The Board is composed of community leaders and professionals who believe in our mission and freely give of their time, resources and expertise to help Youth Villages move forward. Among the responsibilities of the board are approving the annual budget, setting policies and procedures, raising funds and awareness and participating in strategic planning.


  • Bryan Jordan - Board Chairman
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    First Horizon National Corp.
  • William “Bill” T. Giles - Vice Chairman
    Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Finance, Information Technology and ALLDATA
  • Matthew Tarkenton - Secretary
    Executive Vice President
    The Tarkenton Companies
    Managing Director
    Renova Partners
  • H. Patterson “Pat” Ritz - Treasurer
    Chief Executive Officer
    Footwear Specialties International
  • Mike Bruns - Chairman Emeritus
    Founder and Former President
    Comtrak Logistics
  • Jennifer Bush - President - Gulf Region
    Cummins Sales and Services
  • Marietta C. Davis
    Former Vice President of U.S. Dynamics
  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh - New York Times Best-selling Author
    Camellia Network (now LifeSet Network)
  • Judith H. Edge - Corporate Vice President
    Human Resources
    FedEx Corporation