NextUP - Martha O’Bryan Center Ambassadors is a service-focused Nashville professionals group devoted to awareness, fundraising, and volunteering for the Martha O'Bryan Center.

NextUP is made up of 18 young to mid-career professionals who host two events per year for Martha O'Bryan Center: Open Hearts to raise awareness and Throwdown to raise unrestricted funds. In addition to an annual service project, they volunteer their time as needs arise at Martha O’Bryan Center. We are making a direct impact in our Nashville community.

NextUP - Martha O’Bryan Center Ambassadors is comprised up of a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Past-Chair and three Teams of Events, Marketing, and Membership. Business meetings are held quarterly, with teams meeting monthly or as-needed. We alternate each month with a happy hour or volunteer team project.




Our Teams

Lead by the Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Past-Chair, the NextUP-MOBC Liaison, our NextUP Ambassadors are made up of three teams to help us reach our goals: events, marketing, and membership. The Events Team manages our annual events through logistics and setup, securing sponsorships, and managing event hosts and volunteers. The Marketing Team develops our message and brand, content management, press, design, and visual documentation. The Membership Team recruits new members, plans happy hour mixers and outings, and builds relationships with other professional groups.

Chair: Pete Jones - Parks in the Gulch, Vice-Chair: Kelsey Vines - Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Past-Chair: Andy Faught - Continuum Planning Partners 

MOBC-NextUP Liaison: Kelsey Vaughn - Martha O’Bryan Center 

Membership Team: Team Lead - Jeffrey Zager, Neal & Harrell, Chris Barrett - King & Ballow, Ryann Casey - Public Defender of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County, David Goldman - Attorney at Law, Liz Humphreys - AmerisBank 

Events Team: Team Lead - Libby Funke, Nossi College of Art, Kylee Byrd - Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Tom Divinnie - naviHealth, â€‹Jeff Prather -The Hartford, Caitlin Reed - Junior League of Nashville 

Marketing Team: Team Lead - Jennifer Faught, Marketing Consultant, Lauren Bellflower - Capital Financial Group, Amy Dixon - KIPP Academy Nashville, Jesse Knutson - News Channel 5


Benefits of Membership

Help an organization that is changing the face of Nashville by breaking the line between poverty and potential. Below are some perks to provide value to our young professional volunteers:

  • Leadership development with a service-based focus

  • Use your professional skills to serve in your own time

  • Strengthen your resume in strategic places with focused areas of interest

  • Press release submitted when joining the committee

  • Nomination for Members for the Emerging Leaders Award and 40 Under 40, among others

  • Stepping stone to a Board position at Martha O'Bryan Center or other area nonprofits

  • Network with other community-minded young professionals