DIOCESAN FINANCE COUNCIL MEMBERS

Robert (Bob) Orians, Council Chairman and Chair of the Audit Committee graduated from St. Louis Elementary School, Christian Brothers High School, Memphis State University (with a degree in accounting) and Vanderbilt Law School. Upon graduation of law school in 1981, Bob joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P. C., a law firm headquartered in Memphis, and became a member of the firm in 1987. Bob’s practice centers on the areas of business planning and transactions, income taxation and general planning. Bob’s current term runs until June 30, 2021.

Jim McMahon, Chair of the Budget Committee has a degree in accounting and finance from Marquette University and began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago. He joined ServiceMaster initially as VP Internal Audit, then as VP of Financial Planning & Analysis and moved to Memphis to serve as Sr. VP & CFO of Terminix. After leaving Terminex in 2003, Jim served as Sr. VP & CFO for the Trauma Division of Smith & Nephew before joining American Residential Services in 2006 in a similar role. In 2015 Jim was recognized as CFO of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal. Jim serves on numerous boards in Memphis, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, The AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the CFO Advisory Committee for ALSAC, and Ave Maria Nursing Home. Jim has served on the finance council since November of 2006. Jim and his wife Denice live in Germantown, TN and have two children. Jim’s current term runs until June 30, 2022.

Tom Scherer, Chair of the Revenue, Banking, Investment & Facilities Committee, has retired from ServiceMaster where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Tom is currently the Co-Chair of the Investment Committee and Treasurer for the Assisi Foundation of Memphis and the Chair of the Investment Committee for St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School. He also served on the Diocese of Memphis Development Board from 1997 until 2006. Tom was appointed to the Diocesan Finance Council in June 2006 and his current term ends June 30, 2021.

Sam King, Chair of the Pension, Employee Compensation & Benefits Committee has been with Pinnacle Financial Partners since 2015 as a financial advisor and area manager.   Prior to that, he was with First Horizon Bank for 24 years in several positions with the last being SVP in the Diversity Banking division.  He has served as a board member and treasurer at Omnicare HMO and was the chair of the Finance Council at St. Augustine Catholic Church from 2005 to July 2019. Sam’s current term ends June 30, 2021.

Greg Barnes is the Memphis Office Managing Partner for KPMG LLP, a position that he has held for nine years. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst and has over 30 years of public accounting experience. Greg was appointed to the Diocesan Finance Council in November of 2018 and his current term ends June 30, 2023.

Joe Evangelisti serves as an Executive Vice President with First Horizon Bank, which is headquartered in Memphis, one of the largest banks in the southeastern US.  His 40 plus year career with First Horizon includes leadership positions in National Accounts, International Banking, Credit and Operational Risk Management and Chair of a Corporate Governance Committee.  He currently leads the Financial Technology partnership initiative for the bank.  He has served as a member of the Finance Council since February of 2008.  He is also a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Joe’s current term ends June 30, 2023.

Jonathan Frase holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace and a minor in business from Middle Tennessee State University and is the owner and President of Frase Protection, a second generation home security firm with 25 employees. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for both Guiding Star Memphis and the Order of Malta Memphis Chapter and is an active parishioner of the Church of the Holy Spirit. He has been married for 16 years and counting and is the father of three children. Jonathan was appointed to the Diocesan Finance Council in November 2018 and his current term ends June 30, 2023.

Ross Harris is the CEO of A3 Freight Payment, a business process outsourcing firm for freight payables. Ross has previously served in other executive roles in that industry including CFO for U.S. Bank’s PowerTrack division and Executive Vice President of AIMS Logistics. He is a CPA and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Christian Brothers University and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Memphis. Ross was appointed to the Diocesan Finance Council in November 2011 and his current term ends June 30, 2021.

Ted Nelson is the Chairman of ThermaMasters, LLC, which manufacturers heat sinks, cold plates and chill plates for low and medium voltage drives. Previously he was with Touchstone where he was EVP and later acquired controlling interest of the company until it was acquired by MK Rail Corporation. Ted graduated from Valdosta State College with a Bachelor of Business Administration, has served on the boards of Jackson Chamber of Commerce, First South Bank, Tennessee Technology Development, West Tennessee Healthcare foundation, American Red Cross, YMCA, American Heart Association among others. Ted and his wife Tricia have four children Taylor Marie Davis, Kelley Gaffney (deceased), Patrick and Alice. Ted was appointed to the Diocesan Finance Council in in June 2006 and his current term ends June 30, 2021.

Shawn Wall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and is a licensed nursing home administrator who has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit realms. His duties are to oversee the facility’s day-to-day operations as well as the financial function, while providing quality resident care. Shawn was appointed to the Finance Council in November 2018 and his current term ends June 30, 2023.

Tom Whitman Prior to retiring in 1999, Tom spent thirty-eight years in the investment business: five years with the First Tennessee Bank as a Trust Investment Officer, twenty-one years with Goldman, Sachs and Co. as an institutional equity salesman, and then was a founding principal of Highland Capital Management Co., a registered investment advisory firm, where he spent twelve years. Tom joined the Finance Council in in June 2006 and his current term ends June 30, 2021.

Msgr. Victor Ciaramitaro
Father James Clark
Father Richard Coy
Father Carl Gregorich
Father Robert Marshall
Father James Martell
Father Johnnie Smith
Deacon Phil Moore

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