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Candace Surface

Executive Director

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.


Tanatswa Tavaziva

Data & Operations Director

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.


Kendal Beard

Outreach Director

From her home in Northwest England, Kendal Beard moved to Nashville with her husband and eldest daughter in 2016. At her home church in the town of Bolton (Greater Manchester), England, Kendal served on staff in various roles, primarily in pastoral care. During her ten years of ministry, Kendal also served as a Youth Pastor.

Prior to her time in Bolton, Kendal studied at Mattersey Hall AOG Bible College where she received her theology degree.

Before joining Day 7, Kendal had the honor of being PA to the director of Dream Streets - another nonprofit doing incredible work here in Nashville.

When she is not working or being a mom, Kendal loves: a good coffee shop, spending time with her family and friends, and being creative, whether that be through home organizing or abstract painting.

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