O'More College of Design

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has hired Shannon Lapsley as director of special projects and campus planning. Lapsley will be the lead project manager on the restoration and rehabilitation of the Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens property, the former campus of O’More College of Design, in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

“The campus project is the largest preservation project in the Heritage Foundation’s 52-year history,” said Bari Beasley, CEO of the Heritage Foundation. “With her extensive experience in development and project management, Lapsley will be the perfect fit and boots-on-the-ground team member we need to oversee the restoration of Franklin Grove.”

Shannon LapsleyIn this position, Lapsley will work closely with the other staff members on the campus support team, CEO Bari Beasley, Executive Director of the Main Street Program Jill Burgin, Senior Director of Finance and Administration Wendy Dunavant, Senior Director of Marketing & Community Engagement Meg Hershey, Office Manager & Executive Assistant Miriam Wiggins and Director of Preservation Blake Wintory, Ph.D.. She will also be an integral leader for the campus advisory committee, named in February. Lapsley will also help with other special projects at the Foundation.

For the past five years, she served as the director of development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to raise funds that positively impact patients, their families and continued research and education in the medical field. Lapsley is currently a board member at Youth Villages, a member of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Tomorrow’s Leader Council as well as a volunteer at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Lapsley commented, “I am truly excited about joining the team at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, especially at such a momentous time. I know how imperative this project and this role are to Franklin and the surrounding communities. I’m confident that my diverse skillset, professionalism and personal drive will be an asset to the Foundation, and I look forward to helping to bring this vision to life as a community asset in downtown Franklin.”

In 2017, Lapsley was recognized as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30. In 2018, she was selected as the Community Service and Nonprofit Industry Nashville Emerging Leader Award recipient. Lapsley has also participated in Young Leaders Council and Nashville Emerging Leaders.

Lapsley hales from Michigan and has her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.

Her first day with the Foundation is April 15. She can be reached at slapsley@williamsonheritage.org.

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