Board of Trustees (17)
Susan is wife to Jared and mother to three PDS boys: Will (4th), Clay (4th), and John David (2nd). Susan currently serves on the Teacher’s Task Force, one of PDS’ Strategic Initiatives. Susan previously served as Annual Fund Chair and on the Parents Association. She is a member of Second Presbyterian Church.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Master of Nurse Anesthesia University of Alabama at Birmingham
Earl Houston is married to Iyona, a Memphis native. They have two boys at PDS, Jackson (JK) and Earl (3rd). He is currently a Director with the Memphis Office of Martin Tate, specializing in defending transportation and insurance companies. Earl also serves on PDS’ Young Scholars Task Force. He is committed to helping PDS reflect the city of Memphis and ultimately the Kingdom of God.
Education: Undergrad at the University of Mississippi, Law School at Mississippi College
Michael Davis serves as the Teaching Pastor at Downtown
Church. He is married to Serena and they have one son, Michael
“MJ” Davis Jr (PK).
In 2013, Michael and his family moved from St. Louis to Memphis to serve as the pastoral intern for Second Presbyterian Church and has since transitioned into a lead pastoral role at Downtown Church.
Michael is urgent about gospel ministry that transforms the hearts and lives of individuals, fueling his passion for the Building Boys Making Men Program at PDS.
Education: Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. BS from University of Missouri
Lead Pastor of Vision/Preaching
Ali has a deep heart for the Kingdom, the city, and for PDS. He
is currently the Lead Pastor at Mosaic Church.
His commitment to seeking the welfare of his city, primarily through the context of diversity and reconciliation, has led him to also serve on PDS’ Young Scholars Task Force.
Ali and his wife Anetta have 3 boys. Their youngest two Samuel (4th) and Benjamin (1st) attend PDS, and their oldest attends Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.
Education: BS in Biblical Studies at Central Baptist College, and a Master of Divinity at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Proud graduate of CBHS 1999.
Second Presbyterian Church
Rev. D. Todd Erickson is the Pastoral Executive at Second Presbyterian Church where he has served for the past 16 years. Todd joined the staff in May 2001 as the Director of Youth Ministry and in 2008 became the Student Ministries Director. In 2013 Todd became the Pastoral Executive and was ordained in December of that year.
Todd serves on the boards of Presbyterian Day School and NEXUS Leaders, Inc., which exists to encourage and equip the next generation of community leaders in Memphis. Todd has also served on the board of New Hope Christian Academy, an urban, college preparatory elementary school. Todd is the founder and director of The Edge Conference, a national conference dedicated to junior high students, where hundreds of students have come to know Christ. Todd is also involved in the weekly mentoring of young adults seeking to serve the Lord in ministry.
Todd grew up in Clearwater, Florida and graduated from Covenant College with a BA in Biblical Studies and did his graduate work at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Todd has been married to his wife Lynn since 1988 and has been blessed with two sons, Ben and Zach, both of whom attended PDS, and a daughter, Ellie.
Hunter Witherington is a Partner of SSM Partners, a growth equity firm that focuses on making investments in privately-held, software and healthcare IT companies.
Hunter currently serves as a board member for three private companies in which SSM has invested and has served as a board member or board observer for a number of other companies. Prior to joining SSM in 2004, Hunter spent several years in investment banking with Stephens, Inc. working on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and public offerings for middle-market companies. Hunter received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University.
Outside of work, Hunter serves as the Treasurer and a board member of the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation and is actively involved as a member of Second Presbyterian Church.
Wilson is the managing partner at SSM Partners, a Memphis based private equity firm. Prior to joining SSM in 1988, Wilson was with Chemical Bank in New York. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt University in 1984.
Originally from Decatur, Alabama, Wilson and his wife Caroline have four children, three of whom are boys that graduated from PDS. He is an Elder at Second Presbyterian Church, and previously served as PDS board chair from 1997–2000.
Stephanie Tancredi is an active volunteer in the Memphis community currently serving on the Presbyterian Day School Board, the Hutchison School Board, a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary and as a Sustainer in the Junior League of Memphis. Mrs. Tancredi holds a Bachelors of Arts from Sweet Briar College. She worked previously as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill and as a political appointee in the George HW Bush Administration.
She and her husband, Anthony, have three children, sons Daniel ’10 and Andrew ‘18, and a daughter Samantha.
Evolve Bank and Trust
W. Scott Stafford is President and Chief Executive Officer, Evolve Bank & Trust.
Under Mr. Stafford’s leadership, Evolve has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies three years running, been named a Top Workplace for the last three years, and in 2015, Mr. Stafford was named CEO of the Year by Inside Memphis Business Magazine.
His philanthropic endeavors include serving as Board Chairman of Neighborhood Christian Center, Board Member at Presbyterian Day School, Member and Officer at Second Presbyterian Church, and he is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Mr. Stafford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce and a business degree at The University of Alabama.