Leadership Leadership Board of Directors President/CEO & Executive Staff TEL Quick Facts Diversity Commitment Chronology Board of DirectorsState law authorizing the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation calls for a seven-member Board of Directors to oversee the Lottery's creation and ongoing operation. The Board, comprised of business people from across the state, meets regularly to set policy and maintain appropriate oversight. Susan Lanigan, ChairLearn More Susan Lanigan, ChairTerm expires June 30, 2024Susan S. Lanigan served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, at Dollar General Corporation for more than 11 years. She is an active member of the Nashville civic community and serves in a variety of leadership positions, including: Member, Dollar General Literary Foundation; Board of Nashville Public Radio; Member, Executive Committee, Board of Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross; Member, Board of Metropolitan Nashville Chamber of Commerce; and Member, Board of Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Her service work extends beyond the Volunteer State and includes her roles as Member, Board of U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Member, RILA General Counsel Committee and Retail Litigation Center; Member and former Chairman, Board of University of Georgia Graduate School Advancement; and Member, National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board. Ms. Lanigan is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and also received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She continues to root for the Bulldogs and resides in Hendersonville, Tenn. William CarverLearn More William CarverTerm expires June 30, 2023William J. Carver of Knoxville is a Partner and litigation attorney at Kramer Rayson LLP, a leading Tennessee firm involved in some of the state’s most significant legal decisions. He also serves as City Attorney for Townsend, Tenn. His primary areas of practice are Litigation, Employment and Labor, and local Government and Public Utilities. He also helped develop the firm’s Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy practice areas. Mr. Carver graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School, where he received the Dean’s Citation for Contributions to Student Life. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and was awarded the Torchbearer Award for Contributions to Campus Life. His contributions extend to the community, as well, in his roles in civic groups such as the American Cancer Society Regional Leadership Council, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association and the U.T. Young Alumni Council; and as a member of the Blount County Library Foundation Board of Directors, the New Hope, Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, and as Chairman, Leadership Blount Board of Directors. Mr. Carver lives in Blount County with his wife and children. Pearl ShawLearn More Pearl ShawTerm expires June 30, 2022Pearl D. Shaw of Memphis is a fund development strategist and nationally syndicated writer with management experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She is a principal and founder of Saad & Shaw – Comprehensive Fund Development Services. She works with nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education across the country providing fund development research and planning services. Prior to forming Saad & Shaw she headed her own firm, Phrased Write; served as Development Director of the Women’s Funding Network, and as a major gifts officer for Mills College. Her private-sector experience includes operations management, business development, and marketing for a software development firm. An accomplished writer, Pearl is the co-author of the nationally distributed weekly column FUNdraising Good Times and the co-author of two books. Pearl is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the marketing committee of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University East Bay, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis class of 2012. She is married to Melvin B. Shaw. Carolyn HardyLearn More Carolyn HardyTerm Expires June, 2021A native Memphian and the seventh of 16 children, Carolyn Hardy is a licensed CPA who graduated from Melrose High School and received her BBA and MBA from the University of Memphis. Her resume is a testament to her local and national accomplishments: she is the Chairperson of Soulsville (Stax) and has chaired or been a member of boards like the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the University of Memphis Trustee/Board of Visitors,Women’s Foundation, Memphis Athletic Ministries, Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis, Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Memphis River Front Development Corporation, and New Memphis Institute. Carolyn is also one of the founders of Southwest’s Industrial Readiness Training in Shelby County. Carolyn’s career beganat the J. M. Smucker Company, where she became the first African-American female Plant Manager in the company’s history. She later became Vice President of Services for Honeywell-POMS. Following a successful tenure at Honeywell, she joined Coors Brewing Company and became the first African-American female Vice President/General Manager of a major brewery. In 2006, Carolyn began Hardy Bottling, the first African-American female-owned major brewery. The next year, she started her intermodal-transloading business. In 2011, Carolyn sold her brewery to City Brewing and has since focused her time on her transportation, intermodal and transloading business. When she’s not working, Carolyn likes to spend time with her husband,Marino Hardy, and their children, Jennifer, Whitney, and Christopher. Eleanor YoakumLearn More Eleanor YoakumTerm expires June 30, 2021Eleanor Yoakum is a lifelong community activist and serves as Chairman of First Century Bank in Tazewell. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy. Throughout her career, she has been involved with her family business; first managing Yoakum’s Banner Warehouse and later as President and then Chairman of First Century Bank. Ms. Yoakum was the first woman to serve on the eight-state Burley Auction Tobacco Board and was appointed by President George H. Bush to the United States Federal Advisory Board on Tobacco. She was elected President of First Century Bank in 1990, serving as one of the only female bank Presidents in the state. She also served as Commissioner of Personnel for the State of Tennessee from 1996-1999, and then as Chief Administrative Officer to the Governor from 1999-2002. Ms. Yoakum has served on numerous Boards and Commissions, including two terms on the Tennessee Arts Commission, Chairman, 1990; the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; two terms on the Board of Professional Responsibility, Vice Chairman, 2015; East Tennessee State Foundation Board and Alumni Boards; Walters State Foundation Board, President, 2010-11; 2006 Graduate of Leadership Knoxville; St. Mary’s Hospital Board, Secretary 2008-2011; and was East Tennessee State University Alumni of the Year 1999. She is presently serving her second term on the Tennessee State Museum Commission and is on the Board of Directors of the East Tennessee Historical Society, Omni Vision, Heritage Christian Academy, and The Lincoln Institute Board. She and her husband, Former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Dunavant, reside in Tazewell. Ms. Yoakum is the mother of two children: Stephanie Barger Conner of Nashville and Robert Glenn Barger of Knoxville, and is the proud grandmother of five grandchildren. John CrosslinLearn More John CrosslinJohn Crosslin serves as co-managing principal of regional accounting and consulting firm, Crosslin. With more than 20 years of public accounting experience, John’s audit, tax, and company leadership have led to record growth and numerous local/national awards, including an Inc. 500 honor. Assuming the company’s top executive role in 2017, John has continued to build on Crosslin’s well-respected reputation as an accounting leader in the Middle Tennessee business community. In addition to overseeing the management of the company, strategic development, and business development, he has remained as a key member of the audit leadership team. John is a leader in the community, serving as vice chair on the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Executive Committee and as a leader in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. He has been actively involved with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and is past board president of the Music City Youth Orchestra. John has also received many well-deserved accolades for both his work and his commitment to community service. John has been named to the CPA and NSA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 and is a recipient of both the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs) in the business services category and the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honor. He was named a Power Leader in Accounting in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by the Nashville Business Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his master’s degree from the Owen Graduate School of Business, Vanderbilt University. He is a certified public accountant licensed in Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and Washington, D.C., and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). He also is a graduate of the BDO Seidman two-year Leadership Institute training. Chris Patterson Learn More Chris Patterson Chris Patterson is the Managing Partner at Wiseman Bray PLLC where he has worked for sixteen years. Mr. Patterson focuses his practice on business litigation and municipal law, having represented multiple cities and governmental entities across West Tennessee. Additionally, he oversees the personal injury and wrongful death practice at the firm. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and attended law school at the University of Memphis. His professional and community involvement includes: Memphis/Shelby County University of Tennessee Alumni Association Board Member, Shelby County Republican Party Steering Committee, Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum, Memphis Bar Foundation Fellow, Memphis Shelby County Charter Commissioner, 2009-2010, Memphis Harding Academy President’s Advisory Counsel, Freed-Hardeman University President’s Advisory Counsel, and Law and Politics Rising Star in Construction Litigation. Chris lives in Shelby County with his wife, Dr. Carrie Patterson. They have two children.