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Charlie Bryan - board chair

Charlie, a native Nashvillian, has worked with Justice Industries since its founding in a variety of capacities, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.  He and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of two teenage daughters, Caroline and Anna.  Professionally, Charlie serves as the Senior Vice President of Analytics for Axial Healthcare in Nashville, and he received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and later his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

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Mark devries - founder

Mark is the founder and president of Ministry Architects, the co-founder of Ministry Incubators and the Center for Youth Ministry Training, and the founder of Justice Industries. Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years, where he continues to serve in a volunteer capacity.    

Mark is the author of a dozen or so books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry, and the co-author of Sustainable Children’s Ministry and Sustainable Young Adult Ministry. Mark and his wife, Susan, co-authored a marriage book (with their good friends, Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth) entitled The Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life/ The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life.

 Mark has offered ministry training and consulting across the United States and in more than a dozen countries, working with a wide variety of denominations (as well as non-denominations). He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at more than 20 different colleges and seminaries, including Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC), Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ), and Vanderbilt Divinity School (Nashville, TN).

Mark and Susan have been married since 1979 and make their home in Nashville, TN. They have three grown children: Adam, Debbie, and Leigh, and four grandchildren: Parish, Nealy, Liam, and Jack.

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Ellen peterson - executive director

After graduating from Auburn University, Ellen moved to Houston where she worked in the non-profit sector doing everything from program coordination and communications to event planning and fundraising. She has over 20 years of experience working with charitable organizations, and most recently served as the Executive Director of a Franklin-based non-profit organization, Ordinary Hero, which serves impoverished communities in Ethiopia. A Nashville native, Ellen and her family happily returned to Franklin five years ago to raise their children in the beauty of Middle Tennessee.

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DAVIS ACKER

Davis was born and raised in upstate South Carolina and attended nearby Clemson University for my undergraduate studies.  After college, I taught high school literature in St. Louis as a part of the Teach For America program, where I met my wife who was also a TFA teacher.  After leaving the classroom in 2011, I moved all around the country for both work and graduate school.  As of 2017, my wife, two daughters, and I are now settled here in Nashville, where my wife is from originally.  I now work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in population health analytics, and I look forward to being an engaged member of the Justice Industries board and the Nashville community as a whole.

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Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon has been involved in urban ministry for 35+ years, working with a variety of ministries in Washington, D.C. and Nashville, TN, most recently doing workforce development at Room In The Inn.  His greatest claim to fame is being married to Pam Harmon and having two amazing sons and their families. He attends Brentwood Baptist Church. He has been on the board of Justice Industries since 2018.

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Mary Lee Bartlett

Mary Lee Bartlett has lived in Nashville since 1985 when she came here to attend Vanderbilt University.  For much of her adult life, Mary Lee has been a community volunteer.  She is currently serving as Board Chair of Dressed for the Test, a new non-profit helping economically disadvantaged students with costly Standard School Attire uniforms required by Metro Public Schools.  She is a Past President of the Junior League of Nashville, a volunteer organization with over 1,900 members whose main focus is to improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

Mary Lee has served on non-profit Boards including Monroe Harding, Martha O’Bryan,Oak Hill School and St. Luke’s Community House and has served as Chair of the Boards of: Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; the Nashville Humane Association; First Presbyterian Women’s Group; Maryland Farms YMCA; Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (now RenewED) and Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae and Advisory Board.  Mary Lee is employed by Vanderbilt University as a research assessor.  Mary Lee and her husband, Steve, have been married 30 years and are the parents of two adult daughters, Ansley and Wrenne.

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Brad Robers

Brad is a native Nashvillian, graduate of the University of Tennessee, and sales manager for United States Roller Works, Inc. He and his wife, Courtney Robers, and have three daughters. Brad brings a wealth of sales experience to the Justice Industries team and is looking forward to seeing the organization continue to grow and develop its mission to provide meaningful work to deserving employees.

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Hobbs Yarbrough

Hobbs Yarbrough is a Senior Vice President with Tennessee Bank & Trust.   He has more than 20 years of commercial banking and risk management experience and has worked with several of the nation’s most well-known institutions while serving in a variety of capacities. Hobbs brings a wealth of strategic experience and is looking forward to helping Justice Industries grow responsibly to change the lives of the people we serve.