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Deborah Story, Senior Vice President, Parker Executive Search

Prior to joining Parker Executive Search, Deborah was Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Saint Thomas Health. She also served more than four years as Commissioner for the Department of Human Resources for the state of Tennessee as member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before her appointment with the state, Deborah founded and operated ESS Group Inc, an executive search and human resources consulting firm, for nearly 7 years.

Deborah brings nearly 30 years of human resources related experience to the firm. Deborah’s other human resources leadership experiences include work with major financial services institutions and a major manufacturing corporation. Prior to starting her firm, Deborah was Senior Vice President and Director of Employment Services at First American National Bank (now Regions Bank) in Nashville, Tennessee. She also worked for SunTrust Bank-Nashville as Group Vice President and Director of Recruiting and Employment; and Emerson Electronic (White-Rodger Division) as Manager of Employee Relations. Other employers have included INROADS/Chicago, Inc., FMC Corporation, and Field Enterprises.

Deborah is an active Board Member and Chair of the Human Resources Committee for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; CABLE Advisory board member and member of the President’s Advisory Council for her alma mater, Trevecca Nazarene University. She is the former Board Chair for Alive Hospice; and served on the board of the Girls Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, Opportunities Industrialization Center, and YWCA. Story was a member of the inaugural board of directors of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and a former member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Nashville City Club boards.