The International Boxing Academy of Nashville is a nonprofit gym that supports pro boxers and at-risk youth succeed at the same time. Our services are made possible through generous donations and community fundraising efforts. Join us to give more kids a fighting chance at a winning future.
Chair, Board of Directors
After receiving training in Nursing, Candace entered the healthcare industry to explore her passion to help and care for others. With a diverse and extensive background in a variety of
healthcare specialties, practicing as a clinician; Candace was fortunate to be afforded numerous opportunities to manage medical units, practices and staff.
In 2008, she transitioned her talents to Healthcare Information Technology; finding a new passion, still allowing her to participate in caring for others. Currently Candace serves as a Director in Information Technology for Surgery Partners where her focus is in Ambulatory Surgery Center and Ancillary Services Software Programs.
Outside of her professional responsibilities, she have a strong desire to work in the non-profit arena, often focusing on helping our youth. She is also a Professional Travel Advisor, Proprietor of Living My Best Life.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Mandy Springer began her teaching career in 2002 as a middle school math teacher. Realizing her need to have more of an impact on student lives she returned to Tennessee State University to pursue her master’s degree in School Counseling.
Upon receiving her degree in School Counseling she became employed with Metro Nashville Public Schools as a school counselor at Whites Creek High School where she worked for four years. The opportunity was presented to move to a larger campus so she then transferred to McGavock High School and became the counselor there since 2013.
Her love for boxing came at a young age. She grew up watching fights with her dad on the weekends. Her dad fought in the army so when she had the opportunity to learn the sport in Nashville at a local gym she was excited. She never knew what all she would gain and that includes her friendship with Randall.
Chair, Advisory Board
Bill is a native of California, raised and served in the military. He began his professional career in the financial industry with 20 years, evenly split between a bank executive and a federal bank examiner with the US Treasury (OCC). Bill has specialized in resolving problem bank issues. For the next 20+ years, he owned a family real estate development company and developed 34 residential subdivisions in Southern California.
Bill relocated to Nashville in 1997 and was approached by a non-profit called InfraGuard (a public-private partnership with the FBI/DHS). The organization has been around for over 25 years, has 84 chapters and 60,000+ members spread throughout every major city in the US. At the local Tennessee level, Bill served in various capacities from Vice President to Chairman of the Board. 2014 he moved onto the National Board in Washington DC. There he served as Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board.
Always having been interested in sports. Bill played the usual football/basketball in his younger days, then picked up martial arts later on for several years, which lead him to boxing, for over 30 years. “In my opinion, it is the best exercise for the brain and the body to work in harmony.” Many times, over the years, he has had the pleasure of sparring with Randall (founder of IBAN). Many times, during those sessions, he shared his vision of IBAN. “There are no obstacles, just opportunities to make visions materialize. I am honored to play a small role in this vision coming to reality”.
Dr. Michele Blackledge
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Michele Blackledge is a native of California, but has called Nashville home for the past 13 years.
She earned her B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University, M.B.A from Florida Institute of Technology, and Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) from Meharry Medical College.
Her passion of working with her hands has allowed her many different avenues of interest- dentistry being the last and her most loved. The desire to pay it forward has led to her being a mentor for the past 5 years. That mentorship has been rewarded by having her mentees find new careers, expanding current careers, and change careers all together.
She is a mother of one boy, Roman in which she loves watching him play sports. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and any outdoor activities.