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Music City PrEP Clinic | Member Spotlight

Music City PrEP Clinic member spotlight Center 615 nashville

One small company that has a humble footprint on our campus…Music City PrEP Clinic. Ever heard of them?

Center 615 was able to coax Ned Siriyutwatana and Cliff Carpenter away from their demanding jobs to answer a few questions for us! Read how both ended up working at Music City PrEP Clinic, what they love most about their jobs, and some personal fun facts!

Cliff Carpenter, Clinic Manager at Music City PrEP Clinic

Cliff Carpenter Music City PrEP Clinic

What brought you from Goldsboro, NC to Nashville and where else have you lived? 

Oh, my—well, I was born in Goldsboro, NC. My family and I lived there for 3 years until we moved to Germany. After 4 1/2 years, we shipped off to CA for another 2 years. Since we felt the need to be closer to family, we moved to Montgomery, AL and lived there for 6 years. Our next move was San Antonio, TX, which is where I ended up graduating High School. I earned a scholarship to Auburn University, so I began attending classes there even though I was not a big fan of it. Eventually, I transferred and earned my degree from Troy University in 2010. Once I got my degree, I moved to Raleigh, NC. After living there for 4 years, I decided it was time for a change so I moved to Nashville. I’ve been here almost 7 years now! 

What did you do in Germany? 

My mom was stationed in Germany for 4 years. I attended an all German school and spoke German within months. Because I picked up the language so quickly, I acted as a translator between my family and the town folk. We lived in the vineyards, where we rented a 3rd floor apartment from someone named Godfrey. My sister and I would go pick grapes from the vineyard, bring them back to Godfrey, and he would make us fresh grape juice. He actually had a cellar in his basement where he produced small batches of wine to sell. My family and I traveled all over Germany visiting castles and old towns; it was one of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever lived. My sister also swam on some major swim team that took us all over for meets—that was a lot of fun! 

What did you do before working for Music City PrEP Clinic? 

I was a logistics supervisor for a trucking company. We brokered freight around the country for customers like Walmart, P&G, and Lowes. I supervised around 6-8 people on my team, and we pushed roughly 300 loads of freight each week. 

Why did you start working for Music City PrEP Clinic? 

I knew Rich (Director of Music City PrEP Clinic) from being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Nashville. He reached out to me about their open job positions because he knew logistics was not my end game. He told me what required skills they had in mind and asked if I was interested in interviewing for the positions. At this point in time, MCPC was very small. I’m not going to lie, I was very skeptical. I knew nothing about the organization, so I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a good fit for me. However, I did my research and realized just how important this type of non-profit work is to so many. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to help my brothers and sisters within the same community in which I live and socialize. I’ve been working for Music City PrEP Clinic since Sept 2019 and have no plans on leaving anytime soon.

Describe what you do now for Music City PrEP Clinic as clinic manager. 

We have 3 clinic managers right now. Besides focusing on the day-to-day activity, assisting with any opportunities that may arise, I mainly focus on scheduling our medical staff, approving time cards for all clinic staff, and ensuring we have the supplies within the clinic to perform our jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible. I also help try and keep our noise level down within Center 615—I know we can be kind of loud at times :P. But that’s because we are seeing 60+ patients PER DAY. It can get a little hectic at times…Sorry about that! 

What do you enjoy most about working for Music City PrEP Clinic?

I enjoy working with all my coworkers towards our collective goal at the clinic. And I love seeing the smiles on patients’ faces when they leave the building knowing they have just been provided quality health care at no cost to them. 

Describe your favorite MCPC event you’ve attended. 

This question is a difficult one to answer because there have been many events—a good amount I haven’t been able to attend for various reasons. However, I would have to say the Out Loud Music Festival that we sponsored recently was a lot of fun. We got to spread our message, provide our free services, and see a lot of great entertainment. So much fun. (I’m looking forward to our Nashville Pride celebration in September!) 

Favorite thing about Center 615? 

The Center 615 staff are friendly, fun, and they care about their tenants.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I go to the gym, do lots of yard work, play Hotmess Sports, enjoy traveling when I can, kayak with my buddies, go to the creek just to put my feet in the water, play with my dog (although he can play 24/7, even in his sleep lol), grill out, watch or go to sports events, and sit on the patio drinking a few spirits. 

Cliff with fam MCPC Nashville

What do you wish you had more time to do? 

I wish I had more time to spend time with my family. I don’t get to see my Nephews much because they live in Myrtle Beach, and I miss not being able to see them and watch them grow up. 

What’s one question you wish people would ask you? 

Do you want to go to the beach with me? 

Lightning Round – Sports

  • Favorite sport to watch?  – My favorite sport to watch is college football, followed by women’s softball.
  • Favorite sports team? – Roll Tide 
  • Favorite local team? – TITANS 
  • Favorite sport to play? – Basketball (but i’m also good at kickball, softball, dodgeball, and volleyball)

Ned Siriyutwatana, Senior Clinic Manager at Music City PrEP Clinic

Ned Siriyutwatana Music City PrEP Clinic Nashville

What brought you from Bangkok, Thailand to Nashville?

I came over with my family to help them open a Thai restaurant named Royal Thai. At one point, the restaurant had 5 locations.

What did you do before working for Music City PrEP Clinic?

In addition to helping my family, I helped other people open different restaurants and organize their operations for 15 years. Before working for MCPC, I also did photography for commercial magazines, weddings, restaurants, as well as portrait photography. I actually still do wedding photography, but that really slowed down with Covid-19. So, recently I’ve been very selective with the weddings I photograph.

I started working for MCPC as a volunteer in July 2018. In November 2018 they offered me a job, and I worked my way up to Senior Clinic Manager. So, I plan for the logistics of the clinic and oversee all the clinic ops. It is my job to have a full understanding of all the clinic workflow in order to improve it overtime. I also do the hiring and training for the clinic.

Can you tell me more about how you helped your friend open Degthai?

Jay approached me back in 2011, asking for my help with the concept and design of the food truck and logo for DegThai. Because I love to cook and mix dishes together to create new dishes, I also helped Jay create the dish that won Deg Thai Food Truck second place in Nashville Scene’s 2013 Street Food Awards. Then in 2018, Jay asked for my guidance on how to open a brick and mortar restaurant. I also helped him come up with ideas for the mood and tone for his now very successful Thai food restaurant in Nashville.

Favorite thing about working for MCPC?

At Music City PrEP, I have the freedom to be who I am. I also love how they have created a positive impact for Nashville communities, helping the community be in good health.

Favorite thing about Center 615?

All the staff at Center 615 are very helpful, very understanding, and fun to work with. I even started playing ping pong with Christian (Center 615 Owner) after work in the Rec Hall. That began when we played our first match at the MCPC Meet and Greet. (FYI Christian is really good at ping pong).

We at Center 615 would like to thank Cliff and Ned for allowing us to spotlight them! Without a doubt, Music City PrEP played a vital role in helping Center 615 continue operations after both surviving a tornado and navigating the pandemic.

This article has been lightly edited for clarity.

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