Bryan Williams is a restaurant executive who has proven experience in both turnaround and high-growth restaurant companies. Within the hospitality industry, Bryan is focused on team building and personal development within a team to drive a unified mission and purpose.
His broad restaurant and entertainment background combined with his demonstrated leadership qualities make Williams an ideal fit for Care Kitchen Outreach. He has demonstrated and managed the development of numerous new restaurant openings, programs, and processes that deliver strong, sustainable results. Outside of the restaurant industry, he also owns an independent record label, entertainment production company, and provides extensive volunteer work with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Bryan excels in the development of restaurant operations and methodology, people development, and enterprise-wide training. He has held numerous leadership positions with public and private companies such as Applebee’s, Darden, O’Charley’s and is currently the Director of Learning & Development for Logan’s Roadhouse. Bryan currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bonnie, and mini dachshund, Jack.
Ellen Camacho received her degree in Fashion Design and Dress Making in 1994 and embarked on a career in fashion design, catering expertise, and tablescaping - the art of making food beautiful.
Ellen’s career has been spent developing an eye for the extraordinary and producing one-of-a-kind experiences. As a swimwear designer right out of Orange Coast College, she was thrust into the national limelight when her designs were chosen for Inside Sports Swimwear edition alongside icon designers Donna Karan and Michael Kors. Her swimwear line would eventually be added to the Nordstrom line for the next 5 years.
Upon arriving in Nashville in 1996, she was featured in the Tennessean’s fashion section and opened a creative Boutique in Franklin’s Factory called Designs by Ellen Marie. She also began working for Chef’s Market as they were in the process of growing a catering company. In the last 15 years, Ellen has trained over 250 catering staff and management. Chef’s Market has been voted the #1 Caterer in Nashville by the Nashville Scene five years running. Her eye for detail, impeccable hospitality, and tablescaping makes art out of the ordinary. Ellen has worked with many politicians, including Meagan Barry, Phil Bredeson, Jeb Bush, Marsha Blackburn, and Bill Haslam. She caters for the CMA Awards, CMT Awards, and with such stars as Kenny Chesney, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Danny Gokey, and Matthew West. She continues to work with many celebrity and corporate giants such as Dave Ramsey and the Lampo Group, Vanderbilt, Intel, and Big Machine Label Group.
Ron Camacho’s writing career began as an art student at Buffalo State University where he assisted in the creation of a campus Fanzine, The Shakin’ Street Gazette. The paper was responsible for connecting unsigned acts with Fred Heller Management and Columbia Records. He left college to pursue a 20-year career as a road manager with such bands as Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Plimsouls, Chaka Khan, Mr. Big, The Knack, George Michael, and Vince Neil.
After a chance meeting with the Chicken Soup series creator, Mark Victor Hansen, Camacho co-authored the first book, Chicken Soup for the Country Soul. It became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, shipping 500,000 units.
Camacho’s first self-published book was created in the same fashion. From the Heart of Racing, his second bestseller was co-authored and published with the founding Chaplain of the Motor Racing Outreach, Max Helton. It has been published in 13 countries and 11 languages. Camacho is currently working on The Last Dragon trilogy, his first love, an epic science fiction series.
Since the early 90's, Camacho has been a culinary chef and caterer. He is the food behind events for Find The Children, Feed The Children, KISS, Unite for Pediatric AIDS, The TJ Martell Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, and MADD.
John J. (Jay) Conner, Ph.D.
Jay’s career has been in communications, human resources, organizational development, and lean healthcare. He earned his degrees from Georgetown College and Louisiana State University. His higher education career included Carson Newman University, North Carolina State University and Middle Tennessee State University.
He was a corporate executive in the private sector for Ryder Truck Rental, The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and Crackerbarrel Old Country Stores.
For the past 21 years, he has served multiple organizations as a leadership and organizational development consultant. He is strongly commited to helping people develop and realize their potential through individual and group development opportunities.
Jay has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Campbellsville University since 2000. He served as Board Chair from 2009-2012. He is active at Brentwood Baptist Church and serves on the Worship Choir Leadership Team. He recently became part of the leadership team for Care Kitchen Outreach, a food rescue and food distribution non-profit in Williamson County.
Jay has been married to Alice for 49+ years and has lived in Brentwood since 1991. Jay and Alice have two grown children, Dan, who lives and works in Franklin, TN and Allyson, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.
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Betsy Tucker is a Nashville native with a heart for children, passion for teaching, and love for the outdoors. Betsy earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After becoming a classroom teacher, Betsy went back to school for a Masters Degree in English Language Learners. She graduated with her M.Ed. from Lipscomb University in May 2015.
She has been an elementary school teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools for seven years and has spent the past six years at Carter-Lawrence Elementary Magnet School in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she was named MNPS School Teacher of the Year.
Prior to working for MNPS, Betsy served as a missionary in Malawi, Africa where she helped empower local leadership to open an elementary school for over 500 orphans enduring AIDS and Malaria. Teaching is a lifestyle for Betsy. There is nowhereshe'd rather be than serving her own community in Nashville by doing God's work.
Ellen Rockwell is a high-performing organizational development leader, credited with more than a decade of learning services, organizational design, and talent resource management expertise. She has a proven record of accomplishment in strategic planning, capital asset oversight, cost containment, budgeting, financial planning, and employee recruitment and training. Ellen has a passion for collaborative team building; she is able to leverage the perfect balance of organizational talent and project management expertise to achieve optimal operational efficiency.
She is currently the Vice President of Learning and Development at Logan’s Roadhouse, leading the talent team to attract, train, develop, and build the culture of a Passion to Serve. Ellen also makes time to share her learnings with other business professionals by participating as a panelist or keynote speaker at several conferences each year. She truly has a passion to teach and help others become the best version of themselves.
When Ellen is not at work, you may find her at a music festival, learning a new cooking technique, or spending time at home with family and friends.