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Volunteer Tennessee
Jim Snell, Executive Director

Volunteer Tennessee Board Members

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Volunteer Tennessee Board, 2014

Volunteer Tennessee board and staff during our 2014 board retreat at the Nashville Zoo.

Volunteer Tennessee is the 25 member bipartisan citizen board appointed by the Governor to oversee AmeriCorps and service-learning programs and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to solve community problems in the Volunteer State.

Our Vision

Our Mission

Our Members

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Tennessee's 2013-2015 State Plan click here.

Volunteer Tennessee's general policies click here.

Volunteer Tennessee's Executive Orders:

     E.O. 55 - McWherter

     E.O. 42 - Bredesen

Our Vision & Mission:


The State of Tennessee is the national leader in the promotion of volunteerism, community service initiatives and partnerships in which its citizens of all ages and backgrounds engage in services addressing the educational, public safety, environmental and other human needs of the state and nation.


To encourage volunteerism and community service.

2015 Commission Member Profiles

Chair: Justin Crowe, Knoxville, is an Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Tennessee.  Justin and 4-H partnered with Volunteer Tennessee on the recent, nationally competitive Learn and Serve America Community-Based Organization grant.  He formerly was Life Skills Instructor in McNairy County and is pursuing an Ed.D. in Learning and Leadership from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.    Justin previously served as the Secretary for Volunteer Tennessee and chair of the Foundations of Service committee.

Vice Chair: Eileen Wollam, Nashville, recently retired as the RSVP Outreach Coordinator at FiftyForward, a non-profit in Nashville that helps people 50 years and older live fuller, more productive lives with a sense of dignity and self worth.  Eileen volunteers with Nashville in Harmony and has a certification in Volunteer Management from the Center for Nonprofit Management.  Eileen also has significant experience in technical publications editing.  Eileen also chairs the Board Development committee.

Secretary: Mary Graham, Franklin, is the President of United Ways of Tennessee. Before leading the United Ways of Tennessee, Mary had various leadership positions in the field of mental health, including Senior Vice President of Mental Health America. Since United Ways of Tennessee has an AmeriCorps*VISTA program, she has additional experience related to National Service programs. Mary chairs the Strategic Partnerships committee.

Treasurer: Tina Hodges, Nashville, attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Tina earned a Certificate in Medical Technology from Meharry Medical College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.  After several years of emergency room practice as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Tina joined her husband to operate Advance Financial.  Tina is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville and a supporter of the Bootstraps Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the 18th Avenue Family Enrichment Center. Tina also chairs the Communications committee.

Jawanna Chapman, Russellville, is the executive director of Tennessee's Community Assistance Corporation (TCAC), headquartered in Morristown. TCAC strives to assist Tennesseans who are most in need, including senior citizens and people with disabilities, the very low income, the homeless and displaced, veterans and military families.  Jawanna also served as a VISTA member.

Greg Eubanks, Nashville, is the Service-Learning Coordinator at Ensworth High School, where he engages students in community-based service that reinforces learning objectives.  His previous experience includes the Nashville Inner City Ministry and Room in the Inn.  He volunteers with Franktown Open Hearts and the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ.  Greg also joined international service trips in Tanzania, Peru, the Philippines and Thailand. Greg chairs the Foundations of Service committee.

Julie Hembree, Knoxville, is a liaison at the University of Tennessee for the Professional Development School program at Fulton and West High Schools in Knoxville. She also consults for the Tennessee Department of Education to develop and lead service-learning workshops for teachers. Julie holds a Master Teacher designation for service-learning and has developed service-learning curricula. Julie has volunteered for the FISH Food Pantry for over 20 years. Julie is Chair Emeritus.

William Lamb, Cleveland, is the director of Lee University's Leonard Center, where he oversees day-to-day operations of service-learning placements for the Cleveland campus. He is also a PhD candidate in organizational leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, and is a board member of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal. William is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Greg Lyles, Murfreesboro, is the Coordinator of Community Initiatives and Teacher Performance at Murfreesboro City Schools. He has developed several youth programs including Boys To Men Mentoring Program and Club MARVEL.  Greg serves on various community boards such as the Linebaugh Public Library, Community Care of Rutherford County and St. Clair Senior Center.

Rochelle Mayberry, Cleveland, is an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Leonard Center at Lee University. She is currently serving in her second year as a VISTA member. Rochelle fills the designated Youth board member position on the Volunteer Tennessee board.

Al Murphy, Nashville, has worked for Mother Murphy's Flavors for the past 11 years.  He previously worked for the non-profits Young Life and Crown Financial Ministries.  Al currently serves on five business boards and one non-profit board.  He spends most of his service time working with East Nashville Cooperative Ministries, which works on feeding and helping provide structure/rehabilitation for the Homeless.

Kathy Myers, Greeneville, is the director of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) at the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency.  FGP is a national service program that engages older adults in community service as mentors to youth.  Kathy has over 40 years of experience in the social service sector, and prior to joining the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency, she worked at the Holston United Methodist Home for Children.  She volunteers her time with various community activities, including the Greeneville Community Action Board, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and the Greene County Partnership Youth Community Action Team.

Chelsea Parker, Nashville, represents Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of Education on the Volunteer Tennessee board.  She is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education and Work-Based Learning.

Wanda Perry, Jackson, is the Volunteer Coordinator at Avalon Hospice in Jackson.  She has also worked as a mental health case manager at PATHWAYS and assisted persons with disabilities at Community Connections.  Wanda has volunteered for the Madison County General Hospital, Feed the Children – Haywood County, and the New Life Christian Center.

Kane Reeves, Jackson, is an Extension Agent with the Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program in Madison County.  He served as a Volunteer Leader at 4-H Camp for five years and volunteered with the Union City Boys and Girls Club for its Senior Seminar Service-Learning Project.

Matt Ryerson, Cleveland, is President and CEO of the United Way of Bradley County.  Matt has 13 years of experience in social service programs, and he received a law degree from Concord University Law School in Los Angeles.  He founded GRAAB (Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors) Coalition Bradley County and serves on the board for several organizations, including People for Care and Learning, MainStreet Cleveland, The Santa Project and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across Tennessee.

Meggie Staykov, Nashville, attended East Tennessee State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Meggie has volunteered with both national and local events including the National Prayer Breakfast, National Student Leadership Forum, South Carolina Student Leadership Forum and the Medical Christian fellowship at Vanderbilt University.  She has also volunteered internationally on two medical mission trips to Haiti.

Tracy Van de Vate, Knoxville, is a Secondary Clinical Instructor and Supervisor at the UT College of Education, Health and Human Services and an Instructor with the UT Education 100 Apple Corps. Having held various collegiate teaching positions, she has broad experience in the education field. Tracy is active with the Girl Scouts and the Great Starts Transagency Committee. Tracy is Chair Emeritus.

Amy Walter, Nashville, is currently the Volunteer Programs Manager at the Nashville Zoo.  She has also worked at other human and social services agencies such as Nashville CARES and the Community Resource Center.  Amy also has over 20 years of experience with communications and media.  She is a member of the Volunteer Administrators Network and volunteers with Hands On Nashville.

Warren Wells, Murfreesboro, currently serves as Deputy Director for Legislation for Governor Bill Haslam.  He previously worked as the Legislative Liaison for the Department of Finance and Administration and as a Research Analyst for the Tennessee General Assembly Senate Transportation Committee.  Warren served 9 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, including Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-06.  Warren has served on the Young Leaders Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and on the board of directors for Murfreesboro Young Professionals.

Ex Officio Representatives:

Hayley Lewis acts as the Honorary Chair of Volunteer Tennessee. Hayley was crowned Miss Tennessee 2014, and acts as Governor Bill Haslam's Official Spokesperson for Character Education. She speaks to over 50,000 schoolchildren about the character trait of respect during her year as Miss Tenessee.

Robin Corindo is director of the Tennessee State Office of the Corporation for National & Community Service which administers Senior Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA.

Tommie Donohue represents Major Gen. Max Haston, TN Department of the Military.

Randy Gowler represents Commissioner John Dreyzehner, TN Department of Health.

Michael Hogan represents Commissioner Bill Gibbons, TN Department of Safety. Michael chairs the Grants committee.

Briana Johnson represents Interim Commissioner Burns Phillips, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Heidi Leming represents Chancellor John Morgan, Tennessee Board of Regents.

Buddy Lea represents Interim Commissioner Larry Martin, TN Department of Finance & Administration.

Nancy Schelin represents Commissioner Robert Martineau, TN Department of Environment & Conservation.

Debbie Shahla represents Commissioner Doug Varney, TN Department of Mental Health.

Vacant represents President Joe DiPietro, University of Tennessee.

Vacant represents Commissioner Raquel Hatter, TN Department of Human Services.

Vacant represents Commissioner James Henry, TN Department of Children's Services.