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Staff & Board


David Garrett

Board Chair | Partner Cheatham, Palermo and Garrett Law

John Bond

Chair, Downtown Franklin Association | Co-Owner, Twine Graphics

Tyler Borders

Chief Innovation Officer, Carnegie Darlet

Stephanie Farmer

Secretary | Vice President of Commercial Banking, ServisFirst Bank

Chris Knopf

Treasurer | Chief Financial Officer, Stansell Electric

Sondra Morris

Chair, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens | Owner, RNM Management and Properties, LLC

Jennifer Parker

Chair, THE FRANKLIN THEATRE | CEO, Parker Haven Interiors

Ellen Smith

Philanthropist, H Laird Smith Foundation


Sydney Ball

Chair, Next Gen Advisory Board | Vice President of Business Development, NFP Executive Benefits

Jackie Alexander


Stephanie Fletcher

Vice President of Private Wealth, Alliance Bernstein

Tracy Frist


Jeff Ledbetter

Owner | Product Architect, Roundtable Software

William C. Scales, Jr.

Litigation Attorney, GSRM Law

Dr. Allen Sills

Neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt and Chief Medical Director of the NFL

Susan Whitaker

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Tourism

Shea Wood Turner

Vice President SBA Product Specialist, First Horizon


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Bari Beasley

President and Chief Executive Officer

Meg Hershey

Chief Operating Officer

Wendy Dunavant

Chief Financial Officer

Jill Burgin

Director of Government Relations and Advocacy

Steve Citerin

Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Evan Breland

Ticketing Coordinator - The Franklin Theatre

Lane Faulkner

Content Marketing & Communications Manager

Rachael Finch

Senior Director of Preservation and Education

Noah Gray

Events Marketing & Communications Manager

Heidi Hood

Managing Director of the Downtown Franklin Association

Julie Jackson

Events Coordinator

Melissa Houck

Director of Development

Heather Kantor

Database & Volunteer Manager

Emily Kivi

Event Logistics and Hospitality Manager - The Franklin Theatre

Corrie Maxwell

Director of Event Production and Operations - The Franklin Theatre

Christina Metzgar

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Gerald Odom

Events & Finance Assistant

Julie Roberts

Office Administrator

Jayme Smith

Festivals & Events Manager

Meg Sutherland

Ticketing, Event Sales & Programming Manager - The Franklin Theatre

Mitch White

Assoc. Director of Production & Facilities - The Franklin Theatre

Blake Wintory, Ph.D.

Director of Preservation & Education

Jr. Heritage Foundation Advisory Board

John Denton


Duncan Knopf

Vice President

Evey Knopf


Jackson Rowley


DFA Advisory Board


Advisory Board Chair, Co-Owner of Twine Graphics


Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Director of Sales, The Harpeth Hotel


Managing Partner, McKinney Green Insurance Co.


Founder, Moyer & Co.


Chief Community Development Officer of Williamson, Inc.


Private Banker, First Horizon

The Franklin Theatre Advisory Board

About Rick

County Historian

After many years in the classroom and as a school librarian, Rick Warwick now applies his energy to collecting the history of Williamson County. Considering himself a better gleaner of facts and tidbits of history than a writer, he has compiled a shelf of published works on Williamson County over the years. As publication chairman of the Williamson County Historical Society since 1990, he has published the annual journal, as well as projects of his own choosing. This body of work includes: Leiper’s Fork and Surrounding Communities (1999), Leiper’s Fork and Family Albums (2000), Historical Markers of Williamson County-A Pictorial Guide (1999), Williamson County-In Black & White-A Racial History (2000), Williamson County-Out There In The First District (2001), Meet Me At Chapman’s Pie Wagon (2002), Triune-Two Centuries at the Crossroads (2004), Williamson County-More Than A Good Place to Live (2005), Williamson County-The Civil Wars Revealed Through Letters, Diaries and Memoirs (2006), Freedom and Work in the Reconstruction Era: The Freedmen’s Bureau Labor Contracts of Williamson County (2006), Williamson County-Civil War Veterans-Their Reunions and Photographs (2007), Wish You Were Here—A Postcard Tour of Franklin & Williamson County (2007), and Williamson County & the Civil War—As Seen Through the Female Experience (2008), Portraits of Williamson County (2010), Historical Markers of Williamson County, Tennessee Revised (2010).

Rick graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (B.S. 1969 and MAT 1971). He served on the Tennessee Historical Commission from 2005 to 2015. He volunteers as historian for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. In January 2017, the Williamson County Commission appointed him County Historian, replacing Mrs. Virginia McDaniel Bowman, who had served that post since 1972. He has served on the following boards: Heritage Foundation, Carter House, Carnton, African American Heritage Society of Franklin and Williamson County, and Franklin’s Charge.

Since 1975, Rick and his wife Elaine have lived in an 1831 cedar log home reconstructed on Warwick’s Knob off Southall Road. Since moving to Franklin in 1970, Rick has collected locally-made furniture and items related to Williamson County history with noted success. He has collected over 15,000 photographs related to Williamson County.

Previous Executive Directors

Debbie Shelton

1974 - 1976

Edwin LeJeune


Rudy Jordan


Mary Pearce