Janet Boscarino, Executive Director – Janet has 18 years experience in business development and sales. She has developed markets around the country for companies such as First Tennessee Bank and Goldman-Sachs. Her emphasis on recruiting and collaboration combined with her passion for the issue makes her a driving force behind the Clean Memphis Organization. Janet is a founding member of Clean Memphis and serves on the board for the Madison Avenue Business Alliance, the Advisory Board for the Mississippi River Corridor and the policy committee for the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. She holds a BA in Journalism/Communications and Masters Certification in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from the University of Memphis.
Patrick Fisher, Board President -Patrick is the Vice President, US Sales at Wright Medical in Memphis, TN. Patrick has worked at Wright Medical for 12 years and was with Smith and Nephew before his time at Wright. Patrick’s parents and extended family are native Memphians but he was raised in Charlotte, NC. He regained his Memphis connection when he enrolled at Rhodes College where he received his BA in International Studies. He also received his MBA in International Business four years later from the University of Memphis. Patrick was a member of the Board for Clean Memphis briefly (2010) before he moved with Wright Medical to Denver, CO. He returned from Denver with his family to the Memphis area and Patrick is very excited to be on the Clean Memphis team again. His aim is to focus on the creation of a marketing plan for Clean Memphis. Clean Memphis has such a great story to tell and we need everyone to hear about. Patrick is an avid environmentalist and found Clean Memphis while he was conducting his own litter clean ups in his home community of Lakeland back in 2010. That same year he received an award from the City of Lakeland for Environmental stewardship.
Rob A. Harrison, Vice President - Rob is the Director, Managing Counsel for VuCon. He lives with his wife Bonny and their two dogs in midtown Memphis where they are daily visitors to Overton Park.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Rob’s connection to Memphis began when he enrolled at Rhodes College in 1992 where he received his BA in Biology. He received his J.D. from the University of Dayton in 2002. Rob’s passion for Clean Memphis and its mission stems from his belief that Memphis must come to terms with its blight and littering problems before it can ever hope to regain any competitive economic advantage with other large cities in the Southeast. He believes this starts with education. “In my opinion, the appearance of a community is a direct correlation to how that community feels about itself and the lives of the individuals in that community. As the old saying goes, ‘when you look good, you feel good.’ Unfortunately, many areas of Memphis do not look good and given the social and economic issues in our town, Memphians clearly don’t feel good. That’s where Clean Memphis can help to make a difference. We need to educate Memphians, young and old, on the impacts of litter and blight and help them take pride in their surroundings and make them more aware of the impact that blight and litter has on their fellow Memphians and visitors impressions of Memphis .”
Travis D. Green, Secretary - is a third generation Memphian and a proud alumnus of Whitehaven High. Immediately after graduating, Travis answered the call to serve and voluntarily enlisted into the United States Marine Crops. As a Marine, Travis was deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as an infantryman with Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 23rd Marines. A decorated combat veteran, Travis has received, amongst other honors, the Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Campaign Stars, Presidential Unit Citation for I Marine Expeditionary Force, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Following his service on active duty, Travis returned to Memphis and enrolled at the University of Memphis. Travis attended classes during the day while working full time at Ozark Motor Lines, Inc. at night.
Having an interest in politics since high school, Travis volunteered for Congressman Steve Cohen’s successful campaign for office in 2006. He returned to campaign work in 2008 and 2010 where he served as deputy campaign manager for Congressman’s Cohen’s successful campaigns for office. In 2008, Travis joined Congressman Cohen’s congressional staff as special assistant / field representative for the Congressman handling veteran and military affairs, and representing and serving as a liaison for the Congressman when he wasn’t available for meetings and events.
Travis now works in the Office of Government Relations at the University of Memphis where he is responsible for advancing the University’s legislative agenda and serving as the primary point of contact within the University for federal officials and lobbyists in Washington D.C.
Travis is an active member of the community. He is heavily involved at his church, Temple of Deliverance and volunteers for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the Bishop G.E. Patterson 5K Walk/Run 4 Life. Travis is also a member VFW Dr. R.Q. Venson Post No.11333, a 2010 graduate of Leadership Memphis, and has volunteered with Toys for Toys and Dress for Success.
Shante Avant, Board Member - Her professional career has been dedicated to helping women and children, which includes serving as Assistant Executive Director for Girl Scouts of the Mid-South. and prior to that, Director of Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Currently, she serves as Deputy Director of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She also serves on the MPACT Memphis, Past Chair, Young Women Philanthropists, Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA), Leadership Academy Fellows Advisory Committee. Other affiliations include Memphis Connect Advisory Board, and Memphis Urban League Young Professionals. Ms Avant is always striving to improve her commitment to her community and her work. She also holds earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Carl Barton, Board Member - Carl started Aardvark Sweeping Services in 1996 with one truck and one account. Aardvark is now the largest parking lot sweeping company in the Mid-South. Before starting Aardvark, Carl worked for Pepsi-Cola of Memphis as General Manager and Vice President of Sales for LMI. Carl serves on the board of the Germantown Exchange Club. Other professional and community activities included: Past President of the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA); Board Member of 1-800-Sweeper; Board Member and Officer of Memphis Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA); Founding Scoutmaster of Troop 99 of Germantown and Mentor with Youth Village.
Carl attended the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is married to Connie Barton and they have four canine children. Memphis has been their home since the early 80’s.
Andy Cates, Board Member
W. Frank Fletcher, Board Member - He is Assistant Manager, Customer Relations at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division (MLGW), the nation's largest three-service municipal utility. In his current role, he oversees a staff of 16 and manages a $1.6 million budget to develop and evaluate residential energy efficiency programs and consumer education. Prior to his promotion to assistant managerin January 2015, Frank served as Interim Supervisor, Residential Energy Services and as a Strategic Marketing Coordinator.
In 2013, Frank developed the marketing plan and oversaw the implementation of Project CARE, MLGW’s home weatherization program for elderly and disabled customers. Since its inception, the program, in partnership with the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, has awarded weatherization grants to more than 100 homeowners annually.
Before his tenure with MLGW, Frank served as Executive Director of the M Club at the University of Memphis where he managed the public relations, strategic planning, and fundraising activities to support intercollegiate athletics. As director, he generated a 46 percent increase in donations and increased alumni membership by 39 percent.
Frank also spent a decade as a marketing specialist and analyst for the Southern Company, an investor-owned utility in Atlanta, Georgia, and its subsidiaries Mississippi Power and Georgia Power.
Frank is a native of Rome, Georgia. He received a bachelor degree in 1995 and earned a M.S. Finance degree in 2015 from the University of Memphis and in 2004 earned a MBA from Shorter College in Rome. He is a graduate of Leadership Memphis Executive Program.
Nick Gant, Board Member - Nick is President and Founder of Gant Systems, a Managed IT Services company with locations in Memphis and Nashville. He has a unique talent for translating complex and cumbersome technical processes into easily understood and consumed ideas. This ability has earned him heart felt recognition from top business and civic leaders in the community. Prior to starting Gant Systems in 2007, Nick worked with Executive leadership at First Tennessee Bank in the Business Continuity Department where he was tasked with creating effective Risk Mitigation and Disaster Recovery strategies for the Enterprise. He has 20+ years experience building effective Information Technology solutions.
Nick currently serves in Board capacity for Madison Avenue Business Association and previously served in Board capacity for Building Greater Communities Inc and MidSouth Association of Contingency Professionals. He regularly donates his time and resources to the Memphis arts community. In October 2015, Nick was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal.
Maggie Strom,Board Member
President - Tioga Environmental Consultants, INC.
Javon McKinnon, Board Member
Commercial Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams
Janet Boscarino, Executive Director
Kristine Pierce, Director of Education
Jenna Richarson, Educator
Patrick Walker, Sweeps Coordinator/Driver
Bailey Gonzales, Graphic Designer & Social Media Coordinator