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Board of Directors


Mercy’s Board of Directors is the agency’s governing body and make up of some of the community’s most passionate and active leaders. As such, they assist Mercy in understanding, pursuing and attaining its mission. In particular, this means:

  • Being active in board and committee meetings

  • Assuming oversight and approval of all organizational policies, by-laws and procedures

  • Ensuring the financial well-being of the organization

  • Approving the budget

  • Assisting in the design and implementation of Mercy’s strategic plan

  • Providing a positive representation and interpretation of Mercy in the community

We are grateful for this tremendous team that serves us so well!

Rebecca Dyer – Board Chair

Rebecca Dyer is an attorney who partners with healthcare companies to manage costs and risk by negotiating best in market contract terms. Rebecca has worked for Passport Health Communications and HealthTrust Purchasing Group as a Contract Negotiator. Law is her second career. After spending a decade working in the hospitality business, Rebecca moved to Nashville to work for Gaylord Opryland. She worked as a paralegal while attending law school at night.

She holds a B.S. degree in sociology from the University of Southern Indiana and a J.D. from the Nashville School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and United States District Court – Middle District of Tennessee. Rebecca is a member of Grace Community Church Nashville.

Kent Waltman – Vice Chair

Kent Waltman is Chief Operating Officer of CJC Technologies, a company that has continually developed and refined products and services with the focused goal of simplifying commercial lending. He began his career at Univest Financial Services where he worked to sell and manage international engagements in South America and Europe. After the successful sale of Univest to GMAC Commercial Mortgage in 2001, Kent went on to work with Greystone Servicing Corporation, and Fannie Mae.

As Director in the Structured Transactions Group at Fannie Mae, he negotiated and administered credit facilities for institutional real estate investors throughout the United States. Prior to joining CJC, Kent served as a Senior Vice President at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, working directly with loan officers in 26 full-service production offices in order to manage Fannie Mae (multifamily) loan production on a nationwide basis. While at Grandbridge, Kent was involved in all facets of the Fannie Mae DUS lending platform, and assisted Grandbridge in consistently being recognized as a Top 10 DUS lender based upon annual origination volume.

What Kent Thinks Makes Mercy Special:
“The transformative power of the staff's faith in Christ – the type of faith that leads one to take tangible action – makes Mercy successful in delivering health care services to the community.”

Valerie Wilson, RHIA, CDHA – Secretary

Valerie Wilson is a senior consulting product analyst at HCA Information Technology Group. She has been with HCA for almost 20 years, and received the company’s Noel Williams Award of Excellence for outstanding service in 2016. Prior to moving to Nashville and working for HCA, she served as a medical record/health information management director at various hospitals in Oklahoma from 1980 to 2001.

She completed her bachelor’s degree in Medical Records Administration/Health Information Management at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Valerie is married to David, and has three children and five grandchildren. She is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, where she serves as music director and organist.

Gonzalo Elorza, CPA – Operations Committee Chair

Gonzalo Elorza is a director of finance at LifePoint Health. Originally from Argentina, Gonzalo attended Trevecca Nazarene University on a soccer scholarship, where he earned an accounting degree and graduated magna cum laude. After graduating, he worked at Deloitte as an external auditor for three years while also obtaining his CPA license. Later, Gonzalo spent six years at HCA. During his time at HCA, Gonzalo earned an M.B.A. from Lipscomb University. Since 2014, Gonzalo has worked at LifePoint in various roles associated with operations finance. Gonzalo has two daughters, Emma and Lexi.

Dumkele Anifowoshe, CPA – Finance Chair

Dumkele Anifowoshe (Kele) is a self-employed CPA who specializes in working with individuals and small businesses to identify and apply tax planning opportunities. Kele also provides assistance with both individual and business filings. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

She immigrated to the United States in 1999 from Nigeria where she earned a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from the University of Benin in Nigeria (1992) and also became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Kele has more than two decades of experience in the tax and accounting industries, including working with one of the Big Four firms in Nigeria, then H&R Block and the Tax Audit Department at the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

She is married and has three children, loves traveling, and is a member of Church of the City in Franklin.

Kristen Toth – Leadership Chair

Kristen Toth joined Saint Thomas Health in January 2014, and currently serves as the System Vice President for Women’s and Children’s Services. She was instrumental in the advancement of the Saint Thomas Health Alliance model, and she has been influential in the development of the overall business development and strategic framework for Saint Thomas Health. Kristen has also been responsible for developing partnerships with key health systems, physician groups, and other key entities along the system of care.

Kristen worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years prior to joining the Alliance, specializing in women’s and pediatric health. With Mead Johnson, Kristen was a project manager for the national Salesforce.com rollout, and she was voted MVP by her colleagues for her contributions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Maryville College and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Tennessee. Kristen is married to Marty, and has two children, Maddie and Preston.

Kimberly Aliotte, JD

Kimberly Aliotte is a Corporate Executive Administrator for Cushman & Wakefield US, Inc., where she provides administrative overview, process reporting, and client management for both national and international executive team members and clientele. She also works diligently as a contract attorney; providing administrative support, legal research, contract review, human resource training and compliance policy procedures for a variety of corporate, legal and government organizations.

Kimberly takes pride in serving and engaging in her community and enjoys working with others on projects that have a beneficial impact on those in need. She is a current supporter and donor for Girls on The Run, The Corliss Institute, the Epilepsy Foundation New England, the Nashville Symphony Annual Fund, and Nashville’s Autism Services. In addition to her service as Secretary for Mercy, she also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Tennessee Youth Courts, Inc., and as a Board Member for ThriftSmart.

Kimberly graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee State University and is a graduate of Franklin High School. She is the proud mother of one very special little girl, Anaiah, and is a long-time member of the Riverside Chapel SDA Church family in Nashville.

Mabel Arroyo

Lacretia Crosby

Tania Davila

Tania Davila works in the healthcare industry as a lead of operations at a renal pharmacy. She is the first in her family to pursue a post-secondary education and holds a B.S. in nutrition and food science from Middle Tennessee State University. Tania participates in activities promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness about the healthcare needs of our community. She is passionate about encouraging young adults, specifically minorities and underprivileged students, to seek higher education. In her spare time, she loves to play board games with her family, and take long walks with her husband and their two dogs. Tania is a member of St. Phillip Catholic Church in Franklin, where she sings in the choir.

Rev. William Herbert Johnson

The Rev. William Herbert Johnson was called to Greater First Baptist Church in Lewisburg, Tenn. November 30, 1997. In this same church, he confesses Jesus Christ as Savior under the pastorate of his father, Willie Payne Johnson. Rev. Johnson received the mantle of pastorate from the church and his father who served the church for 60 years.

Herbert, as he prefers to be called, was educated in the Marshall County Public School System. He received his high school diploma in 1975. He attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1980. He then attended American Baptist College Seminary in Nashville followed by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1995.

He is a member of the Marshall County Ministerial Alliance and currently serves as president. He also serves as a chaplain of Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg. Herbert served as the vice president of the Middle Region in the Tennessee Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention and has served as the moderator of the Duck River Missionary Baptist District Association. He is also a member of the Marshall County Senior Citizen Board and an active member of the NAACP of Marshall County. Herbert is married to Deborah Kay (Williams), and they have two children, Christy Nicole and William Daniel Johnson.

Ashlie Kerr, RN, BSN

Ashlie Kerr is the Liver Transplant Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to working on the Liver Transplant Team, Ashlie helped open the step-down Spine Unit and also worked on the in-patient Neuro Acute Care Floor and Epilepsy Unit in the Medical Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and her B.S.N. from Marian University in Indianapolis. She recently completed her M.S.N. at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Ashlie is a married, mother of three children living in Franklin. Ashlie is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a volunteer at Amputee Blade Runners, and an active and involved member of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Franklin.

Why Ashlie Serves on the Board at Mercy:
“Growing up my mother and her best friend were the public health nurses who brought Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to our small Texas community. After WIC was established in our town, they then ran the clinic and cared for numerous women and children who did not have access to other healthcare. This was very impactful on me as I could see the true difference this small clinic made to a wide variety of individuals. Through Mercy I believe I can help make a similar impact on the lives of those patients that utilize Mercy Community Healthcare. I am proud to be a part of this community outreach and ministry.”

Rosa Gpe. Martinez-Guzman

Rosa is a migrant who has lived in the beautiful town of Franklin since 2008. She is currently the General Manager of WHEW 1380 Bonita Radio. Prior to this role, she was General Manager of a local restaurant. She earned two degrees from UNIVA in Mexico – one in accounting and another in law – and previous owned her own accounting firm, Asesoria Juridico Fiscal Martinez Firm.

In addition to volunteering her time at Mercy, Rosa also works with Moore Elementary School and St. Philip Catholic Church. She is married and has two children.

What Rosa Thinks Makes Mercy Special:
“The spirit to serve and help others in need.”

Todd Matthews

Todd is a Client Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management Medical Specialty Group and Registered Representative with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. He is responsible for coordinating and advising personal relationships and specializes in working with physicians, healthcare executives and medical practice groups. Prior to joining SunTrust in 2012, he worked at another private wealth firm in Seattle, Wash. He is a CFP® and an active member of the Financial Planning Association and Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee.

Todd is a Young Leaders Council alumnus and a member of the United Way’s Sennet Society. He is a Campbell University graduate, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in trust and wealth management and an M.B.A. in finance. Todd and his wife, Rachel, live in Franklin with their son, Braeden, and attend Redeeming Grace Church.