Mitch Graves, Chair
Mitch Graves serves as CEO of the West Cancer Center & Research Institute (WCCRI). Before his tenure with the WCCRI, Graves served as CEO of HealthChoice, LLC, a physician hospital organization (PHO). Previously, Graves served as the president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Affiliated Services Division for 8 years. He serves on the boards of Christian Brothers University, Economic Club of Memphis, Alliance Health Services, and Community Care Associates. He is a member of United Healthcare’s Executive Advisory Council, Cigna’s National Health Care Advisory Council, and the Church Health Center’s finance committee. Graves recently served as a co-chairman of Memphis City Mayor Jim Strickland’s transition team. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance and economics. He was awarded Christian Brothers University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 and became the university’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees in August 2013.
Leon Dickson Sr., Vice Chair
Leon Dickson Sr., is owner and principal broker of BenchMark at Southwind Realtors LLC. Dickson was selected to serve The Tennessee Association of Realtors as the group’s first African-American president in 2018. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President. A Realtor for 30 years, he also serves as a Director, for the National Association of Realtors. He also is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and was named its Realtor of the Year in 2012. The native Memphian volunteers at HopeWorks and Germanshire Elementary.
As president and managing director of Highland Capital Management Corporation, Steven Wishnia directs the company's management of portfolios for pension plans, profit sharing plans, endowments, and individuals. Wishnia is Trustee of the Plough Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of The Memphis Jewish Home and Rehabilitation.
A native Memphian, Carlee McCullough currently serves as general counsel of McCullough Law and was previously the contract compliance officer for the City of Memphis. She has served as legal advisor for the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission as well as the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission. A former certified public accountant, she is a graduate of Howard University School of Business and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Calif., where she received her law degree.
Michael E. Pohlman
Mike Pohlman is CEO / President of Pickering Firm, Incorporated, a Memphis based, full–service engineering and architectural design firm, with offices in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Pohlman is a 1979 Mechanical Engineering graduate from Christian Brothers University, a Tennessee Professional Engineer, and has served in various capacities at Pickering during his 39 years with the firm. He currently serves on the advisory boards for both the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University engineering schools as well previously serving as President of both the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for Tennessee and the American Society of Military Engineers (SAME) Memphis Post.