Leadership Blount has announced its class for 2015. The list of members follows.

Webster Bailey

Webster Bailey

Director, New Business Development-Cornerstone of Recovery

Hometown: Knoxville

Education: University of Tennessee, B.S. in Communications

Community/Professional Affiliations: Metropolitan Drug Commission-Board of Directors, Secretary; Blount County Drug Court Foundation-Board of Directors; The Bill and Andy Foundation-Board of Directors; Volunteer Ministry Center-Group Facilitator and Staff Trainer

Awards/Honors: 2013 Community Service Award-Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association

Jonathan G. Barker

Jonathan G. Barker

Community President, Renasant Bank

Hometown: Bristol

Education: East Tennessee State University-B.S. of Business Administration-Magna Cum Laude; Southeastern School of Commercial Banking-Honors Graduate

Community/Professional Affiliations: United Way of Blount County-Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer; Dotson Memorial Baptist Church-Member, Deacon

Hobbies: Enjoying time with family, golf and other outdoor activities, travel

Karen Beale

Karen Beale

Associate Professor of Psychology, Maryville College

Hometown: Mayking, Ky.

Education: University of Virginia’s College at Wise — B.S. in Psychology; East Tennessee State University — M.S. in Psychology; North Carolina State University-Doctorate in Developmental Psychology

Community/Professional Affiliations: Southeastern Psychological Association; Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists; Habitat for Humanity Invited Speaker; Adopt-A-Golden Knoxville foster parent

Chris Brinley

Chris Brinley

Senior Manager/DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee Inc

Hometown: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Education: Eastern Kentucky University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Habitat for Humanity; East Maryville Baptist Church

Hobbies: outdoor activity (yard work, hiking, biking)

Alice Burrows

Alice Burrows

Realtor, Century 21 Real Estate Group

Hometown: Farmerville, La./Los Angeles, Calif.

Community/Professional Affiliations: Co-Founder of G and A Consulting (Women’s Advocacy and Whole Health); HOME Inc; Blount County Chamber of Commerce-Women in Business; Taste of Blount; The East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit; Knoxville Area Association of Realtors Food Bank

Hobbies: Cooking and eating, watching my chickens, reading, dancing, traveling and spending time with friends and family

Cheryl Coleman

Cheryl Coleman

President, Maryville Anesthesiologists, PC

Hometown: Nolensville

Education: BS from David Lipscomb College, Nashville; MD from Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City

Community/Professional Affiliations: Anesthesiologist at Blount Memorial Hospital; Previous Chief of Staff at BMH

Hobbies: gardening, hiking

Amy Cowden

Amy Cowden

Assistant to the Mayor, Blount County

Hometown: Portsmouth, Ohio

Education: Heritage High School; B.S. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College

Community/Professional Affiliations: Youth Leader at Piney Level Baptist Church; Keep Blount Beautiful-Board of Directors; Certified Tourism Ambassador for Blount County; Bookkeeper for TLC, Scapes Inc. (husband’s business)

Hobbies: spending time with family, especially husband, Travis and daughters, Katie, Emma and Julie

Tabitha Bowers Damron

Tabitha Bowers Damron

Executive Director, New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center

Hometown: Knobnoster, Mo.

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Maryville College; M.S. in Social Work, University of Tennessee

Community/Professional Affiliations: Nursery Volunteer at Sevier Heights Baptist Church; Volunteer at Maryville Christian School

Awards/Honors: Child Protective Investigative Team Excellence Award in 2009

Hobbies: spending time with family, visiting new places, singing and decorating, advocating for children and families

Ryan K. Desmond

Ryan K. Desmond

Assistant District Attorney, Blount County District Attorney’s Office

Hometown: Knoxville

Education: B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, East Tennessee State University, cum laude; juris doctorate, University of Tennessee College of Law

Community/Professional Affiliations: Blount Memorial Foundations Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team-Co-Chairman; Blount County Drug Court Foundation Board; Blount County Republican Party Executive Committee

Julie Elder

Julie Elder

Senior Primary Care Sales Representative, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Hometown: Maryville

Education: M.B.A. from University of Tennessee; B.S. from Tennessee Tech University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Maryville City Schools Foundation Board of Directors; Sunday School Teacher-First United Methodist Church; PTO Volunteer-Sam Houston Elementary School; Sustainer-Junior Service League of Blount County

Hobbies: running, traveling with my family, cheering for my boys at their sporting events

Jason Emert

Jason Emert

Vice President, First Choice Medical

Founder & CEO, The Emert Group

Hometown: Louisville

Education: B.A. from Southern Illinois University; M.B.A. from University of Louisiana, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration; Advanced Certificate in International Affairs from Texas A&M, George H. W. Bush School of Government & Public Service; Juris Doctor, University of Miami School of Law

Community/Professional Affiliations: Blount County Chamber of Commerce

Aaron Fowler

Aaron Fowler

Affiliate Broker/Realtor-Realty Executives Associates

Hometown: Maryville

Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Carson-Newman University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Maryville Church of Christ; Community Food Connection-Volunteer; Blount Young Leadership & Development; Maryville Biddy League-Volunteer Coach; Knoxville Association of Realtors; TN Association of Realtors

Awards/Honors: Magna Cum Laude-Carson Newman University; Knox Association of Realtors Award of Excellence Recipient 2012-2014

Bethany Gillooly

Bethany Gillooly

Financial Consultant/Tennessee Valley Authority

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Master’s of Accountancy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; B.S. in Accounting, Clemson University

Community/Professional Affiliations: CFO/Treasurer for Keeping Hope Alive Ministries; Active Volunteer at Eagle Rock Camp; Junior League of Charlotte; Junior Achievement; YWCA

Awards/Honors: PricewaterhouseCoopers Carolina Volunteer of the Year

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends; traveling; international mission including annual volunteer work in Kenya

Hoy Grimm

Hoy Grimm

Managing Partner/LeConte Wealth Management, LLC

Hometown: Hendersonville

Education: Beech High School, Hendersonville

Community/Professional Affiliations: First Maryville Baptist Church; Blount United Soccer; Maryville City Schools Foundation Board of Directors-2011-2013

Hobbies: creative storytelling, boating

Will Hammon

Will Hammon

Relations Manager/Clayton Homes

Hometown: Alcoa

Education: University of Tennessee

Community/Professional Affiliations: Junior Achievement; Clayton Turkey Trot 5K; Youth Leadership Blount; Blount Partnership/Chamber of Commerce

Hobbies: running, traveling, spending lots of time with family

Wanda Kimmelman

Wanda Kimmelman

Tennessee State Manager/Extreme Networks

Hometown: Kingsport

Community/Professional Affiliations: Past President of Northeast Tennessee Technology Council; Teen Leadership Board for SHOUT, a Kingsport Chamber program; Foothills Church

Awards/Honors: Leadership Kingsport; Voted one of the top 10 Businesswomen in East Tennessee

Beth Lazar

Beth Lazar

Loan Administrator/ East Tennessee Development District

Hometown: Maryville

Education: B.S. from Maryville College

Community/Professional Affiliations: Wellness Coordinator-ETDD; Relay for Life; Maryville High School Swim Team Volunteer, Board Member

Hobbies: reading, exercise, cooking, sewing, hanging out with family

Will McCampbell

Will McCampbell

Business Banking Relationship Manager/USBank

Hometown: Townsend

Education: B.S. in Business, University of Tennessee

Community/Professional Affiliations: Blount County Chamber Ambassador; Lieutenant with the Townsend Fire Department; Foothills Kiwanis

Awards/Honors: Top Honor Graduate of the TBA School of Consumer Lending-Vanderbilt; Maryville Daily Times “Heros Among Us”

Hobbies: horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, family time

Harry McIntosh

Harry McIntosh

Broker/Owner/Leconte Realty LLC

Hometown: Pahokee, Fla.

Education: B.S. in Finance, Florida State University; BA in Environmental Science, Rollins College

Community/Professional Affiliations: Maryville Alcoa Homebuilder’s Association; Knoxville Area Association of Realtors; Assistant Scout Master-Great Smoky Mountain Council-Boy Scouts of America; Advisory Board, Blount County Habitat for Humanity

Awards/Honors: Licensed Real Estate Broker; Certified Commercial Investment Member

Jeff Money

Jeff Money

Executive Director/ Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (Blount County)

Hometown: Knoxville

Education: BA from Furman University, JD from Appalachian School of Law

Community/Professional Affiliations: Maryville Kiwanis Club

Hobbies: athletics, coaching

Susan Potter

Susan Potter

Attorney/Maryville Title Agency Inc.

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Doctorate of Jurisprudence, University of Tennessee School of Law; BA from the University of Tennessee

Community/Professional Affiliations: Junior Service League of Maryville; Foothills Fall Festival; Birth to Three; Tennessee Bar Association; Blount County Bar Association

Hobbies: spending time with my husband and son, reading, exercising, volunteering

Clayton Puckett

Clayton Puckett

Assistant Administrator, Chief Information Officer, Chief Compliance Officer/Blount Memorial Hospital

Hometown: Newport News, Va.

Education: M.B.A., James Madison University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Salvation Army Advisory Council Member; East TN Health informatics Network Board Member; Healthcare Compliance Association Member

Hobbies: avid runner

Sharon Reeder

Sharon Reeder

Supply Chain Manager/Alcoa Inc.

Hometown: Maryville

Education: B.S. in Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Community/Professional Affiliations: Habitat for Humanity; Second Harvest; Unites Way; Gateway to Independence; Blount County Parks & Rec

Awards/Honors: Alcoa Impact Corporate Award for Inventory Reduction; Women Unlimited Leadership Award Winner; Alcoa Month of Service Volunteer; Blount Excellence Award-Innovation 2012-Lead for Alcoa

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Senior VP & CFO/National Safe Skies Alliance Inc

Hometown: Athens

Education: B.S. in Business Administration, University of Tennessee; M.B.A. from Lincoln Memorial University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association; United Way Fund Distribution Panel-Vice Chair; Haven House-Board of Directors

Gail Root

Gail Root

Director of Program Development/Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Hometown: Flint, Mich.

Education: B.S. from Eastern Michigan University; Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee

Community/Professional Affiliations: Associate Member of Knoxville/Knox County Food Policy Council; Knoxville Association for Retarded Citizens-Board Member

Hobbies: gardening, swimming, cooking, hiking

Ron Selvidge

Ron Selvidge

Lieutenant Colonel/134th Operations Support Commander/134th Air Refueling Wing/TN Air National Guard

Education: B.S. in Aerospace, Middle Tennessee State University

Community/Professional Affiliations: National Guard Association of the United States; National Guard Association of TN

Hobbies: family activities, boating, golf, my son’s dirt bike racing

Joni Ann Seratt

Joni Ann Seratt

Director/Blount County Probation and Driving School

Hometown: Maryville

Education: William Blount High School; Roane State Community College-Associate of Applied Science-Criminal Justice; Tusculum College - B.S. in Business and Organizational Management

Community/Professional Affiliations: Blount County Drug Court Foundation-Board Member; Blount County Task Force Against Domestic Violence; Blount County Schools Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board; Haven House; 5th Judicial Drug Task Force; Loudon County Metro Narcotics

Bobby Simpson

Bobby Simpson

Research Center Director/UT-East Tennessee AgResearch & Education Center

Hometown: Alexandria

Education: B.S. in Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.S. in Entomology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; PhD in Animal Science, North Carolina State University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Blount County Livestock Association; Maryville Lions Club; Blount County Farm Bureau

Awards/Honors: Alpha Gamma Rho social-professional fraternity “Alumnus of the Year Award”

Glenn Slater

Glenn Slater

Administrator/Maryville Christian School

Hometown: Dallas

Education: B.A., M.A., Med from Texas A&M University, Commerce; Ph.D from The University of Tennessee

Community/Professional Affiliations: Maryville/Alcoa Rotary Club; Blount Partnership/Representative for the Regional Council of the Association of Christian Schools International

Awards/Honors: Published article on the Role of African-Americans in Blount County, Tennessee During Reconstruction in the Journal of East Tennessee History

Blake Smith

Blake Smith

General Manager/Clayton Center for the Arts

Hometown: Townsend

Education: Arizona State University

Community/Professional Affiliations: International Association of Venue Managers; Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Tennessee Presenters Association

Hobbies: fly fishing, woodworking, renovating old houses

Cynthia Day Spitler

Cynthia Day Spitler

English Teacher/Maryville City Schools

Hometown: Talbott

Education: Jefferson County High School; Carson-Newman College; University of Kentucky, Lexington

Community/Professional Affiliations: Celebration Choir; MOPS Mentor at Sevier Heights Baptist Church; Red Cross; Habitat for Humanity; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians; supporter of the Maryville City Schools Foundation; Fort Craig Parent Advisory Board; Maryville Junior High School Parent Advisory Council; Maryville High School Parent Teacher Student Organization

Hobbies: spending time with husband and four children

Michael Talley

Michael Talley

Mayor/City of Townsend

General Manager/Talley Ho Inn

Hometown: Townsend

Community/Professional Affiliations: City of Townsend; Tuckaleechee Utility District; Keep Blount Beautiful; Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games; Little River Railroad Museum; Smoky Mountain Heritage Center; Townsend/Walland Business Alliance; Tennessee Winter Beer Festival; Maryville Hen Raisers

Hobbies: volunteering, hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping, snow skiing; homebrewing; vehicle restoration; general farming/gardening

Dusten Tipton

Dusten Tipton

Owner/Topside Wine & Spirits

Hometown: Maryville

Education: B.S., B.A. Logistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Community/Professional Affiliations: Blount County Republican Executive Committee Member; Blount County Chamber of Commerce; Member First United Methodist Church

Hobbies: boating, biking, acrylic painting, traveling, working out

Robert Michael White II

Robert Michael White II

Manager of Convergent Technologies/Multi-Media Solutions Inc.

Hometown: Maryville

Education: B.S. in Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Community/Professional Affiliations: Legacy Centre Member, First Baptist Alcoa

Awards/Honors: Speaker Digital Signage Expo ’14; Speaker InfoComm DSAS 2013; published in several trade magazines; 5 yrs of Dedicated Service Award from Multi-Media Solutions

Hobbies: most things outdoors: running, hiking, biking.

Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson

Assistant Director of Schools/ Maryville City Schools

Hometown: Elizabethton

Education: Happy Valley High School; B.S. in Elementary Education, ETSU; MEd in Administration & Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University; Ed.S in Administration & Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University

Community/Professional Affiliations: AASA-The School Superintendents Association; NAESP-National Association of Elementary School Principals; TPA-Tennessee Principals Association; NCTM-National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; East Maryville Baptist Church

Awards/Honors: 2009 Tennessee National Distinguished Principal

KC Williams

KC Williams

Director/Blount County Public Library

Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.

Community/Professional Affiliations: American Library Association; Kiwanis Club of Maryville; Adult Education Foundation of Blount County; Adjunct Instructor-UT Schools of Information Sciences Master’s Program

Awards/Honors: Commendation-State of Tennessee, Joint House Resolution No. 362, May 2011; Leadership Sevier Class of 2005; Ann Roberts Award-1984, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Library Science, University of Southern Mississippi

Hobbies: reading, crocheting, emerging technologies

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