Veronica McGraw, Deputy Director
Veronica McGraw was appointed to Deputy Director in August 2022. She joined THRC in September 2018 as the Communications Director where she oversaw the agency’s day-to-day internal and external strategic communications efforts, and education and outreach activities. As Deputy Director, Ms. McGraw works closely with the Executive Director on the agency’s day-to-day operations, enforcement, case management, state and federal government contracts, agency budget, and staff supervision. McGraw is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she received her Master of Public Administration and Leadership from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Communication from Notre Dame College. She is a graduate of the State of Tennessee Boards and Commissions Leadership Academy. Prior to joining THRC, Ms. McGraw worked as a communications manager for a private firm and as a news assignment editor for an ABC News affiliate. She has nearly 25 years of professional experience working in the non-profit, private, and public sectors, with a combination of experience in organizational leadership, compliance, quality assurance, government and public affairs, civil and human rights, communications, and media relations.
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.
Lynn Cothren, Operations Manager/Special Assistant
Lynn Cothren serves as the Operations Manager and Special Assistant for the Commission. He works in partnership with the Executive Director on all facets of agency operations including stakeholders and the public. This includes assisting with day-to-day logistics, education and outreach, and general agency 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.
Kymberlee K. Golden, Title VI Compliance Director
Kymberlee K. Golden joined the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) as the Title VI Compliance Director in July 2022. Ms. Golden is responsible for developing policy and providing guidance to ensure compliance with Title VI requirements. As the Title VI Compliance Director, she will also participate in compliance monitoring and coordinating enforcement procedures for the Title VI federal and state statutes, rules, regulations, and programs. Before joining THRC, Kymberlee worked as a Compliance Officer for the University of Memphis. In that role, Ms. Golden was responsible for investigating claims of university non-compliance and developed and managed the university’s campus wide compliance program for faculty and staff. She also served as the Compliance Investigator & Equity Consultant for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she was responsible for investigating Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX claims. Ms. Golden has more than 10 years of professional experience in civil rights, compliance, and investigations. She has a Master of Organizational Leadership and is a Certified Human Resources Professional.