Bethany Jones Smith
Bethany is one of the founding Board Members of The Beat of Life, having inspired our Founder in the early stages to launch the seed of a dream to bring music to Nashville’s most vulnerable people. Bethany is a graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in Journalism, but has worked primarily in non-profit development and women’s ministry positions. Of greatest note, Bethany’s position as Development Director at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Miracle Network and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, resulted in her leading a team to raise over $1.4 million in her term. She also served as Vanderbilt’s Annual Iroquois Steeplechase Coordinator. She has utilized this background in fundraising and subsequent relationships built to advise The Beat of Life in strategic fundraising techniques. Bethany currently is a Women’s Ministry Leader and also participates in HOPE Worldwide, a ministry outreach organization that inspired her to travel to South Africa as part of a team dedicated to AIDS awareness.
Stacey is a founding Board Member of The Beat of Life and is the primary advisor and creator of our Outcome Measurement department, helping us to build a framework for measuring and reporting the outcomes and impact of each of our programs – of utmost importance for arts-based organizations in particular. Stacey has exceptional experience in building these impact frameworks, currently working remotely for AARP’s National Headquarters in Strategic Planning and Outcomes for their programs nationwide. She has excelled tremendously in her position with AARP, serving as a Mayoral Appointee for one of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Advisory Councils, and a recipient of AARP’s Performance Plus Award.
Stacey received her BA in Communications from UCSD in San Diego, California, with a triad focus on PR, Marketing, and Advertising, and Minors in Literature and Theater, granting her the title of a UCSD Regents Scholar. Prior to working for AARP, Stacey worked for a military-based non-profit “United Through Reading”, with inspiration due to her own military-based background (Stacey’s father is a retired Navy Admiral). Stacey also possesses a strong dance, theater, and music background, and has worked heavily in the non-profit arts for such organizations as the renowned La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Each of these educational, professional, and personal experiences have provided Stacey with a perfect blend of elements that have proven invaluable in her role as an Advisory Council Member with The Beat of Life.
Kim Carpenter Drake
Kim Carpenter Drake is vice president at Center for Nonprofit Management and continues to work with CNM as a consultant and trainer. Kim has 25 years of experience working with nonprofit fundraising, branding and community relations programs, having worked for such community heavyweights as The Nashville Symphony, The Nashville Ballet, The Nashville Zoo, and as part of the start-up team for The Frist. During her career, Kim has focused on the development of new capacity building programs and has expanded her work to agencies in the areas of health care, conservation, resource management, literacy, advocacy and family services. She focuses her efforts on the identification and creation of programs to increase fundraising success and improve community involvement through her consulting, training sessions and as a speaker for conferences across the state and the region. Jeni Dominelli, The Beat of Life’s Founder and Executive Director, hails Kim as “the very first Advisor for and Believer in The Beat of Life, back when this vision was the tiniest of seeds… she gave me the confidence to believe myself that this crazy idea could actually become a viable organization, and continues to infuse me with that energy to this day. I owe her so much.”