Nathan Tipton joined the Meritan family in March 2016 as Development and Communications Coordinator for Apelah. His previous experience included serving as Communications Coordinator and Research Coordinator in the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC, as Editor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis, and as Humanities Librarian at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. His role at Apelah is to coordinate the agency brand externally and internally, to assist executive management in the development of a strategic communications and development plan to support the organization’s mission and objectives, to educate audiences and constituencies about the organization’s core competencies and expertise, and to cultivate and sustain potential and existing donors. 

Nathan received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Rhodes College in 1987, as well as a Master of Arts in English (1999) and Doctor of Philosophy in Southern Literature (2013), both from the University of Memphis. He is a current board member of Memphis Paws, Inc., Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis Chapter, and was President of the board of Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services and Secretary for Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region. He is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Eudora Welty Society, and the Society for Southern Literature. He also serves as Associate Editor for Lambda Literary Review, editorial board member for the Journal of Nursing and Palliative Science, Annals of Medical Case Reports, and has been a longtime peer reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education, Nursing Education Today, and Mississippi Quarterly.

In his spare time, Nathan is an active volunteer for numerous charities and annual fundraising events including the Tennessee Equality Project gumbo contest, Best Memphis Burger Fest, 901 Popper Throwdown, and many others. He received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award from River Arts Fest.  He also enjoys gardening, writing, craft beer, and Cajun cooking.