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.
SCCF Board Chair
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 Sewanee Elementary PTO, and is chief technology officer at Tower Community Bank.
Nancy is a skilled development professional whose career included working with Atlanta nonprofits Skyland Trail, Coxe Curry & Associates, and Trinity School. Nancy and her husband, Rhea, make their home on the Mountain.
Development Committee Chair
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 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, and for the South Cumberland Plateau Learning and Development Center and the South Cumberland Health Network.
Community Development Chair
Howell and his wife, Madeline, split their time between 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.
Board Member, Emeritus
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, Montana. Mary has also served a six-year term on the board of regents of the University of the South.
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. 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.
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.
Marshall came to the South 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.
Rich Wyckoff , a retired executive for Burger King Corporation, in 2006 became president and COO of a 27-restaurant franchise based in Huntsville, Alabama.
A part-time resident of Monteagle since 2005, he moved to the Plateau full-time in 2014. He is a member of Morton Memorial Methodist Church, where he serves as treasurer and chaired the building committee for the church's recent addition.
Mountain T.O.P. brought Ashley to the Plateau 25 years ago. Her career has been 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 at the local, state, and national level for the Medical Alliance, and also finds time to support 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.
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.
Grants Committee Chair
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.
Communications Committee Chair
Jack is a Monteagle resident, where he settled after retiring from Chattanooga's Lyndhurst Foundation. Jack's main interests include community development and education.
Jim Peterman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of the South, is a member of the SCCF board ex officio due to his position as the University’s director of the Office for Civic Engagement. Jim also sits on SCCF’s Community Development Committee.
Board Member, Ex officio
Jenny recently retired from a 33-year career in education, during which she earned a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education followed by an M.Ed in School Administration and Supervision, both from MTSU. Her career with Grundy County School System included serving as a special education teacher followed by the position of Coordinator of Special Education. Later in her career she was recruited by Manchester City Schools, where she served as Behavior Consultant, Director of Special Education, and, finally, Director of Federal Programs.
A lifelong resident of the Plateau, Jenny is married to Jerry Don Thomas and they have a son and two granddaughters, and make their home in Monteagle.
Carol recently retired as Senior V. P. at Pinnacle Bank in Nashville after more than 30 years in the banking industry. A graduate of the University of the South, Carol also holds an MBA from Loyola and has studied at Oxford University. Her current board and committee volunteer activities include Ascension St. Thomas, St. Thomas Foundation, Neighborhood Health, The Tennessee Kidney Foundation, and Alive Hospice. She is a founding board member of The New Beginnings Center, a nonprofit focused on health, nutrition, exercise, and life coaching for low income women. Carol was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by TNBC in 2016.