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Our Staff


Dr. Emerald Mitchell
Founder & Executive Director      |  


Dr. Emerald Mitchell is the founder and Executive Director of Moves & Grooves Incorporated where she oversees strategic planning, grant writing and daily operation of five S.T.E.A.M programs for over 250 undeserved youth in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Dr. Mitchell is a trained ballet, jazz and contemporary dancer and served as a 4th grade teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 5 years. This is where Emerald saw the "power of arts" in action as she often integrated music and movement into each math and literacy lesson which brought excitement, focus and enagagement for even the most unruly student. Dr. Mitchell leads a team of educators by promoting the agency's mission of arts integration in schools, communities and on capital hill. Dr. Mitchell serves as a member of Tennesseans For the Arts, The Art & Business Council of Middle Tennessee, The VP of Development for the Junior League of Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she has served on the Education and Report Card Committee for 2 consecutive years.

Her advocacy for youth, arts, wellness and education has been featured in printed media and television such as Today in Nashville, Urban Outlook, the Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, and the Nashville City Paper. She is the recipient of the 2019 Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award, Finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award (NELA), Pamplin Fellows Leadership Award and many others. Dr. Mitchell earned her bachelor's degree from Fisk University, MBA from the University of Phoenix, Masters in Education from Tennessee State University and Doctorate of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in May 2016. Whenever Emerald isn't out and about, she enjoys kickboxing, boats, traveling, spending time with her husband Deitrick Mitchell and their 4 amazing children Success, Chosen, Believe and Purpose. And YES, those are their real names.

Favorite Food: Italian

Favorite Book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey

Life Motto/Quote: “Get it done!”

Favorite Sport: Dance

Favorite TV Show: Shark Tank

Fun Fact: I like horseback riding.

Why she started Moves & Grooves, Inc: Dr. Mitchell believes that Moves & Grooves is her opportunity to give to other people what was once given to her... a choice.





Ashton Mothersbaugh
Director of Development      |  


I am originally from Madisonville, Kentucky and have always been involved in the arts. I am a visual artist and I have tried (and failed) to play many instruments over the years. I studied at the University of Kentucky and obtained a Bachelor in Arts in Administration with a minor in Art History in 2009. In 2015, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration to further my work in the non-profit sector. I have lived in Nashville for nearly a decade working at various arts agencies. I love being able to serve the youth in our community.

Favorite Food: BBQ Nachos

Favorite Book: Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King

Life Motto/Quote: “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

Favorite Sport: Cheerleading

Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones

Fun Fact: I’ve traveled to fifteen countries... and I try to go to a new one each year.

Why I work with Moves & Grooves, Inc: I truly believe in the power of the arts and I believe that our youth are worth investing in.





Victoria Duran
Program Director       |  


I am originally from Statesville, North Carolina who has done stints up and down the east coast before settling in middle Tennessee. The arts have always been a big part of my life, and I have taken or lead art classes and dance classes throughout my whole life. I studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in History. I have lived in the Nashville Metro area for about three years and been involved from local government to volunteering at other non-profits in the area. I love being able to give back to the community and help young kids reach their full potential and full creative abilities!

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Life Motto/Quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Favorite Sport: Baseball

Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who

Fun Fact: I have lived in six different states!

Why I work with Moves & Grooves, Inc: I believe that every child has the ability to be the next big doctor, and dancer. Moves & Grooves gives students the tools to unlock that potential.




Our Site Coordinators

  • Latashia Anderson
  • Carolyn Blake
  • Sarah Farrell
  • Kayla Hall
  • Megan Hancock
  • Christian Henry
  • Patrice Ingram
  • Jalyn Robinson
  • Jordan Suggs




  • Our Board of Directors

  • President - Debra Edwards, Realtracs Realty
  • Secretary - Allison Dowdle, Silicon Ranch Corporation
  • Treasurer - Herman Hicks, First Tenn Bank
  • Member - Dr. Carmen April, The Foot & Ankle Healthcare Center
  • Member - Dr. Maya Bugg, TN Charter School
  • Member - Dr. DeAnn Bullock, Nashville General Hospital
  • Member - Karla Garcia, Conexión Américas
  • Member - Jennifer Haile, UBS
  • Member - Carla Hawkins, Ingram Industries
  • Member - Sonya Johnson, United Way of Williamson County
  • Member - Arthur Kirkby, Artist
  • Member - Nina Kumar, Nelson Mullins
  • Member - Chase Manning, Dowdell Construction
  • Member - Cheryl Mayes, My Toolbox Consulting
  • Member - Roberta Parker, HCA
  • Member - Arrin Richards, Neal & Harwell, PLC
  • Member - Jim Robert, Former ALIAS Chamber Executive
  • Member - Adelee Traylor, Butler Snow Law Firm
  • Member - Lisa White, Ready Signing & Closing Services
  • Non-Voting Member - Dr. Emerald Mitchell, Executive Director of Moves & Grooves, Inc.