Board Members

Kristen Waddell

Kristen Myers Waddell, President I was introduced to COMEC through my friend and former board member, Holli Weatherington, in late summer 2011. Hearing the mission and values of the organization, I immediately wanted to learn more. I met with COMEC’s Executive Director Sgt. Len Edwards and joined the board in October 2011. I currently work as a marketing consultant and freelance writer/editor, I have a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice and I am married to Blake and mother to a toddler son, Barrett. My experience, degree and love for children all make COMEC a perfect fit for me.  I joined the board to help promote this deserving organization to corporations, organizations and individuals in our community who may need, or know someone who needs its help someday.

Patti Phelps, Vice President

Toya Duffie

Toya E. Duffie, Treasurer I became a proud member of COMEC’s Board in January of 2011.  While I had definitely heard of COMEC, I wasn’t all that familiar with all of the things that the organization does.  It wasn’t until I received an email asking for volunteers to assist with COMEC’s Annual Golf Tournament, that I had the opportunity to learn more, and boy was I impressed.

I am a graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Advertising.  I am currently a Sr. Sales Specialist for FedEx’s Inside Sales Planning Team, but in past years have served as a volunteer for Memphis’ Juvenile Courts CASA Team (Court Appointed Special Advocate Team), worked as a substitute teacher for Memphis City Schools and have been employed as the Marketing Coordinator for The Organ Transplant Fund.  I am also a member of the Memphis Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  As I parent I can truly respect and admire the work of COMEC and am proud to have the opportunity to serve as a board member and volunteer in any capacity possible.

Katie Allbritten








Katie Allbritten I am thrilled to have been selected to sit on the Board of Directors for COMEC. I am in my third semester as a member of the adjunct faculty for the University of Memphis, College of Social Work. I am a licensed clinical social worker with ten years practice experience working with at-risk children, youth and their families, specifically in the Memphis community. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and my Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work. While earning my undergraduate degree, I volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Ronald McDonald House, and Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of America. Before leaving Knoxville, I completed my first term of service as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity.

Jonathan Bawcum

Greg Bethel

Joy Doss

Alisa Ellis

Todd Miller

Andy Phelps

Nick Rice

Jane Russell

Pam Taylor

Clay Tidwell

Ron Wong

Ron Wong I’m very fortunate to have several passions of which community service is one of them.  I was asked about 5 years ago to join the board of COMEC, which I did not hesitate to accept.  I did this because I believed in the mission of the organization and believe deeply that our children are our future!  With my experience as a board member for various organizations over the past 15 years, I also felt like I could help grow the professionalism of the COMEC board.  As a current board member, I feel my responsibilities are to help establish and grow meaningful fundraisers, govern the organization to performance excellence and provide resources for the success of the all the programs.  About me, retired from FedEx after 34 years of service, Viet Nam veteran, member of Leadership Memphis class of 2003.  I have also bass fished professionally for over 20 years, but now retired from that also.

Advisory Board members include Audrey Gonzalez, Angie Evers, Maurrean Barger and Selena Silvestro.