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Meet our Board of Directors

Sheri Lawrence

Chair of the Board/Executive Committee/Development Committee/Communictaions Committee

Sheri is a resident of both Nashville and Sewanee. Her passion for the Plateau stems from growing up in the mountains of North Carolina and her family’s connection to the University of the South. She recently retired from a hospital information technology management firm that she co-founded. Sheri has served in administrative and financial capacities with the Middle Tennessee Presbytery and is an elder and active volunteer in her church. She has also served on the parents council of Harding Academy and Harpeth Hall School. Sheri will serve as SCCF chair through 2020.

Rich Wyckoff

Vice Chair/Executive Committee/Nominating Committee

Rich Wyckoff, a retired executive for Burger King Corporation, became president and COO of a 27-restaurant franchise based in Huntsville, Alabama in 2006. A part-time resident of Monteagle since 2005, he moved to the Plateau full-time in 2014. He is a member of the Morton Memorial Methodist Church, where he serves as treasurer and chaired the building committee during the church's recent addition.

Lecia Post

Treasurer/Executive Committee/Nominating Committee

Lecia and her family moved from South Pittsburg to the mountain in 2016. She has served on the parents council of St. Andrew's Sewanee School and as a board member of the PTO of Sewanee Elementary. Lecia is chief technology officer at Tower Community Bank.

Ashley Clark

Secretary/Executive Committee

Mountain T.O.P. brought Ashley to the Plateau 25 years ago. Her career was focused on human resources and accounting, but now her time is devoted to serving nonprofit organizations across north Alabama. Ashley is an advocate for the medical profession and serves on the local, state, and national level for the Medical Alliance, as well as supporting the PTA, her children's sports endeavors, and her church. Ashley and her husband, John, own a vacation home in Tracy City and visit whenever possible.    

Nancy Bowden

Development Committee Chair/Communications Committee/Executive Committee

Nancy, a Sewanee resident, is a skilled development professional whose career included working with Atlanta nonprofits Skyland Trail, Coxe Curry & Associates, and Trinity School. 

Jeff Sholey

Grants Committee Chair/Community Development Committee/Executive Committee

Jeff Sholey, originally from Sewanee and a life-long resident of the area, resides in Coalmont. He and his wife,Tammy, were part of a group that was awarded one of the inaugural grants from SCCF, for Coalmont's Big Creek Lake project. Jeff is employed by Manchester City Schools, and is chairperson of the Grundy County Conservation Committee through which he continues his support of the social and community development of the Plateau.

Sheila Beard

Community Development Chair/Executive Committee

Sheila Beard is a licensed mental health professional who has spent her career in counseling, clinical supervision, and service management. She retired in December 2016 after 30-plus years with Volunteer Behavioral Health Services and is currently working part-time as a mental health professional with Sequatchie Valley Head Start, assisting with infants and toddlers, preschoolers, families, and teaching staff. Sheila has also served as adjunct faculty with the psychology department at Motlow State Community College, with the American Red Cross disaster services as a supervisor for mental health services, and with the Tennessee Public Safety Network as a member of the Critical Incident Debriefing Team. Sheila is actively involved in her community, serving on the Grundy and Marion County health councils, the Southeast Regional Health Council, the Grundy Safe Communities Coalition, the South Cumberland Plateau Learning and Development Center, and the South Cumberland Health Network. 

Margaret Woods

Communications Committee Chair/Community Development Committee/Executive Committee

Margaret returned to the mountain, her childhood home, from Alexandria, Virginia,  where she served on the board of governors of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes schools, and on the Board of Trustees for Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia. Margaret is also an active volunteer with Friends of South Cumberland State Park.

Howell Adams

Board Member, Emeritus

Howell and his wife, Madeline, split their time between the Mountain's Beersheba Springs and Atlanta. They are both actively involved in the community, including support for the Beersheba Medical Clinic, the Methodist Assembly, and Grace Chapel United Methodist Church, and as founders and members of the Grundy County Rotary. 

Jack Murrah

Board Member/Community Development Committee

Jack is a Monteagle resident, where he settled after retiring from Chattanooga's Lyndhurst Foundation. Jack's main interests include community development and education. 

Mary Babson

Board Member/Community Development Committee

Mary Babson, originally from Denver, Colorado, is a retired businesswoman from Chicago. She now splits her time between Sewanee and Missoula, Montana. Mary is committed to community service and has served in leadership positions for a number of nonprofit boards in Denver, Chicago, and Missoula. Mary has also served a six-year term on the board of regents of the University of the South. 

Marshall Graves

Past Chair/Executive Committee/Development Committee/

Marshall came to the Cumberland Plateau as a young boy to participate in Mountain T.O.P., which marked the beginning of his life-long love for the community. In 2012, he and his wife moved to Tracy City where he is active in community affairs. He has served as a board member of Mountain T. O. P. and is also a member of Grundy County Rotary Club. 

Dot Neale

Board Member/Development Committee

Dot Neale grew up in Danville, KY, and came to Tennessee to attend Rhodes College where she graduated with Honors and a B. S. in Biology. Dot went on to a career with IBM that spanned 35 years. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Children’s Foundation of Memphis, the advisory council for Hope House, and the board of the Mid-South Chamber Foundation. Dot has served as president for the following organizations: Hope House, Provida Business Women’s Association, Memphis Grant Makers Forum, Red Acres Neighborhood Association, and Delta Delta Delta Sorority Alumnae. She is a member of Leadership Memphis,  Junior League, Colonial Dames, DAR, and Danville Rotary Club. Dot is married to retired Memphis banker Doug Ferris, and has a son, Neale Hicks, who is a resident of Austin, TX.

Jim Peterman

Board Member, ex officio/Community Development Committee

Jim Peterman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of the South, has joined the SCCF board as an ex officio member due to his position as the University’s director of the Office for Civic Engagement. Jim also sits on SCCF’s Community Development Committee.

Michael Partin

Board Member/Nominating Committee

Grundy County native Michael Partin is president and CEO of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, headquartered in South Pittsburg. He and his wife, Kim, live on the family farm in Pelham, which was founded by his great-great-grandfather, Harris Bell. Mike serves on the Southeast Tennessee Industrial Development Association and as chair of the Southeast Power Distributors Association.

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