Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Cathy Bender
Indira Dammu
Ana Escobar
David Esquivel
Lauren Fitzgerald
Melissa Gordon
Herman Hicks

Jimmie Johnson
Tommye Maddox

Hasina Mohyuddin
Molly Sehring [Chair]
Jamaal Sheats [Vice-Chair]
Jamie Sochovka

The Maddox board has 13 members. 61% identify as women and 77% as people of color.  The board meets four times each year.  In 2021, the board had a 95% attendance rate.  We utilize active committees to fulfill our mission.  Board members may serve two 3-year terms.

Maddox grant committee

Grant Committee


Investment Committee

Maddox Staff

Kaki Friskics-Warren, Maddox Charitable Fund

Kaki Friskics-Warren
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Kaki joined the Maddox Fund team in 2009 when the foundation returned to Middle Tennessee.

Prior to joining The Maddox Fund, Kaki was the Director of at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.   Kaki served as the founding Executive Director of Renewal House, a residential recovery community for women and their children and Reconciliation, a nonprofit serving families of inmates.  Kaki has also served as the associate pastor of a large Nashville congregation and as a chaplain for Alive Hospice.

Kaki’s volunteer work focuses on issues of immigration reform and affordable housing.  She volunteered to visit Tennessee death row inmates for 32 years.

Kaki received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Kaki is the recipient of the 2013 “Amiga We Love” award from Conexión Américas, the 2015 Human Relations Award from Community Nashville, the 2017 Academy of Women of Achievement from the YW and the 2018 Hall of Fame from Tennessee Justice Center.

Joseph Gutierrez, Maddox Charitable Fund

Joseph Gutierrez
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Joseph Gutierrez is the Education Program Officer at the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund.  He is originally from southern California and graduated from UCLA with B.A.’s in American Literature and History in 2009.  Joseph’s professional experiences have centered around education. He worked in South Korea for five years as an educator in public school and afterschool settings. After moving to Nashville in 2014, Joseph continued doing afterschool work while working with NAZA. 

In 2017, he completed his Masters in Education through the Community Development and Action program at Vanderbilt. While there, his academic pursuits focused on organizational studies and community-based school reform.  Joseph was also one of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition’s Mosaic Fellows, a statewide program designed to connect and empower educational leaders of color.

Outside of Maddox, Joseph is also a part-time student at Vanderbilt Divinity School pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies.  His interests are in economic justice and Eastern ideologies.  He also helps to coordinate the work of API Middle Tennessee, an Asian & Pacific Islander-serving community-based organization.


Margarita (Spanish-English translation: Daisy) is a steadfast presence at the Maddox Fund. Known to most as Rita, she is passionate about wildlife conservation and spends as much time as possible outdoors in nature and playing in creeks.

An avid collaborator, she is eager to network on projects great and small. Outcomes and data retrieval are her areas of consulting expertise.  Rita is tri-lingual, fluent in Spanish, English and dog.


Donut is the Maddox Fund’s newest part-time staff member. She is excited about the work and is most interested in community building and connecting with people.  Donut is big advocate for changing workplace culture in the nonprofit sector and strongly believes that rest and play are necessary parts of a healthy work environment.