Mark Hansen - Position 3, Chairman
Mark Hansen and his wife, Sara have been residents of Collierville since 1992, and have two adult daughters (Mary Emily and Ann Caroline) and a son (Gray), all of whom attended Collierville public schools. Professionally, Mark is employed by FedEx Express as Lead Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, and is a nationally-known aviation attorney. He has spoken at aviation conferences in the U.S. and internationally.
Mark is a member of the Air and Space Forum of the American Bar Association, and the International Air &Transportation Safety Bar Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from East Tennessee State University, where he served as President of the Student Government Association. Mark has a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee, and has practiced law in Tennessee since1980.
Prior to his election to the School Board, Mark has been very active in the community. Mark is a graduate of Leadership Collierville and has served on its Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served the Town as a member of the Collierville Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Steering Committee of the 2040 Strategic Land Use Plan. He is also presently serving on the Governor’s Council of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature.
Mark is an active member of Collierville Methodist Church, where he has served on the Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, Building Committee, and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
Kevin Vaughan - Position 1
Kevin Vaughan has been a Collierville resident for the past 25 years. He and his wife, Johnna have two children: Alexandra, 21 and Grayson, 18. Kevin is the only member of his family that did not graduate from Collierville High School. A native of Bolivar, Tennessee, Kevin attended Memphis State University and graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Kevin is the owner of Township Development Services and Township Realty Services. He is both a professional engineer and real estate broker, licensed in both fields by the State of Tennessee. Active in the community over the years, Kevin has served in leadership positions with many organizations, including: Rotary Club of Collierville, Leadership Collierville, the Collierville Chamber of Commerce, and the Collierville Education Foundation. In addition, Kevin has served three separate Mayors of the Town of Collierville as a member of various commissions and advisory boards, including serving as chairman of the latest long range land use planning committee for the Town.
Kevin attends First Baptist Church of Collierville, where is a member of the church’s Board of Trustees. His hobbies include hunting and wakeboarding.
Wanda Chism - Position 2
Wanda Chism has been a Collierville resident for over 34 years. After a 31 year teaching career in the Collierville school system she retired in May 2011. She taught 15 years at Collierville Elementary and 16 years at Tara Oaks Elementary. Wanda has been actively engaged in the schools as a teacher, parent, and grandparent. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s in Education from the University of Memphis.
Wanda is dedicated to serving the Students, Parents, Teachers, Principals, and other School Staff of our schools, who are most responsible for the quality of education and other activities in the classroom. Ms. Chism believes that this is an exciting time and opportunity in our community as we build our Collierville School System and through working together, we can continue to have schools of excellence that will allow all our children the opportunity to compete globally now and into the future.
Ms. Chism has four married children and nine grandchildren. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Collierville Literacy Council, presently serving as the secretary, and is an active member of Collierville United Methodist Church.
Cathy Messerly - Position 4
Cathy Messerly is a graduate of Western Michigan University with Bachelors Degrees in both Accountancy and Spanish. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee and has worked for Cannon & Company for the past nineteen years. She currently holds the position of Senior Audit Manager.
Ms. Messerly moved to Collierville in 2001 and has been actively involved in the community ever since. Her involvement has included active roles in various local charities including several years with the Collierville Kiwanis Club. As a member she was an active participant in the annual Angel Tree program in Collierville. In 2005 she participated in Leadership Collierville, subsequently serving as Treasurer and Vice President of Alumni. She has served as Vice President and President of the Collierville Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the teachers and students of the Collierville Schools through providing grants to Collierville teachers for educational resources above and beyond those funded by the school system. Cathy has also served as Vice Chairman of Finance for the Collierville Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Collierville Citizen’s Police Academy.
Cathy and her husband, Tom, have two daughters who attend Collierville High School. With her daughters she has been active with the Collierville Band Boosters, Collierville Lacrosse and has obtained her third degree black belt with Tri-State Martial Arts Center. She has been a PTA/PTSA member at several of our schools for many years. She and her family are members of Collierville United Methodist Church.
Wright Cox - Position 5
A life-long resident of Collierville, Wright Cox held his first job at Coop’s Market on the Town Square. Mr. Cox earned a BBA from Texas Christian University in 1980 and graduated from the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking in 1991. He is also a graduate of the Rhodes College Executive Leadership Program. He has served 32 years in the banking industry and has been with BankTennessee since 1992, where he is currently serving as the community president for the Collierville branch.
Mr. Cox is active in the community and serves on numerous organizations and boards. He has served on the Board of Directors of Crichton College and the Mid South Fair. Mr. Cox has served as president of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce, and was past president and founding board member of the Collierville Education Foundation. He is the Founding Chairman of the Collierville Three Star foundation, a past board member of Leadership Collierville and has had some involvement in Crosswind Elementary PTA. His other community activities included working as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Collierville Soccer Association and he has served as the honorary chairman of the March of Dimes Walk America. Mr. Cox has also been the recipient of the C. H. Harrell Education Award.
Wright and his wife Cindy, have three children and attend Hope Presbyterian Church where he has served as an Elder.