Staff & Board

Board Members

Roshun Austin

Roshun Austin

Roshun Austin is Vice Chair of BAM's Board of Directors.  She is President/CEO of The Works, Inc., a faith-based 501(c)3 community development corporation serving South Memphis; she is also Chief Operating Officer of St. Andrew AME Church.  Ms. Austin has over twenty years successful experience providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership in uniquely challenging situations, including leading various community development organizations.  She has in depth knowledge of mortgage industry, having served as a community relations specialist and operations service lead with GMAC Mortgage during the recession and foreclosure crisis.  Ms. Austin is active in civic service, serving on several boards and commisions.  She currently is a board member of Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. and served several years as a member of the board of the Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of the City of Memphis.  

Donnell Cobbins

Donnell Cobbins

Donnell Cobbins is a member of BAM's Board of Directors.  He is Property Reclamation Specialist with the Office of the Shelby County Trustee.  In that role, Mr. Cobbins serves a liason between the Trustee's Office and neighborhood groups and associtions, community development corporations, and various governmental entities with regard to blighted, tax delinquent and "tax dead" properties.  He also assists in identifying tax delinqent and "tax dead" properties for tax sale. Mr. Cobbins is pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.  He has extensive real estate experience, having served as an affiliate broker since 1999.  Active in civic service, Mr. Cobbins is a member of the Downtown Parking Authority Board, past chair of the Memphis Little League Board and a fellow of the New Memphis Institute.

Kathy Moore Cowan

Kathy Moore Cowan

Kathy Moore Cowan is Treasurer of BAM's Board of Directors.  Ms. Cowan is Senior Community Development Specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, located in the Memphis office.  Her responsibilities include implementing a systemic outreach program to financial institutions, community groups, foundations and government agencies concerning their credit and capital needs.  She has extensive background in planning and in community development, and has led various community development corporations.  Ms. Cowan's civic activities include board memberships with Community Development Foundation of Greater Memphis, Mustard Seed, Inc., The Works, Inc.community development corporation, Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition and Women's Theater Festival of Memphis.

Rick Neal

Rick Neal

Rick Neal is Chair of BAM's Board of Directors.  He is a senior vice president with Pinnacle Financial Partners.  Having spent the majority of his career in the banking and finance industry, he has a wide range of experience including middle-market business and commercial real estate lending and led the building and management of a billion dollar commercial real estate lending and investment portfolio. Mr. Neal has a strong commitment to community development with special emphasis on historic redevelopment, such as the creation and implementation of the Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan, and affordable housing. He founded a specialized finance group that focused exclusively on the development of affordable housing through the use of innovative finance structures and programs. Throughout his career he has been involved in the development of over 6000 units of affordable housing representing more than $250 million in investment.   

Emily Trenholm

Emily Trenholm

Emily Trenholm is a member of BAM's Board of Directors.  She has served as the Executive Director of Community Development Council of Greater Memphis, Inc. since 2000 and manages all programs and operations of a local coalition of 27 organizations that are working to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods through a variety of community economic strategies.  In that role she develops and implements training and capacity building programs for member organizations; builds linkages and collaborative relationships throughout the region with other nonprofits, colleges and universities, private sector partners, and state and local government entities; advocates on issues of concern to community developers (e.g. affordable housing funding, smart growth, etc.) with elected officials at the federal, state and local levels; and represents the nonprofit community development industry on and before various boards, committees, and coalitions.  Ms. Trenholm also oversees and directs the activities of Livable Memphis, a coalition of community-based organizations that educates the public and advocates on issues related to urban growth and development.  She is a member of the Memphis and Shelby Co. Land Use Control Board and the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

Ellen Bronough Vergos

Ellen Bronough Vergos

Ellen Vergos is secretary of BAM's Board of Directors.  She practices law in Memphis, Tennessee, in the areas of business litigation, dispute resolution and bankruptcy.  She is certified as a specialist in business bankruptcy law and as a mediator in family law and is the author of numerous legal publications.  In addition to her career in the private practice of law, Ms. Vergos served in the U.S. Department of Justice as U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee for Region 8 (Tennessee and Kentucky) from 1995 to 2003.  Ms. Vergos has served on various civic and professional boards and commissions.  She currently is a commissioner on the Convention Center Board of the City of Memphis and a board member of the Tennessee Justice Center.  She has been a member of the boards of the Shelby County Board of the Regional Medical Center, the Memphis Bar Association, the Association of Women Attorneys (Memphis) and Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women.