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Volunteer Tennessee
Jim Snell, Executive Director

Volunteer Tennessee Board Members

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Volunteer Tennessee Board, 2014

Volunteer Tennessee board and staff during our 2014 board retreat at the Nashville Zoo.

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.

2015 Commission Member Profiles

Chair: 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 previously served as the Secretary for Volunteer Tennessee and chair of the Foundations of Service committee.

Vice Chair: 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. Eileen also chairs the Board Development committee.

Secretary: 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.

Treasurer: 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. Tina also chairs the Communications committee.

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.

Greg Eubanks, Nashville, is the Service-Learning Coordinator at Ensworth School. Greg chairs the Foundations of Service 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 Chair Emeritus.

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.

Kathy Myers, Greeneville, is the Director of the Foster Grandparent Program at the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency, which serves eight counties in northeast Tennessee.

Chelsea Parker, Nashville, is the Executive Director for the Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education and Work-Based Learning for the Tennessee Department of Education.

Wanda Perry, Jackson, is the Volunteer Coordinator for Avalon Hospice in Jackson, TN.

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.

Matt Ryerson, Cleveland, is the President and CEO of United Way of Bradley County.

Meggie Staykov, Nashville

Tracy 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 Chair Emeritus.

Amy Walter, Nashville, is the Volunteer Programs Manager at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

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.

Ex Officio Representatives:

Hayley Lewis acts as the Honorary Chair of Volunteer Tennessee. Hayley was crowned Miss Tennessee 2014, and acts as Governor Bill Haslam's Official Spokesperson for Character Education. She speaks to over 50,000 schoolchildren about the character trait of respect during her year as Miss Tenessee.

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

Tommie Donohue represents Major Gen. Max Haston, TN Department of the Military.

Kelly Ellenburg represents President Joe DiPietro, University of Tennessee.

Randy Gowler represents Commissioner John Dreyzehner, TN Department of Health.

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

Briana Johnson represents Interim Commissioner Burns Phillips, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Heidi Leming represents Chancellor John Morgan, Tennessee Board of Regents.

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

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

Debbie Shahla represents Commissioner Doug Varney, TN Department of Mental Health.

Vacant represents Commissioner Raquel Hatter, TN Department of Human Services.

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