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ESC Representatives

Exempt Staff Council, 2015

Exempt Staff Council, 2015

Chair—Heath Nokes, Extension Agent III, UT/TSU Extension (Warren County)

To find your representative, choose your campus area from the list below:

Mary Anne Hoskins, Associate Director
Elected in 2015

Hailing from Kingsport, Tennessee, Mary Anne arrived on the Knoxville scene to pursue an undergraduate degree in the mid 70’s.  After completing her studies in special education, she worked for almost seven years as a special education teacher in both Grainger and Knox Counties.  By and by, she discovered higher education and worked for a time in UT’s undergraduate admissions office before making her move to Arts & Sciences Advising Services where she has worked for over twenty years. While working in admissions, she completed her master’s in secondary guidance counseling.  In her current role as associate director, she oversees academic advising and programming for the health professions, works closely with the transfer of study abroad credits for Arts & Sciences students, teaches a first year seminar, chairs the Advising Committee of the Undergraduate Council, and works closely with their degree audit program and uTrack system.  She feels extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to encourage and guide so many undergraduate students during her tenure at UT.   For fun, she loves to travel and hit the hiking trail.

LaShel Brown, Business Manager, Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
Elected in 2013

LaShel was raised in North Dakota, served nine years in the Marine Corps as Communications Supervisor. She moved to Knoxville in 1994.
She has worked 17 years at UT in various departments across campus; Nuclear Engineering, SWORPS, and the Office of Research Sponsored Programs.

Brad Briggs, Financial Specialist
Elected in 2014

Originally from Manhattan, KS, Brad graduated with an MBA in 2013 and MS in Sport Management in 2014, both from the University of Tennessee. Since then, he has worked in the Athletics Business Office where his business/finance responsibilities include: Financial Planning, Analysis, Budgeting, Reporting, and other various business/finance initiatives.  Before coming to UT, Brad worked as a Financial Analyst in Chicago from 2011 – 2012. Brad graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration from Southern Illinois University, where he also played on the intercollegiate athletics football team. Brad lives in Farragut with his wife, Lainey and 1 year old son, Carter.

Donna Spencer, Editor II, Creative Communications
Rotates off in 2017

Donna Spencer is an editor in the Office of Communications and Marketing. She started her life in higher-ed as a first-generation undergrad at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She has a master’s from the writing program at the University of Minnesota, and she worked with publications and communications at Ohio University and Mountain State University before coming to UT in 2012.

Molly Kinard, Program Administrator
Elected in 2014

As Director of MBA Career Management and Alumni Relations, building relationships between students, employers, and alumni is at the heart of everything Molly Kinard does. Molly makes connections between students and potential employers, between alumni and current students, and between what students learn in the classroom and what they need to know to land a job. The result of these efforts is a 95% placement rate for MBA students and a successful and unique career development process for University of Tennessee Knoxville full-time MBA students.  Molly is an exceptional listener who takes the time to get to know the person beyond the surface.

Molly has worked in the Full-Time MBA Program for 10 years.  In 2013, she became the first person in the College of Business Administration to earn the Green Belt certification.  Recently she served on the Dean’s strategic task force for employer and alumni relations, led a team with 100% participation in the Big Orange Family campaign and is currently enrolled in the UT Professional MBA Program. Prior to working in the College of Business, Molly worked in UT Athletics as the Director of the CHAMPS Life Skills program which is a comprehensive commitment to foster total growth and development of UT’s 500+ student-athletes. She has also remained engaged in the undergraduate student population by teaching First Year studies for over 10 years.

Lisa Emery, Associate Director, Teacher Education Advising
Elected in 2013

Lisa has been with UT since 1988. She started her career as a Certification Recorder working with the College of Education Advising Center. Today, she coordinates Teacher Licensure Advising for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences as a member of the Student Services Center, working with undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of teacher licensure. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel, both from UT.

Lisa C. Byrd, Assistant Director of Engineering Advising Services
Re-elected in 2013

Originally from Louisiana, Lisa came to the University of Tennessee in 1997 for doctoral work in English.  Along the way, she began working in Arts and Sciences Advising and a new career was born. She has been advising since 2003 and has worked in Engineering Advising since 2007, first as a graduate assistant, then as an Advisor, and now as Assistant Director.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in English from Georgetown University.

Kandi Hodges, Info Spcialist I
Elected in 2015

Kandi Hodges joined the UT Graduate School of Medicine in 2008 as an Information Specialist. She manages and collaborates on several digital and print publications including the GSM newsletter and website, an annual Dean’s Report, social media, and Frontiers magazine. She graduated from UT Chattanooga in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in English writing.

Ms. Judy King, IT Specialist II
Elected in 2015

Judy Fisher King, OIT Department of Instructional Development & Training. Judy came to UT-Knoxville in July 2012 from Ogden, Utah. She has worked in a variety of positions with university information technology departments and libraries for 25 years. Her training and support specialty is with Microsoft products and Windows OS. She is also a Graduate Student in Education studying Instructional Technology.

Teresa Jennings Fisher, CAIT Program Administrator, UT College of Veterinary Medicine
Elected in 2012
Re-elected in 2015

Teresa Fisher received her first BS in Computer Animation from East TN State University in 1997. After working on software to help train veterinarians she returned to school and received her second BS in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2002 and is currently working toward her Master of Public Health. She previously served as a member of the Non-Exempt Staff Council and a member of the Institute of Agriculture Employee Relations Committee at the University. Currently she serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Animal Control Association of Tennessee, a member of Animal Haven Knox County, SAWA and is active in many other industry organizations.

Currently, Ms. Fisher serves as the CAIT (Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee) program director for the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, where she has taken a grass-roots organization to a statewide resource and educational force for improving animal welfare. Ms. Jennings has been an inspirational member and facilitator of a community team that created a humane education curriculum for K-12 grade, Learning to Save Lives, in partnership with the local newspaper.

Among her many distinguished accomplishments, Ms. Fisher has established a spay/neuter helpline that provides information on low-cost services to anyone in TN; she’s led the production of seven annual volumes of the Animal Laws of TN Book; and has been instrumental in creating collaborations and partnerships throughout the industry to further humane principles. She has created an outreach program to assist our homeless citizens and their pets in Knox County and she is a team leader for the Knox County Disaster Animal Response Team. Ms. Fisher also developed Feral Fixin, a TNR program for feral cats in East TN.

Ms. Fisher is the 2010 recipient of the National Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award in recognition for advancing animal welfare through extraordinary service and furthering humane principles, education and understanding.

Ms. Barbara Gillespie, Research Assistant II, Department of Animal Science
Elected in 2013

Barbara has worked for UT for over 28 years in various research laboratories for the Department of Animal Science.  Before working at UT she worked at area hospitals as a Medical Technologist. Barbara graduated from UTK in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology, in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Technology and in 1988 with a Master of Science in Education. Barbara and her husband David have two daughters, Rachel a student at Carson Newman University and Sarah, who will be attending Tennessee Technology University in the fall.

Mr. John Goddard, Extension Agent III
Elected in 2014

John is a 1980 Graduate of the University of TN Knoxville with BS and MS Degrees in Animal Science. He was hired in 1980 by the UT Agricultural Extension Service. He has worked in 4-H Youth and Adult Agriculture in Bradley, Hawkins and currently Loudon County. Current outside interests include auctioneering and raising livestock on a small farm in Lenoir City. He was elected as the Eastern Region Extension Representative to ESC and Vice Chairman in 2014, ESC Chairman 2015.

Heath Nokes, Extension Agent III, UT/TSU Extension (Warren County)
Elected in 2015

Heath D. Nokes- Heath is a 19 year veteran with UT Extension, having served in Moore, Cannon and Warren Counties. Heath served as the 4-H Youth Development Agent for Moore and Cannon and transferred to Warren County to serve as the Agriculture Agent in 2013. In Warren County Heath is responsible for serving producers in one of the most agriculturally diverse counties in the state, with production focusing on beef cattle, row crops, fruit and vegetable production and nursery production. Heath received his Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and Master’s Degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Amy Elizer, Extension Agent and County Director (Madison County)
Elected in 2013

Amy serves UT Extension in Madison County as Extension Agent and County Director with programming responsibilities are for family and consumer sciences. She has worked for UT Extension for 18 years and holds degrees in home economics from UT Martin, communications from UT Knoxville, and educational leadership from Union University. Her son Christopher is a student at UT Knoxville.

Emily Miller, IPS Specialist II
Elected in 2015

Emily Miller is a Curriculum Development Specialist with the Institute for Public Service, at the Law Enforcement Innovation Center. She joined the LEIC in June 2008. Miller is responsible for collaborating with subject matter experts to develop new training materials, validate curricula, and writing and reporting on grants.  Miller hails from Chicago, Illinois and after completing her bachelor’s degree she relocated to south Florida, where she worked for the national leadership organization LeadAmerica as a Program Coordinator and Leadership Specialist. Miller co-developed LeadAmerica’s college-accredited personal development curriculum and facilitated experiential learning workshops to over 4,000 high school and college-aged students throughout the United States. During her graduate studies she acted as a Coordinator to the Women & Politics Institute’s International Women as Leaders program at American University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Secondary Education and English, and a master’s degree in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, DC.

Keith Groves, Resource Program Manager, Center for Industrial Services
Elected in 2013

Keith joined The University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service – Center for Industrial Services in March of 2005.  The Center focuses on strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee to secure jobs for the citizens of our state.
Prior to joining the Center for Industrial Services, Keith worked in retail sales for 11 years and in manufacturing for 16 years.  During the 16 years in manufacturing, he became involved in Lean Manufacturing and has worked extensively in Lean Manufacturing since 1995.  In 2006, Keith worked in the development of a new program for the center called Business Transformation. This is a holistic approach to moving businesses into the future with the tools to increase their ability to compete in a global market and improve profitability.
In 2011 Lean for Government was a program implemented in State Government to focus on improving processes and to train state employees on Lean Methodologies, Keith has been the core deliverer for this process.

Ms. Beth Phillips, Econ Development Program Manager III
Elected in 2015

Beth Phillips leads the Economic Development Team of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, an agency of the Institute for Public Service.  The Center for Industrial Services connects businesses and organizations to the assets of the university and its partners to build economic competitiveness and help companies innovate and grow.  Her team administers the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer program, and coordinates its technology-led economic development efforts, including the SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) Assistance Program.  Phillips is also the Director of the University of Tennessee EDA University Center, a partnership with EDA to extend university resources to enhance regional economies.  Phillips has over thirty years’ experience in economic and community development in Tennessee, including working with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to recruit new businesses to the state, support existing industry retention and expansion, and enhance community economic competitiveness.  She received her undergraduate degree in marketing and transportation from the University of Georgia, and her MBA from the University of Tennessee.  Phillips and her husband have two grown daughters and live in Knoxville where she is active in many community organizations.

Terry Hazard, IPS Consultant, Criminal Justice
Elected in 2015

Terry Hazard, sheriff management consultant, has been with CTAS since 2000. Prior to joining CTAS, Terry was a program manager with the state department of finance and administration, office of criminal justice programs. He had a 22-year career with the Sullivan County sheriff’s office where he rose to the rank of chief deputy. He earned his associate’s degree in law enforcement from Middle Tennessee State University and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from East Tennessee State University.

Mr. Wesley Robertson, Budget & Finance Consultant
Elected in 2015

Wesley Robertson, County Government Consultant, joined CTAS in May 2011. Wesley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Technological University. Prior to joining CTAS he served as the executive director of Local Finance with the Tennessee Department of Education. During his time with Local Finance Wesley annually calculated the Basic Education Program which is the state’s K-12 funding formula and also served as a local education representative on the state insurance committee.  Wesley is also a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Mr. Rex Barton, IPS Consultant, Police Mgmt
Elected in 2015

Rex Barton serves as a police management consultant with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service.  He provides advice and training for municipal police departments across the state and writes publications relating to police management.  He has been with the university since 1995.

Ms. PJ Snodgrass, IPS Consultant, Training
Elected in 2015

P.J. Snodgrass came to the University of Tennessee in October 1984 as a computer analyst. She worked for 25 years in the information technology department first working with the campus student information systems and later with the financial systems. Taking an opportunity to start programming with personal computers, she worked in the Center for Business and Economic Research for about three years on a marketing simulation game for one of the college’s professors. She was a member of the IRIS implementation team and developed training programs for IRIS. Her experience training UT staff prompted her to return to school at UT where she earned a master’s degree in adult education and a doctorate in human resource development. She was promoted to assistant director/HR in OIT and enjoyed helping the staff with performance improvement and training. In 2009 she transferred to the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) agency which is part of the Institute for Public Service. As a training consultant in MTAS she works with cities all across the state to help them meet training needs.

Roger Hagy, Jr., Coordinator II, College of Law
Elected in 2014

Roger Hagy Jr. is a 2007 UT graduate and currently serves as director of communications for the College of Law. He has worked as a member of the UT family since 2010, when he began as an editor/project manager with Creative Communications. Roger holds bachelor’s degrees in communication and computer information systems from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a master’s degree in communication from UT. Originally from southwestern Virginia, he now makes his home in Seymour.

Carey Whitworth, Director, Government Relations & Advocacy
Elected in 2013

Carey Whitworth joined The University of Tennessee as the Assistant Director for Advocacy in 2012.  Her responsibilities include developing and implementing plans for the UT System’s new grassroots advocacy program, UT Advocacy.  Carey holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While in college, Carey was named a Torchbearer, the highest honor given to a student at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She was also named the Department of Political Science’s Outstanding Graduate and was awarded the Lee S. Green Award for Outstanding Performance in Public Administration. Carey has held internships in Governor Bill Haslam’s Office of Policy and Research and the University Of Tennessee Office Of State Relations.   She is a native of Kingsport, TN.

Tiffany Harmon, Business Manager of Academic Resources, Office of the Provost
Elected in 2013

Tiffany started at UT in the Fall of 2005. Prior to working in the Provost office she worked in the College of Business and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Her current responsibilities include academic budgets that report to the Provost office. She manages and oversees the Chancellors accounts payable entry and provides support for the yearly audit.

Tiffany completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Eric Carr, NIMBioS High Performance Computing Specialist
Elected in 2015

Eric worked as a mechanical engineer for several years before he joined the University of Tennessee in 1998 as a graduate research assistant.  After earning his master’s degree in Mathematics, he accepted a research position in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology developing large scale ecological models for the Florida Everglades restoration project.  In 2008, Eric helped land a $16 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UTK. In his staff role at NIMBioS as a high performance computing specialist, Eric has helped facilitate the more than 5,000 researchers, visitors, postdocs, and graduate students visiting NIMBioS in accomplishing their interdisciplinary and computational research goals.

Susan Bryant, Coordinator I, Social Work Admin
Rotates off in 2016

Susan Bryant grew up in Eastern Tennessee and received her bachelor’s degree from Milligan College.  After eight years in social services, she moved to Knoxville to pursue an MSSW from University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 1996.  Following a 14 year career in clinical and school social work, and supervising over 35 students in the field, she was hired as the coordinator for student recruitment and student affairs for the College of Social Work.  She now represents the University proudly at conferences, grad fairs, college visits and other community events that bring potential students for the BSSW, MSSW, DSW and PhD programs from all over the state and nation.  She supports students at the college in three student organizations.  She also serves on the board of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare and as a field instructor for five students in Knox County Schools.

Mark Rozanski, Assistant Director, University Center
Elected in 2014

Thirty-three years of experience in higher education management, all with the University of Tennessee, the last thirteen years’ experience have been as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with  student organizations, faculty, staff, departments, and other diverse clientele of the University of Tennessee and Knoxville community. Extremely organized, detail oriented, personable, and a true dedication to my job, but more importantly, a true dedication to my family.
During my thirty-three years at the University of Tennessee, I have never backed down from a challenge that would benefit the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville community.

Brian Browning, Director and Sr. Assoc. VC, Finance & Administration
Elected in 2014

Brian has worked at UT for over 13 years. Currently, he is the Director of Administrative & Support Services for the Office of Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance & Administration. In his current position he manages a variety of administrative and operational functions within the office, which oversees nine departments. Brian also maintains the role of the campus Designated Official for implementation oversight for the Program for Minors policy on the Knoxville campus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Masters of Science in Emergency Management, and Executive MBA degrees all from the University of Tennessee. Brian and his wife have two sons, Tyler and Colin.

John Rich, HR Team Leader, IRIS Administrative Support
Elected in 2012
Re-elected in 2015

John joined the University of Tennessee in 1978 as a management analyst for the Nursing Department at UT Medical Center, Knoxville.  He currently works in the IRIS Administrative Support department where he does design, configuration, reporting, support, and testing of the Taleo Applicant Tracking System, and similar work on various modules of the IRIS HR system.  He has worked on the IRIS HR team since its inception in 2001.  From 1980 until 2001, he was employed in the System Human Resources office where he worked in such areas as affirmative action, compensation, policy and procedure development, governmental reporting, training and development, unemployment and workers’ compensation claims processing.  John lives in Halls and has a beautiful wife, Vicki, a son, two step-daughters and three grandchildren.

Ron Tredway, Director, East Reg Svc Ctr

Mike Herbstritt, Employee Relations, Human Resources

Arla Jackson, IT Administrator III, VolCard Office

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