SCCF Board of Directors
Bran Potter and his wife, Cindy Potter, residents of Sewanee, are lifelong educators. Bran taught geology at the University, enjoying field studies with students on the Cumberland Plateau, St. Catherine's Island in Georgia, and the Colorado Plateau. His Walking the Land course encompassed the coves, cliffs, and human history of our local Plateau. Folk and traditional music are
a continuing pleasure, and he is section-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Bran and Cindy were raised near the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, and with their three children and six grandchildren they reconnect regularly with family roots there.
Board Member, Emeritus
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.
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. She has also served a six-year term on the board of regents of the University of the South.
M. Edward Krenson is a native of Nashville, TN and graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 1976 with a degree in history. Eddie received his master’s degree in education administration, supervision, and curriculum from Purdue University in 1978 and his Ed.D. in professional educational practice from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2004. Eddie was principal of Father Ryan High School in Nashville for 12 years (1988-2000) and served as president and head of Randolph School, a K-12 independent school in Huntsville, Alabama for five years (2000-2005). In 2002 Randolph School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Eddie served for 15 years (2005 – 2020) as vice president for Nonpublic School Services for AdvancED/Cognia, an international accreditation and school improvement corporation headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. He is a member of the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2013 (team) and 2016 (individual) for basketball. Eddie was a graduate of Leadership Nashville class of 2000 and Leadership Huntsville class of 2003. He lives in Monteagle, TN with his wife, Martha.
Betty is a native of Louisiana and has made Sewanee her home for the past 30 years. She lives in the woods with her dog, Mike, and wouldn't think of living any other place. Betty’s initial reason for coming to the Mountain was the opportunity to develop programs for children in the school system and the Church. One of the programs Betty created is NatureQuest, which introduced hundreds of kids to all the Mountain has to offer: waterfalls, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, and caving. Other programs include Fire on the Mountain, an Episcopal youth group; and Sons and Daughters of Abraham (SADA), a program that brings together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim youth to gain a deeper understanding of their shared faiths.
Betty had the privilege of teaching special education in the Grundy County School System for more than 20 years and was awarded “Educator of the Year” by the organization “Very Special Arts of Tennessee.” Her class at Grundy County High School was given the Community Service Award for educating others about the gifts and talents of special needs students.
Betty has served her parish church, Sewanee’s Otey Memorial, as youth minister, and for the past eight years held the position of director for Otey’s Community Action Committee (CAC), from which she retired in May to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. She is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and currently serves at the University of the South’s All Saints Chapel as well as Otey. Betty is also a member of BAZZANIA, an “all-girls” iconic Sewanee band, and is looking forward to playing post-COVID gigs. Betty will serve on the SCCF Grants Committee.
Don is a lifelong resident of Grundy County, where he lives with his wife, Stacie, in Tracy City. Don has been with Grundy County EMS for 36 years and currently serves as its Director, a position he has held for 29 years. Don is also the Medical Examiner Investigator for Grundy County.
Don has served on several boards in Grundy County over the last 20 years, and is currently Chairman of the E911 Board and Housing Authority Board. In 2018
he was elected a Grundy County Commissioner, and he is also a Trustee for the Southern Tennessee Regional Health System located in Winchester.
Immediate Past Chair
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.
Marguerite Lloyd brings a combination of nonprofit management, legal, and executive search experience to SCCF. She began her career as an upper school teacher with a Master's in English, and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Virginia. Marguerite's practice of law includes a position as general counselor for the University of the South, and she currently serves as a senior consultant with the executive search firm of Carney, Sandoe and Associates, where her work focuses on retained head of school and key administrator searches.
Marguerite and her husband, Sam, recently relocated to Sewanee upon Sam's retirement from active ministry with the Episcopal church.
Henry Lodge is Chairman of the Board of Lodge Manufacturing Company, which manufactures the world’s best cast iron cookware and is located in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Henry, a great-grandson of Joseph Lodge who founded the company in 1896, joined Lodge in 1972 and retired at the end of 2019.
Henry is a graduate of University of the South and Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, and lives with his wife, Donna, on the Plateau just above South Pittsburg. Henry also serves on the board of General Bancshares, the parent company of Tower Community Bank.
Julie Keel has made Grundy County her home for the past 15 years serving in various capacities with Mountain T.O.P., a housing nonprofit. During her tenure, she has brought Mountain T.O.P. into connection with other social service agencies. Her passion for the intersection of housing affordability and community development is fueled by the inspiring people and places of this little pocket of Appalachia. With more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits, Julie holds a certification in Nonprofit Leadership from the Center for Nonprofit Management and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Organizational Leadership.
Executive chef, food activist, culinary educator - Rick is currently the Director of Dining for the University of the South in Sewanee. Prior to that he was executive chef for the University, and transitioned its dining program to a self-operated in-house establishment. He is the partner of Gina B. Wright and proud father of Chloe and Hannah Wright.
Chef Rick has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 44 years, has an associate of arts degree from Big Sandy Technical College, attended the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University, and is a veteran of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
Rick is an active member of American Culinary Federation, The Chef and Child Foundation, program manager of South Cumberland Feeding Program, and a voting delegate of the National Association of College and Universities Food Services. He also serves as an educator and culinary judge for Tennessee ProStart, a high school culinary program, and is one of the founding directors of the Cumberland Plateau Regional Food Hub and the South Cumberland Feeding Program.
Rick has served or currently serves on the advisory boards of:
Tennessee Department of Agriculture - PIC Tennessee
Beyond Beauty - The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce
Scott Parrish is currently the General Manager of the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. Prior to coming to the South Cumberland Plateau, Scott had a career in the industrial distribution industry until he decided to move to the nonprofit sector fourteen years ago. Scott served as Vice President of Advancement at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee prior to coming to the Monteagle Assembly in 2010.
Board Member, Ex officio
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.
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.
Grants Committee Chair
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.
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 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.
Christi Teasley is an artist and educator living and working in Monteagle,Tennessee. Christi taught studio art and directed the Gallery and Visiting Artist Program at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School (SAS). After serving for 27 years at SAS, she continues to work on the school's planning team for Shakerag Workshops, a top-notch series of studio art workshops for adults held on the SAS campus every June. Christi serves on the leadership teams of Grundy Area Arts Council and Tennessee Craft South as treasurer for both organizations. She is also a liaison with the Marion County Arts Council and the Franklin County Artisans Guild, and is leading a new communications committee for the Grundy County Library Board.
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.