Cheryl Mayes

Cheryl D. Mayes joined Nissan North America, Inc as a financial analyst in early 2005.  During her time with Nissan Cheryl has held several positions on the Finance team, including her current position as a Corporate Vehicle Accountant on the Corporate Accounting and Operations team at the Nissan headquarters location in Franklin, TN. 

Cheryl also currently serves as the Program Director for Nissan’s business partnership with Antioch and Stratford High Schools through the Academies of Nashville program in Metro Nashville Public Schools.  Within those schools, Cheryl holds the position as the Chair of the Advisory Board in the Academy of Automotive Engineering & Automotive Technology at Antioch, a member of the Advisory Board in the Academy of Science & Engineering at Stratford STEM Magnet High School, as well as representing Nissan as a business partner on the Engineering, Manufacturing, & Industrial Technology Partnership Council with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

During her tenure at Nissan, Cheryl ran and was elected to public office as a member of the Board of Education for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.  She served a four year term in that office, her last two years as the Chairperson of the Board.  Cheryl’s service on the Board of Education ran from August, 2010 – September, 2014, continuing her long time commitment as an advocate for public education in Nashville. 

Cheryl has always been an advocate for community and school outreach and service learning.  As a means of continuing her community outreach efforts, Cheryl joined several employee led business synergy teams (BST’s) within Nissan which includes the Multi-Cultural Business Synergy Team 
(MBST) where Cheryl currently holds the office of President.  Memberships in other BST’s include the Women’s Business Synergy Team (WBST), The Gay Straight Alliance at Nissan (GSAN), the Generations Business Synergy Team (GBST) and the Wellness @ Work BST (W@WBST).  These teams are designed to push forward the efforts of the Nissan team by providing valuable networking and outreach opportunities both within Nissan and in the community it serves.  In 2014 Cheryl became certified as diversity trainer with Franklin Covey. 

Cheryl currently serves on the Board of Directors for Homework Hotline and she is a member of the Operating Board and Vice-Chair for the High School A-Team with Alignment Nashville.  Cheryl has also held positions on the Board of Directors for The PENCIL Foundation, Alignment Nashville, Nashville Public Education Foundation and the Tennessee School Boards Association.   

Cheryl’s community outreach efforts include volunteer and fund raising efforts with the American Cancer Society, the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, Boy Scouts of America in Middle Tennessee, Hands on Nashville, Habitat for Humanity and the American Heart Association.