The Guides of Echoes of Nashville Walking Tours
Jeff Sellers has been an interpretive guide in Nashville for nearly 10 years. He currently works full time at the Tennessee State Museum as the curator of education. He gives tours of the Tennessee State Capitol as well as the Tennessee State Museum and has led tours at Stones River National Battlefield. He holds a masters degrees in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and education from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Jeff enjoys fishing, football, and family, but not necessarily in that order. His passion is Nashville's history and sharing that passion with others. He has a beautiful wife and two wonderful kids.
Eliza Garrity grew up with parents who were history enthusiasts, so she was always the little girl who complained about boredom at all the historical sites and museums that her parents took her to. In an ironic turn of events, Eliza is now an adult who loves history and drags all of her friends to historical sites and museums, babbling the entire time about all of the interesting facts. Now, she has the fortune of sharing the history of Nashville with visitors. As well as managing Echoes of Nashville, Eliza works as the sound designer for local theater company Studio Tenn. She loves Nashville and is happy to tell you why she calls it home!
Aja Bain moved to Nashville in 2007 for college and quickly grew to love this friendly and musical city. Her weekday job is with the American Association for State and Local History helping small museums protect and share their heritage. She holds a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. She serves as the president of ICON, the Inter-Museum Council of Nashville. In her free time, she loves traveling, hiking, reading, and enjoying Nashville's parks and music venues.
Gib Backlund has presented tours and programs at a variety of historic sites and natural areas including Fort Vancouver, Mammoth Cave, and Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station. He has a master’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Minnesota. He enjoys rock’n’roll, food, being a tourist, exploring the underbelly of cities, and writing.
Casey Gymrek grew up in Florida where she split her free time between volunteering as a historical interpreter and a theatrical performer. She received bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and History from the University of Florida. She moved to Tennessee three years ago for a master's degree in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, Casey is an education specialist with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, where she terrorizes archivists with 4th graders in the archives on a daily basis. When she isn't leading tours, you can find Casey hanging out in East Nashville exploring local restaurants, breweries, and music venues.