TVC Leadership Staff
Rikki Harris is the Chief Executive Officer for Tennessee Voices for Children. Rikki holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Master’s in Christian Education. In her previous role at TVC, Rikki served as the organization’s Director of Development and Marketing since 2011. Prior to her employment at TVC, she had six years of experience in management as the Director of Children’s Mental Health Services in Fort Worth, Texas. There she served as community leader, advocate, and network partner with other child serving agencies. Rikki also worked as a consultant for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice entities in Texas where she wrote curriculums for staff training and wrote grant applications for funding. She has experience in supervising grant funded programs as well as research. Upon her move to Nashville, Rikki taught Child and Adolescent Development in the Department of Psychology at Welch College while serving her previous employer and other Texas agencies as a consultant on children’s mental healthcare. Her background in the field provides a solid foundation to lead TVC in today’s fast-changing healthcare environment. When not working, Rikki enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an active member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, CABLE, and Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Brian was named the CFO/COO for Tennessee Voices for Children in 2014 after serving as the Interim Executive Director that same year. Prior to filling the CFO/COO role, Brian was the Assistant Director of Operations, a post he has held since 2006. In that capacity he oversaw Information Technology, personnel and benefits administration. Also part of that role included management of the Finance Department including organizational and program budget development, compliance, and audits. Brian joined TVC in 2002 and was promoted to the Information Technology Coordinator in 2003. In that role he introduced new initiatives to advance program training for children’s mental health professionals and directed website development. Prior to joining TVC, Brian was the MIS Associate with Beacon Federal, a financial institution based in Syracuse, New York where he was part of the software conversion team and involved with administering cash transaction services, audits/compliance, trainings, and systems support. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Lemoyne College in 1999.
Sean McPherson, SPE-HSP
Chief Clinical Officer
Sean McPherson, has joined Tennessee Voices for Children as the Chief Clinical Officer. He has 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field serving as a Case Manager, Therapist, Diagnostician and Administrator having worked in residential youth care, community mental health and prison mental health. Sean specializes in work with the severe and persistent mentally ill, program development, crisis management and innovative treatment approaches. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from David Lipscomb University, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Trevecca University and is currently licensed as Senior Psychological Examiner.
Willie M. Voss II (Will) is the Director of Contracts for Tennessee Voices for Children. Will holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University, and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BA in Psychology. He has served in various roles at TVC since he joined the organization in 2015, providing program management, and technical assistance to our Healthy Transitions’ collaborators and community stakeholders working to build a young adult movement in Tennessee. Prior to working on the Healthy Transitions Grant, he served Tennessee Voices for Children well as the Youth M.O.V.E Support Specialist with the System of Care Expansion Grant. In this role he has had experience in care coordination, social marketing, and the development and facilitation of youth councils, as well as experience coordinating efforts with Youth M.O.V.E National. In efforts to support the organizations’ strategic plan to expand programming in the East and West TN Regions, Will assists in actively securing funding and contracts to support our commitment of providing families with access to services/support statewide. Will strives to introduce new initiatives and innovative programming to expand TVC’s wide array of services. His charisma, drive, and passion to lead by example both personally and professionally is a true testament of the importance he sees in continuing to be a voice of hope for families who do not feel heard. A native of West Tennessee, Will enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and Memphis BBQ.
Taylor Phipps is the Director of Development & Marketing for Tennessee Voices for Children. In 2010, Taylor began working for Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC) under the K-Town Youth Empowerment Network (K-Town) System of Care initiative in Knox County. During her time spent with the K-Town initiative, Taylor worked as the Enrollment Coordinator and engaged directly with all referred youth and families to determine program eligibility and level of services and supports needed at discharge. Upon the end of the SAMHSA funding that supported K-Town, Taylor managed the initiative during a No Cost Extension year. During this time, Taylor was able to further develop and maintain partnerships with local child servings systems that would sustain pieces of the services K-Town provided the Knox County community. Taylor then transitioned to the manage all social marketing efforts for the System of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT) initiative, and oversaw the promotion and communication of System of Care and Wraparound services across the state. Due to her varied experiences in serving and supporting youth and families, Taylor is able to bring a comprehensive perspective to her current role of marketing and development of TVC. She spent most of her childhood in Northeast Tennessee, and is an alumni of the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). Before her employment at TVC, Taylor managed UTK’s Testing Center within the Office of Disability Services. She is a wife and proud mother to a beautiful daughter and two dogs.