Board of Directors

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is Program Coordinator for The Urban Child Institute, overseeing program implementation and providing evaluation support for several projects, including those at Neighborhood Christian Centers, WLOK 1340AM, the Memphis Public Library, and the University of Tennessee/LeBonheur Pediatric Specialists clinic.

Katherine received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College and a Master of Science degree in social work from the University of Tennessee.

Matthew Cowgur

Matt coordinates Web Development & Digital Communications for The Urban Child Institute. Since joining The Institute in 2010, he has continued to improve and expand our organization’s web presence and communications.

Matthew graduated from Taylor University with a B.S. degree in Computer Graphic Arts/Systems in 2003.

Susan Day

Susan Day is Conference Room Coordinator for The Urban Child Institute, scheduling and managing events, equipment, materials and logistics for The Institute’s first floor spaces. She also represents UCI at a wide variety of community events and assists with marketing and promotions.

Susan attended Michigan State University and Madonna University, receiving a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations.

Sallie Foster

Sallie Foster has served as Executive Assistant to Administration and the Board of Directors since 1977, when she assumed that role at Le Bonheur, and has continued through the transitions to LHS, Inc., and The Urban Child Institute. Additionally, she manages the day-to-day operation of the 600 Jefferson building where The Institute is located.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Memphis in 1985.

Marc Goodman-Bryan

Marc Goodman-Bryan is a writer and editor for The Urban Child Institute. He has authored web content as well as policy briefs and other print publications. Marc also edits and contributes to The State of Children in Memphis and Shelby County: Data Book.

He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Memphis in 2004 and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis in 2008.

Jean Phebus

Jean Phebus oversees The Urban Child Institute’s accounting and financial administration. She has extensive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Jean has served on several nonprofit boards and volunteers for various causes.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1992. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1993.

Katy Spurlock

Katy Spurlock is Director of Education and Dissemination for The Urban Child Institute. She also serves on several nonprofit boards and community advisory committees.

Katy received a B.A. degree from Rhodes College, a Masters of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work, and a Masters of Science degree in Business from the University of Memphis.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is The Urban Child Institute’s Director of Marketing and Technology. In addition to developing and executing the organization’s communication strategy, his department deploys and maintains The Institute’s website and network technology.

Scott has a B.S. in Organizational Management from Crichton College and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Memphis.

Jason Ziegler

Jason Ziegler is the IT Manager at The Institute. Since 2008, he has been responsible for configuring and supporting software, hardware, network and other staff-empowering technologies. He has also assisted with the Data Book, research database projects, social media communications, and analytics.

Jason has a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis.