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Cele Curtis, Commission Member

Southeast Tennessee Representative
Term of Appointment: October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2020

Ms. Cele Curtis has been the coordinator of Adult Student Services, since 2001, at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Prior to her employment with Cleveland State, she worked from 1999-2001 as Program Director at Educational Funding of the South (Edsouth) in Knoxville, Tennessee and as a career counselor from 1991-1999 at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Ms. Curtis’ qualifications include involvement in many community organizations. Her objective is to work with others to evaluate, develop and implement programs which will enhance services available to Tennessee’s aging population and its citizens with disabilities and which will enable them to more easily meet their unique challenges with dignity and personal independence.  She is very passionate and dedicated to serving others.

She is currently on the Family Resource Board of Directors, the Family Resource Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability Advisory Council.

Some of Ms. Curtis’ activities include former Board Member of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee; Alzheimer’s Ambassador; past President of the Lookout Counseling Association; former Board Member of the Southeast Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association; Board of Directors for Family Resource Agency; Advisory Board of Directors for Family Violence Program; Southeast Development District Advisory Council for Tennessee Economic Council on Women; and 2007 Chair of the Economic Development Summit for Women.

Ms. Curtis has excellent communication and negotiating skills. She is a professionally trained mediator, is skilled in establishing collaborative relationships and working groups, and has excellent organizational and supervisory skills.

Ms. Curtis attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has a Master of Education with a concentration in Community Counseling. She attended the Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia and has a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Organizational Behavior. She also attended Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she earned an Associate of Science.