This year's nominating committee (Ayne Cantrell, chair; Barbara Turnage; and Bethany Wrye) is pleased to present the slate of candidates for AAUW Murfreesboro branch 2019-2021 leadership.
Branch members will elect individuals to the offices of President, Vice President for Membership, and Communications Officer at the May Celebration on Tuesday, May 14, at Hop Springs. At the time of the election, members may make additional nominations from the floor. Keep your eyes peeled; more event details and registration will be available soon at our website.
The nominees are...
Nancy James and Barbara Scales, Co-Presidents
Nancy has been director of the MTSU Child Care Lab for the past 30 years. She earned both her bachelor and master’s degree at MTSU. She is an active member and has held offices on the state and/or local levels in several professional organizations such as the American Association of University Women – Murfreesboro Branch, Tennessee Education Association (MTSU Education Association), Tennessee Association for Children’s Early Education (Rutherford Association for Children’s Early Education), and the Rutherford Coalition Against Child Abuse. She currently chairs the MTSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women and past president of Advance Rutherford. She is also Elder and Outreach Chair at Central Christian Church in Murfreesboro, where she coordinates a Downtown Community Churches group which collaborate to provide services to those in need. Nancy resides in Wilson County with her husband, David, and younger son, Brandon, who is an aerospace major at MTSU. Her older son, Preston, graduated and is employed at MTSU, and resides in Woodbury with his wife, Erin Hartsfield.
Barbara has 19 years of social welfare and adult learning experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology and a Master of Arts in Education and Counseling and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Learning and Leadership at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Currently, Barbara Scales serves as the Director of the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students at Middle Tennessee State University. Barbara also is the Principle Investigator for the Department of Justice Grant – Office of Violence against Women CAMPUS Grant. She is the founder and developer of MTSU’s Bystander Intervention-Prevention Program – “Be the Power of One”; an awareness and education program about gender –based violence. Barbara is an advocate for women and nontraditional students and is dedicated to removing obstacles and building bridges between working, education and social environments. She is truly committed to making what she considers her ceiling, our future professional women’s their floor through her women’s programming, advocacy, support, and events. Barbara’s passion is helping people live life in 3D; define their destiny, discover their potential and develop in their purpose.
Jayme Brunson, Vice President for Membership
Coordinator of Library Administration at MTSU’s James E. Walker Library. She serves on the Diversity Sub-Committee of MTSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women and is the Middle Tennessee Co-Chair for the Gender Equity Committee of United Campus Workers. She currently volunteers with AAUW Murfreesboro as a member of the Equali-TEA planning committee and is serving as the 2018-2019 Communications Chair for AAUW of Tennessee. AAUW Murfreesboro nominated Brunson for a 2019 Rutherford ATHENA Young Professional award in recognition of her service to the community. She is also the recipient of a 2019 New Leaders Council fellowship in Nashville, through which she is developing progressive leadership skills. Brunson serves as Secretary for Boro Fondo, an annual non-profit music and bicycling festival in Murfreesboro. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside with her husband, Jack, and their beagle, Toby.
Michelle Willard, Communications Officer
Michelle is an award-winning journalist who has worked for a daily and weekly newspaper. She now oversees a local independent online news site, MurfreesboroVoice.com and produces MiddleTennesseeMysteries.com, a true crime website. Michelle’s full-time job is working as the marketing director of an e-commerce site specializing in digital art and computer graphics used in digital animation and video game development. She serves several nonprofits in Rutherford County, including as vice president of the Read To Succeed Board. Michelle began her career in journalism over a decade ago at The Murfreesboro Post after completing a second bachelor's degree in mass communication at MTSU. As a full-time journalist, she received many awards: the Council for the Advancement of Education District III Media Award in 2008 for “Outstanding reporting about higher education” for her coverage of MTSU; honorable mention in 2013 for “Best Feature Series” by the National Newspaper Association for a three-part series on child abuse; and in 2015 the Malcolm Law Investigative Reporting Award, which is the state’s highest honor for investigative reporting, given by the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors. But her proudest achievement, Michelle says, was realized at the Voice when she led a campaign to name Murfreesboro's new bridge over Broad Street as “Bridgey McBridgeface,” which it was for a day on April 1, 2018. Michelle lives in Nashville with her wife, Megan Cochrane and their two dogs and cat.