Leadership Team & Partners

Leadership Team & Partners

David Popen

CEO

David brings Monroe Harding an impressive background in nonprofit management, advocacy for children, fundraising, economic and community development, healthcare administration, government affairs, and commercial litigation.

Over the past 25+ years, David has directed or supervised over 400 fundraising studies, campaigns, and special projects raising over $600 million in funding. David served as the Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Region’s first chief executive officer, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Sumner Regional Health Systems. David also possesses a keen understanding of economic and workforce development in Tennessee, having led the formation of Sumner County, TN’s first public-private economic development partnership.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, a cum laude law degree from Tulane University and graduated from the Chamber Institute for Organization Management at University of Delaware. David also studied southern history and culture at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi.

Leadership Team

Rhonda Allen

Vice President of Programs
Rhonda is a native of Nashville and received her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Tennessee State University. She has worked in the non-profit sector with children and families in multiple capacities for more than 27 years, the last 10 with Monroe Harding. She has served on the Davidson County Foster Care Review Board for 22 years, and is an educational surrogate parent for Metro Nashville Public School System. She is a member
of Rural Hill Church of Christ and works to support her community. Her passion has always been giving support and guidance to families and youth.

Sarah Brock 

Director of Communications & Community Relations
Sarah believes in the power of a well-told story.  She joined Monroe Harding in 2016 after a long and successful career as a television producer, and she uses those skills to communicate our mission and tell the stories of the young people and families we serve.  Sarah has earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Veterinary Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She enjoys working with our young adults and helping prepare them for a successful future.  

Shan Edmondson

Director of Foster Care
Shentarel (also known as Shan) is the Director of Foster Care. Previously, Shan served as Resource Manager of Monroe Harding’s Foster Care Department for five years.  Shan has been in the social service field since 1996 and has held several positions in Nashville.  Before moving to Nashville, Shan volunteered and worked with organizations to better the lives of youth and families in Georgia.  She received a B.A. degree from West Georgia College and her M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from State University of West Georgia as well as matriculating for a EdS degree in Counseling Education and Supervision.  Shan participates in various organizations, including Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta to fulfill her life’s mission of serving others.

Pamela Madison

Director of Youth Connections

Pamela has a passion for serving youth and families, devoting more than 17 years working with nonprofits including United Way of Rutherford County and Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. She has served as YC Director since 2008. Pamela believes that every young person, no matter their background, deserves to have caring adults in their lives to provide support, guidance and opportunities that will give them the tools they need to become successful. Pamela has her Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Deidre Matthews

Director of Finance
Deidre came to Monroe Harding with an extensive background in budget management, staff training and operations as a General and Regional Manager in the restaurant world. Deidre has leadership and management responsibilities for all of Monroe Harding’s financial functions, including budget creation and implementation, coordinating government contracts for services, and preparing federal financial reports. She likes the new challenges that each day presents and finding innovative and meaningful ways to connect our people, resources and programs so we can be even more productive and financially sound.

Quatrece McKinney

Director of Independent Living

Quatrece has worked with teens in care since 1992 in Iowa, Georgia, California and Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Iowa and completed her graduate work at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Quatrece says that working with the older teen transitioning to adulthood has been very rewarding and a positive challenge.

Leah Susi

Director of Development

Leah is a Nashville native and has been working in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. Prior to coming to Monroe Harding Leah had a 12 year career with YouthWorks, overseeing mission and service trips for teens across the United States. In 2016, she joined the Monroe Harding team as the Volunteer Coordinator. In 2017, she became the Engagement Manager and broadened her scope to include church partnerships, donor relations and special events for the development team, while also overseeing the recruitment of foster parents. Leah has a passion for connecting and engaging people with our mission and looking for ways to take things from good to great.

Evelyn Tidman

Director of Operations

Evelyn has over 10 years of human resource management experience in the non-profit field working in the areas of compensation, benefits administration, recruitment and retention, compliance, staff training and development, performance management, and developing policies and procedures.  Evelyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

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You play a major role in creating opportunities for young people, especially those in state custody or in foster care, and allowing them to become self-sufficient, successful contributors to society. Your donations of time, money and other resources keep our doors open and our programs running. And by doing that, we’re able to continue changing lives.

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