Nashville Rise Board of Directors

Allison Simpson

Board Chair

Allison is the Nashville Rise Board of Directors Board Chair and President. In this role, Allison leads a team of parents empowering other parents. A big believer in high-quality education, Allison supports school choice. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Auburn University. Before joining Nashville Rise in 2015, Allison worked 8 years at Centerstone as a Community Support Specialist for adults and homeless Veterans. In this role, Allison was responsible for assisting low-income families with locating and maintaining housing, as well as obtaining other benefits needed to assist them with activities of daily living. Allison volunteers as a reading tutor, with Hands on Nashville, Second Harvest Food Bank and doing various community activities at her daughter’s school – she has two, one of which is a school-aged child. Allison is passionate about education and feels every child should have access to a quality education regardless of zip code.

Teade Tagaloa

Vice Chair

Teade Tagaloa is the Nashville Rise Vice Chair. Teade moved to Nashville in 2013 along with her son. She is a graduate of Midway College in Midway, Kentucky where she studied Organizational Administration and Leadership. She is an Account Manager and serves as a Chair for the Employee Involvement Committee. Meaningful volunteerism and commitment to the community is a core value for Teade. She believes that it is not only a privilege but also our responsibility to serve people and be a voice for those who often go unheard. She is excited to do the work of bridging communities and promoting the success of all metro students.

Aundria Green


Aundria Green, Ph.D. is a newcomer to the Nashville Rise Board and serves as the Secretary. Aundria received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fisk University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration with an emphasis on Higher Education Leadership & Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She and her family returned to Nashville in 2015. Aundria was interested in participating on the Nashville Rise Board because she believes in educational advocacy. Aundria’s research interests are on access to and success in higher education for students of color. She has over twelve years experiences working with students and parents in both k-12 and higher educational settings. This experience has shown her that it is not always clear to parents how to advocate for their children. Aundria has worked in a variety of areas in higher education including academic affairs, administration, development, and student affairs. Aundria has taught on the graduate and undergraduate level. She enjoys meeting new people and learning from them. Aundria’s favorite quote by Anais Nin says, “Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” She and her husband have a child who will be entering the school system soon. She is excited to be a part of an organization that equips and empowers families in the metropolitan Nashville area.

Kimberly Robinson


Kimberly Robinson serves as the Treasurer on the Nashville Rise Board of Directors. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis in Education. She has twelve years of experience in education serving in a variety of sectors and roles (teacher, community advocate, school administrator, etc.). She has worked to create programs that directly enrich children and their families, as well as promote community wide progression. Education is important to Kimberly because she realizes that education can spell the difference between mediocrity and excellence. She hopes to create lasting partnerships between parents, schools, and community members that could strengthen an innumerable amount of children.

Quanita Adams

Board Member

Quanita serves as a voting board member of Nashville Rise, focusing on the recruitment of Parent Volunteers. She is a mother of two school age children- high school and elementary school. Quanita is also a school teacher of 14 years. Her experience includes teaching mathematics in both traditional schools and charter schools, throughout Tennessee. Quanita joined Nashville Rise, because she understands the importance of parental involvement in all facets of the educational realm. She desires to be apart of the movement to provide all current students and those to come with a high quality education regardless of school zone.