Executive Director – 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.

Data & Communications Director – Tanatswa Tavaziva

Tanatswa is a Zimbabwean American transplant from Iowa. Growing up in an immigrant household, Tanatswa’s parents instilled her with a strong awareness of the world around her. This awareness, and her own interest in development, led her to the field of planning. In 2015, Tanatswa graduated from Iowa State University with BS in Community Regional Planning. Looking for a new adventure and warmer weather, in 2016, she moved to Nashville. In Nashville, Tanatswa further realized her love of data in the planning field. As a Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA, she helped build the data framework for the Nashville Promise Zone, a 10 year anti-poverty federal designation. After her year of service Tanatswa, went on to supervise the Nashville Promise Zone and contribute to the 2018-2023 Nashville Davidson County Consolidated Plan as the Community Development Special Projects Coordinator for The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. In her career, Tanatswa has facilitated collaborations amongst local governments, nonprofits and community stakeholders. Her work in community development has largely involved collecting, evaluating and translating data for various audiences; as well as interpreting the needs of her immediate community into actionable steps; and using social media and other platforms to engage constituents. In her role as Day 7’s Data and Communications Director, Tanatswa uses her passion for data and community development to foster the long term health of nonprofits. Some of Tanatswa’s favorite ways to take care of herself include: taking long drives and singing, and being outside in nature.


Dr. Steven Bonner
Executive Coach
LMS Coaching
Chris O’Rear
The Counseling Center, PLLC 
Seany Denson
Program Director
Preston Taylor Ministries
McGruder Center
Natalie DuBoise
Vanderbilt Owen Board Fellow 
Shayna Swanson
Client Services Administrator
Price CPAs | Nashville Accounting Firm

Candace Surface
Executive Director, Day 7

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