2018 BGA New Board Members
Top row left to right: Ward Brown, Christina Jones, Anna-Gene O'Neal. Bottom row left to right: Kurt Winstead, Leonard Webster

Ward Brown, Tina Jones, Anna-Gene Chalfant O’Neal ’84 and Dr. Leonard Webster have been named to Battle Ground Academy’s Board of Trustees. Additionally, Kurt Winstead has been named as board chairman and Ellen More ’82 has stepped down.

Winstead replaces Tyler Berry IV ’87 as chairman. Berry, who served as chairman from 2015 to 2018, will remain on the board. Winstead, a founding member of Nashville law firm Rudy Winstead Turner, was recently promoted to brigadier general in the Tennessee National Guard. A member of the BGA Board of Trustees since 2009, he and his wife, Beth, have two daughters who graduated from the Franklin independent school.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong class of Trustees who are willing to give of their time and talent to support the work of the school,” said Will Kesler, BGA Head of School. “Great independent school education begins with excellence in governance, and BGA has a Board of Trustees that focuses on the school’s mission and ensuring that we deliver on that mission now and in the future. I am so appreciative of their dedication to the school and its work, and I look forward to our time together in the years to come.”

New members of the board include:

Ward Brown – He is the co-founder and chief operating officer of OMNIA Partners, a leading group purchasing organization serving public agencies, educational institutions and corporate clients across North America. Prior to that, he co-founded and served as chief operating officer of empactHealth.com and served as HCA assistant vice president responsible for supply chain operations. He and his wife, Melinda, are the parents of a current BGA student.

Christina “Tina” Jones – She began her career in Public Health working in Congress and with large, non-profit veterans’ service organization. She practiced health care law in Nashville, including serving as General Counsel for Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is active in an outreach program, Spring Street Seniors, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and with the African American Heritage Society of Middle Tennessee. She and her husband, Roger, have two children at BGA.

Anna-Gene Chalfant O’Neal – A 1984 graduate of BGA, O’Neal is the president and CEO of Alive Hospice. She has spent her career in healthcare, beginning as a nurse in the Vanderbilt Emergency Department, as vice president of Essent Healthcare and senior vice president of Cogent Healthcare. O’Neal and her husband, Scott, have two children.

Leonard G. Webster, MD – He has practiced internal medicine in Nashville for nearly 20 years. He currently is in practice within Maury Regional Health System and has been on the faculty of Meharry Medical College School of Medicine for more than 15 years. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons at BGA.

Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory school for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. More information on the school can be found at www.battlegroundacademy.org.

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