President Jason Collins is a Nashville native and U.S. Air Force and Desert Storm veteran. He owns the downtown Franklin Juice Bar, is a global marketing expert, and past president of the Downtown Franklin Association.
Vice President Summer Sheldon owns and operates Social Ambitions Events, an event and wedding planning company. She joined the board in 2014 and has served in a variety of roles, including secretary for four years, prior to becoming vice president. Summer traveled with the delegation to Bad Soden, Germany for the official “twining” of our cities in 2016.
Treasurer David Haas is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit Partner who joined the board in 2019. David lived and worked outside of the country for more than 13 of his 35-year career with PwC. During his time abroad, he and his family lived near sister city Bad Soden, Germany, from 1990 to 1993.
Secretary Roger Walters is a Global Technical Talent Management Advisor for Chevron. He works with international organizations and governments to identify and develop the talent required to deliver major capital projects in their country. Roger joined the board in 2020.
Mike Thompson is an avid international traveler and longstanding board member. He has served as the Carleton Place, Canada representative for many years.
Cliff Buell began his career as a research chemist for Monsanto, then went on to own two manufacturing companies. He came to Williamson County as a Senior Project Engineer for Mars Pet Food. Now retired, Cliff enjoys sharing his vast experiences through volunteer work. He joined the board in 2020.
Kim Cannon Student Exchange Coordinator Kim has served on the board since 2017, after being invited to join by the late Franklin Alderman Pearl Bransford. Kim learned of the organization through her daughter, who participated in the German high school student exchange program. Kim and her family of five moved to Franklin after her husband’s retirement from the military, and her retirement from American Airlines after being a flight attendant for 21 years. Kim says that exploring the world is one of her lifelong passions. She particularly enjoys helping young people connect and travel.
Gabrielle Hanson is the owner of Williamson Real Estate and The Tennessean’s Best of 2020 Realtor. She has served on the National Association of Realtors RPAC Committee, is a current appointee to the Tennessee Realtors Government Affairs Committee for 2021, and former Chair of the Williamson County Association of Realtors RPAC Committee. As a 2020 addition to the board, Gabrielle is looking forward to sharing the best of Franklin and Williamson County through a cultural exchange of ideas and arts from around the globe.
Jamie Melton joined the board as the City of Franklin’s staff member representative in 2019. She has been employed by the City of Franklin since 2004, serving as the Fire & Life Safety Educator/Public Information Officer for the Franklin Fire Department. Jamie has more than 25 years of communications and media experience, and more than 20 years of public safety experience.
Patricia Kriebel Board member Emeritus. Patricia has served on this Board for more than 15 years. While serving as President she along with Rachel Kisber Obermeier of Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany cofounded the relationship between our 2 cities. After 6 years of discussion and visits the relationship was formalized in 2016. This addition enabled our student exchange to have a foreign language component, that exchange began in 2014 and is still thriving today. Patricia is an avid international traveler and was an international flight attendant for 9 years. She worked as a property manager for 20 years. Prior to joining Sister Cities she and her family hosted 8 foreign exchange students.
Cheryl Wilson has been a Williamson County Commissioner for 12 years. She has served on the Sister Cities board for nearly as long, after being appointed by Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson as the Williamson County representative. Cheryl’s leadership and international travel experience, including spending time in Ireland, have been particularly instrumental in forging the County Laois relationship.
Doug Sharp is a Sister Cities founding member. He and other members of the Leadership Franklin class of 2000-2001 established the organization in 2001 as their class project. Since that time, Doug has served continuously on its board of directors. He was elected as the first president and served in that capacity for more than 10 years. Under Doug’s leadership, relationships with all three sister cities were established. Doug is a land planner and landscape architect who owns and operates Sharp Urban Planning.