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Board of Directors

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 Specialists 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
About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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