Staff and Commission News

Bobby Cooley

New Staff

Mr. Bobby Cooley joined the staff in 2023 as the State Historic Sites Program Coordinator. A native of Manchester, Tennessee, he earned his B.A. in History at Middle Tennessee State University. Previously, Cooley worked as a Park Ranger in Tennessee State Parks at Port Royal State Historic Park, where he was a part of the ongoing historic preservation and restoration project of the 1859 General Store and Masonic Lodge. During his time in parks, Cooley also worked at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, and Dunbar Cave State Park where he celebrated multiple park awards with other staff, including two ‘Park of the Year’ Awards and two ‘Excellence in Interpretation’ Awards. Cooley is currently pursuing a M.A. in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University.

Christian Potucek

New Commission Member

Mr. Christian Potucek is the Governor's Representative and the Deputy Chief of Staff, External Affairs for Governor Bill Lee. Potucek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Vanderbilt University.