Harry Baird

Harry Baird was one of the two first volunteers for NTFS when it started in 2006. Harry retired from Genesco and had overseen the installation and opening for all of Genesco’s outlets. He has been a football and basketball referee for MNPS and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on more builds than anyone can remember and becoming a Supervisor on Site.
NTFS Board Member since 2010.

Ben Dodd
Vice Chair

I am a husband, a father to two sons, a grandfather to two grandchildren. I worked in residential construction for nearly forty years and as a remodeling contractor for nearly thirty of those years. I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, gardening, making pottery and my bonsai. I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Nashville, Rebuild Together as well as NTFS.
NTFS Board Member since 2017.

Bill Farris
Chair

Bill was a banker for 44 years and upon his retirement in June 2015, he joined the “Tools” crew at Hillsboro High School and has been a steady volunteer ever since. Bill learned his basic carpenter skills from his 20+ Habitat Houses on which he has worked.
NTFS Board Member since 2017.

Suzannah Gills

Suzannah Gills is the Business Development Manager for Turner Construction Company. She moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2012. Suzannah is a member of the Young Leaders Council and the Urban Land Institute, and in 2018 she completed her Masters of Business Administration at Lipscomb University. She lives in Sylvan Park with her husband, Daniel, and dog, Hershey. NTFS Board intern 2016.
NTFS Board Member since 2017.

Mary Grissim
Treasurer

Mary is a multi-talented, experienced manager and educator with more than 30 years of experience building and leading operations for organizations and businesses in Nashville. Her background includes a successful career as an artist, Director of Education at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and VP of Education for the Sexual Assault Center. Mary is now owner of Grissim Group Consulting, a curatorial and arts administration service. She currently works as the Curator for Arts at the Airport, Nashville International Airport and does consulting work with the Nashville Jazz Workshop and Tennessee Craft. Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.
NTFS Board Member since 2018.

Bob Harwell

I am a native Nashvillian with a business degree from the University of Tennessee. I am also a U.S. Navy veteran. My working career was spent operating a lumber and hardware company. I retired after 43 years and I am grateful for Nashville Tools for Schools for giving me an opportunity to stay active and of service to our community. I have always been a volunteer with a variety of organizations including Habitat, Appalachian Service Project and others. I look forward to continuing to work with a great group at NTFS and benefiting our local schools.
NTFS Board Member since 2018.

Bev Herbert

Bev has worked nearly 30 years in the electrical industry in positions ranging from design engineer, product marketing, and currently International Sales Operations for Schneider Electric. He has lived in Nashville since 1998 and been active with local non-profit organizations like NTFS, Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Nashville and Cumberland River Compact by organizing company employee volunteer opportunities for Schneider Electric.
NTFS Board Member since 2014.

Stephen H. McHugh

Steve gained his Bachelor of Science degree from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University in 1958. Now retired, his career included founding SHM Consulting and working in the healthcare, insurance, finance and economic fields as a CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) , CFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), and FLMI (Fellow/Life Management Institute). He serves on the following boards: Faith Family Medical Clinic, Tennessee Association of Health Underwriters, Middle Tennessee Healthcare Executives Association, Bravo Creative Arts Center, and Woodmont Christian Church. Steve is also actively involved in the Exchange Club of Nashville and Hillwood Country Club. Steve was NTFS’ first volunteer back in 2006 and a founding Board Member.
NTFS Board Member since 2006.

Denise Sesler
Secretary

Denise Sesler is a 20+ year resident of Nashville and she has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Nashville Tools for Schools since 2013. Denise is a paralegal by profession, having been employed at both the Davidson County Juvenile Court and at the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. She and her husband Mart are parents to a son and daughter, both of whom attended Metro Nashville Public Schools. Denise has volunteered with organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the Nashville Food Project, and she previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University. Denise was actively involved as a parent volunteer at the Metro schools attended by her children, and she also served on the Executive Boards for the Parent/Teacher/Student Organizations at Eakin Elementary and West End Middle School. NTFS Board Member since 2013.