As July 1, 2023 inches nearer, we are preparing for some warm welcome and some bittersweet goodbyes with our outstanding dedicated board members.
Join us in thanking four community leaders who served Gilda’s Club with distinction for two three-year terms on the board from 2017-2023. Each one is wise, mission-focused, generous, and made unique contributions during their tenure. We know Anthony, Jim, Flynn, and Keith will continue to be impactful members of the Gilda’s Club family!
Additionally, please help us celebrate our three new incoming board members, who are already making their mark on the Gilda’s Club Community.
Anthony Barton served as a Co-Chair of the reimagined Red Door Bash in 2018. He continued his support each year since to grow the gala into the award-winning event we know. During the two challenging COVID years of Virtual Bash’s Anthony worked side-by-side with the chairs, committee, and development staff to deliver successful fundraisers. As Development Chair he oversaw yearly increases in fundraising growth, expanding funding opportunities, and raising awareness. Anthony also served on the Executive Committe.
Jim Corum served as Chair of the CEO Search Committee in 2019. He was elected Board Chair and served from 2020 to 2021, a time of “unprecedented” changes as Gilda’s Club navigated the pandemic. The program team transformed an in-person cancer support community to an entirely virtual and effective program. The development and marketing team reinvented fundraising events and did not miss a beat. The board and committees all continued their crucial work in creative and novel ways. Jim’s leadership was steadfast, focused, supportive, and most of all delivered with kindness – exactly what was needed during a time of great change. Jim served on the Finance, Feasibility Study, Golf Classic, and Executive Committees.
Keith Kraft contributed expertise and experience to the Finance and Property Committees. Keith’s provided meticulous and accurate reviews of monthly financials and yearly budget presentations. When we faced building maintenance issues, Keith’s property management and operations background was invaluable. He launched the inaugural Program Committee and served as Chair. Keith served on the 2019 CEO Search Committee.
Flynn Tracy grew Gilda’s Club’s marketing program initially by rolling up her sleeves to create materials and write press releases. She then oversaw the hiring of the first dedicated full-time Director of Marketing, established a Marketing Committee and served as Chair. Flynn served on the Executive, Finance, 2019 CEO Search, and Gilda’s Gang Committees. During Flynn’s tenure, she has worked closely with Gilda’s Director of Marketing to ensure amplified visibility across all platforms.
Incoming Board Members
Sunny Bray is the Founder and CEO of Catalyst Collective, a consultancy equipping organizations with tools for better outcomes, greater impact, and increased revenue. She has been invoking positive change for over 15 years, she has built her career around relationships and impact, specializing in launching and growing businesses into new markets. She’s led for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, making great strides in both.
In 2020, Nashville Post named Sunny to the All-Star Board, the Nashville Business Journal named her a 2021 40 Under 40 Winner and 2023 Women of Influence Winner, Nfocus Magazine named her a 2022 Model Behavior Honoree. She was also named to the Bizwomen 100, a national listing of women making an impact in their local business communities. She serves as Governance Chair on the Executive Committee Board of Directors for The Nashville Food Project, and a member of The Table and the Co-chair of Member Recruitment for the Rotary Club of Nashville. Her past board service includes Director of Membership and Director of Marketing for Women in Technology of Tennessee, Agape Animal Rescue, Special Olympics YP, and Advisory Board Member for The Women’s Fund. She is an Alumni of both Young Leaders Council and Nashville Emerging Leaders.
Prior to founding her company, Sunny successfully launched the professional networking organization, Network Under 40: Nashville in 2016. Within only three years, she achieved growth of 2,500+ members, while highlighting the work of 40+ nonprofit organization partners and community sponsors.
Rick Froio is an experienced music industry executive who is currently the EVP of Black River Entertainment. Rick expressed interest in serving on the board when his family became involved at Gilda’s when his son Leo, chose GC for his Bar Mitzvah project. Leo and his brother volunteered at the Clubhouse, raised funds which provided new “moon pod” bean bags for Noogieland. Leo created original artwork which hangs in Noogieland. The Froio’s toured Gilda’s Club and volunteered as a family during this time. Rick is an avid golfer and hosted a team at the 2021 Golf Classic. Rick expressed interest in board service and would like to make a difference through volunteer leadership. He and his wife Janet have cancer connections in their family. Rick Froio Press Release 2015
Alicia Wilson is a business and technology consultant with SEI, a national, employee-owned firm that opened its Nashville office in August of 2022. She is known for building long-lasting, intentional relationships with clients and has deep expertise in program leadership, technical implementations, strategic planning, and facilitation. Prior to SEI, Alicia worked for c3/Ankura and spent several years of her career in marketing, PR, and development.
Alicia is deeply committed to serving the Nashville community. She has contributed to the YWCA of Middle Tennessee and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee as a member of their Young Leaders Boards and is a regular volunteer for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. Her contributions have garnered recognition in Nashville, including being named one of Nashville’s Top 30 under 30 by Nashville’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a Woman of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal, and a Nashville Emerging Leaders Finalist by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Alicia has been linked to Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee since 2019 when she joined the organization’s Associate Board and served as the Vice Chair and Chair. She is extremely passionate about the mission, connected to its work, and looks forward to contributing to the General Board.