Our Team

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Janet Ross - Founder & President

President/Founder of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation, Janet Ross was tragically affected by the loss of her only sibling, Lisa, in October of 2001. Lisa’s unbelievable courage and willingness to always look for opportunities to help others were the catalyst for creating this foundation and its mission. Janet’s personal ambition to carry out her sister’s legacy makes her the motivating force behind this foundation.

As a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Janet’s background includes teaching and coaching at the college and high school levels. She is currently a territory manager with Medtronic and resides in Brentwood, TN.


Rachel Gwinn - Vice President

Rachel Gwinn is a realtor with Village Real Estate and has lived in Nashville over 20 years. Gwinn’s close ties with Lisa and the Ross family along with her background in client relations, management and health care promotion make her an important asset in developing and maintaining the Foundation’s goals and overall mission which are to carry on what was most important to Lisa Ross Parker: providing support for families touched by cancer, and assisting animal welfare organizations.

Gwinn was previously the Director of Client Services at Gordian Health Solutions, Inc. During her 7 year tenure at Gordian, Gwinn managed several contracted health management initiatives for Gordian clients including effective communication with employer groups, seamless program implementation and maintenance, along with tracking and reporting management. She has an extensive background in exercise physiology and was employed at the Cooper Wellness Program in Dallas (part of the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research in Dallas). She assisted in the complete day-to-day management of the program, while promoting lifestyle changes in the areas of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and preventive health.

A graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, Rachel holds a B.S. degree in Health and Exercise with a minor in Business Administration.

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Tammy Ruff - Secretary

Tammy, an Associate Professor of Psychology, has spent the last 30 years at Nashville State Community College in Nashville, TN. She did her undergraduate work at Belmont University and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University. Her expertise in her field and passion for teaching won her the award for Teacher of the Year, Arts and Sciences, 2000 at NSCC. She has served as President of the Middle Tennessee Counseling Association, Faculty Senate Chair at NSCC, President of the NSCC Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and is a member of the American Psychological Association. A longtime friend of the Ross family, she contributes leadership and interpersonal skills to the Foundation.

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Alice Crafts – Treasurer

Alice Crafts owns her own accounting firm, Alice Crafts, CPA, LLC.   Philanthropic activities include serving as the Director of Outreach Ministries for a local church. While serving in that capacity, the church renovated apartments for the Renewal House (a rehabilitation center for mothers with drug addictions); participated in the Room in the Inn (providing food and shelter to the homeless during the winter months); collected food for the Second Harvest Food Bank; and provided Christmas packages and visitation to patients of Comprehensive Care. Alice is also a member of the Board of Directors of Lovie’s Legacy, a charitable organization benefiting animal welfare.  She is the former Treasurer for Susan Komen for the Cure, Nashville affiliate and remains on their finance committee.


Advisory Committee

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Keri Davenport

Keri is a Clinical Pharmacist at Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. With more than 20 years of experience in health care, Keri has seen the effects of cancer on patients and their families. She is honored to work to positively impact those reached by the continued efforts of the Foundation. Having a mother who is a cancer survivor and being a family friend of the Ross family, Keri brings her personal inspiration to seeing that the Foundation’s mission is realized and that Lisa’s hope to change things for the better is accomplished.

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Paige Turner

Paige is the Population Health Director for the State of Tennessee’s State Group Health Plan. She oversees the statewide Population Health and EAP programs which includes a primary population health program, weight management program, the Working for a Healthier TN initiative as well as the Employee Assistance and Work-Life programs. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all population health initiatives through the population health programs aimed at arresting the poor health behaviors driving the health care spend and chronic disease burden of the health plan. Having been a close friend to Lisa and the Ross family for over 30 years, Paige brings personal motivation to help see that this foundation is successful in carrying on Lisa’s legacy.

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Beth Vincent

Beth has lived in Tennessee her entire life, relocating to Nashville from Memphis in 1991. Prior to her career in real estate, Beth served over 28 years in leadership positions in the healthcare industry.

Beth began her career as a Registered Nurse. She then joined Medtronic, USA, a fortune 500 Company as a consultant in the medical device industry and went on to create the first District Office in Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN.

Beth is a multiple President’s Club recipient in her company, the highest achievement the company bestows, due to her creativity, attention to detail and persevering attitude.

Beth is a realtor with Village Real Estate and she thinks of real estate as an equity investment in your future. Her experience, coupled with her training as a certified Hudson Institute Coach, ensures your needs and long-term financial goals will be attained.

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Lisa Zimmerman

Lisa is the Lung Cancer Scientific Program Manager at Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, TN. She manages the lung cancer late phase clinical trials and actively engages with both medical oncologists and pharmaceutical companies to ensure cancer patients have access to clinical trials in a community-based setting.

Prior to joining Sarah Cannon, Lisa was at Vanderbilt University for over 15 years where she was a Research Associate Professor in Biochemistry actively engaged in cancer research. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her Master of Business Administration degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Cancer has affected Lisa’s life, as her father is a prostate cancer survivor and several of her friends and family have battled this horrible disease.

Being a part of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation, and the mission it encompasses, is extremely rewarding as we continue to strive to provide valuable comfort and support to patients and their families fighting cancer.