Former public school educator Ashley Cook and UBS Business Solution Center Nashville Managing Director Wanda Lyle have joined the Nashville Public Education Foundation board of directors.
A graduate of public schools, Cook has dedicated her life to education and the improvement of public schools. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and taught public school in North Carolina. In addition to her new role on the NPEF board, Cook also serves as vice chairwoman on the Communities In Schools of Tennessee board of directors.
As a public school graduate and the mother of a public school teacher, Lyle brings a personal passion for public education to the NPEF board. She also serves on boards for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee College Access and Success Network, and the YWCA. Lyle is a member of Partnership 2020 Lead Investors and the Nashville Rotary.
“The additions of Ashley and Wanda come at a pivotal time for the Foundation,” said Shannon Hunt, NPEF president and CEO. “We are ramping up efforts to unite the city behind a set of bold, ambitious efforts to accelerate improvement and lend critical community support to Nashville’s public schools. Their commitment and backgrounds in public education will help us achieve that mission.”
“Both Ashley and Wanda will be great assets to the board,” said Ralph Davis, NPEF board chairman. “Each has a special passion for public education, and will serve the foundation well with her leadership and insight.”
Other NPEF board members include Ron Corbin, Ralph Davis, Chuck Denny, Margaret Dolan, Annette Eskind, Jennifer Frist, Howard Gentry, Orrin Ingram, Lewis Lavine, Robert McNeilly III, Tom Sherrard, Jimmy Spradley, Byron Trauger, David Williams, Brenda Wynn and Jerry Williams.