Netisha Burnett

Program Manager, Communities in Schools-Tennessee

Netisha Burnett has over eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the area of youth services and youth development. Currently a program manager with Communities in Schools-Tennessee, Netisha has served as the Director of Center Based Services for Girls Incorporated of Memphis for 10 years. Her focus has always been to provide valuable and enriching opportunities to youth through quality programs and meaningful partnerships. She was recognized of the Program Manager of the Year while at Girls Incorporated of Memphis by the national organization for her region. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology-Criminal Justice from The University of TN-Knoxville and her Master’s in Public Administration-Nonprofit Management for The University of Memphis. She is a member of the TN Air National Guard, enjoys adventure, and is the single mother of eight year old, Christopher. 


“I joined The S.O. What! Foundation board because if I can be an asset to helping this organization achieve its goals then that's what I'm going to do. I believe my time and talents can help set this needed organization up for success. At the end of the day if we can help guide more youth and young adults in the right direction to reach their personal goals then that's what I want to be a part of, this what my life's mission is about.”

Dave Carlson

Advisor, Patient Advocacy & Claims Resolution, GHO Legal

Dave is passionate about leading individuals and groups to achieve successful results by representing the soul of the organization to customers, colleagues and the community.  He grew up in Memphis, earning a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Memphis and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility with Union Planters National Bank (now Regions Bank). An entrepreneur at heart, he formed Carlson Communications, Inc. during his career and he was also general manager of Acquisition Management Services, Inc. He has held securities licenses Series 7, 24 & 53 with the NASD, is a six-sigma green belt, and has attended Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.


Dave joined Smith & Nephew in 1992 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in product management, marketing communications, sales support and community relations. He currently holds the position of patient advocate and claims resolution advisor within the legal department.  He has also held board and leadership positions with the Arthritis Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as board chairman of Safeways, Inc. (a crime reduction strategy for multi-family apartment complexes) and he serves on the board of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.  He is an alumni fellow of the New Memphis Institute and a disaster relief reservist for Hope Force International. Dave and his wife Susie are the proud parents of two daughters, Lauren and Maggie and one son, Jack.


“I am incredibly proud of Summer Owens’ work to engage with young people as she seeks to give them tools to take responsibility for their lives.  She is a hero in my book and I want to help grow the foundation so more individuals benefit from her story.”

Alexis Griggs

Recruiter, Bethel University

A native Memphian, Alexis Griggs is a recruiter for Bethel University. Alexis has over 15 years in managerial experience working with youth and social services agencies. She has her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Bachelor of Paralegal Studies from the University of Memphis, and her Master in Criminal justice from Tiffin University. Alexis is currently working on her Doctorate in Criminal Justice from Walden University.   She enjoys playing football and doing anything adventurous. She is currently married and has one dog.

“I joined the S.O. What! Foundation because I like helping youth and this is a unique organization doing that in a unique way. I have a passion for helping youth succeed in life because children are our future. If no one is willing to take their hand and help guide them, then that someone should be me.”

Tammy Hart

Payroll Manager, Cornerstone Systems

Tammy enjoys being able to help others grow personally and professionally. She has over 15 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry. Tammy has served as the Director of Human Resources at the Westin Hotel for the last eight years. This role has given her the opportunity to impact others by mentoring to help evolve and grow their careers.  Tammy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Union University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Tammy truly enjoys spending time with her family.

“I joined the S.O. What! Foundation because I truly believe in the mission of the organization. I want to help improve the communities in which we live and I genuinely enjoy helping our youth.

Karimeh McDaniel

Community leader and owner, ATC Fitness

Karimeh grew up in Walls, MS but moved to Memphis to attend college and has been a proud Memphian ever since. She has a deep rooted desire to serve the Memphis community in a truly meaningful way.  In 2002, she graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Karimeh worked at Morgan Keegan for over 10 years in the Fixed Income Sales Division where she worked her way up from receptionist to Sales Assistant and after 5 years became one of the few women sales representatives in the industry. 


In addition to serving on the S.O. What Foundation Board of Directors, Karimeh, also serves on the University of Memphis National Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Memphis. Karimeh is the proud mother of two small children and eagerly awaits the arrival of baby number three. She is married to Spencer who is the Vice President/owner of their family business, ATC Fitness. When Karimeh is not serving her community she enjoys traveling, entertaining, and attending University of Memphis athletic events. 


"I have admired Summer since we served in leadership together at the University of Memphis. Her move to the non-profit world from corporate America showed her passion and drive to serve the youth of our community. I believe Memphis can only be a better place if we improve the lives of all its citizens. There is no better place to start than with our city's youth. Giving them the tools to succeed and thrive despite their circumstance is essential. Given my admiration for Summer and my own passion to improve the lives of the citizens of my community I am thrilled to serve with her and the rest of the outstanding board members." 

Summer Owens. President

Founder and CEO, S.O. What! and the S.O. What! Foundation

Summer is the president and CEO of The S.O. What! Foundation and S.O. What! LLC which encourage and teach people to live no excuses lives by embracing the Serenity Prayer—accepting what they can’t change but changing what they can to live their best lives. She is the author of Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, a book where she shares the very intimate details of her life to educate and encourage others.  Summer graduated magna cum laude with her BBA from the University of Memphis where she was named Miss University of Memphis and MBA from Belhaven College.  With nearly fifteen years of marketing experience, Summer has enjoyed a  career which has included marketing management positions for the Memphis Grizzlies, ServiceMaster, and FedEx Corporation.

Summer is the 2013 University of Memphis Distinguished Young Alumna, 2012 Fogelman College of Business and Economics Outstanding Young Alumna, McDonald’s Community Hero, Women of Achievement Heroism and Tri-state Defender Woman of Excellence award winner, and Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40. 

Summer is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a graduate of New Memphis Institute, and a mentor with the Memphis Adolescent Parenting Program. She has served on the board of directors for the Memphis Exchange Club, University of Memphis National Alumni board, and Pathways in Education, as well as the advisory board for The Step Ahead Foundation and Memphis Teen Vision.  She is also an adjunct professor at The University of Memphis where she has taught Principles of Marketing and now teaches a Life Skills course she was asked to create.  Her story has been featured locally as well as nationally on CNN Headline News, the 700 Club, and the 700 Club Interactive.  She enjoys using the life lessons she learned while raising her now 21 year old son to help others achieve success no matter what obstacles they face.

Lee Pruitt

Lee Pruitt Interior Design

Born raised in West Memphis, Arkansas, Lee attended University of Arkansas and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis in 1989. He worked for ten years for a local prominent Interior Design firm then opened his own interior design firm, Lee Pruitt Interior Design LLC, in 1994 doing both commercial and residential interior design. A member of American Society of Interior Designers, Lee has lived in Memphis since 1983 with his six rescue dogs and worked with several local animal rescue groups.


“I wanted to be on the board of the S.O. What! Foundation to help better my community and do my best to help others. I have a great passion to help people in need.

Lindsey Stanfill, Secretary

Development Manager, The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Development Manager for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Lindsey has over 12 years of non-profit and youth development experience. As Development Manager Lindsey oversees fundraising, donor relations and special events. In 2005, Lindsey graduated from the University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre. Her professional career began as the Director of Educational Touring for Voices of the South Theatre Company and from there she went on to serve as an Education Program Manager at the Orpheum Theatre. Most recently she served as the Director of Community Programs at Girls Inc. of Memphis where she oversaw several programs throughout the Memphis area. Lindsey is a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center for Arts Education in New York City and conducts theatre classes and workshops for Memphis area youth.


“I have seen firsthand what good youth development programs to do to make an impact in the lives of youth. The S.O. Foundation is truly unique in so many ways, and I just had to be a part of that.”

Sylvia Monique Reed, Treasurer

Chief Counsel, International Paper and Regional VP, Arbonne International

Monique Reed is employed as a Chief Counsel with International Paper Company.   

A graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Jurisprudence and she was a WEB Dubois Scholar, Monique is also a Regional Vice President with Arbonne International, a company that manufacturers vegan, botanically-based products.  Monique is an Assistant Pastor at The Pursuit of God Transformation Center and she is an Advisory Board member of Youth About Business (YAB) and a founding member of YAB's Memphis Chapter.  YAB is a national youth entrepreneurial training program that teaches young adults complex financial and business principles. 


“I have a genuine love for youth and, based on my personal life experiences, I like to offer youth strategies in becoming victorious despite life's challenges and obstacles.”

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                                         ADVISORY BOARD

Beverly Robertson

Principal, TRUST Marketing, Former Executive Director, National Civil Rights Museum


Carlee McCullough

Owner, McCullough Law


Candi Owens,

Assistant Branch Manager, FAA Credit Union


Clare Stevens

Marketing Specialist Advisor, FedEx Services