Meet our team!
Mary Kiger has served as TCCN’s Executive Director since April of 2016. With a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University, Mary brings over 30 years of strategic program development experience to her work with TCCN. While she has had the pleasure of working in that capacity for Ochsner Medical Center, Duke Medical Center and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, she never actually worked in a free and charitable clinic. However, being of service to TCCN members and their patients is the honor of a career and Mary is continually inspired by the work of free and charitable clinics across Tennessee and across the country. Mary and her husband of 40 years have survived parenting five sons together and now enjoy their empty nest time by hiking in nature and ballroom dancing together.
Director of Finance
Annabelle Cruz-Orengo holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Major in Management and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico. Before joining TCCN in June, she worked for 10 years as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer for Family & Children’s Service. In addition, Annabelle provided financial and administrative services to CASA of Davidson County and Renewal House. Prior to relocating to Nashville, Annabelle worked at the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education for 14 years. Annabelle has almost 30 years of experience in budget, human resources, finance, project management, facilities management and emergency preparedness. Annabelle believes in the right of all individuals to access adequate health services and is very enthusiastic in working with TCCN as a way of making a difference.
Director of Grants
Hardy Adham recently joined TCCN as Director of Grants. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Diploma in Administrative office technology, and currently perusing MPH at ETSU. He arrived in the United States of America many years ago prior to his work with the US army/United States Department of Defense (DoD) in Iraq for 5 years. Hardy worked with the United Nations- Human Rights office in Iraq for 6 years. Hardy is a nonprofit industry professional and a social justice advocate with a unique combination of management skills in community and organizational development, education, grant management, and community outreach programs. His international development field management experience specifically focused on education and empowerment of underserved populations. He worked as Community Development Coordinator in partnership with Conexión Américas, he also worked as Regional Coordinator with GNRC/AAAD agency for program area covering 13 counties and 52 cities in the middle Tennessee area managing federal grants, large volunteer program oversight, strategic program planning, and development, staff capacity building, program innovation, performance enhancement, optimal networking, and data system site management.
Manager, Support Services
René Dillard most recently served as Manager, Early Literacy at United Way of Greater Nashville where she facilitated collective impact work for the Blueprint for Early Childhood Success. Ms. Dillard currently holds the following: MPP, Education Policy (Vanderbilt); and B.A. Anthropology (University of Chicago). Her interests are in education research, policy development, access to early childhood education opportunities, teacher development, multi-generational educational opportunities, and empowering parents as partners in schools. She is a proud former public-school teacher. René is excited to be working with TCCN because she believes health outcomes for parents and families are vital to youth success.