Ms. Margot Seay was employed by Legal Aid of East Tennessee as the Recruiter/Coordinator of Volunteers for the First Tennessee District Ombudsman Program from 1998-2003. It was through her work in the Ombudsman Program, plus caring for her aging mother, that she first became actively involved with issues concerning aging, particularly expanding long-term care choices for Tennesseans.
In addition to her former employment in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Ms. Seay has also been active with many volunteer organizations in her community. She has served as a member of the board of the Northeast/Southeast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, Kingsport Meals on Wheels program, and the Friends of the Senior Center. Currently, she is a member of the East Tennessee Long-Term Care Coalition, a member of the Advisory Board of the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, and serves as the State President of AARP Tennessee.
In 2009, Ms. Seay was honored by the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging as the Outstanding Regional Volunteer for positive contributions to the lives of older Americans. This award was given in recognition of her involvement and work in expanding long-term care services to include the availability of home and community based choices for Tennesseans.
Most recently, Ms. Seay has led the work of Kingsport Livable Community Core Committee, one of the three AARP pilot projects across the state of Tennessee. After presenting the AARP survey, "A Livable Community Survey of Greater Kingsport, TN Area: A Place to Live, Work and Play for a Lifetime," to Mayor Dennis Phillips, she was appointed to serve on the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Livability to develop an action plan using the results of the AARP survey.
A native of the Washington, DC area, Ms. Seay moved to Kingsport, TN in 1969 when her husband, Clarence W. Seay, accepted a position with Tennessee Eastman Company. She and her husband have two grown children, both of whom currently reside in Tennessee.
Effective July 1, 2012, Ms. Seay was appointed to a two-year term as the AARP National Volunteer Director. She was originally appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve as a representative for the Urban Area of Upper East Tennessee (Tri-City: Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City) from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2016. Effective October 1, 2012, Gov. Bill Haslam reappointed Ms. Seay to serve as the representative of a federally chartered organization (AARP) from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2018.