John Lankford is President and Founder of the Parnassus Group based on more than 30 years navigating diverse leadership functions inside strong growth organizations. Beginning with his work in sales and marketing at Abbott Laboratories during the genesis stage of their invitro-diagnostics business, he made early moves to Inc. Magazine hallmarks like Biosite Diagnostics in San Diego, to expand his learning and impact in operations, strategy and general management.The Parnassus Group is built on the idea that health advancement truly occurs as the best leaders are brought to the organizations who envision and invest in life changing technologies and services in ways that new standards of excellence are created. John and his wife built a non-profit organization called Urban Avenues in 2013 to advance the connection of communities in Birmingham, AL through the deployment of ventures (Fives Loaves Birmingham and Fish Camp Films) that are built by students in the city who are inspired to deploy economic development through education and the advancement of beauty. He sits on the board of directors of several organizations nationally. John is a graduate of Samford University and lives with his wife Laura in the city they love, Birmingham, AL.
Kate Harris is a senior strategy consultant based in the Washington DC area with a range of experience in the public sector and non-profit leadership. After working for several years in strategic communications for U.S. Senate leadership on Capitol Hill, she helped start The Wedgwood Circle, an investment group to support strategic patronage in the arts, and later worked for the University of Oxford and Oxford Analytica, a global consultancy, while living in the UK. Kate went on to serve as Executive Director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture and served as Interim Executive Director of The Fellows Initiative. She speaks and writes nationally on topics related to adult and young adult formation, leadership, and vocation.
Director of Community
With over 28 years of experience in media production, corporate sale management and community-based leadership, Stephen Strickland, has decanted his life to making a real impact on our world. Stephen has worked with Regions Bank, BellSouth and AT&T, where he was a sales representative and sale manager leading teams in a structured environment. With this experience, he is now able to bring real leadership to the community. Currently he is the Pastor of Ministries and Media Director for New Rising Star Church. He is also the host of Strick City LIVE, a one-hour weekly lifestyle show on Thursday nights. In addition, he is the producer of the syndicated jazz radio program, “Block Party Radio”, which airs in over 20 markets.
Virginia Montoya is a program development and operations director for Parnassus Group. After serving as a corp member with Teach for America, she began her career in nonprofit operations and strategic planning. She worked with the American Diabetes Association, serving as a director on their National Events team before coming to Parnassus.
Operations and Communications
Sarah graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Marketing and Organizational Leadership and has since spent her career recruiting and building team, managing projects and serving others in creative communities focused on growth. She is passionate about resourcing others with the tools they need to succeed and enjoying relationships with people while doing it. Sarah is based in Chrystal River, FL.