Howard Graham, Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men

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Howard Graham, Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men

As an active follower of Jesus, Howard serves as husband, father, advisor, teacher, mentor, and coach.

Howard joined PDS in 2018 as a Chaplain and the Exective Director of the Building Boys, Making Men program.

Prior to joining the school, he serves as President of Performance Media for Wunderman North America and President of Wunderman Memphis. Wunderman is one of the world’s leading digital marketing agencies, employing 7,000 people worldwide. At Wunderman, Howard lead all aspects of the digital media optimization business including leadership development, product and service development, and business development.

Prior to Wunderman, Howard served in several executive roles including President of First Horizon’s Consumer Direct business. He also had the opportunity to lead several startups with his first being an advertising and publishing business while he was still in college at Ole Miss.

He is an active leader and volunteer. In addition to serving as a former Board Chairman for PDS, he serves as an Elder at Second Presbyterian Church, and a member of the advisory board for Nathan Street Ministries. He also serves as teacher of an adult Sunday school class, as small group leader, and works to mentor others. He regularly leads others on trips around the world to serve and spread the Gospel of Jesus.

He and his wife Kimberley have four children, Elijah, Lilly, James, and Parker.

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  • Steve Hancock

    Steve Hancock


    A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Steve has been headmaster of PDS since 2014.


  • Debbie Todd

    Debbie Todd

    Head of Early Childhood

    With an extensive background in elementary and early childhood education, Debbie has been with PDS since 2005.


  • Mark Fruitt

    Mark Fruitt

    Principal of the Elementary Division

    A native Memphian, Mark joined PDS in 2004 as a coach and still coaches teams at PDS.


  • Laura Glenn

    Laura Glenn

    Head of Elementary School

    Laura began her career in the Admission office before becoming a classroom teacher, teaching 1st and 3rd grade.


  • Jill Kauffman

    Jill Kauffman

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jill is responsible for all financial operations at PDS.


  • Melissa Smith

    Melissa Smith

    Chief Information Officer


  • Dennis Smith

    Dennis Smith

    Director of Athletics and Operations

    Dennis has 3 decades of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring students.


  • Cheryl Burkart

    Cheryl Burkart

    Director of Administrative Support

    Prior to joining PDS, Cheryl was co-owner of Fox Ridge Pet Resort.


  • Rachel Bishop

    Rachel Bishop

    Director of Admission

    Rachel joined PDS in the summer of 2015. She has spent time in the classroom as well as in administration at other independent schools in the area.


  • McKee Humphreys '95

    McKee Humphreys '95

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement

    A native Memphian and alumnus of PDS, McKee left a career in finance to answer God's calling


  • Howard Graham

    Howard Graham

    Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men

    Having served as Chairman of our board and as a local business leader, Howard answered the call to join PDS in 2018.