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Candace Surface

Candace is a Nashville native, a rarity in a world of Nashville transplants. As a 4th generation Nashvillian, she has deep roots in the Nashville community and is committed to serving the place she calls home. Through her experience as a collegiate athlete and later as a coach, Candace learned perseverance, commitment and the benefit of hard work, all of which she brings to her role as Executive Director.

Growing up with parents who founded a nonprofit and worked in development, fundraising and nonprofit leadership is in Candace’s blood. In 2010, Candace began working for Barefoot Republic Camp where she stayed for eight years, serving as Program Director and later as Development Director and Residential Camp Director. Candace decided to further her commitment to nonprofit work and strengthen her skills by receiving her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Lipscomb University, along with a Rule 31 Conflict Mediation Certificate.

Candace has always had an interest in health coaching, but through her experiences gained in her nonprofit work and through many conversations with others in the field, she began to realize a new need in the community: one of overall health for those working in helping professions. This need is the driving force behind Day 7. Serving as the Executive Director with Day 7 allows Candace to use her leadership skills, nonprofit experience and commitment to helping individuals live in a healthy way. Candace’s favorite ways to take care of herself is by traveling, listening to music, playing with her dog and being outside.