President & CEO, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
Sharon K. Roberson is the President and CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Prior to taking on the top leadership position at the 119-year old nonprofit in the fall of 2016, Sharon served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Direct General Corporation. Sharon has more than three decades of executive level business experience in the public/government, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Sharon has spent the majority of her professional career in the insurance industry, including 17 years in various executive positions with AIG/American General Life and Accident and American General Property. She also served more than a decade as a state insurance regulator, including appointments by two governors as the Assistant Commissioner for Insurance for the State of Tennessee. Sharon has held the position of General Counsel for both publicly held and private equity-owned companies. She also served as COO and Senior Vice President of the publicly held companies AIG/AGLA and AIG/AGPIC. She has managed staff in multiple states and Asia and chaired numerous insurance boards and associations in multiple states. She has held various leadership positions for various nonprofit boards.
Sharon is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics and Vanderbilt University Law School. She is a licensed attorney.
VP of External Affairs and AMEND Together
Shan Foster is the Vice President of External Affairs and AMEND Together at YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. AMEND is an initiative that engages men and boys to end violence against women and girls. He now recruits, educates and equips men and boys to serve as advocates for violence prevention and cultural change. Described as an enthusiastic leader, gifted public speaker, and skilled facilitator, Foster is committed to elevating the conversation about violence against women, engaging men to be leaders and role models, and educating young men and boys about healthy masculinity and respect.
Shan Foster graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development in 2008. During his time at Vanderbilt, Foster finished as the all-time leading scorer in school history, was named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, NCAA Division I All-America, and was the Lowes Senior CLASS award winner, an award given to the nations senior leader in community, classroom, character, and competition. Foster was drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks in 2008 and was inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Recently, Foster was honored as an SEC Legend during the 2016 SEC Basketball Tournament. Prior to his work at YWCA, Shan served as Dean of Culture for the Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School in Nashville where he now is a contributing board member. Foster also serves on the board for Music City Classic and the advisory committee for Joyful Heart Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.
Program Manager of AMEND Together
LaMont DeVal Doty is a native of New York City, NY. As a US Army veteran, Doty served in West Germany, Alexandria, Egypt, Camp Clayton, Panama, Jejudo, South Korea, and various CONUS Army bases. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University and received his teacher certification at Fisk University. Doty taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 13 years, then transitioned to the non-profit world. He worked at the Martha O’Bryan Center for 6 years. Doty joined the YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee in June 2017 as the Program Coordinator of the AMEND Together program and is now the Program Manager for AMEND Together. Doty loves Fantasy Football, reading, playing pool, traveling, and go on dates with his wife. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Robyn Kay, and they have two children.
AMEND Together Manager of Operations
Lauren Lee is a Nashville native who graduated from Tennessee State University in 2012 with a Masters in Social Work, and Middle Tennessee State University in 2018 with a Masters in Training and Organizational Development. She has a background in volunteer management, program management and event management. Lauren began her work in non-profits by serving as a case manager for St. Luke’s Community house where she transitioned into managing their Mobile Meals program. Over the last six years she has worked in planning and implementation of continuing education programs in Tennessee and nationally for lawyers, addiction professionals, and case managers. Lauren is passionate about the Nashville community and has spent many years volunteering with local advocacy groups, as well as working part time at a local homeless shelter.