Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc.
  A Christian refuge for victims of Domestic Violence.





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Board of Directors

Morning Star Sanctuary is very fortunate to have a dedicated, hard working group of men and women who serve on the Board of Directors.  These volunteers meet once a month to make decisions in guiding the organization and keeping it focused on its mission.  They also lend their time and resources in support of fundraisers and other special events held each year.  

2017 Morning Star Sanctuary Board of Directors



Board Chair - Linda Heflin Johnson

Broker, Pilkerton Realty: A member of the Million Dollars Sales Club, Linda has over 30 years of real estate experience in Middle Tennessee. Her extensive knowledge of not only the landscape of Nashville and its surrounding areas, but also the needs of the men, women and children who live in the communities, have led to Linda's active participation on the boards of: Libscomb University - Trustees (she was awarded the "Lipscomb University Christian Leader of the Year" honor from her alma mater in 1992); Nashville Christian School; and Morning Star Sanctuary. In 2008, Linda became the receipient of the "Mary Catherine Strobel Award for Volunteerism in Middle Tennessee." Linda has one son, Bailey G. Heflin III.




Co-Chair - Dr. Kellye N. Rice

DMD, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry: Dr Kellye Rice has been involved with Morning Star Sanctuary since 2001, first as a mentor to a domestic violence survivor, then later as a board member. She has served as treasurer, chair and most recently is co-chair of the board. She lives in Franklin Tennessee, where she practices as a general dentist and is married to Jeff, her husband of 31 years. They have three children: Haley, Hunter and Hope.





Treasurer - Ann Davis Robinson

Children's Minister Leader, Tusculum Church of Christ; Digital Content and Social Media Coordinator, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School: A Mississippi (Oxford) native, Ann currently serves in a parttime capacity at both the Tusculum Church of Christ and Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School. Once an office management professional, these days Ann puts her focus on graphic design and web content management. In her spare time, she likes hiking, running, photography, spending time with her husband and being an aunt. An avid college football fan, Ann can often be found cheering for her favorite teams with great enthusiasm.


Secretary - Mary Pomeroy
SEAA, Allstate Insurance Company: A top-producing insurance associate at Allstate for 30 years, Mary moved to Nashville from Chicago over 50 years ago. She was educated in the Davidson County School system and attended Volunteer State Community College where she majored in Accounting and Business Management. Mary is very involved in the communty, and in her spare time, she enjoys helping others, reading history novels, watching and attending football games and hosting family gatherings. She is married to Jim Pomeroy.




Martha Kincade

She is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman and has a B.S. degree in Education from Lipscomb University.  She grew up in Okolona, MS and taught school for 20 years in MS and TN.   While in MS she served as Secretary and President of the Pilot Club-a women's service club and the 20th Century Club. She has been involved for many years with Morning Star and on the Board for 3 years and serving as Secretary for 2 of those. She lives in Brentwood, TN and is married to Earl.  They have 2 sons Chuck and Chris. Both of them are Vanderbilt graduates.  One of her favorite spare time activities is traveling nationally and internationally. Her greatest enjoyment is the time spent with her grandson.


Mike Eller

Owner, Hermitage Golf Course: Mike has been an owner/operator of daily fee/public access golf courses since 1985, including the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, TN. He assisted in the course design, routing and building of his President's Reserve Course, which opened in 2001, as well as in the design in collaboration with Denis Griffiths Golf Architects, of St. Andrew's Bay Course located in Scotland. Mike has also served in a variety of PGA capacities: Chapter President, past Tennessee President of the PGA and Board Member. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Old Hickory.



Melanie Culbreath

Independent Sales Director, Mary Kay: Melanie is a native Tennessean who grew up primarily in Lebanon (TN). A graduate of Lipscomb University, she was also awarded a bachelor's degree in nursing from Belmont University, an accomplishment that led her to work in women's and home health care. Currently, when Melanie takes time away from her job in direct sales, she serves and mentors women, a passion that she admits led her to Morning Start Sanctuary.





Buck Dozier

Retired Executive Director, Nashville Fairgrounds: Buck began his professional life as a teacher and head football and baseball coaches at David Lipscomb High School. Later, he became the Youth and Family Director at the Madison Church of Christ, and he also served as President of the Nashville Christian School. Buck was elected Councilman at Large for three terms in the Metro Council during Mayor Phil Bredesen's administration. Although he recently retired as the Executive Director of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Buck continues to serve as Chairman of the Nashville Inner City Ministry.


Commander John Drake
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Central Precinct: A 27-year veteran of the Metropolitan Davidson Police Department, Captain Drake was once honored with the Lifesaving Award for rescuing six people in a house fire. As a Bethel Unversity alumnus interested in law enforcement, Drake translated his leadership skills into increasing positions of authority: from patrol sergeant over a detail...to lieutenant in charge of the Hermitage Precinct's Investigations Unit...to Captain of the Domestic Violence Division...to his current position as commander of the MNPD's Central Police Precinct. His community involvement includes service as: a Morning Star Sanctuary board member; part of the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; and a city-wide King Day Volunteer (2015).


Sue McGray

Retired Sales Associate, Mary Kay Cosmetics: Sue is a domestic violence survivor, as well as an author and speaker. She is also an artist and a member of the prestigious Monthaven Art Society, as well as a member of the Tennessee task force of the Christian Women in the Media organization. Although she is officially retired from her job as a National Sales Director for a popular cosmetic company, Sue continues to use this connection as a forum for mentoring women to better empower themselves in the face of adversity. She is married to Duane McGray, and they have three adult children and five granddaughters.



Madison Conquest
Attorney, Burr, Foreman, LLC: Madison is a Partner and a member of the Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. She has significant experience in representing financial institutions throughout the loan transaction process including loan documentation and renewals as well as loan re-works and reorganizations. Madison is an author and guest speaker on topics related to bankruptcy, post-judgment collections strategy, foreclosures, ethics and workouts. Since 2004, she has practiced creditors' rights and commercial litigation primarily in Tennessee while also still practicing in Delaware and Illinois as needed. Madison has worked on a pro bono basis representing disabled debtors, obtaining protective orders for domestic violence victims and representing adoptive parents in adoption proceedings.

Audrey Seamon
Audrey Seamon

Seamon is an Administrative Judge for the State of Tennessee.  Prior to becoming an Administrative Judge, she practiced law in Georgia, then made a transition to Nashville and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz.  Following her clerkship she worked as a Director of Medical-Legal Partnerships at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee's largest non-profit law firm.  Seamon is a 2011 graduate of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law where she was Board Articles Editor of the Faulkner Law Review.  She is a member of the 2015-'16  Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, and a long time member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Courts. Seamon is married to Justin Seamon.  The couple have a son, Miller.  She is devoted to serving the community to improve the lives of others.




Ronn Steen

Attorney, Thompson Burton: An attorney with a speciality in banking, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and a partner at Thompson Burton PLLC, Ronn is AV-rated (superior peer rating) by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been selected as a Super-Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine (2008-2015) and named as "A Best Lawyer" by the Best Lawyers in America (2009-2015). Ronn currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Nashville branch of Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that provides live/recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. He is also an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council.


Ginger Turner

Former Owner, Hermitage Steak House:  Ginger is the epitome of the generous-hearted person who wants to do something to make the world a better place. Even her smallest gestures make a difference, whether it is donating money or donating time or volunteering. Over the years, Ginger has consistently given unselfishly of herself to causes that deeply mattered to her, and she continues that practice today, especially with her service on the Board of Directors for Morning Star Sanctuary. Ginger is a mother of two daughters (sadly she lost her beloved Lori Turner Provencher in 2015; Traci Turner Johnson), and both a proud grandmother to three and great-grandmother to two.



Evelyn Odum