Linda Leathers trusts the Lord to accomplish what only He can do through servant leadership among people of faith in our city. She recognizes that “Operation Andrew Group (OAG) is poised to build on its strong foundation to bless, equip, and serve our community and beyond in strategic ways.”
As the Founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Next Door (TND), Linda led the nationally recognized Nashville model of behavioral health, affordable housing and reintegration from incarceration to community for women. Over 9,000 women have been served since the organization’s founding. Recognized by both the Bush and Obama administrations, Linda received the 2007 Director’s Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and was honored during the White House’s 2011 “Champions of Change” initiative.
Linda emphasizes that “it inspires me to meet with pastors and dream together about how OAG is positioned to bring Christians from all walks of life together to serve beyond the walls of their churches, their cultures, and lay aside potential division to demonstrate the love of Christ.”
“The possibilities for OAG’s future ministry initiatives are unlimited.” – Linda Leathers
"My passion and life's work is building out the capacities of children and youth, AND bringing along the local church community to make this happen. This is what lights my fire," says Stan Weber. After 30 years of leadership as the Executive Director of Salama Urban Ministries, Stan transitioned to his current role as Director of United4Hope in 2015.
Stan has been involved in urban ministry for over 35 years; 5 years in Vicksburg, MS and 30+ years in Nashville. During his time at Salama, he focused on building a strong and effective faith-based organization that assisted families by equipping their youth with skills and values needed for productive adulthood.
A passion for public education runs in the family as his wife, Alice, is a teacher in MNPS, and his daughter also works in public education. He and Alice have four adult children and two grandchildren, with a third on the way.
Stan is strategically equipped to lead United4Hope. His years of advocating for families and his strong networking skills across the city provide the foundational skill sets needed to advance the mission and vision of United4Hope. He serves on the Chronic Absence Action Team through The Nashville Public Education Foundation, Community Achieves A Team through Alignment Nashville, and the Harvard University L.I.F.E. design cohort.
Janelle has a M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University. She worked part time for United4Hope while completing her degree and has recently accepted a full-time position with the organization.
Previously, she served as Education Coordinator for National Audubon Society’s John James Audubon Center outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While there, she wrote and implemented STEM curriculum for local school districts and managed the internship and animal ambassador programs.
Janelle is passionate about providing all students with opportunities to receive a high quality education and discover their passions. She is excited for this opportunity through United4Hope.
Emily Eidson joined the United4Hope team in April 2020 as our Partnership Coordinator. She comes to United4Hope with a background in local church ministry and church leadership and graduated with a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Degree in May 2020. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Birmingham-Southern College. In conjunction with these two degrees, she has served in the local church over the past several years in a variety of capacities, including youth ministry internships and most recently as a youth director.
Emily has felt called to serve in ministry since she was in high school. Upon learning about United4Hope and The Operation Andrew Group, she became involved very quickly and is excited about the opportunity to serve as Partnership Coordinator. This is a ministry that is new to Emily, and it will allow her to combine the passions she has for ministry and caring for young people with the skills she has gained in her time serving the local church.