Meet The Board & Our Team
Bailey Pratt, President of the Board and Co-Founder
In 2019, Bailey Pratt combined his love for his daughter, Jiselle, and golf to start an annual golf tournament called Scramble for Smiles. What started as a just a way to honor Jiselle and play golf with family has grown into The Jiselle Lauren Foundation, where Bailey and his wife, Jill, have made it their mission to give back to other special needs families.
Along with his work with the foundation, Bailey is currently Vice President of Performance Optimization, Ascension Health. In this role, he leads cross-functional teams focused on helping Ministry Markets better achieve strategic goals through operational improvement initiatives and advancing operational standardization of Ascension’s growth plans and strategies. Bailey earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management from Vanderbilt and his Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in Ohio. He has been a part of Ascension Saint Thomas Health since 2011 with the previous role as the Chief Financial Officer of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford. He also has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ascension Saint Thomas Medical Partners and Hickman Hospital in addition to other various roles within the finance department. Prior to joining Ascension Saint Thomas, Bailey was a Senior Audit Associate for Ernst and Young.
Jill Pratt, Vice President of the Board and Co-Founder
Jill Pratt along with her husband, Bailey, expected life today to be a little bit different than it currently looks when they decided to have their first daughter, Jiselle, over 6 years ago. Things started changing from their expectations around Jiselle’s 10 month birthday when she starting missing important milestones. With a diagnosis of a rare genetic syndrome at age 4, they soon realized life would continue to look a little different for them. Once the grieving process ended, Jill & Bailey found a passion to help families with special needs and started The Jiselle Lauren Foundation as a golf tournament called Scramble for Smiles to combine their love for Jiselle and her happy and infectious smile with their family’s love of golf.
While Jill has a CPA and has spent the majority of her career in corporate finance and accounting at various organizations, she is now taking the tools in her toolbox along with what she has learned from her mentors to drive The Jiselle Lauren Foundation forward and help as many families with special needs kiddos as possible. She hopes The Jiselle Lauren foundation will grow not only to help more families, kiddos and organizations who what to build a more inclusive environment but also become a support system for families knowing she and Bailey are continuing to experience similar feelings and situations. The sky is the limit for what she hopes for The Jiselle Lauren Foundation.
Jill and Bailey reside in Franklin, TN with their 3 kiddos, Jiselle, Jenevieve and Beau, and their two dogs, Peyton and Maddox.
Dr. Cindy DeRuiter Blackwell, Board Member
Dr. Cindy DeRuiter Blackwell is a pediatric occupational therapist who currently practices at an outpatient clinic in Franklin, TN. She is the President of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Blackwell completed her master's degree and post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an AOTA Emerging Leader, class of 2014. She has worked in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, home-based services, outpatient pediatric clinics, and academia. Her passion is working with children with disabilities or developmental delays and their families, to help empower them to reach their fullest potential.
Jon Connor, Board Member
Jon is currently VP, Strategic Relationships, for HCA’s Payer Contracting & Alignment team. In this role, he is responsible for strategic business opportunities with health plan partners and managed care focused entities across the HCA Healthcare enterprise. Previously, Jon led business development for HCA Sarah Cannon’s oncology continuum of care, including new market expansion and enhancing current HCA Sarah Cannon core markets. Jon also served as Regional Vice President for HCA’s TriStar Division implementing and managing operational, financial and programmatic initiatives. Prior to healthcare, Jon worked for Ketchum Sports & Entertainment in New York City specializing in sports marketing programs for Fortune 100 companies. He began his career as production assistant for ESPN. Jon received his B.A. from Elizabethtown College and an M.B.A. from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Josh Oates, Board Member
Josh serves as Senior VP of Operations at Aspirion. Aspirion is a complex RCM services provider helping health systems simplify otherwise challenging reimbursements.
Josh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he was a member of the varsity football team. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and served for six years completing three foreign deployments. After being honorably discharged from active duty, Josh earned his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and began his civilian career at Change Healthcare (fka Emdeon). Josh held a variety of leadership positions in multiple business units at Change. Before ultimately joining Aspirion, Josh spent two years building the healthcare vertical at STRIVR, a virtual reality training startup founded at Stanford.
Josh lives in Franklin, TN with his wife and three children.
Alisha Warner, Board Member
Alisha is a family law attorney at Puryear, Newman and Morton, PLLC in Franklin, Tennessee. Alisha has enjoyed helping and getting to know her clients and assisting with divorce and post-divorce matters for more than 13 years.
Alisha grew up in northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia before attending law school at the University of Tennessee. After living in Nashville for a few years, she and her family found their home base in Franklin. Alisha and her husband, T. Jay, have two children, Sheppard and Elliott.
Jamie Anderson, Media & Marketing