Winnett resigns as Nashville CARES Chief Development Officer

Email from John Winnett:

As you may or may not know, I came to Nashville CARES a little over two years ago because of a true passion for educating the public about HIV to raise awareness in honor of a friend I had in Virginia. Because of my lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS I unintentionally made him feel inferior for living with the disease when he dropped a wine glass, cut his hand and his blood was going all over our kitchen. I went into mass panic about contracting the disease or being near his blood. Once I learned more about the disease, I realized that no person living with HIV/AIDS should be made to feel that way and no “educated human being” should be uneducated about this disease or make others feel inferior because of it. I still today believe that HIV/AIDS prevention education is the #1 method to stopping the spread and ending this epidemic!

Nashville CARES really makes an impact in OUR community as a whole and especially for the 2,400 clients living with HIV/AIDS that receive a full array of services. I am proud to have served as part of this team. That being said, after careful evaluation I have decided it is simply time for me to move on to a new endeavor. My last day with Nashville CARES will be next Thursday, October 24th. However; I will be remaining in Nashville as the new Chief Development & External Affairs Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (new contact info below) starting on November 1st.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the support you have offered me during my 2 years with Nashville CARES. I look forward to continuing our relationship in my new role.







John D. Winnett

PS… Nashville CARES will be posting the Chief Development Officer position later this week. If you are interested or know of anyone who is, please check or later in this week for the job description and application instructions.



My new contact information:


John D. Winnett

Chief Development & External Affairs Officer


Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 200

Nashville, TN 37203

O: (615) 983-6836


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