Teachers, educational administrators, attorneys, community leaders and e xecutives are just part of the mix that make up the Leadership Blount Class of 2010. These 36 members will spend the year learning about their community, its cities, history and government with the goal of increasing their commitment to the county and honing their community leadership skills. The class will be the 20th to go through the leadership development course that brings people together to learn, grow and experience the inner-workings of government, education, community service, businesses and service agencies.
Cathy Cate is executive director of the program. She is assisted each year with two volunteers from Blount’s Junior Service League.
Leadership Blount was founded as an educational organization that would give participants an in-depth look at the Blount community with the goal of establishing a commitment in each participant to give back to their county.
Applicants for the class each year range from 150 to 200, with 36 chosen to represent a diverse cross-section of businesses, organizations, private citizens and community volunteers. Each class chooses a Legacy Project, which have ranged over the years from large fund raisers such as the Big BBQ Bash to a pancake breakfast for Trinity Health Clinic to the development of walking trails in Townsend to a Go Green Gala to raise money for teachers to use in environmental education.
Curriculum includes a legislative trip to Nashville, bonding activities, tours of leading industry and educational facilities and visits with non-profits. The classes begin in August, with graduation in May.
Leadership Blount is a private organization that is supported by corporate sponsorships, alumni dues and donations and business partnerships. Leadership Blount also has an alumni group that helps with funding and scholarships.
The 36 members of the Class of 2010 are:
Patricia Bell: Owner/President - Grants for the Greater Good
Patricia was born in Virginia and now resides in Maryville with her husband and five children. She serves as a founding member of the League of Women Voters of Blount Co., board member of AAUW, board member of Entrepreneurs of Knoxville, and a board member of Genesis Rock. Patricia enjoys reading and working on computer software in her spare time.
Holly Burkett: Assistant Dean - Pellissippi State Tech. Community College
Holly grew up in Maryville and is now a resident of Knoxville with her husband and two children. Holly serves as a board member of the Blount Education Initiative, on the board for Blount County Library Foundation and helps plan and implement activities for the Messiah Lutheran Church. Holly was nominated for Outstanding Administrator at Pellissippi State in 2007-2008. She enjoys walking, hiking, and biking in her spare time.
Jon Dockery: CPA - Ingram, Overholt-Bean
Jon grew up in Maryville where he currently resides with his wife and two children. He serves as a deacon at Smyrna Church of Christ, is in the Kiwanis Club, is a part of the UT Alumni Board-Rutherford County, FMC Community Service Team and is a classroom teacher for Junior Achievement. Jon enjoys community service, playing golf, spending time with his family and helping out in sports/youth sports leagues.
Chad Erickson: Associate and Administrative Pastor - First Apostolic Church
Chad grew up in Maryville where he currently resides with his wife and 2- year-old child. He serves as an administrator for Community Assistance to the Needy, as the founder/director of Strong Tower Youth Camps and on the board of Angel Food Ministries. Chad was elected Youth President of the Tri-state District of the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ and was appointed by General Board of the ALJC as the National Youth Secretary. Chad enjoys singing and video tech in his spare time.
Jeff Fager: VP and Dean of the College - Maryville College
Jeff grew up in Redkey, Ind., and currently lives in Maryville with his wife. He is a charter member of Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Jeff served on the board of directors as the chair of the board for the Kentucky Humanities Council for six years and was a Kiwanis member in Danville, Virginia, prior to his move to Maryville. Jeff enjoys hiking and digital photography in his spare time.
Leah Flynn: President of Development - Massey Group
Leah is a Blount County native and lives in Friendsville with her husband. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce and for Keep Blount Beautiful and is on the Relay for Life 2009 organizing committee. Leah is a licensed Professional Engineer, and she was honored for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council in 2008. Leah enjoys reading, attending concerts, lake activities and spending time with family and friends.
Kelly Forster: Program Coordinator - Maryville-Alcoa-Blount Co. Recreation & Parks Commission
Kelly was born in Lafayette, Ind., grew up in Knoxville and attended Maryville College. She now lives in Maryville with her husband and two children. Kelly is the current chairperson for Blount BEneFITS Team, Sunday school teacher, is a part of Church Expansion Facilities Planning teams and she helps in planning activities for special Olympics. Kelly was presented with a Ten Year Employee Service Award in 2008. Kelly enjoys exercise, playing sports, working with children and being outdoors.
Myra Hair: APGI ABS and Reliability Manager - Alcoa, Inc.
Myra grew up in Lillington, N.C., but now resides in Maryville with her husband and two children. She is the President of the Foothills Elementary Family Teacher Organization, Alcoa Women’s Network Tennessee Chapter Co-Chair, a board member for the Maryville Little League and is the Vacation Bible School Director for Morganton Baptist Church. Myra enjoys boating, reading, sporting activities with the family and hiking in the mountains.
Dr. Brent Harbin: M.D./ Owner - Foothills Podiatry, PLLC
Brent is a Blountville, Tenn., native and now lives in Maryville with his wife and two children. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Podiatric Medical Association, as an assistant coach for the Maryville Little League and as a volunteer with Team Kids at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Brent enjoys farming, hunting, athletics and equestrian activities in his spare time.
Rebecca Huckaby: Director Public Relations - Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
Rebecca is a Knoxville native where she currently lives with her husband and two children. She is a member of Faith Promise Church, a Board Member for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, campaign Coordinator for United Way of Blount County and an Advisory Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Blount County. Rebecca has received 20 regional public relations awards from the PRSA, the J. Carroll Bateman Best of Show Award in public relations and 6 National Airports Council Internal awards in communications. Rebecca enjoys reading, swimming and teaching.
Robert Hutchens: Executive Director - Clayton Center for the Arts
Robert is a Maryville native. He is a director of plays at Theatre Knoxville, a member of the Heritage Center, a member of ACLU and a choir member and play director at Mountainview UMC. Robert enjoys acting, hiking and biking in his spare time.
Jewell Johnson: Director of Sales - Courtyard by Marriott/Alcoa
Jewell, a native of Maryville, is a member of Knoxville Tourism Alliance, Blount County Chamber Women in Business Group, Gotta Know Knoxville and Chick Lit Book Group. She was recognized as Employee of the Month in March 2008 and holds Marriott International Sales Certification. Jewell is a certified Wedding Planner by Marriott International and was recognized as Ambassador for Knoxville and Knox County by Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation. Jewell enjoys reading, hiking, biking and gardening.
Belinda Kenny: Director of Conference & Event Services - Maryville College
Belinda grew up in Springfield, Ohio, and now is a resident of Friendsville with her husband and three boys. She is an administrator for her church, a mentor for the ACCED-I, an event planner for the MLK Committee and parent volunteer for the Blount County Schools. She has received CCEP from ACCED-I and an award for 15 years of service to Maryville College. Belinda enjoys music in her spare time.
Aaron Killian: Communications & Marketing Coordinator - United Way of Blount Co.
Aaron is a Blount County native and currently lives in Maryville with his son. He is a member of Habitat for Humanity, a referee for AYSO and co-founder and associate producer/screenwriter for the Maryville Film Club. He has received awards such as Best Family Film Screenplay, 2006 Agriculture & Food Vulnerability Assessment program- Gamma Sigma Delta Team Award and the Milton E. Adsit Excellence in Veterinary Medical Media Award. Aaron enjoys writing, singing, blogging, movies and spending time with his son.
Angie Kirby: Realtor - Realty Executives Price & Associates
Angie grew up in Maryville where she currently resides with her husband and son. She is a member of Junior Service League, Leadership Director for the Tennessee Association of Realtors, chair for the Ride for Blount Kids, member on the Women’s Council of Realtors and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. She received an award of Merit by the Blount County Association of Realtors. Angie enjoys singing, playing guitar and riding bikes with her son.
Mark Loudermilk: President/CEO - Foothills Bank & Trust
Mark grew up in Ducktown, Tenn., and now resides in Maryville. He serves as a Board Member for United Way, a member of Maryville Kiwanis, a member of Tennessee Bankers Association and a fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. He enjoys traveling, reading, walking, small church dinners and the company of friends in his spare time.
Kathleen Metts: President/ Principal Owner - Impact Assoc.
Kathy grew up in Memphis and now lives in Rockford with her husband. She serves as a member of United Way, the Rotary Club in Knoxville, volunteers with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a peer reviewer for accreditation for the PRSA and is a member of the American Marketing Association. She was selected to receive the Business Excellence Award from the Blount County Chamber of Commerce and was the 2007 Pinnacle Business Award recipient awarded by the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership. Kathy’s hobbies include traveling, cooking and golf.
Jarrod Millsaps: Community Relations Coordinator - Blount Co. Sheriff’s Office
Jarrod is a Blount County native where he now lives with his wife and child. He serves as club president for the Fraternal Order of Police, event coordinator for Shop with a Cop, event co-director of SlimFest, a member of RIO 180 and a board member for Keep Blount Beautiful. Jarrod was selected as the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month. Jarrod enjoys political functions and lake activities.
Tracy Price: Vice President - BB&T Bank
Tracy grew up in Maryville where she resides with her husband and two children. She serves as a board member for the Maryville Alcoa Homebuilders Association and for the Marketing Advisory Board for Blount County Schools. Tracy received a certificate of graduation from BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University and received the 2006 Sterling Award as the top producing commercial lender for BB&T East TN region. Tracy enjoys reading, outdoor activities and education in the local high schools.
Keri Prigmore: Teacher - Alcoa City Schools
Keri is a Blount County native where she resides with her husband and one child. She is a member of St. Paul AME Zion Church where she is a member of the choir. Keri also serves on the Martin Luther King Committee, as a coach for the Alcoa Middle School track team and as a director for the AMS Cultural Museum. Keri enjoys singing, crafts, event planning and physical wellness.
Allen Rathbone: Senior Vice President - BB&T
Allen grew up in Maryville where he currently resides with his wife and four children. He serves as a board member for the Blount County Habitat for Humanity, a VIP member for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, a worship team member for First United Methodist Church, a board member for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and as a member for United Way of Greater Knoxville. Allen enjoys spending time with his family, attending his sons’ games and practices, playing golf, traveling and scuba diving.
Jon Reed: Attorney/Shareholder - Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C.
Jon is a Blount County native and resides in Maryville with his wife and two children. He is on the Vestry at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, is a Trustee at the Appalachian Ballet Company, an adjunct professor at UT School of Law, a legal advisor for Knox County Great Schools and a retired naval aviator for the U.S. Naval Reserve. Jon has received the honor of being listed as part of The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers of the Mid-South. Jon enjoys golf, aviation and spending time with his family.
Eric Rice: Account Executive - PSHH Retirement Services LLC
Eric, a native of Salina, Kansas, resides in Maryville with his wife and three children. Eric serves as the MVBC Host Coordinator for Family Promise of Blount County, as a youth athletic coach for Maryville Little League and Upward Flag Football, a Sunday school teacher at Monte Vista Baptist Church and is the 7/8 League Commissioner for the Maryville Little League Board. Eric was elected to the Sales Advisory Committee and is a member of the General Manager’s Club. Eric enjoys family activities, running, reading, biking and playing Rock Band.
Laura Rule: Attorney - Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Laura, mother of five, grew up in Maryville where she now resides. She is a member of Blount County Bar Association, East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, member for the Tennessee Bar Association, an executive committee member for Blount County Democratic Party and a member of the Maryville Booster Club. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from Haven House for legal representation and advocating for the rights of victims of domestic violence in Blount County. Laura enjoys hiking, camping, history, football and weaving.
Diane Rutherford: Teacher - Maryville City Schools
Diane resides in Maryville with her husband and is a mother of two. She serves as the initiator for the Senior to Senior: Heart to Heart program, as a member for the State Department of Education, as a teacher of adult Sunday school class at Valley Grove Baptist Church, as an organizer of veterans’ assemblies at MHS and as a Chairman for the Communication Committee. In 2005 Diane received the NCTE State Teacher of the Year and the General Bruce K. Holloway Chapter 367 Teacher of the Year Awards. She also received the Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal in 2004. Diane enjoys reading, working crossword puzzles and traveling.
Joani Shaver: Executive Director - Haven House
Joani grew up in Escanaba, Mich., and now is a resident of Maryville with her husband. She is a mother of two. Joani serves as a participant in the Tennessee Valley Coalition, a member of the Blount County Domestic Violence Task Force and as a member of Blount County Beekeepers. Joani enjoys farming, motorcycling, skiing, hiking, camping and reading.
Steve Stout: Assistant Principal/ Athletic Director - Blount County Schools Heritage Middle School
Steve grew up in Maryville where he lives with his wife and three children. He serves as a coach in Parks and Recreation, board member for the Boys and Girls Club and is a member of Foothills Kiwanis. Steve enjoys sports and spending time with his family.
Emily Tabolt: Director of Operations - PCS, Inc.
Emily is originally from Gainesville, Fla., and now is a resident in Maryville with her husband. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, volunteers yearly with Toys for Tots and with Meals on Wheels. Emily enjoys hiking and going green because she wants to be more aware of her environmental impact. She also enjoys spending time with her husband.
James Tomiczek: President - Vision Engineering
James grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and now resides in Maryville with his wife and two daughters. He serves on the board of directors for Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Maryville Downtown Association committee, Friends of Camp Montvale member, Leadership Sevier Class of 2007 and as a youth soccer coach. James enjoys biking, skiing, soccer, traveling and spending time with his family.
Brian Tuggle: President/Owner - Personal Care Choices
Brian is a Lynchburg, Virginia, native and is now a resident of Maryville with his wife and five children. He is a member of the board at The Gate- Gateway to Independence, helps facilitate meetings for the Senior Resource Networking, Chamber of Commerce member and Regional Senior Summit Blount County delegate. Brian’s hobbies include golf, playing in a band, meeting new people and spending time with his family.
Judy Watson-Knight: Senior Programs Analyst - Travelport GDS GTS
Judy grew up in Alcoa where she now lives and is the mother of two. Judy serves as President of HOME, Inc., a representative for Home Repair Collaboration, Women’s Mission President at Bethel Baptist Church and as a board member for Alcoa Family Resource Center. In 2009, Judy was awarded the Anthony Dunnings Community Service Award. Judy enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering and helping with youth groups.
Debra Whaley: Affiliate Broker - Realty Executives Associates
Debra, a Blount County native and mother of six, serves as a member for the National Association of Realtors, National Restaurant Association, United Way and as social chair for the Maryville Kiwanis. Debra received the Real Estate- Knoxville Award of Excellence, Top 10% Executive and Maryville Kiwanis- Kiwanian of the Year in 2007. Debra enjoys traveling, shopping, walking and volunteering.
John Wilson: County Director - UT Extension- Blount County
John grew up in Ooltewah and now is a resident of Greenback with his wife. He serves as elder for the Presbyterian church, as Treasurer for Rotary International, as an officer for the National Association of County Agriculture Agents and serves as a professional certifier for the American Society of Agronomy. John received Citizen of the Year - Marion County in 2005 and the 2005 TAAA&S- Hicks Award of Excellence. John enjoys gardening, photography and collecting agricultural memorabilia.
Dr. Mike Winstead: Assistant Director - Maryville City Schools
Mike is a native Knoxvillian where he resides with his wife and three children. He serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee for the Emerald Youth Foundation and a board member for Knox County Imagination Library. Mike is also a 2008 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and a board member for Project GRAD Knoxville. In 2007, Mike received the University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. Mike enjoys traveling with his family, playing golf and reading.
Clint Woodfin: Partner - Spicer, Flynn & Rudstrom PLLC
Clint grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., and is now a resident of Maryville with his wife and two daughters. He serves as a Board of Trust member for the Appalachian Ballet Company, a member of the Blount County Bar Association and the Knoxville Bar Association. Clint enjoys skiing, fishing, hunting, traveling, hiking and spending time with his family.
Pamela Wolf: Executive Director/Founder - Harmony Adoptions
Pamela is a Blount County native where she currently resides with her daughter. She serves as a member of the DCS Community Advisory Board, the Council on Children’s Mental Health and as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Blount 4-H House. Pamela enjoys horseback riding, equine therapy and exercise.