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Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee Welcomes New Board Members

NASHVILLE, TENN. – February 23, 2021 – Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, a Nashville-based non-profit dedicated to providing support, education, and hope to anyone impacted by cancer, including family and friends of those diagnosed, recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors.

“We are fortunate to have a team of passionate, dedicated, and talented community leaders committed to furthering Gilda’s Club’s mission,” said President and CEO Harriet Schiftan, MSW, MAJCS. “Janet, David, Drew, Jennifer, and Kathy are welcome additions. We look forward to finding ways to channel their expertise and energy to help us better serve Middle Tennessee’s cancer community.”

Joining the Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee Board as of January 1 are:

  • Janet Kurtz, President, Kurtz Hospitality Marketing
  • David Lewis, Chief Legal Officer, Zander Insurance
  • Drew Mallory, Managing Director, Truxton Trust Wealth Management Services
  • Jennifer McGugin, Division Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, VUMC
  • Kathy Winn, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, LifePoint Health

Janet Kurtz is Founder of Kurtz Hospitality Marketing, which works with hotel, restaurant, and travel industry clients in a variety of markets. Previously, she served 13 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for the 5-star-rated Hermitage Hotel. Janet was also a member of the Board of Directors of Nashville Wine Auction of which Gilda’s Club is a beneficiary. A native of Dresden, Ohio, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Evansville.

David Lewis is Chief Legal Officer at Zander Insurance. He received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College. An AV-rated Martindale-Hubbell attorney, as well as a member of the Nashville Bar and Tennessee Bar associations, David is an experienced non-profit leader, who has served on several boards.

Drew Mallory is Managing Director, Wealth Management Services, at Truxton Trust. He brings expertise in investment management, comprehensive wealth management, and relationship management. A Nashville-area resident since 2016, Drew holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Georgia. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

Jennifer McGugin is Division Counsel at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A seasoned healthcare attorney, she specializes in transactional matters and general regulatory issues. Jennifer is a native of Nashville, who earned her Juris Doctorate at Vanderbilt Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Kathy Winn has lived in Nashville for six years and serves as Vice President of Strategic Marketing at LifePoint Health. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University. Kathy’s areas of expertise include strategic marketing, strategic planning, and data-driven engagement.

To learn more about Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee Board of Directors, visit To learn more about Gilda’s Club’s free cancer support program, visit

Laura Alabed-Olsson, Dir. Marketing / Communications
615.329.1124 or 615.948.7682 (cell)

About Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee (formerly Gilda’s Club Nashville)
Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, including family members and friends of those diagnosed. Free of charge to everyone, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s evidence-based programming for adults, teens, children, and families includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures, and community resource information. Offering approximately 70 professionally-led support and networking groups, and more than 80 educational workshops and lectures each month – with both in-person and virtual options – Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is able to make a tangible difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer. We build community, so no one has to face cancer alone.

About Cancer Support Community
As the largest professionally-led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its Gilda’s Club affiliates, is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research, and advocacy. The organization includes an international network of affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral and survivorship research. CSC furthers its focus on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. For more information, please call the toll-free Cancer Support Helpline at 888-793-9355 or visit