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Jane O. MacLeod
President/CEO
Jane brings more than 25 years of business experience with Fortune 500 companies and non-profit cultural institutions including the Dallas Arboretum and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Since assuming her role in 2010, she has taken Cheekwood to a new level of heightened awareness and appreciation within the Nashville community as well as regionally and nationally.

Under her leadership, Cheekwood created a five-year strategic plan that has led to an increased focus on the gardens, including the creation of popular floral festivals Cheekwood in Bloom and Harvest at Cheekwood; campus-wide lighting of the garden that provided for the debut of Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood in 2015; the completion of a Cultural Landscape Report to restore the landscape’s historic integrity; and the development of a long-term Master Site Plan. Through her efforts, Cheekwood was able to host the blockbuster exhibitions, Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape and LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood, among others.  In her role as CEO, Jane also serves as the chief fundraiser for major gifts and institutional initiatives.

Jane is affiliated with the American Association of Museums and serves on the national Board of Directors of the American Public Garden Association. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Nashville and was named the Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 Woman of Influence Nonprofit Award Winner. Jane holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University.

Cassie Fahrney
Chief Financial Officer
Cassie joined Cheekwood in 2013 and oversees financial management for the organization as well as its facilities operations. Experienced in public accounting and non-profit financial leadership, Cassie previously worked as an auditor at KraftCPAs and as the chief financial administrator for The Adventure Science Center, Scarritt-Bennett Center, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Saint Leo University.

Elizabeth A. Murdock
Chief Operating Officer
Beth joined Cheekwood in 2013, overseeing the organization’s operations for seasonal festivals, Holiday LIGHTS, and new tourism efforts, including sales functions such as retail, the restaurant, and rentals; as well as directing volunteers and visitor services, education, marketing, technology, security, and human resources. Beth comes to Cheekwood from the Nashville Zoo, where she served as Administrative Director for nearly a decade. Beth served for nine years as the Senior Director of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, managing all visitor-related functions. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Tennessee.

Kristin Paine
Chief Advancement Officer
Kristin joined Cheekwood in 2013 where she is responsible for leading all development functions for contributed revenue including individual and planned giving, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, and membership. Kristin is responsible for the tremendous growth of Cheekwood Society and the creation of Cheekwood’s first family benefit, FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD, and its supporting Family Council, as well as first-time large-scale grants. Previously, Kristin served as Deputy Director of Development with the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and Assistant Vice President/Senior Press Officer with Sotheby’s, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs & Art History from the University of Virginia.

Patrick Larkin
Senior Vice President of Gardens
Patrick joined Cheekwood in 2013, responsible for all horticulture and greenhouse operations and care of the historic estate gardens. Patrick directed the design and implementation of Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS in 2015 and its partnership with Metro Parks for the care of Riverview Gardens within the downtown West Riverfront Park.

Previously Patrick held Executive Director positions at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, and Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was the Chief Executive Officer at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Science degree in Public Horticulture Administration from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.

Leslie B. Jones
Vice President of Museum Affairs/Curator of Decorative Arts
Leslie joined Cheekwood in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the Curatorial Department, including exhibitions and the permanent collection. She also directs the Historic Mansion Refurnishing to debut in 2017, which will restore rooms in the former Cheek family residence to reflect its 1930s aesthetic and lifestyle. Leslie previously served as the Curator and Director of Historical Resources & Programming for the White House Historical Association. She has a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian and George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and a Master Certification in the Appraisal Studies of Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University.

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