Our Leadership

GBBF Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a governing body that provides Governor's Books from Birth with strategic advice and resources to help grow the Imagination Library program. It is made up of educators, stakeholders, donors, and partners who serve as connectors and ambassadors for Tennessee's Imagination Library statewide. 


(Pictured left to right, front row: Dr. Michael Warren, Mayor Jake Bynum, President of GBBF Theresa Carl, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Governor Bill Haslam, Donna Noland, Mark Cate, second row: Dr. Phil Wenk, Calvin Anderson, Byron Trauger, Dr. Nancy Dishner, Dr. Shirley Raines, Denine Torr, Rachel Lundeen Gatlin, back row: Laura Travis, Vicki Smith, Vice President of GBBF Dean Hoskins, Not pictured: Judge Brandon Gibson)

  • Calvin Anderson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief of Staff, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation
  • Mayor Jake Bynum, Weakley County
  • Mark Cate, President and Principal, Stones River Group
  • Dr. Nancy Dishner, President and CEO, Niswonger Foundation
  • Rachel Lundeen Gatlin, Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady
  • Judge Brandon O. Gibson, Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals
  • Donna Noland, First Lady, East Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Shirley Raines, President Emeritus, University of Memphis
  • Vicki Smith, Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nissan North America Inc
  • Denine Torr, Senior Director of Community Initiatives, Dollar General
  • Byron Trauger, Partner, Trauger & Tuke
  • Laura Travis, Associate Agent, Ron Travis Agency
  • Dr. Michael D. Warren, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Family Health & Wellness at Tennessee Department of Health
  • Dr. Phil Wenk, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee