President | Nissan
Rev. John Feldhacker
board member | Edgehill UMC
(Rev.) John Feldhacker is pastor of Edgehill United Methodist Church, ENP's founding partner. John has a B. A. in Business Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. John's first career was an entrepreneur in sales and sales management consulting, Beginning his second career, he won a number of awards in Divinity School, including the Bishop Holland McTyeire Leadership Award given to the United Methodist Student who best exemplifies Wesleyan Ideals in service to school, community, and world. For ten years prior to leading EUMC, John served as the Associate Minister at West End United Methodist Church as the Administrative Pastor, Pastor of Congregational Care, Hospitality, and young Adult Ministries
Board Member | Mutual Contractors, LLC
Janet Shands has lived in the Edgehill neighborhood since 1988 and has many occupations over the years, from teacher to coach to social worker. For the last 20 years, Janet has been a general contractor by trade. Janet has been with ENP from the very beginning and is very grateful for EUMC and their commitment to Edgehill residents over the years.
Louise Morris’s career includes teaching as a United Methodist missionary in Japan and South Korea, healthcare research, and various positions in non-profit organizations. Most recently, she has served as the volunteer executive director of ENP. Currently, she works part-time for the Vanderbilt Office of Undergraduate Admissions, makes frequent trips to Chattanooga to see her two grandchildren (and their parents!), and enjoys house-sitting for friends in Key West every year.
Patricia Ward serves on the ENP board as the representative of Belmont United Methodist Church, which has long partnered with the Edgehill UMC to support the latter's projects serving the Edgehill neighborhood. Patricia was a faculty member and administrator at public and private institutions of higher education in four states before retiring as an emerita professor from Vanderbilt University. She has served on a number of national boards and committees. Locally, she has been very involved in neighborhood efforts to make post-high school scholarships and mentoring available to Edgehill residents.
Board Member | NOAH
Mike Hodge grew up in Savannah, GA and graduated from Scarritt College in Nashville in 1977 where he served as a Church and Community Worker, helping inner-city neighborhood residents to create neighborhood organizations to take action. He has worked for 17 years for the Neighborhoods Resource Center, a non-profit that also helped lower-income people organize in their own neighborhoods. Mike has been involved with Edgehill United Methodist Church since 1980 and has served on the ENP Board since its beginning and has been the Organizing Director for NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) since 2014.
Pat Elkins, her husband David, and their two children moved from Houston, Texas to Nashville in 1984. By history, Pat has been an educator, writer and consultant. After helping launch The Learning Lab in Brentwood, and lead it as Director, she retired in 2014. She and her husband have led fund-raising campaigns and have helped start a store front church and a non-profit counseling and resource center. Since joining Edgehill United Methodist Church, she has served as a volunteer, co-manager and now serves in the role of Coordinator for The FreeStore and as an ENP board member.
Board Member | Equinox Information Systems
David West is the Executive Vice President of Equinox Information Systems, where he oversees the company’s sales and marketing team, develops the company’s long-term strategic plan, and works directly with the company’s customers across the globe. He has a BA from Wheaton College in Illinois and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He loves traveling and spending time with his wife and their two daughters, and engaging with his faith community at St. Bartholomew’s Church.