Meet our newest board members

Brenda Butka (left) and Angela Crane-Jones are the newest members of the Nashville Farmers’ Market Board of Directors. Angela, who is filling out the term of her predecessor, will serve until 2021. Brenda’s term will expire in 2024.

Brenda Butka (left) and Angela Crane-Jones are the newest members of the Nashville Farmers’ Market Board of Directors. Angela, who is filling out the term of her predecessor, will serve until 2021. Brenda’s term will expire in 2024.

Mayor David Briley has appointed two new Nashvillians to the NFM Board of Directors: Brenda Butka, a retired medical professional, and Angela Crane-Jones, CEO of the Nashville Business Incubation Center. The two bring the total number of board members to five.

Angela, the board’s most recent addition, joined the NBIC staff in 2003 and was named chief executive officer in 2013. Her tenure has included forging educational and training relationships with such organizations as the Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans Affairs and Operation Stand Down.

“I joined the Nashville Farmers Market board to work along with staff to assist in growing an equitable, healthy and suitable local food system,” Angela says. “I also look forward to using my years of small business experience to assist staff in helping scale small businesses in the marketplace.”

Prior to joining NBIC, Angela owned and operated two Dairy Queen franchises, where she gained experience in retail and food operations, marketing and forecasting. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University.

Brenda joined the board earlier this year. “I'm really looking forward to getting a behind-the-scenes look at farm marketing and being an additional channel for communication with Nashville’s small farmers,” she says. 

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Andrews University and a master’s from the University of Michigan, Brenda earned her M.D. from Emory University. She trained in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University and joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1984, also serving in multiple roles at Nashville General and St. Thomas hospitals. She most recently retired from pulmonary medicine at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital.

Brenda resides in the Bells Bend community and is a longtime supporter of sustainable farming, land preservation, community health and the local food economy.

David Gonnerman