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Chair—Rex Barton

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Mary Anne Hoskins
Term ends in 2019

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.

Johnny Jones
Term ends in 2021

26 years of service with the Department of Chemistry. 1999 Volunteer Spirit Award Winner. 2 time Chemistry Outstanding Staff Award winner.

Brad Briggs
Term ends in 2021

Brad Briggs is the Director of Business and Finance for the University of Tennessee Athletics Department. 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 Reporting, Budgeting, Procurement Services, and Business Operations. 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.

Charles Primm
Term ends in 2021

Charles is a public relations specialist with the Media and Internal Relations team in the Office of Communications and Marketing. His responsibilities include managing the university’s compliance with the Tennessee Public Records Act as the primary contact for public records requests. He also assists with the production and distribution of the Tennessee Today employee newsletter. Charles has two degrees from UT: a bachelor’s degree in journalism and electronic media (’91) and a master’s degree in public relations (’12). Before joining the Office of Communications and Marketing in 1999, Charles worked in broadcast journalism as the news director of WSEV-AM/WDLY-FM radio in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Jeannine Wirth Berge
Term ends in 2021

Jeannine Berge is the Director of Undergraduate Professional and Career Development in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. She provides strategies and resources for undergraduate student to achieve higher value-added educational outcomes and career opportunities. Before joining UT, Jeannine served as Associate Director of Employer Experience and Outreach at the University of Nebraska and served as the Career Consultant to the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. She is involved in many professional organizations and has presented on career and professional development topics at the national and regional level. Prior to her work in career development, Jeannine worked in broadcast journalism in radio, newspaper, and video production. Her interest in broadcasting developed her passion for storytelling. She uses this passion to help students find their unique story and connect their value to their career goals. Jeannine holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Journalism in Broadcasting, both from the University of Nebraska.

Tammy Renalds
Term ends in 2020

Tammy is an Advising Coordinator in the Office of Advising and Student Services in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.  Her responsibilities include advising undergraduate students as well as conducting various projects and presentations. She really enjoys assisting students.  Tammy was elected to serve as the EHHS ESC representative in 2017.  Additional committee involvement for Tammy includes the Orientation Advisory Committee and the Commission for LGBT People. Tammy earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel at UTK.

Leah Buffington
Term ends in 2020

Leah has worked in the Tickle College of Engineering since 2012. She served as the Administrative Coordinator to the Dean of the college for 4 years, and has worked as the Special Programs Coordinator for the college for the past two years. She enjoys working collaboratively with campus partners to represent TCE in various capacities. She organizes a variety of events for the college and coordinates programming initiatives, facilitates relationships, and oversees programs that are developed for the retention of current students and engaging prospective engineering students.

She holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Mississippi State University, and earned her bachelor of arts degree in Communications from Mississippi College. She is a certified administrative professional and an active volunteer.

Kandi Hodges
Term ends in 2019

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.

Teresa Jennings Fisher
Term ends in 2019

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. Fisher 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.

Wesley C. Wright
Term ends in 2020

Wesley Wright has worked for UT Ag Research in the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department since 1997. He earned a BS in Plant and Soil Science in 1995, a MS Biosystems Engineering Technology in 1998, a BS in Biosystems Engineering in 2002, and is pursuing a PhD in Biosystems Engineering. Mr. Wright has been a licensed engineer in the State of Tennessee since 2008. He resides on his beef cattle farm in Dandridge with his wife, Angel, and son, Mason.

William Alan Bruhin
Term ends in 2021

Alan Bruhin is currently Director for Sevier County Extension. With more than 40 years as an Extension Agent, Alan’s career accomplishments include selection into Leadership Sevier Class of 2017, receiving the Hicks Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Agriculture Agents & Specialists (TAAA&S) in 2016, and the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Agents and Specialists. Alan is a member of the TAAA&S Professional Association, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association.

Heath Nokes
Term ends in 2019

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.

Michele Atkins
Term ends in 2020

Michele Atkins is the County Director and Family and Consumer Science Agent for the University of Tennessee Extension Office in Henry County, She has worked for UT Extension for 20 years, first serving as the 4-H agent and then moving in to the FCS position and county director. Michele received both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees from UT Martin. Each fall semester, Michele also serves as an adjunct professor at UTM, teaching Multicultural Etiquette.

Michele served as interim FCS program leader during the 2015-2016 program year, in the absence of Dr. Lynn Brookins, while maintaining her county roles. She has received many awards through association work, including most recently the state Distinquished Service award for Family and Consumer Sciences and the state Distinquished Service award for Epsilon Sigma Phi. She also also been recognized through the 4-H agent association with Distinquished Service and the American Spirit Award. She has received the GL Carter Outstanding Youth agent award and the Vernon and Ida Darter Outstanding Service award through UTIA. She was on the state Strategic Planning Team and currently serves on the Healthy Lifestyles team. Michele is a certified UT mentor. She is Director elect of the Western Region TEAFCS association and most recently accepted the President-elect position of Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Michele serves on many boards in the community including the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Tourism, Chair of the Henry County Coordinated School Health Council, Secretary of the Henry County Medical Center Foundation Board, Rotary board of Directors, Carl Perkins Center Board of Directors, Henry County Health Council, Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council Board, the Henry County Women’s Health Advisory Board and the UTM Alumni Advisory Council board.

Michele is a WestStar Leadership graduate and just finished her term on the WestStar board of directors.

Emily Miller
Term ends in 2019

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
Term ends in 2019

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.


Rex Barton
Term ends in 2019

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.


Joe Christian
Term ends in 2021

As a Knoxville native and a UT alumnus, Joe has a serious passion for the University of Tennessee and the people that work tirelessly for its students and for the mission of the University.

Joe has served for the last two years as a representative on the Exempt Staff Council. Through this service, Joe has enjoyed the opportunity to represent the interests and concerns of his fellow exempt staff and to help equip them with important information about the University and its policies. Joe has also served the University on the Alumni Band Council and on the Alumni Board of Directors.”

Dr. Rosie Sasso
Term ends in 2021

Dr. Rosie Sasso joined the Office of Information Technology in 2008 where she has been responsible for supporting faculty, staff, and students in their use of Online@UT (Canvas), the campus learning management system. As an instructional designer she assists faculty and instructors with the design of their courses to create positive learner experiences and student success. She earned her PhD at UTK in Instructional Technology in Fall 2016. She is an avid book reader and can often be found Jeepin’ out on the roads throughout East Tennessee.

Nicholas Simson
Term ends in 2020

Nick brings his value for public education and love for learning to his position as a digital communication designer for the UT System. At UT, he has contributed design work for a number of creative and strategic projects, including the launch of UT Advocacy, the 2014 employee engagement survey, the 2017 campus climate survey, and the redesign of Nick earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication at Northern Arizona University. He began working for the UT System in his current role in 2011.

Elizabeth Greene
Term ends in 2020

Originally from South Carolina, Elizabeth earned her BS in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee in 2001 and started working at the University Libraries in May 2002. She has worked in many areas of Library personnel and business services. In 2015 she earned her SHRM-CP credentials. Currently she is the Manager of the Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, and a Be Well Wellness Champion.

Eric Carr
Term ends in 2019

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.

Linda Daugherty
Term ends in 2020

“I am the Assistant Director in the College of Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) and am responsible for the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE). I have an MPA and am ABD in Political Science. I have been employed at the University of Tennessee for more than 30 years and have had the opportunity to work with professional staff members from many different disciplines and offices across campus. I believe that exempt and professional staff are vital to the mission of the University. I would like to serve on this committee to advocate for exempt and professional staff and to help promote more collaboration between departments and disciplines.”

Kimberly Hardaway
Term ends in 2021

“My name is Kimberly Hardaway and I’m one of the Assistant Directors for University Housing. I have been a Student Affairs professional since 2006 and have worked at institutions of varying sizes and types in the Southeast and Midwest, mostly within Housing and Residence Life. My bachelors degree is in Human Resources from Georgia Southwestern State University and my masters degree is in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. I have a passion for student development, diversity and inclusion work, and staff training and development. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to serve on and chair committees at the departmental, divisional, and regional level. I feel the work I contributed to these committees were successful in bringing cooperation among peers and being able to appropriately challenge processes to affect positive change. I would be honored to have the opportunity to work with the Exempt Staff Council and to help share concerns and provide suggestions to the University so that the needs of staff are heard and met.”

Brian Browning
Term ends in 2021

Brian has worked at UT for nearly 18 years. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Auxiliary & 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
Term ends in 2021

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.

Deanna Flinchum, Research

Arla Jackson, VolCard Office

Mary Lucal, Human Resources

Julie Roe, Human Resources

Izetta Slade, Human Resources