I am active in the LSP through my work as the treasurer, and also I occasionally assist with legal issues. As I am unable to attend many meetings because of work obligations, I hope that I can continue to contribute by handling the treasurer's duties and any legal issues as they arise. I have no particular vision for that work, it tends to be somewhat "nuts and bolts" - but am always amazed and impressed with the collective vision and work of all who are involved with the LSP.
I have been involved with the LSP since its inception. I strongly believe in the mission, having worked in various capacities in various organizations working to better our city, with an emphasis on the racial issues and disparities that we live with as a result of our history. I have come to believe that nothing may matter as much, or contribute to progress on those fronts as much, as grappling with the history of racial terror in America.
I am a graduate of Leadership Memphis, Class of 2010, have served on the board of directors of the Community Legal Center and the advisory board of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and was a Corporate Fellow there in 2014. I am currently Pro Bono Legal Counsel to Community LIFT and River City Capital. I am a shareholder with the law firm of Baker Donelson, where I have worked for 34 years.
I have been married for 38 years to Holmes Peacher-Ryan, who is a math professor at Christian Brothers University. We have 2 kids - Molly, who works and lives here in Memphis, and Anna, who is a sophomore in college. I don't have hobbies, per se, but love to read and am developing a love of cooking.