Sanders elected to head TEP

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A new leader of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) has been elected, saying the state-wide equality group would continue to work to increase visibility and financial resources.

Christopher Sanders will take the helm as president in July. He was elected by his fellow board members at the group’s annual membership meeting, which was held Saturday May 6. Sanders succeeds outgoing president Randy Cox, who did not seek re-election, but will remain a member on the board of directors.

Sanders, 36, is a founding member of the Nashville Grizzlies Rugby Football Club, and also serves as president of the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as executive committee member on the TEP board, where he chaired public relations and acted as spokesperson for the group.

“With the close of the legislative session coming, and the marriage amendment vote in November, TEP has a great deal of work to do to promote equality throughout the state of Tennessee,” Sanders said. “We are going to continue to take steps to increase our visibility and financial resources to accomplish just that.”

Other officers elected include: Stephen Henry, vice president; John Snyders, re-elected as treasurer; Lisa Beavers joins TEP as a new board member and secretary; Marisa Richmond was newly elected to the board as executive committee member. Chris Nelson, leader of Allies Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee, was elected to the board.