Board Members

Paula F. CaseyMemphis – Speaker/publisher,,,, Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument President (May 2013-Oct. 2016), Author of “Tennessee’s Superb Suffragists” chapter in the Tennessee AAUW book, Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage; Sue Shelton White Memorial Committee Member/Fiscal Agent; Memphis Suffrage Monument Committee Chair; National Federation of Press Women Archivist; recipient of 2018 Cynthia Pitcock History Award from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis; and Co-Founder of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail ( National Federation of Press Women first place 2018 national communications contest award for Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail website.

Jacque HillmanJackson, Sue Shelton White Memorial Committee President, Senior Partner and Book Editor, The HillHelen Group, Owner/Designer of Reconfigured Art Jewelry, designer of “The Perfect 36” limited edition pin, Business and Professional Women of Tennessee past state president, recipient of the 2016 West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation’s Jackson Award for the Arts,  2014 Sterling Award Winner: 20 Most Influential Women in West Tennessee, serves on the board of the Jackson-Madison County Library Foundation, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen chose her to be one of five to receive a Tennessee scholarship for the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, Delta Regional Authority, Class of 2010-2011. Jacque was an award-winning writer and editor at The Jackson Sun for 23 years. She’s a past multiple winner of the Gannett Corp. Public Service Journalism award, national Gannett Top Feature Writer, and winner, Publisher’s Award of Excellence. Co-Founder of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail (








The Hon. Linda W. Knight, Esq. – Nashville, Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC

  • Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Best of the Bar
  • 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Cumberland School of Law
  • 2006- 2010 – Founding member of the Tennessee Ethics Commission, appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • 1998- 2004 – Served on the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, appointed by the Governor, and was Secretary during entire tenure
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy: Business

Adrienne Pakis-GillonGermantown, Vice-President

Adrienne Pakis-Gillon brings a lifetime of community activism to her volunteer efforts throughout the state on behalf of women, children, and Tennessee families.

As an advocate for active voter participation in our democracy, Adrienne serves in leadership roles for political organizations in her community.  She was recently re-elected to represent District 31 on the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee where she serves on the Personnel Committee.  She is an officer in the Memphis Woman’s Political Caucus and the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board.

She is a member of the Memphis Advisory Board for Facing History and Ourselves. She has been a member for over two decades in Subsidium, a non-profit organization that supports the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.  She previously held positions in the Germantown Democratic Club, the Memphis City Urban Arts Public Oversight Committee, West Tennesseans for Progress, and Mississippi State University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.  She was named an Alumni Fellow of the Mississippi State University College of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

She is an alumni of the Emerge Tennessee Program and a certified trainer with the National Women’s Political Caucus to help women reach their rightful place as equal partners in elected, appointed, promoted and hired leaders.

Adrienne has experience working for international companies like IBM and Cargill Cotton.  She has an MBA from the University of Georgia and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. She is married with two married adult children and a rescue border collie.

The Hon. Patricia Ann Pierce – Harriman – retired from Vanderbilt University in 2007 after a career of almost 30 years as the Senior Director of the Opportunity Development Center (ODC). She was responsible for all University and Medical Center matters related to equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, regulations, and guidelines. She achieved outstanding success in the academic world and is recognized internationally as an advocate for diversity and equity. She has served as a volunteer or member of 35 organizations, served as President or Vice President of nine organizations and served as a member of the Board of Directors of 20 organizations of which two are international organizations. She served on the Board of Commissioners of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and was elected three years as Board Chair.  Currently she serves as a member of the Economic Council Foundation Board, is a Board member of the Nashville Sports Council where she served on the Legacy Committee for the 2014 Women’s Final Four basketball tournament, is treasurer of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board, is Board member for ATHENA International Honorary Board, the National Women’s History Project Board, and she is a National Delegate to Vision 2020.  She was a founding member of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee and Music City Girls Lead: Leadership Academy. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rotary International Jean Harris Award, YWCA Academy of Women of Achievement, the Women in Higher Education in Tennessee June Anderson Award, the 2003 Nashville ATHENA Award, the 2006 Tennessee Economic Council’s Excellence & Equity Award, Tennessee State University’s 2008 Woman of Legend and Merit Award, and Nashville’s largest women’s organization CABLE prestigious Molly Todd Cup which is given to a woman who spends much of her life making the world a better place to live. She is a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Nashville, the Oxford University Roundtable, and is an inductee of the Tennessee International Women’s Forum. She has a BS degree from the University of Tennessee where she played basketball in 1968 under Joan Cronan. She completed the Bryn Mawr University Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and the National Institute for Leadership Development at Arizona State.

Rosetta Miller Perry- Nashville – Publisher of the Tennessee Tribune, civil rights activist and former equal employment opportunity official during the 1960s in middle and west Tennessee. She is the first African-American female to graduate from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science and she earned a bachelor’s degree from Memphis State University. She established the Greater Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce and she and her late husband founded Perry & Perry Publishing Company, which publishes multiple magazines and newspapers.

The Hon. Alma F. Sanford, J.D. – Nashville

  • Founder & Board Secretary, Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc.
  • Board Member, Metro Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Ambassador, Nashville State Community College Foundation
  • Board Secretary/Treasurer, Crossings Nashville Action Partnership
  • Treasurer, Davidson County Democratic Women
  • Secretary, Long Hunter Chase Homeowners Association

The Hon. Janis SontanyNashville

  •  Former State Representative – District 53
  •  Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Board Member
  •  Former Metro Council Member, District 27
  • TN Economic Council on Women, Past Chair

The Hon. Yvonne Wood Lebanon – Wood Conference & Event Planning

  • Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc. President (Oct. 2016 – present)
  • Women’s Economic Council Foundation, Vice Chair
  • Tennessee Delegate, Vision 2020
  • International Women’s Forum
  • Advisory Board, IWPR Status of Women