New Leadership to Move Memphis Forward!
Zach grew up in Southern Virginia, raised by two hard working parents who taught him humility and the importance of giving back. The middle of three children, Zach's mother was a high school Social Studies teacher and his father was a Virginia State Trooper. Growing up in a close-knit community, he learned what it meant to look out for others and help those in need.
His desire to give back to his community led Zachary to earn his Emergency Medical Technical-Basic license while in high school, and begin working for a volunteer rescue squad. Zachary then attended the University of Richmond where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and American History.
While at Richmond, he was a Bonner Scholar--a national service scholarship program that gives students the opportunity to attend college, while engaging their talents and educations in building and supporting communities. To further his knowledge in Emergency Medical Services, Zachary also completed his National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate certification.
Upon graduation from the University of Richmond in 2010, Zachary moved back to Martinsville, Virginia to work as the Youth Services Director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board. In this position, he oversaw all youth programs for Southside Virginia that operated under the federal Workforce Investment Act. During this time, he also completed a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at Duke University.
In 2011, Zachary moved to Memphis to serve as a United Methodist Missionary. As a part of this service, he worked with the Workers Interfaith Network, a nonprofit fighting for economic justice, worker rights, and an end to wage theft.
Upon completion of his 2 years of service, Zachary felt called to stay in Memphis, and accepted the Executive Director's position at Memphis Area Prevention Coalition--a local nonprofit working to reduce substance use and abuse amongst youth in Shelby County, as well as working to reduce the stigma associated with the treatment and recovery of addictions.
Zachary also serves as the Director of Youth and Young Adult ministries for St. John's United Methodist Church.
Volunteerism and community engagement are important to Zachary, and he currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Workers Interfaith Network, and the Treasurer of the Board of Director's for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (a state-wide non-profit that works to bring substance abuse prevention organizations from across the state together to create systemic changes).
Zachary lives in the Normal Station neighborhood by the University of Memphis.