Thistle Farms, Inc.
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5122 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mrs. Tasha Kennard
Term Start September 2022
Tasha's Experience: Tasha is a native Nashvillian who brings a wealth of both nonprofit and for-profit leadership experience to the Thistle Farms CEO role. Most recently, Tasha was the Farm Program Manager for the Southall Farms resort property and start-up hospitality company. Prior to Southall Farms, Tasha served as the Executive Director of the Nashville Farmers Market for over seven years where she was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, financial management, merchant, board and community relations, facility and program operations, tenant and management, marketing, small business and agribusiness resource development, government relations, revenue development, and personnel management.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Rev. Becca Stevens Founder & President
Ms. Courtney Sobieralski Director of Human Resources
Ms. Katrina Robertson National Sales Director
Mr. Kenny Corbett Director of Logistics
Ms. Melissa Wert Director of Innovation and Training
Ms. Sally Anne Harrell Global Shared Trade Director
Ms. Shelia McClain Director of Residential Services
Ms. Tara Hamilton Director of Development & Community Relations
Val Holden Senior Director of Marketing
Scott Ryder CFO
Cyndi Demick Sr. Director of Manufacturing Operations
Alisa Bernard Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Ty Johnson Director of Manufacturing
Kyle Matheny Director of Information Technology
Sherri Roddick Director of Business Development
Dana Wronski Director of Cafe and Hospitality
Tasha Kennard CEO


Full Time Staff 100
Part Time Staff 120
Volunteers 400
Contractors 6
Retention Rate 90%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
When was the Strategic Plan adopted?
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1998
Community Resource Center - Nashville 2003
Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS) 2003
United Way Member Agency 1999


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Champion of Change (Domestic Violence Prevention) White House 2011
CNM Salute to Excellence Innovation in Action 1999
Entrepreneur of the Year Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2011
Humanitarian of the Year Small Business Association of America 2014
National Episcopal Church Jubilee Center 2001
Next Award for Growth (Social Enterprise & Sustainability) Nashville Entrepreneurship Center & Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2015
Tennessean of the Year Tennessean 2005
Top Ten CNN Hero CNN 2016