christy is a lifetime community volunteer, and is actively involved in several organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the following organizations: Sustainer Board for the Junior League of Memphis, Christ Community Health Services, and Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee. She is active in her church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and is a member of the Pastoral Council, Finance Council, and Worship Team. She is currently working with her collegiate sorority Delta Gamma as an additional alumni advisor for Foundations. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board for Hope House.
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    chris smithChris Smith
    Director of Finance
    Executive MBA Class of 2013

  • Christopher Smith is the Director of Finance and Director of Research Laboratory Operations for Children's Foundation Research Institute (CFRI). The CFRI is the research division for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Christopher oversees all the financial operations for all research activity at Le Bonheur. He also directs research laboratory operations for common use equipment and space for 14 research laboratories.
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    Nila CarringtonNila Carrington
    Manager, Physician/Employee Benefits
    Regional One Health Systems
    Executive MBA Class of 2012

  • A trusted, senior Human Resources Professional with more than 30 years of experience, Nila Carrington currently serves as the Physician and Employee Benefit Manager for Regional One Health. Most recently she served the City of Memphis in the role of Benefit Manager, where she implemented major changes in all benefits structure including active and retiree benefit migration to Medicare and restructuring of the legacy pension plan to a hybrid defined benefit / defined contribution 401 A. These changes resulted in cost savings of $20 Million in healthcare claims and reduction of over $50 million in Pension liability.
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    Scott WilsonScott Wilson
    Customer Experience Principle
    FedEx Corporate
    Executive MBA Class of 2015

  • Scott Wilson is a Customer Experience Principal at FedEx Corporate. He holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Crichton College and an Executive MBA from the University of Memphis. Prior to joining FedEx, Scott was the Director of Marketing and Communications for The Urban Child Institute. He is also a marketing and business strategy consultant for small and medium businesses.
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    Kevin BourquinKevin Bourquin
    Prepress Manager
    Cyber Graphics, LLC
    Executive MBA Class of 2011

  • Kevin is currently the Director of Prepress Operations for Cyber Graphics, headquartered in Memphis, TN. As part of the senior management team, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction of prepress and color technology, quality, continuous improvement as well as talent development across all the Memphis, Cleveland and Milwaukee operations. Kevin holds Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in Graphic Communications as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Memphis with a concentration in Finance and Executive Leadership. Kevin is an active participant in industry events covering topics like expanded gamut, color, prepress, and leadership. He was most recently selected as one of the "Top 40 under 40" professionals in Memphis.


  • Mike KnollMichael R. Knoll
    Director IT, Database Engineering & Support
    FedEx Services
    Executive MBA Class of 2017

  • Mike is a Director in the Enterprise Infrastructure Services organization reporting to Gary Bronson, VP IT Operations. His responsibilities include Database Design & Infrastructure Support Services, database tools and technology evaluation and selection, and Database Disaster Recovery Solutions. Mike is also responsible for the design and development of FedEx private and public cloud provisioning and related automation.

  • Michelle GilchristMichelle Gilchrist
    Chief Executive Officer
    National Foundation for Transplants
    Executive MBA Class of 2017

    Michelle Gilchrist is Chief Executive Office of National Foundation for Transplants, a non-profit 501c3 organization responsible for assisting organ transplant patients in all 50 United States and all U.S. occupied territories.  Prior to her appointment, she served the non-profit community for more than 20 years as Regional Director of Major Gifts for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and was on administrative faculty at the University of Texas School of Social Work.  She credits all of her public service success to United Way where she was a senior leader for 18 years.