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Alignment USA Staff


Melissa Jaggers, President & Chief Executive Officer

Melissa came to Alignment Nashville after serving as Director of Grant Development at Nashville State Community College for six years, where she worked to secure several federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and other sources. She also served as Nashville State's Director of Development, raising private funds for the institution and working with the Nashville State Foundation. Previously, Melissa was Director of Marketing at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, and Account Manager at Fletcher & Rowley Political Consulting. Melissa holds a BA in Political Science from Western Kentucky University

Tel/Fax: 615.585.8634 



Heather Chalos, Vice President of National Initiatives

Heather oversees the Alignment USA Network and the Nashville Hub. She has previously served Alignment Nashville in the roles of Vice President of Operations and Associate Director.  Heather is a graduate of Belmont University and joined Alignment Nashville in 2012 after having worked in children's health for over twelve years. Her background and experience includes non-profit management, medical practice management, volunteer management, collective impact consulting and coaching, and grant writing. 

Tel/Fax: 615.717.7233



Anthony Johnson, Senior Associate Director

Anthony B. Johnson, Esq., is a native of Memphis, TN. He has a Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University (TSU) and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Mr. Johnson is member of the Wisconsin State Bar. He has extensive legal experience in corporate and securities law, business and contract law, real estate development and intellectual property law. Mr. Johnson has taught engineering and engineering ethics classes in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Department in the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science at TSU. Anthony joins Alignment Nashville from Community Nashville, where he was Vice President of Program Services. He spends a lot of time nurturing, coaching and mentoring youth and is well versed in youth empowerment and service learning initiatives. Mr. Johnson is an experienced and gifted facilitator and well read on issues of race, diversity, privilege and inclusiveness.

Tel/Fax: 615.585.1698



Laurie Preece, AUSA Consultant

Laurie R. Preece was born in San Francisco and grew up in New England. She studied accounting at Brigham Young University.  After college Laurie worked for Marshall Field & Company in both their Chicago and Texas divisions. Laurie has been an active volunteer and advocate for public education, working closely with teachers, principals, school boards and community members to improve local learning opportunities. She has started parent-teacher organizations, raised funds for myriad school programs and led an elementary school through the process of becoming a school community-based management organization.  Laurie moved to Rockford, IL in 2008.  In 2009 Alignment Rockford incorporated as a public school support organization.  Laurie served as the founding executive director of Alignment Rockford.  Laurie now serves as an AUSA Consultant.


Lwam Tecleab, AUSA Project Manager

Lwam, a native of Rochester, NY, obtained her bachelor’s from Geneseo State University in Mathematics, and continued her education, receiving a master’s in Adolescence Math Education from the University at Buffalo. While in Rochester, Lwam has spent time as a teacher. She has also spent a few years as a Compliance Specialist working directly with the business offices of school districts, assisting with regulating retirement plans.

Tel/Fax: 615.521.5991



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