Deirdre has been serving on the TBOL Board of Directors since its inception in 2012. She currently holds the position of Vice Chair. Deirdre has spent the vast majority of her professional life in the nonprofit world, having spent the last 7 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters here in Nashville and previously in Boston, MA. Deirdre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a MS in Psychology from Walden University. Deirdre has seen first-hand the healing power music can have for so many individuals… from struggling youth, to dementia patients, to young veterans and beyond. She believes whole-heartedly that music can save lives and is grateful to be part of an organization that is making that happen in immeasurable ways.
Lori Johnson is the president of Blu Morpho Marketing & Training. She opened the business in 2005 after working as an Executive Assistant for more than 25 years; the last 5 with sales & marketing executives. Today, Blu Morpho Marketing offers marketing, coaching, and training services that help small businesses and entrepreneurs get their best work into the world.
Lori possesses previous Board experience, having been a Board Member for the Nashville-based organization, CABLE. Additionally, Lori has experience as a singer and Choir/Worship Leader for many years and looks forward to assisting with the build of choir program pieces for TBOL’s programming, the first of which for “Redemption Songs”, TBOL’s prison music program. Lori is currently the Secretary of the Board for TBOL.
“Music is a powerful language. I am honored to be a part of an organization that is using music to help people who need to be understood, encouraged, and revived.”
Lori resides in Nashville, TN and shares a home with her husband, Mike. They are empty nesters with three adult children and three grandchildren that they adore.
Rhoda Kershaw is a lifelong musician, singer, and songwriter as well as a human trafficking survivor who now uses her incredible testimony to advocate on behalf of women and children at risk throughout the U.S. as a spokesperson for WAR, International (Women At Risk, International).
Rhoda worked with Zavitson Music Group’s Russ Zavitson, a long-time pioneer in Nashville’s music community to produce her latest album which includes songs written out of her tremendous battles with PTSD, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and more following her extraordinary ordeal and trauma – as well as the relief, healing, and freedom she was finally able to find. Through the power of music, she was able to turn her story filled with pain into songs of hope that she now shares with others who are suffering. Rhoda also serves at St. Thomas Hospital in the oncology department, bringing compassion and comfort to multitudes of cancer patients. Because of these personal experiences and all she has had to fight to overcome on her own journey, Rhoda is an incredibly powerful advocate and passionate voice for all of the various population groups TBOL’s programs are serving.
Mike Musick is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, photographer, actor, and artist who has worked in Chicago, LA, and Nashville for the last 20 years after receiving his BA in Music from Northwestern University. He also works in management and production for other artists across diverse musical genres, and is the current owner of Gravity Studios. Prior to joining TBOL, Mike worked musically as a songwriter with soldiers battling PTSD in LA, as well as with inmates in prison facilities in Chicago – both of which lend to his experience he now shares with TBOL’s programs, as he testifies to having witnessed the transformative power of music for challenged individuals. Mike is a very proud father of 5 beautiful girls and enjoys hiking, painting, writing, history, and anything else creative in his downtime.
Rebecca Townsend is as a psychologist in Clarksville, TN, home of the 101st Airborne, the most deployed Division in the US Army. With multiple deployments, she saw clients bearing the emotional scars of war. She began offering free therapy to returning soldiers and their families, founding a nonprofit connecting mental health professionals to offer pro-bono help to military families. Her newest nonprofit, “Veterans on a Mission,” assists veterans in re-connecting and finding purpose after active duty.