SCCF Board of Directors

Meet the Board

Howell Adams

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

Board Member

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. 


Sheila Beard

Community Development 


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. 

Marshall Graves

Immediate Past Chair

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, Sally, 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. 

Don Hutcheson

Board Member

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.

Sheri Lawrence

Board 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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.

Dot Neale

Board Member

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.

Scott Parrish

Board Member

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. 

Jim Peterman

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 Post


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.  

Jeff Sholey

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 Thomas


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 Titus

Development Committee


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

Communications Committee


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

Vice Chair

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.

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