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.
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.
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.