2014 Human Relations Award Honorees
Dr. Frank Boehm, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Vanderbilt University Hospital Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Boehm is a teacher, healer, prolific author of both scientific journal articles and inspirational pieces for the lay reader, and a passionate advocate for the rights of Nashville’s most vulnerable citizens. He serves on the Metro Social Service Board and the Nashville Homelessness Commission, and has led both the Nashville Jewish Foundation and Federation. An incredibly active participant in issues affecting our community, he has spoken out compellingly on women’s rights, universal health care, applying the foundations of medical ethics to everyday medical practice, and the reduction of poverty and homelessness.
Dr. Forrest Harris
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Harris has invested his considerable energy into truly varied roles: pastor, preacher, teacher, author, lecturer, federal compliance officer at Oak Ridge, and leader of numerous community activist projects. Remarkably, he has made the time to serve on several boards, including the Citizen’s Commission on Tenn-Care, the Opportunities Industrialization Center, the Nashville American Red Cross, and the Nashville branch of the NAACP, to name just a few. Currently Dr. Harris is the President of American Baptist College and the Director of Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies.
Rev. Judi Hoffman
Currently the pastor of East End United Methodist Church, Rev. Hoffman’s ministry has been shaped by her firm commitment to inclusive love and compassionate justice for all. She has been a strong ally with the LGBT community and a fierce advocate for human rights, often reaching across lines that divide us from one another to strengthen our city and our faith communities. Devoted to serving those on the margins, Rev. Hoffman has been a regular visitor on Death Row at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, a volunteer with the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, an award-winning supporter of Room at in the Inn, Nashville Cares, Habitat for Humanity, the Edgehill FreeStore, and the Human Rights Campaign.
Attorney and a passionate and effective leader, Byron Trauger is the embodiment of civic leadership. In addition to an accomplished legal career representing clients in complex business litigation, he has chaired a gubernatorial and two mayoral campaigns. And, as is the case with our other honorees, the list of boards on which he has served or has chaired is too lengthy to list in full, but includes Nashville Public Library and Public Television, Martin Methodist College, the PENCIL the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundations and support of Conexion Americas. An active Rotarian, fluent Spanish speaker, and Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Trauger has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to issues relating to education.
Recognized for corporate leadership in diversity and inclusion.
A Nashville construction management leader, Skanska has helped shape the landscape of Middle Tennessee through such projects as the Nashville Main Library, LP Field, and Nissan America’s Corporate Headquarters. Skanskas’s Corportate Diversity and Inclusion Program, started in Nashvlle in 2003 under the leadership of Joey Hatch and Mendy Mazzo, has evolved into a global program for the company’s 55,000 employees. Skanska has also earned distinction as a world leader in fostering diversity and inclusion in the construction industry and in its corporate culture and practice. By respecting and engaging people of diverse backgrounds and talents, Skanska not only offers employees an inclusive environment in which to thrive, but also enriches clients and communities through unique partnerships, innovative techniques, and sustainable construction practices.