Michele Herlein, President

Michele is a Human Resources executive who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people both in her corporation and community. With two degrees from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate from St. Ambrose University, Michele has enjoyed applying what she has learned to empower others to success. Michele grew up in the Midwest and moved to Lebanon, TN 10 years ago, with her husband, Doug. She works downtown at Barge Design Solutions and loves being a part of growing greater Nashville. She is a co-founder of Impact Nashville and is passionate about making a collective impact with other women. In addition to her career and community involvement, Michele enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with family.

Kat Howard, Secretary

Retail analytics consultant by trade and yogi by choice, Kat is a Sumner County resident grateful to be part of such a great city. With her passion for community service starting at a young age in her small town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kat loves the  difference Impact Nashville has on non-profits in the city and the women who choose to be involved. When she isn’t knee-deep in data, you will find Kat enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two sons.

Heather Smith-Sawyer, Secretary  

Susan Groenwald, Marketing Director

Susan moved to Nashville in 2018 after living her entire life in Chicago. She is a nurse, educator, and author, with a master’s degree in oncology nursing and a PhD in higher education leadership.  She retired her position as president of Chamberlain University in August 2018.  Susan joined Impact Nashville in February of 2018 to meet generous Nashville women, to learn more about her new city, and to contribute to the great work carried out by so  many non-profit organizations in  Nashville.

Meredith Ficken, Grants Director    

A Nashville native, Meredith graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Communication Studies. As a business consultant, she enjoys helping organizations navigate change and is particularly focused in the healthcare industry. Meredith loves to run, travel with her husband, and is (slowly) learning how to make pottery. She is excited by the work Impact Nashville is making possible in the city where she grew up and is grateful for the opportunity to build friendships with such an inspiring group of women.

Sue Herrman, Membership

Sue is a Client Executive managing large client relationships and business for InfoWorks, Inc., a Nashville-based consulting company.  Originally from Texas, Sue and her husband moved to Nashville in 1991 and consider this their forever home.  when not working, Sue enjoys traveling, cooking, music, playing golf and walking their Springer Spaniel.  The larger impact that can be made when a group of women pool their resources was the most attractive part of becoming a member of Impact Nashville.  Getting to see the great work being done in our city by so many worthy non-profits has been an eye-opening experience as well.


For more information on our organization, please contact info@womenimpactnashville.com