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Volunteer Tennessee
Jim Snell, Executive Director

Volunteer Tennessee Board Members

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Volunteer TN board at LP PENCIL Box

The Volunteer Tennessee board with Honorary Chair, Miss Tennessee, after a service project at the LP PENCIL Box.

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.

2013 Commission Member Profiles

Chair: Tracy Hornsby 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 the Chair for Volunteer Tennessee in 2013.

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.

Laurel Creech, Nashville, is Nashville’s first Chief Service Officer (CSO). As CSO, she created and directs Nashville’s service plan in partnership with Cities of Service. Prior to becoming Nashville’s CSO, she was an on-air talent for WRLT lightning 100 and the founder and director of Team Green, an environmental/service/adventure organization. Laurel has received many awards and honors, including Nashville Emerging Leader Award, Community Public Hero of the Year, Mike Curb Achievement in Radio Award for Outstanding Community Service, and Lipscomb University’s Tennessee Green Innovator of the Year.

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 is Secretary for Volunteer Tennessee in 2013 and chairs the Foundations of Service committee.

Jonathan Farmer, Nashville, is an attorney with Jones, Hawkins &Farmer, PLC and former Assistant Metro Public Defender.  His extensive community volunteer engagements include Room in the Inn, Hands On Nashville, Generation Tennessee and the Humane Society. Jonathan is the treasurer for Volunteer Tennessee in 2013.

Carol Gaudino, Memphis, is director of Corporate Communication/Community Relation - Ssytem Community Outreach at Baptist Memorial Health Care. Carol has over 20 years of marketing experience and owned her own marketing and advertising firm. She is a member of the Points of Light Institute/HandsOn Network Corporate Volunteer Council. She formerly served as director of Corporate Services at Volunteer Mid-South.  She volunteers with KIPP Diamond Academy, St. Benedict High School and Donor Resources.

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.

Ken Hall, Memphis, owns a consulting firm, Civic Engagement Consulting and is the marketing coordinator for Leadership Memphis. Ken was formerly the Marketing Director at Shapiro & Company Architects and has extensive experience in marketing and public relations in the private and non-profit sectors. Ken served as Executive Director and Interim Executive Director at Hands On Memphis. He has served on numerous non-profit boards. Ken Vice Chair for Volunteer Tennessee in 2013 and chairs the Communications 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 the Chair Emeritus.

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.

Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of Education.  Appointed by Governor Bill Haslam in 2011, Commissioner Huffman has spent nearly two decades working with public education systems as a teacher, lawyer, non-profit executive and non-profit board member.

Mani Hull, Nashville, launched and now serves as director of the Tennessee Campus Compact. She is also the Director of the Tennessee Academic Civic Engagement Program.  Mani has over 25 years of professional international experience in new business research and development; bids and proposals; contracting and compliance; finance and accounting; human resource management and administration; career counseling and placement; and educational exchange and training.

Emily Jones, Knoxville, is Program Manager at the National Parks Conservation Association.  She has a wealth of experience in fund raising and resource development and has served as director of development for several non-profits in East Tennessee. Emily also has experience in public relations and organizational and human resource management.

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.

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.

Justin Ross, Memphis, is a Senior Attorney with FedEx in Memphis.  He is active in the Memphis Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  He serves on the Steering Committee for the Tennessee Bar Leadership Program.

Beth Torres, Nashville, is President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee.  She previously served as Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement in Nashville.  Beth was selected for the 2008 class of Nashville Emerging Leaders.  She also has over nine years of experience in corporate marketing.

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.

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.

Ex Officio Representatives:

Ryan Allen represents Interim Commissioner Burns Phillips, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Sumita Keller - designee for Commissioner Raquel Hatter, TN Department of Human Services.

Sgt. Candice Frazier represents Major Gen. Max Haston, TN Department of the Military.

David Gregory represents Chancellor John Morgan, Tennessee Board of Regents.

Deborah Hardin represents Commissioner John Dreyzehner, TN Department of Health.

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

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

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

Mike McCullough represents President Joe DiPietro, University of Tennessee.

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

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

April Tanguay represents Commissioner Doug Varney, TN Department of Mental Health.