Ronald Gooch currently lives and work in East Nashville, he’s one of the rare ones to have been a native East Nashvillian my entire life. He was so fortunate to attend and graduate Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School and then attend Austin Peay State University and eventually graduate from Lipscomb University all while working for the YMCA of Middle TN. He serves as a Program Director for the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA, emphasizing community outreach, assisting in philanthropy as well as member service. Along with the work at the Maddox YMCA, He’s spent the last 4 years serving as a member of the East Nashville Chamber of Commerce and now currently the Board Chair for the East Nashville Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, as well as a new board member with the Friends of Shelby Parks and Bottom and an ad hoc Board Member of East Nashville Athletics. Outside of work and volunteer commitments, he spends all of my time coaching or watching my boys play sports, family fishing trips, or allowing them to explore their “musical” talents. His children range from ages, 14, 8, & 1.5 years old, all boys. Some of his current projects include events with the Friends of Shelby Parks and Bottom, yearly 5K races with the YMCA, and most recently beginning a 4-week seminar that he’ll co-host with Yasmine Williams-Woods to serve the congregation at The Church of Lockeland Springs with our conversation being centered around Racial Reconciliation & “What to say to black people”.
David Haynes, 510 Foundation President
Eric Jans is an independent health and life insurance broker. Having been in business over 16 years, Eric is often called upon by local and national news outlets for his insurance expertise and has been featured in The Tennessean, Politico, WSMV and CBS This Morning. Licensed in 15 states, Eric has served on Agent Advisory Panels for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Humana and CIGNA. Eric is the Secretary of the board for the 510 Foundation. He has also served in the past as President for the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association, Rediscover East, and Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association as well as Chair of Chamber East, one of the Nashville Chamber’s advisory boards. Eric was named East Nashvillian Of the Year in 2011 as well as a 2010 Finalist in Nashville’s Emerging Leaders Award (NELA). Eric and his wife Wendy founded LoveBooks, a children’s book ministry in 2015. He volunteers with homeless and refugee organizations and initiatives in Nashville and at his church. Eric holds a BA in Communications/Electronic Media from The University of Northern Iowa.
Sabrina Jones serves as the Chief Operation Officer for the 510 Foundation. She is responsible for the operations of the global and local urban ministries. She brings over thirty years of proven leadership experience to the 510 Foundation. Her experience and leadership have been focused on building partnerships and connections with a goal of strong collaborative efforts that produce an impact on the lives of others with a missional focus. Sabrina received her Doctorate in Leadership & Professional Practice through Trevecca Nazarene University in 2020, Master’s in Public Administration in 1996 through Tennessee State University, and Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Business in 1989 through Northwest Nazarene University. Sabrina is married to her husband, Sam, with four grown children; three daughters and a son. Two daughters are married adding two sons-in-law, one granddaughter, and one grand dog to the family. One daughter passed away at the early age of 24.
Mariah Monk has been on staff at the 510 Foundation and Nashville First Church of the Nazarene since August of 2020, she provides administrative support to the Congregational Life Pastor and 510 Foundation Chief Operations Officer. In this role, Mariah performs a variety of administrative tasks such as coordinating events and activities, overseeing social media interaction, and serving as the frontline communication for the 510 Foundation and Congregational Life ministry. Mariah is from Columbus, Ohio originally and recently graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University where she received a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and double minored in Graphic Design and Compassionate Ministry. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Prison Ministry from Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
Brodrick Thomas currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement and Reconciliation at Trevecca Nazarene University. Before the promotion to his current position, Brodrick served in Trevecca’s graduate school and plant operations. Before his move to Nashville in 2011, Brodrick graduated from Auburn University with a bachelors in Business Administration. He also has an MBA, a Masters in Organizational Leadership, and completed his Ed.D in Educational Leadership. Brodrick is married Lauren and they have a one year old, Wren.