Sabrina Hooper, Deputy Director
Sabrina Hooper is the Deputy Director for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. As Deputy Director she is responsible for managing the agency's enforcement program for employment, housing and public accommodation. Ms. Hooper received her master's degree in Public Administration from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Previous to joining the Commission, Ms. Hooper has worked as Director/ADA Coordinator - Office of Equal Opportunity for Murray State. In that capacity, she was responsible to the University President for all aspects of the University's compliance with federal/state laws, regulations and university polices /procedures regarding employment equal opportunity.
Dawn Cummings, General Counsel
Dawn Cummings became the General Counsel for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (“THRC”) in July 2017. Ms. Cummings served as a Deputy Attorney General for Indiana after graduating from law school. In 2007, Ms. Cummings became the Staff Attorney for the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission (“Metro”) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In July of 2013, she was named as the Executive Director of the Metro. While at Metro, Ms. Cummings has represented the Commission in the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and Allen County Superior Court. In addition to her responsibilities at Metro, Ms. Cummings was an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech College where she taught American Government. Ms. Cummings is the Immediate Past President of the Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies. Ms. Cummings graduated from Ball State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science. And in 2004, Ms. Cummings graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor Degree from Western Michigan Cooley Law School where she served as an editor of the Law Review.
Saadia Williams, Housing Coordinator
Saadia L. Williams is the Housing Coordinator and a Rule 31 Civil Mediator with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission where she manages the Housing Division which is responsible for housing discrimination investigations throughout the state of Tennessee. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. She is a graduate of the National Fair Housing Training Academy and Leadership Knoxville.
Lynn Cothren, Special Assistant to Executive Director
Lynn Cothren is Special Assistant to Executive Director working in partnership with the Executive Director on all the facets agency operations including our stakeholders and the public. This includes assisting with day to day logistics, education and outreach and general administration. Lynn works as an integral member of the executive staff team. Previously he served as the Director of Administration at Girl Scouts of the USA in a leadership role which included developing and implementing organizational strategies and policies that enable girls to build courage, confidence, and character, and make the world a better place. Previously, Mr. Cothren served for 23-years as Special Assistant to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, founder of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Veronica McGraw, Communications Director
Veronica McGraw joined the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) in September 2018 as the Communications Director. Ms. McGraw is responsible for THRC's internal and external communication projects along with engaging members of the media and the public. She works closely with the Executive Director on education and outreach initiatives. Ms. McGraw comes to Nashville from her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Notre Dame College. Prior to joining THRC, Ms. McGraw worked as an Executive Administrative Liaison and Public Relations Manager for a substance use and mental health agency in Cleveland. Prior to that, she worked as a News Assignment Editor and Digital Content Producer for WEWS- News5 Cleveland, an ABC News affiliate. Veronica also has over 15-years of non-profit experience.
Gabrielle Lyons, Title VI Compliance Director
Gabrielle Lyons is the Title VI Compliance Director for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. The Title VI Director is responsible for providing guidance to ensure present and future compliance with Title VI requirements. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Lyons worked at the Civil Rights Division for the State of Texas as a Civil Rights Investigator investigating Title VII and Title VIII complaints. She also worked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as a Federal EEO Investigator where she served on the office’s Equal Pay Task Force and investigated systemic employment discrimination. Ms. Lyons received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from DePaul University’s School of Public Service in Chicago, IL and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL.