Female Movers & Shakers 3

Women Working to Better the Hendersonville Community


Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett began her health care career as a nurse at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1978. From there, she rose through the ranks, holding various clinical and managerial roles until being named Chief Executive Officer at Tristar Hendersonville Medical Center in 2007.

Regina and her family moved to Hendersonville in 1998, where they fell in love with the lakeside community. During her rare periods of downtime, she likes to spend time at home with her family.

She is active in the community through several organizations, including the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sumner, the United Way and Rotary.

The Anchor

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson began her career in Nashville with WSMV-TV in 1997. Since then, her career has blossomed, earning her numerous awards. Currently, she co-anchors two daily news shows, “News 4 Today” and “News 4 at Noon.”

Holly is active in the community, serving as the spokesperson for the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition and as a member of Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee. She also speaks to area women’s groups through her program “Sisterhood – We Need Each Other.”

When not at work, Holly loves to spend her time on the soccer fields in Hendersonville with her husband and their two sons.

The Law Enforcer

Illana Tate

Illana Tate began her career almost 20 years ago as a courtroom clerk in Atlanta. Soon afterward, she left the courtroom for a career in law enforcement. After serving in various roles with different agencies, Illana became the executive officer of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in 2013. Currently, she oversees the TBI Public Information Office and several special projects, including the TBI Victim Services and Peer Support Services programs.

During her downtime, Illana loves spending time with her young son. She also enjoys being outdoors in and around Hendersonville where she can take advantage of boating, fishing and other lake activities.

The Community Leader

Lee Rucks

Lee Rucks began her career by providing marketing services for banks and nonprofit agencies in South Carolina. In 2010, she and her husband relocated to Hendersonville to open a Christian Brothers Automotive franchise. Lee also became the president of Leadership Middle Tennessee during 2016.

She is very involved in the community where she currently serves on several boards of directors, including the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also active in Leadership Sumner and in Rotary.

During her free time, Lee enjoys a variety of activities, including boating, kayaking, running and cheering for her children’s high school sports teams.

The Humanitarian

Kee Bryant-McCormick

Kee Bryant-McCormick began her career after graduating from the Texas A&M Law School in 2005. As a member of the Sumner County office of the Bone McAllester Norton law firm, she specializes in such areas as criminal defense, government investigations, estate planning and special education law.

Kee is active in the community serving in a variety of roles in both professional and nonprofit organizations. Her contributions include serving on the boards of directors of Shalom Zone, the League of Women Voters, the Hendersonville Senior Citizens Center and Autism Speaks.

During her downtime, Kee loves to spend time with her husband and son.

The Trailblazer

Lois Jordan

Lois Jordan is a retired educator who taught government in Nashville public middle and high schools for many years. Along with her educational accomplishments, her life-long love of government and public service led her to become the first woman—and the first African-American woman—elected to the Metro Nashville City Council in 1971.

Lois, who has a doctorate in education, is very active in the Hendersonville and greater Nashville community. She is currently serving on numerous boards, including the Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, Nashville Opera, Nashville Ballet and the Friends of Children’s Hospital.

When not attending community events, she likes to entertain at her Hendersonville home.