Our Board

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From left: Donna Kumar, Chad Pinkston, Linda M. Nutt, Kandace Groher, Jessy Yancey, Sara McNally, Michael Poku

Donna Kumar

Donna Kumar


Donna has been around the TRC from its early days when she worked with the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville. “I have a soft spot for seniors and have also served as a caregiver for my mother and my brother. Caregiving is a hard job and a labor of love, and caregivers need someone to look out for them. That’s where TRC comes in, and I love that we can help caregivers across the state,” she says. “The TRC couldn’t exist and help the many caregivers across our state that need a break without the kind and generous contributions of our donors. Thanks to all those who have donated, and if you are reading this and haven’t made a donation, why not click on that donate button. You’ll be glad you did, and we’ll be ever so thankful.” Donna, who lives in Cane Ridge, Tennessee, with her pomeranian Panda and brindle tabby Max, now works as a client services representative for Eventbrite, where she has found a way to combine her two favorite things: helping people and event planning.

michael poku

Michael Poku


Michael currently splits his time between Boston, where he’s an MBA student at Harvard Business School, and Nashville, where he’s an MD student at Vanderbilt Medical School. Outside of his busy academic life, Michael enjoys music, sports, working out and community activism.  He got involved with the TRC because he believes caregiving impacts us all, exemplified in this quote by Rosalynn Carter: “There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.”

Jessy Yancey

Jessy Yancey


Jessy serves on the marketing committee for the TRC . She works as a content director for Journal Communications, for which she edits magazines and websites. She grew up in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, studied journalism at MTSU and now resides in East Nashville with her husband. Her appreciation for caregivers grew out of witnessing the needs of her two grandmothers over the years.

Kandace Groher


Kyle Lovell

S. Kyle Lovell has been a TRC Board Member since 2012. Kyle was drawn to the goals of the TRC from his own experience as a caregiver. Kyle is a special education teacher that heard the needs of parents and caregivers that needed support themselves.

Sara McNally

Sara McNally

Sara McNally joined the TRC board in 2014. She works as senior director in the Strategic Resource Group at HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Nashville with her husband and son.

Linda Nutt, TRC Board Member

Linda M. Nutt

Linda’s interest in respite care began when she worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Respite became a familiar support service to which she was able to connect individuals and their families with over the years. Linda had the opportunity to personally experience how respite care can make an important difference in the quality of life of the recipient and the caregiver as she cared for her mother and mother-in-law in their later years.  

Chad Pinkston

Chad joined the TRC board in 2011. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from MTSU and works as a real estate agent. Originally from Indiana, he moved to East Nashville in 2006, where he lives with his wife and two young children. He enjoys playing tennis and watching Predators hockey.

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