John Krenson, MSS is the Chief Executive Officer of Operation Stand Down Tennessee. He served 30 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard completing his career as a Colonel and Brigade Commander. John has an extensive civilian professional career as well. Colonel Krenson commanded the 2nd Squadron, 278th ACR in support of response operations in Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav in 2008, and during the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served in Afghanistan in 2003 -2004 and in Mississippi in support of response operations following Hurricane Katrina. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters among other Federal and State awards.
John is a graduate of the US Army War College class of 2012. His final military assignment was as Brigade Commander of the 30th Troop Command Tennessee Army National Guard. John’s leadership experience in the private sector includes his position as partner and executive vice president at Nashville’s Besway Systems, Inc., which manufactures industrial solvents and cleaners. He also launched his own independent consulting practice in 2004. Most recently, John worked as the vice president of consulting for the Rainmaker Companies. In addition, John was Ordained a Permanent Deacon in Catholic Church in 1999 and served the Cathedral of the Incarnation and Christ the King parishes. He is a native Nashvillian and the son of Gilbert and Ann Krenson. He and his wife Carrie have two beautiful children.
Eden Murrie, MBA is the Chief Operating Officer for Operation Stand Down Tennessee. Prior to assuming this position, Eden was a Director at the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington, DC non-profit dedicated to strengthening the civil service and systems that support it. Beyond business endeavors, Eden is the Board Chair for The Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and for Rock The Street Wall Street. She is also a board member for the Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes, Mission Getting to Next Foundation, Centerstone Military Services and the Davidson County Veterans Court Foundation.
Additionally, she is an adviser for the Nashville YWCA Dress for Success program. Prior to her current position, Brigadier General Murrie culminated a 29-year Air Force career as the Director of Air Force Services in Washington, DC. As a member of Air Force’s executive management team, she was responsible for the development and execution of a $2 billion portfolio of worldwide programs. She has senior executive experience including working on the National Security Staff for the White House, serving on the staff of a Member of Congress and leading multinational organizations.
Eden is also a master navigator with over 2400 flying hours, her flying career included serving as an instructor and evaluator in three different aircraft. She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has MAs in Political Science and National Security Strategy and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management.
Lori B. Ogden, CFRE is the Chief Development Officer for Operation Stand Down Tennessee, a nonprofit agency assisting Veterans and their families in need. She is a results driven professional with over 18 years of successful experience in nonprofit fundraising, marketing and management. As an Army wife and mother, Lori’s passion is advocating for Veterans and children in Middle Tennessee.
Lori launched her fundraising career as the Development Director for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Davidson County. She then went on to lead fundraising for Exchange Club Family Center, Christ the King School and High Hopes Inclusive Preschool and Therapy Clinic, all the while mastering operating and capital campaigns with increasing revenue responsibilities. Additionally, she has worked as a development consultant, instructor and national grant reviewer.
Beyond her business endeavors, Lori serves on the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board and is Chair of the Housing Subcommittee. She has served on various boards and committees within the Nashville community. Lori is also an active member in her church teaching religious education to second grade students and mentoring engaged couples preparing for matrimony.
Lori graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She is one of a few development professionals in Nashville who has gained recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has maintained this distinction since 2005. Additionally, Lori earned certificates from the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) for Fund Development, Individual Giving, and Power Funder. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Lori and her husband, a retired Army officer, have lived in Nashville for 29 years where they raised their two adult children.