Who We Are

Tennessee’s students are among the fastest improving in the nation in student achievement. Tennesseans for Student Success is made up of moms and dads, teachers and parents, administrators and education leaders, and community and elected officials. If you are interested in joining our work, we have a place for you to be a part of this historic work.

We hope you’ll join us in one of our Coalitions for Student Success. Our students are more prepared for their next steps than they have ever been before. Tennessee’s kids are now better prepared for life after school, but there is more work to be done. We need your help as we all work to spread the message of student success in counties and communities across the state.

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OUR TEAM

ADAM LISTER
President
ADAM LISTER
President

Adam Lister serves as president of Tennesseans for Student Success. Having developed a deep passion for improving public education throughout his career, Adam joined the organization in December 2015 to lead its work to continue to support the policies that led Tennessee to become that fastest improving state in the nation in education. Prior to becoming president, Adam served as Vice President of Policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where he directed the public policy and government relations initiatives of the Chamber, including the passage of the state’s For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act, which has since become a national model for philanthropically-motivated businesses.

ANNE WALLIS EUBANKS
Special Assistant
ANNE WALLIS EUBANKS
Special Assistant

Anne Wallis Eubanks serves as the Special Assistant for Tennesseans for Student Success. Anne Wallis is from Bells, TN and attended Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, TN. Anne Wallis graduated with honors from Mississippi State University with a degree in Communication and an emphasis in Public Relations. She was a member of Chi Omega, several honors societies, and involved with student government at MSU. Anne Wallis spent time in Washington, D.C. interning for Congressman Stephen Fincher and Senator Bob Corker on the Foreign Relations Committee. Before joining TSS, Anne Wallis interned for State Representative Charles Sargent’s campaign and later served as campaign assistant for Vote Yes on 2.

ASHLEY ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Communications Director
ASHLEY ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Communications Director

AE is the Communications Director for Tennesseans for Student Success. She joins the team after serving the Tennessee 7th Congressional District as Congressman Marsha Blackburn’s Deputy Communications Director where she handled press, social media, and writing. Prior to joining Congressman Blackburn, AE served as the Deputy Director of Presidential Writers for President George W. Bush. She is an unashamed MTSU graduate and fan, is the recipient of the 2014 MTSU Young Alumni Achievement Award, and is an active Chi Omega alumna. AE is currently the State Chairman of the Tennessee Young Republican Federation and was named the one of the ten Top 40 under 40 national political leaders by the Maverick PAC in 2013. In 2012, she served as a speechwriter for the Republican National Convention. She is a proud graduate of the Clarksville Montgomery County School System and is the daughter of a 42 year veteran teacher. She lives in Nashville and is often found lacing up her running shoes for several half marathons a year.

GRANT MINCHEW
Government Relations Director
GRANT MINCHEW
Government Relations Director

Grant Minchew joins TSS as Government Relations Director after serving Governor Haslam’s re-election campaign as the East Tennessee Field Representative. Originally from Franklin, TN, Grant is a graduate of Centennial High School where he was an active student leader and athlete. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a BA in Political Science. Grant then worked at Leadership Knoxville and volunteered with the Emerald Youth Foundation. Grant is excited to work for Tennesseans for Student Success, and offer his talents to community development and effective leadership, while advocating for Tennessee’s students. He’s a fan of the big outdoors found across East Tennessee and can be spotted, wearing orange, at Neyland Stadium.

DAVID TOPPING
Field Director
DAVID TOPPING
Field Director

David joins the staff after many years working for active and successful campaigns. From state senate races to congressional re-elections to field work for a presidential campaign, David has an eye for research, planning, and coalition building. After a two year stint at the Tennessee Republican Party as Research Director, David served the state of Tennessee in Secretary of State Hargett’s office before his successful work to re-elect Congressman Martha Roby. A graduate of Auburn University, David and his wife Lauren live in Hendersonville, Tennessee with their dogs.

MORGAN SHELLY
Middle TN Field Representative
MORGAN SHELLY
Middle TN Field Representative

Licensed to teach in Virginia and Tennessee, Morgan Shelly joined Tennesseans for Student Success after teaching elementary and middle school students. From her collegiate career at the University of Tennessee to her time at Metro Nashville Public Schools, she has been an advocate for student-centered education reform. A graduate of the Education Policy 101, a research program and collaboration through 50CAN and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Morgan will be serving as our Middle Tennessee Field Representative. Morgan is from Richmond, Virginia and currently calls Nashville home.

JESSICA WHITMILL
East TN Field Representative
JESSICA WHITMILL
East TN Field Representative
VACANT
West TN Field Representative
VACANT
West TN Field Representative



Board Members

Austin McMullen
Chair (Middle Tennessee)
Austin McMullen
Chair (Middle Tennessee)
Kurt Faires
Secretary (East Tennessee)
Kurt Faires
Secretary (East Tennessee)
Christi Gibbs
(Middle Tennessee)
Christi Gibbs
(Middle Tennessee)
Darrell Cobbins
(West Tennessee)
Darrell Cobbins
(West Tennessee)
Scott Broyles
(East Tennessee)
Scott Broyles
(East Tennessee)

GET INVOLVED

Are you a Teacher who believes in improving our schools?  Are you a parent who wants to see your kids better prepared? Are you a businessperson who can’t find qualified employees?

THEN THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED IS NOW!



Contact us:

info@tnsuccess.org       

Tennesseans for Student Success
PO 198183
Nashville, TN 37219