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“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
– St. Catherine of Siena


Presenting the inaugural 2018 Leadership Catholic Class!

Anna Burnett


  • Audit Manager, Deloitte
  • Home Church: Christ the King
  • Member of National Audit Faculty Program @ Deloitte
  • Founder of Credo, Young Adult Community @ Christ the King
  • MAcc, Belmont; BSBA, St. Louis University


Russ Cornwall


  • Product Manager, ProviderTrust
  • Co-Founder/CTO @ Entrepreneurial Mind, LLC
  • Home Church: St. Matthew – Cantor
  • Belmont University MBA Program Alumni Board
  • MBA, BBA, Belmont University


Tim Grubb

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  • Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Home Church: St. Mary
  • Converted to Catholicism, Easter of 2000
  • CCD Instructor @ St. Mary
  • MBA, Vanderbilt; BA, Aquinas College


Nicholas Martini


  • Director of National Sales Development & Operations, Vaco, LLC.
  • Home Church: St. Henry
  • Nashville Technology Council
  • Technology Advisory Committee – St. Henry School
  • Former LAX Coach – Christian Bros.
  • BA, Christian Brothers University


Ryan McCostlin


  • Senior Vice President, Bernard Health
  • Home Church: Christ the King
  • Top 30 Under 30 – Nashville Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Adjunct Professors – Vanderbilt
  • Vandy Catholic
  • MBA, Yale University; BS, Vanderbilt


Ragan Ogg


  • Solutions Consultant, NovaCopy
  • Home Church: Christ the King
  • Valedictorian – St. Cecilia Academy
  • Captain – Notre Dame Women’s Amateur Boxing Club
  • BA, Notre Dame


Mike Ratino


  • Senior Director, Asurion
  • Home Church: Holy Family
  • National American Heart Association Pulse Board
  • Led Deal/Valuation of $3B buyout of prior employer by GSK
  • MBA, BS, University of Maryland


Geoff Smith


  • Controller, i3 Verticals
  • Home Church: St. Edward
  • Fraternus – Founding Member
  • Former Assurance Manager @ Ernst & Young
  • MAcc, BS, Vanderbilt


Russell Taber


  • Attorney & Partner, Riley, Warnock and Jacobson, PLC.
  • Home Church: Cathedral of the Incarnation
  • Catholic Charities Board Member
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 2014
  • JD, Vanderbilt; BA, Georgetown


Matthew Thigpen


  • Executive Vice President, Inflammo
  • Home Church: Christ the King
  • Budget Committee – Diocese of Nashville
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Adjunct Lecturer @ Belmont University – 2013
  • MAcc, BS, University of Tennessee


Elizabeth Watkins

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  • Tax Accountant, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
  • Home Church: Cathedral of the Incarnation
  • Missionary & Team Director w/ FOCUS Ministries
  • Tax Specialist for Entertainment Ind.
  • BA, Benedictine College


Austin Weaver


  • Partner, The Advisory Board Company
  • Home Church: Christ the King
  • Room in the Inn Volunteer/RCIA Instructor
  • Oversees consulting & technology to improve clinical alignment & outcomes
  • MBA, Vanderbilt; BBS, Notre Dame

Since the Catholic Business League was founded in 2008, our vision has been to connect, develop, and inspire Catholic professionals to live their faith at work, at home, and in their community. Over the years, our organization and monthly breakfasts have built a reputation for assisting those in career transition. Our newest initiative, Leadership Catholic, builds on this vision by supporting emerging leaders in search of professional development and spiritual growth.

Leadership Catholic is a yearlong mentorship program that connects emerging leaders early on in their careers with seasoned mentors to help them discover God’s dream for their lives. Participants will be shown by example how to faithfully pursue a vibrant relationship with Christ, nurture a thriving vocation, and foster a successful and fulfilling career.

Mentors are hand-selected members of the Catholic Business League in executive, ownership or board-level positions whose successes are well documented. They span numerous industries, professions, and functions. Most importantly, they are all active and fervent Catholic parishioners at churches across the Diocese.

In addition to mentorship, participants will have the opportunity to engage with fellow emerging leaders in exclusive leadership programming and development. Spiritual events designed to cultivate a deep understanding of the Catholic worldview, as well as professional events designed to present a well-rounded view of the unique gifts and needs of the broader community all contribute to developing strong, faithful, compassionate pillars of society.

Some possible examples include:

  • “How to Think Like a Catholic” – retreat designed specifically for leaders and led by former Wall Street Banker turned Catholic priest and now Leadership Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Dan Rehill, and other special guests
  • “How to Think Like an Executive” – seminar led by elite and faithful C-level executives and leaders who will share key insights into what it takes to build successful organizations and inspire and lead people
  • “Vocation: The Call to Greatness”
    – Get special behind-the-scenes access to the Dominican Motherhouse and the Chancery to learn about the life-changing impact these institutions, and the vibrant vocations they foster, have on the world
    – Learn from 2000 years of Catholic Church wisdom how to ‘bulletproof your marriage’ and raise a strong family
  • “Catholic Charities” – see firsthand the impact that organizations like Catholic Charities have on the global community. Every day the Catholic Church feeds, clothes, shelters, and educates more people than any other organization in the world.

The application period for the Class of 2018 has closed. Visit this website or contact us at for more information on the Class of 2019 application period.

We will announce our inaugural class at our September Breakfast Meeting on September 14, 2017. 


More Information about Leadership Catholic:

How to apply to Leadership Catholic

Leadership Catholic overview

Meet our Executive Steering Committee

Meet our mentors

Meet our Chaplain and clergy

Read the Tennessee Register’s story on Leadership Catholic