The East Tennessee Regional Leadership Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 1


Welcome to the first issue of The East Tennessee LEADER, the newsletter of the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Alumni Association (ETRLAA).


With each issue, a personal history and highlight of an alumni will be featured.

The first person to be featured will be Bob Gonia:

Update: Bob Gonia was an outstanding example of effective leadership: a spiritual and community leader and advocate for the aging. He received degrees from Birmingham Southern College, Emory University and the University of Alabama. He was awarded President Bush's Points of Light, A Special Recognition Award from AARP/NRTA, the Sevierville Rotary Club "Dr. Broady Humanitarian Award", and the Paths of Honor Award from the Senior Center in Huntsville Alabama. At the time of his death on september 27, 2002, he was serving as Dean of Regional Leadership, Dean of Leadership for Sevier County and was Chairman of the Sevier County Board for the services to the Aging. The following article, written before his death is retained here as he wrote it to encourage readers to emulate his leadership.

Bob had a varied history, a keen insight into leadership practices, deep convictions and a pleasing perspective on life. He provided the following information:

About Bob Gonia
I have been asked to write about myself in this beginning issue but how can I cram 68
years of life into a short space? Let me try by an outline form. I was born and raised in Alabama as a “project” kid in one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s planned
communities called Palmerdale. I went to military school in Sweetwater, however, and
fell in love with East Tennessee. I returned here to take a position with TVA in 1979
and hope to die of old age right where I am. Career-wise, I began as a Methodist minister, working as a schoolteacher and coach on the
way to a graduate degree. I became involved in programs for the aging directing an
area agency on aging. I shifted to community development while working at TVA where I
retired in 1994. I became a consultant in community and organizational development. I am now the dean of Leadership Sevier and a consultant to the Gatlinburg Gateway
Foundation as well as the director of our regional leadership organization. Some accomplishments in Sports: Football in high school, college and army. All conference
in H.S.; Scholarship to Vanderbilt; 2nd Army Champions in service. Golden Glove in
boxing; Track in H.S. and College. Career accomplishments: Missionary in Sumatra, Indonesia, 1960-63. Developed and directed
an inner city and night ministry, an Inter-faith Service organization, and an
ecumenical house church in Huntsville, Al. Developed a model area agency on aging; Organized and served as first President of
National Association of AAAs and the Southeastern Association on Aging. One of my
programs received the President’s Points of Light Award from President Bush. My wife, Victoria Nicholson, and I operate Persephone’s Farm Retreat Bed and Breakfast in
Sevier County. We have together, six children and nine grandchildren so far! I love
to play with my miniature horses and farm animals and entertain guests. One of my
favorite activities is to teach Church School and discuss philosophies of life with

When asked to explain how he got involved in East Tennessee Regional Leadership
Association, Bob responded: "I got involved with ETRL by conducting some training for
the leadership groups being established by the ARC grant administered by the
Community Design Center. I then facilitated a workshop for these leadership groups
discussing the formation of a regional effort. They asked if I would direct the
effort so here I am. I hope that this group will become recognized as "The" regional
leadership organization to participate in and that it will move to the identification
and suggestions for addressing regional problems and issues. This was one of the
original goals to be accomplished through regional workshops on selected issues but
was left out due to financial limitations. I am excited over the Alumni Association
because the network established in the program needs to be both expanded and
strengthened for the regional consciousness to grow into a viable force for community
improvement. I think we have that chance with the beginning that some of you have
made. I do think that the result of the program should be a strong network of
community leaders committed to effectively addressing regional issues."

The alumni association, ETRLAA, being formed is intended to assist the graduates of East Tennessee Regional Leadership (ETRL)by providing a communication medium and will include a directory of East Tennessee Regional Leadership (ETRL) graduates as well as a roster of the 2001 class. Upcoming issues will feature the board members of ETRL Association. It is our hope that this newsletter will become a primary communication link for ETRLAA members. Upcoming issues of the LEADER will promote networking, feature highlights of people in our association, identify annual events across the region, support the Nine Counties One Vision efforts and encourage leadership activites in all counties within the East Tennessee region.

The East Tennessee LEADER will be published in three mediums: at this web site, on e-mail to those having e-mail addresses and through normal mail channels to those not having e-mail addresses. We hope the LEADER will become a welcome and helpful communication medium.

You are encouraged to give us suggestions for changes, improvement or new ideas that might increase active leadership in our region by sending e-mail to: Ray Smith





ETRLA 1999 Class Directory

Anderson County
Jackie Nichols		                        Ted Scroback, ETRLA Board Treasurer
President, Anderson County Chamber 	        Tennessee Financial Group
245 North Main St. Suite 200			2851 Norris Freeway
Clinton, TN 37716				Andersonville, TN 37705
Phone: 865-457-2559				Phone: 865-494-0702
Fax: 865-457-8969				Fax: 865-494-0802
Email:				Email:
Blount County
Carolyn Forster, ETRLA Board Member	        Larry Martin,Coordinator,Special Projects
Director, Leadership Blount			Maryville City Schools
341 E. Broadway Ave.			        833 Lawrence Ave.
Maryville, TN 37804				Maryville, TN 37803
Phone: 865-984-9368				Phone: 865-982-7121
Fax: 865-981-1411				Fax: 865-977-5055
Email:			Email:

Claiborne County
Roger Hansard				        Becky Burks
Claiborne County School System		        TVA, Jefferson County
POB 600					        412 E. Old Andrew Johnson Hwy.
Tazewell, TN 37879				Jefferson City, TN 37760
Phone: 423-626-2273				Phone: 865-475-2271
Fax: 423-626-5945				Fax: 865-475-1671
Email:		Email:

Cocke County
Jane Myers, ETRLA Board Co Chair		Sherry Butler
Community Volunteer			        Grants Director, City of Newport
POB 160					        433 Prospect Ave
Newport, TN 37822				Newport, TN 37821
Phone: 423-623-7127				Phone: 423-623-3008
Fax: 423-625-8890				Fax: 423-625-1846
Email			Email:

Grainger County
Donna Walker					Joyce Sewell, ETRLA Board Member
Appalachian Real Estate			        County Commissioner
374 Hwy 25 E					Rt 1 Bx 33A
Bean Station, TN 37708			        Blaine, TN 37709
Phone: 865-993-4000				Phone:	865-933-3517 (Home)
Fax: 865-993-3797				Fax:

Loudon County				        Oak Ridge
Dr. Helen Cole, Information Officer		Carol Smallridge, ETRLA Board Member
Loudon County Public Schools		        Director, Leadership Oak Ridge
201 Elohi Way				        108 Carnegie Drive
Loudon, TN 37774				Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: 865-458-5411 x203			Phone:	865-483-0797 (Home)
Fax: 865-458-6138
Phone: 865-458-3785 (Home)

Roane County
David Rose					Paul Goldberg, Dean, Continuing Education
M.I.S. Mgr., Dagger, Inc.			Roane State Community College
POB 1500					276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748				Harriman, TN	37748
Phone: 865-882-0404				Phone: 865-882-4607
Fax: 865-882-8153				Fax: 865-882-4562
Email:			Email:

Sevier County
Jamesena Miller, ETRLA Board Member	        R.B. Summitt, II
Retired, University of Tennessee		Executive Vice Pres., Sevier County Bank
212 Birchwood Lane				POB 5288
Sevierville, TN 37862				Sevierville, TN 37864
Phone:	865-453-7917 (Home)		        Phone:	865-453-6101
Fax:						Fax: 865-428-9762
Email:				Email:


ETRLA 2000 Class Directory

Anderson County
Rick Meredith					Jerry Holbrook
Register of Deeds				Owner
Anderson County				        JHL Enterprises 
110 Channel Way				        106 Tamara Lane
Clinton, TN 37716				Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: 865-457-6235				Phone: 865-483-2795
Fax: 865-457-1638				Fax: 
Email:			Email:

Blount County
David Cockrill					Greg McClain		
Architect					Assistant City Manager
McCarty, Holsaple, McCarty			City of Maryville
POB 1151					404 West Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37901-1151			Maryville, TN 37801
Phone:	865-544-2000				Phone: 865-981-1302
Fax: 865-544-0402				Fax: 865-981-9961
Email:			Email:

Campbell County
Cindy Nance					Teresa Spatz
Executive Director				Assistant to County Executive 
REACHS					        Campbell County
POB 209					        POB 435
Jacksboro, TN 37757				Jacksboro, TN 37757
Phone: 423-562-1156				Phone: 423-562-2526
Fax:						Fax: 423-562-2075
Email:				Email:

Cocke County				        Claiborne County
Frankie “Peachy” Cody		        	Marisa Anders
Sessions Court Clerk				Director of Public Relations
Cocke County					Lincoln Memorial University
424 Woodlawn Ave.				395 Dogwood Road
Newport, TN 37821				New Tazewell, TN 37825
Phone: 423-623-8619				Phone: 423-869-6432
Fax: 423-623-9808				Fax: 423-869-6370
Email:						Email:

Grainger County
Debbie DeBord		        		Bill Howerton, Grainger County
Assistant Vice President			County Commissioner
Citizens National Bank, Grainger Co.	        Grainger County		
2250 Broadway			        	Rt.1 Bx. 3040				
Bean Station, TN 37708			        Bean Station, TN 37708			
Phone: 865-993-1803				Phone: 865-767-2551 (Home)
Fax: 865-993-1801				Fax: 
Email:	Email:

Monroe County
Sherry Burgess		        		Martha Moree, Board Mem & Alumni Chair 
Accounts Representative		        	Asst. Vice President 
Valley Printers		        		Citizens National Bank, Monroe County
POB 71				        	805 Hwy 68W
Sweetwater, TN 37874			        Sweetwater, TN 37874
Phone: 423-337-696				Phone: 423-337-3571
Fax: 423-337-7402				Fax: 423-337-3237
Email:						Email:

Oak Ridge
Ray Smith, Alumni Association		        Monica Austin, Alumni Association
Infrastructure Reduction Facilities Lead	City Planner
BWXT Y-12 	                	        City of Oak Ridge
POB 2009 Mailstop 8114			        POB 1
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8114			Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0001
Phone:	865-576-7781				Phone: 865-425-3581
Fax: 865-241-2373				Fax: 865-425-3426
Email:			Email:

Roane County
Sonny Hunter, Alumni Association		Pete Malmquist
Office Manager				        Retired	
Kingston Chiropractic				Veterinarian
POB 864					        POB 277
Kingston, TN 37763				Kingston, TN 37763
Phone: 865-376-4684				Phone: 865-376-4935 (Home)
Fax:						Fax:
Email:			Email:

Sevier County
Linda Ogle, Alumni Association		        Kay Collier Pittman
Owner						President of Hotel Division
Riverside Towers				Collier Development, 			
3455 Parkway					POB 648		
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863			        Pigeon Forge, TN 37868-0648
Phone:	865-453-5500				Phone: 865-453-2526
Fax: 865-453-0981				Fax: 865-453-2564
Email:				Email:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service
Bob Miller
Public Affairs Officer
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
107 Park Headquarters
Gatlinburg, TN 37757
Phone: 865-436-1202
Fax: 865-908-6931

UT Center for Business & Economic Research
Betty Vickers 
UT Center for Business & Economic Research 					
1885 Vickers Lane
Sevierville, TN 37876
Phone: 865-974-6080
Fax: 865-974-3100

Bob Gonia, Facilitator					Jan Mosadegh, Assistant
2279 Hodge Ferry Road				        C/O ETCDC
Sevierville, TN 37876					1522 Highland Ave.
							Knoxville, TN 37916
Home Phone: 423-428-7515				Work Phone: 865-525-9945
Fax: 423-453-7089					Fax: 865-522-6760
Email:					Email:


ETRLA 2001 Class Directory


Anderson County
Eric Rauch				        Rick Scarbrough
Manager, Mideast Region; TVA Resource	        City of Clinton 911 & Community
Stewardship					Education Coordinator
400 Summit Hill Drive			        125 W. Broad St.
Knoxville, TN 37902				Clinton, TN 37716
Phone: 865-632-6373				Phone: 865-457-3112
Fax: 865-632-8114				Fax: 865-457-3238
Email: EWRAUCH@TVA.GOV			        Email:

Blount County
Dr. Jane Qualls				        Pam Young
Superintendent/Director			        Manager
Alcoa City Schools				American Express World Travel
524 Faraday Street				574 Foothills Plaza
Alcoa, TN 37701				        Maryville, TN 37801
Phone: 865-984-0531				Phone: 865-982-5700
Fax: 865-984-5832				Fax: 865-983-8669
Email:			Email:

Campbell County
Fred Cole					J. H. (Jay) Willoughby
Executive Director				Assistant County Executive
REACHS/ Campbell County’s Promise	        Campbell County
POB 271					        POB 435
Jacksboro, TN 37757				Jacksboro, TN 37757
Phone: 423-562-8798				Phone: 423-562-2526
Fax: 423-562-8768				Fax: 423-562-2075
Email:				Email:

Claiborne County
Larry Goad
Zion’s Rental/ Purchase
POB 60 Harrogate, TN 37752
Phone: 423-626-8025
Fax: 423-626-4697

Cocke County
John Carrell					Keith McKinney
Special Agent					General Manager
Cocke County Sheriff’s Department		Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center
111 Court Ave.				        1120 Carson Springs Road
Newport, TN 37821				Newport, TN 37821
Phone: 423-623-4827				Phone: 423-623-2764
Fax: 423-623-8234				Fax: 423-623-7880
Email:  none					Email:

Grainger County
Sarah Sharp Fennell				Ruth Christian
Records Department				Employee Benefits
Grainger County Sheriff’s Department	        Appalachian Electric Cooperative
POB 5						POB 400
Rutledge, TN 37861				New Market, TN 37820
Phone: 865-828-3613				Phone: 865-475-2032
Fax: 865-828-8802				Fax: 865-475-0888
Email:		Email:

Knox County
J. Laurens Tullock				James (Jim) Begalla
President					Director
Cornerstone Foundation			        World’s Fair Park & Festival Center
1704 Riverview Tower, 900 Gay St.		525 Henley St.
Knoxville, TN 37902-1859			Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-637-1912				Phone: 865-523-4228
Fax: 865-546-5199				Fax: 865-637-3338
Email:			Email:

Loudon County
Kelly E. Thomas
County Manager
Workforce Network -Loudon Co. Gov.	
508 Bon St.
Lenoir City, TN 37771
Phone: 865-986-1525
Fax: 865-986-0838

Monroe County
Tammy Lee					Shan Harris
Property Management				President/ CEO
Norman Lee Real Estate			        Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
808 Hwy 68 Suite #5				4765 Hwy 68
Sweetwater, TN 37874			        Madisonville, TN 37354
Phone: 423-337-5076				Phone: 423-442-4588
Fax: 423-337-2739				Fax: 423-442-9016
Email: TMYLEE@AOL.COM			        Email: EJHSLH@AOL.COM

Oak Ridge
Joe Valentino
Executive Director
Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau
302 S. Tulane Ave.
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: 865-482-7821
Fax: 865-481-3543

Roane County
Kim Harris					Penelope Uselton
Manager					        Firm Administrator
Workforce Network-Roane County	                Daniels & Uselton, P.C.,CPA’s,Consultants
2415 North Gate Ave.	                        POB 238
Harriman, TN 37748	                        Rockwood, TN 37854
Phone: 865-882-5105	                        Phone: 865-354-9565
Fax: 865-376-4083	                        Fax: 865-354-3261
Email:	                Email:

Sevier County
Jana Thomasson	                                Robert W. Fox, Sr.
Publisher	                                Chief of Police
The Mountain Press	                        Sevierville Police Department
POB 4810	                                300 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37864	                        Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 865-428-0746 x 208	                Phone: 865-453-6271
Fax: 865-453-4913	                        Fax:  865-453-6680
Email:	                Email: RFOX@SEVIERVILLETN.ORG

Great Smoky Mountain National Park Service
Phil Francis
Assistant Superintendent
Great Smoky Mountains national park
107 Park Headquarters
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone: 865-436-1202
Fax: 865-908-6931



2002 ETRLA Class Directory

Anderson County
Joyce S. Klee, Co-Owner			Jo Ann M. Scroback, Asst. Prin./ Math Teacher
Clinton Physical Therapy Center		Anderson Co. Career & Technical Center
1921 N. Charles Seivers Blvd.		140 Maverick Circle
Clinton, TN 37716			Clinton, TN 37716
Phone: 865-457-1649			Phone: 865-457-4205
Fax: 865-463-7825			Fax: 865-457-1715
Email: 		Email:

Blount County
Sandra S. Davis, Excutive Director	W. Kent Rogers, Administator
United Way of Blount County		Morning View Village
421 High Street				2304 E.L. Alexander Drive
Maryville, TN 37804			Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-982-2251			Phone: 865-980-6008
Fax: 865-981-4084			Fax: 865-980-6005
Email:		Email:

Campbell County
Randy Brown, County Mgr.		Traci Dower, Partner
Campbell County Workforce Network	Ayers Real Estate & Auction
*167 Thelma Circle			POB 1467
Jacksboro, TN 37757			LaFollette, TN 37766
*Phone: 423-562-7029			Phone: 423-562-4941
Fax: 					Fax: 423-566-2111
Email:		Email:

Claiborne County
Rick Byrd, Agent			Jeffery M. Lewis, Senoir Vice President
TN Farmers Ins. Comp.			Citizens Bank
*323 Blackberry Trail			130 S. Broad Street
Cumberland Gap, TN 37724		New Tazewell, TN 37825
Phone: 423-626-4762			Phone: 423-526-5108
Fax: 423-626-2412			Fax: 423-526-5104
Email:		Email:

Cocke County
Denise Webb, Voc. Rehab. Case Mgr.	Derrick B. Woods, Detective
Cocke County School System		Cocke County Sheriff’s Dept.
*1641 Spray Road			*127 North Ridge Drive
Newport, TN 37821			Newport, TN 37821
Phone: 423-625-3929			Phone: 423-623-4827
Fax: 423-625-3922			Fax: 423-623-8234
Email:	Email:

Grainger County
Michael A. Collins, Apprentice Funeral	Charlie Shell, General Manager
Director, Smith Funeral Home		Clayton Homes
*POB 96					POB 189
Rutledge, TN 37861			Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: 865-828-5555			Phone: 865-828-5771
Fax: 865-828-3375			Fax: 865-828-8097
Email: MACOLLFB@CS.COM		        Email:

Jefferson County
Steven Chambers, Sales/ Marketing Mgr.	Lauren Gass, Community Volunteer
Jefferson – Cocke Co. Gas Utility		
*112 Angie Lane				*POB 70
Dandridge, TN 37725			*Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 423-623-3069			*Phone: 865-397-9014
Fax: 865-397-7298				Fax:
Email: 					Email:

Knox County
Kim Wood McClamroch, Comm. Advocate	Saadia L. Williams, Executive Director
					Knoxville Project Change
*8220 Martin Mill Pike			3615 Martin Luther King, Jr. 
*Knoxville, TN 37920			Knoxville, TN 37914
*Phone: 865-579-1830			Phone: 865-522-7111
*Fax: 865-577-6417			Fax: 865-546-5986
*Email:		Email:

Loudon County				Monroe County
Ann Harvey, Executive Director		Pam Price, Director
United Way of Loudon County		Tellico Education Consortium, CSCC
2005 Palmer Drive			59 B Excellence Way
Lenoir City, TN 37885		        Vonore, TN 37885
Phone: 865-986-4820			Phone: 423-884-6878
Fax: 865-986-4828			Fax: 423-884-6879
Email:		Email:

Oak Ridge
Dale A. McConnaughay, Editor		V. Louise Mixon, Realtor
The Oak Ridger				Coldwell Banker/ Ridge Realty
*301 E. Tennessee Ave.			*310 Timberline Drive
*Oak Ridge, TN 37830			*Kingston, TN 37763
Phone: 865-220-5505			Phone: 865-483-4303
Fax: 865-482-7834			Fax: 865-483-4172
Email:		Email:

Roane County
Teresa Kirkham, Property Assessor	Diana Knobloch, Executive Director
Roane County				Roane County United Way
200 E. Race Street, Suite 5		POB 317 
Kingston, TN 37763			Harriman, TN 37748
Phone: 865-376-4362			Phone: 865-882-7711
Fax: 865-717-4132			Fax: 865-882-9899
Email:	        Email:

Sevier County
Trenta H. Swann, Asst. V.P. – 
Bank Services	                        Patricia A. Wallace, Office Mgr.
Mountain National Bank			Wallace & Jones Law Offices
POB 6519, 300 E. Main Street		111 Commmerce Street
Sevierville, TN 37862			Seveirville, TN 37862
Phone: 865-428-3542			Phone: 865-453-1143
Fax: 865-428-7840			Fax: 865-453-5448
Email:		Email:

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