Our Staff

Bob Wallace


After a long history of excelling in senior-level corporate financial positions, Bob signed on as Chief Financial Officer for the Foundation in 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bob served some of Memphis’ top companies including Federal Express, Buckman Laboratories and GKN Parts Industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Katz Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bob is a Certified Public Accountant and holds memberships and leadership positions in numerous professional organizations.

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Courtney Leon

Program Officer

Courtney joined the Plough Foundation in 2015 after serving as Director of Fellows for the New Memphis Institute. Prior to her work with New Memphis, Leon served as Director of Programs for the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Memphis. She also held the positions of Grants and Communications Manager and Program Associate at the Hyde Family Foundations between 2006 and 2012. Courtney began her career with the Greater Memphis Region Planned Parenthood and is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Courtney and her husband, Shelby County Schools’ Chief of Strategy and Performance Management, Bradley Leon, are parents to two boys, Charlie and Samuel, and to Roosevelt, their rescue dog.

(901) 521-2779, Ext. 302

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Katie Midgley

Director of Research & Evaluation

Katie has a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University’s College of Education and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama’s College of Arts & Sciences. Her master’s thesis, “The Role of Parents’ Incarceration in the Emotional Health and Problem Behaviors of At-risk Adolescents” was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Prior to joining the Plough Foundation in 2011, Katie served as Community Outreach and Public Policy Associate for The Urban Child Institute.

Katie is the Foundation’s lead researcher and has overseen an intense data collection and stakeholder convening around the issues of aging.  Active in numerous community organizations, Katie lives in Midtown Memphis with her husband, Tom, and their infant son, Jude.

(901) 521-2779, Ext. 306

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Joann Christian

Executive Assistant

For nearly 30 years, Joann has provided executive support to the Board Chair and Executive Director at the Plough Foundation. Joann's affiliation with the Plough organization did not begin in 1990 when she joined the Foundation. In fact, Joann served as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Advertising and the Vice President of Sales for Schering-Plough Healthcare Corporation from 1983-1990. 

Joann also serves as the Foundation's expert on tracking of grants and on the Foundation's software and IT systems. 

(901) 521-2779, Ext. 301

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