Now Hiring for Office Manager Position

Leadership Blount is now seeking to fill the part-time position of Office Manager, as outlined below.


  • Perform administrative tasks to support the Executive Director
  • Manage communications to and from alumni, current class members, sponsors, board of directors, etc.
  • Manage accounting via QuickBooks – process invoices, dues, checks, payroll, etc.
  • Assist with social media posts, website maintenance, etc.
  • Assist with planning and execution of special events
  • Maintain alumni and sponsor databases
  • Additional duties as requested


  • Candidate must have advanced knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and QuickBooks
  • Familiarity with Donor Snap, Survey Monkey, PayPal, Constant Contact, Square Up, Doodle, and Drop Box is preferred
  • Candidate must maintain high standards of conduct and interaction with class members, board members, sponsors, community partners, coworkers, etc.
  • Candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule as needed for special events


  • Part-time, average 20 hours per week
  • Expected office hours Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm, modified as needed for special events
  • $15/hour

 To apply, please submit résumé and cover letter to


Nominations Being Accepted for LB and YLB ’15

Nominations are now being accepted for the Leadership Blount and Youth Leadership Blount Class of 2015.

Leadership Blount has worked with over 700 community-minded individuals to teach them more about the community in which they live and encourage them to take a more active role in community issues.  Nominees should have a sincere commitment and motivation to serve the community, as well as an exhibited demonstration of leadership abilities.  They should be individuals whose work, volunteer participation, and community service indicate they have a long-term commitment to Blount County’s quality of life.  All class members must also be willing to devote one full day per month (including two overnight sessions), as well as some required evening governmental meetings, and must have the full support of the organization or corporation they represent.

Youth Leadership Blount nominees should possess similar characteristics and be a current freshman at one of the schools within Alcoa City Schools, Blount County Schools, Maryville City Schools, Maryville Christian School, Apostolic Academy, or homeschool.

Tuition for the adult program is $1,100.00; $110.00 of which must be paid by the participant personally.  This payment covers all fees and course materials, as well as most meals and transportation.  Optional or special activities may require additional costs.  A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for eligible candidates.  Youth Leadership Blount tuition is $25.

Nominations are being accepted until January 31st for both classes and can be submitted via the Leadership Blount website,  Additionally, hard copies of the nomination form may be picked up at the Leadership Blount office on the Maryville College campus.  Please contact Leadership Blount at 984-9368 or with any additional questions.

Debbie Henry Named New Executive Director

Leadership Blount Press Release

RELEASE DATE: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

Debbie Henry named new executive director of Leadership Blount Leadership Blount has a new executive director. Debbie Henry, who has been serving as manager of the Leadership Loudon County program for the past two years, will begin her tenure with Leadership Blount on Nov. 12.

The Leadership Blount Board Chairman John Hinkle (Class of 1999), last week offered Henry the position that was vacated by Katherine Best Caputo, who served from May 2010 until she relocated to Kansas with her family in September 2012. Former executive director Carolyn Forster has been shepherding the 2013 class since September.

Henry, of Lenoir City, is an alumnus of the Leadership Loudon County program and has served as president of the Leadership Loudon Alumni Association for three years. She began facilitating the Loudon County program when it was decided that the board would take over managing the program, with plans to hand the management back to the Loudon Education Foundation at the end of 2012.

“I am excited to be chosen for this opportunity in Blount County,” says Henry. “Regionally, Leadership Blount has a great reputation for excellence and innovation. I have worked in Blount County previously through two different positions, and I am excited to become part of the Blount County landscape.”

Henry has worked with the Health Education Alliance of Loudon County as executive director, with responsibilities for fundraising, event planning, programming and general management.  She was the community marketing manager for the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council, worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Loudon County and was district manager for Doncaster, a direct sales business of high-end women’s clothing. Henry has a bachelor of science in education from Berry College and a master’s of education from the University of Tennessee. She began her working career as a teacher, working in elementary schools for 14 years.

Henry’s professional involvement includes Leadership Loudon County Class of 2005, United Way of Loudon County Board of Directors, Loudon County Education Foundation Board of Directors, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and the East Tennessee Regional Health Council. She is a member of the Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Church. She and Wayne, her husband of 32 years, are sports car enthusiasts and members of the Roadster Association of the Smoky Mountains Miata Club and Sports Car Club of America. Wayne Henry is an attorney in Loudon.

“We are excited to have someone with the qualifications and passion that Debbie will bring to our organization,” says Hinkle. “We believe Debbie will continue the excellent leadership that we have had since we started in 1991.”

The search committee was made up of board members, community leaders and Leadership Blount alumni. “We were very pleased to have had so many excellent qualified individuals apply for the position,” says Hinkle. “Our selection committee, chaired by Greg McClain (Class of 1999), spent a great deal of time and effort to insure we had a top notch group of candidates to interview.”

Henry says that coming in with the Class of 2013 offers a unique opportunity for her as new executive director. “My first meeting will be for the Business and Industry class on Thursday, Nov. 8. I will be essentially going through the program with this Class of 2013, so I will have the opportunity to have the Leadership Blount experience while managing the program.”

Henry says she will be able to hit the ground running because of her familiarity with the Leadership programs. “I am already such a fan of Leadership programs like Leadership Blount. I believe there is nothing more important to the growth and vitality of a community that to cultivate citizens who really know their county and know what leadership opportunities are available and needed.”

Call for Alumni Service Award Nominations

2012 Leadership Blount Alumni Service Awards

    The Alumni Service Award was created by the Board of Directors in conjunction with our 20th Anniversary Celebration.  This Award recognizes alumni who have gone above and beyond their commitment to community.  It is intended to honor alumni who do their work quietly and “under the radar”.  All Leadership Blount alumni are invited to nominate.

    An Alumni Service Award will be given to one member of each reunion class at the Reunion Celebration each fall.  The 2012 Reunion Celebration is set for Monday, October 29th at Sullivan’s Downtown, 5:30 pm. Nominations are due by Friday, October 5, 2012.  

Click: to complete the short nomination form.


  • Must display distinguished or outstanding service as a Leadership Blount graduate
  • Must be a Leadership Blount graduate in the Class of 1992, 1997, 2012, 2007, or 2012 (see class listings below)
  • Nominations will be accepted by Leadership Blount graduates only including self-nominations


  • Distinguished or outstanding service as a Leadership Blount graduate                 
  • Recognition of “quiet” contributions – “under the radar”
  • Focuses on impact of Leadership Blount experience motivating graduate to become engaged                                                  

2011 Recipients:  Ken Cornett, Class of 1991; Cookie Crowson, Class of 1996; Bob Ramsey, Class of 2001; Carl Van Hoozier, Class of 2006; Matt Webb, Class of 2011


Class of 1992

Jim  Berrong
Keith Brock
Ann Owens Brunger
Bryan Cable
Stone Carr
Mike Dalton
Mike Davis
Sandra Davis
Dick Evans
Jim Fiegle
J. L. Goins
Al Grubb, Jr.
Carla Hawkinson
Don  Heinemann II
John Jagger
Mike Johnston
Maribel Koella
Shelby B. Lester
Bill Marrison
Jane Qualls
H. Dean Stone
Bob Sullivan
Kristi L. Weatherbee
Harold G. Woods

Class of 1997

Mike Baker
Lori Baxter
Patty Bell
Judy Blanks
Kathy Bowers
Jacque Bragg
Bill Clabough
Joe Colquitt
Mary Driskill
Allen Edwards
Bob Evans
Phillip Francis, Jr.
Robbie Freestate
Mike Garner
Larry L. Graves
Bruce Guillaume
Tish Hickman
Charlie Johnson
John Lamb
Marty Joe Livingston
Herb Meyer
Bart Mize
Norman Newton
Lonas D. Overholt
Shirley Patton
Sandy Phillips-Tuck
Annette C. Pickett
Kevin Proffitt
Todd Rossbach
Anna L. Shugart
Becky Swann
Judy “Alisa” Teffeteller
George Frederick Tolhurst

Class of 2002

Teri Brahams
Hardy DeYoung
Donna Dixon
Jeanne Ezell
Mike Flynn
Jeff French II
Lisa Gibson
David Graham
Francis Gross
Chris L. Hamby
Bunker Handly
Herb Handly
Virginia Hardwick
Steve Houser
Tom Howard
Darrell King
Mary Mallinson Long
Fred Martin
Denny J. Mayes
Joe McCord
Pam Murray
Kay Overbey
Julia Marie Pearce
Brenda Pilson
Kevin Poster
Jeff Rose
Rick Shepard
Patrick Sterling
Tony Thompson
Stephanie J. Thompson
Karen Wentz
Clarence B. Williams
Marti Womac
Jim Woroniecki

Class of 2007


Kathy Byrd
Brad Carraway
Thomas  Cauthen
Melissa Copelan
David Dwyer
Jeffrey Eberting
Brenda Farner
Chris Flynn
Maelea Galyon
David Hodges
Dennis Hopkins
Doug Horn
John Huffman
Judith Johns 
Cheryl Land
Amy Large
Fran Leonard
Pat Marshall
Randy Massey
Paula McGhee
Marty Millsaps
Beverly Ogle
Misty Goins Parker
David Schmidt
Tim Self
Craig Taylor
Jerry Vagnier
Ed Waldroop
John Webb
Dana West
Charles West
Marion Westerling

Class of 2012

Tom Bickers
Scott Blevins
Tom Bogart
Kyndra Brewer
John Clark
Judith Craw
Lauren Curbow
Charlene DeSha
Jim Ford
Katie Gamble
Ron German
Bo Gillooly
Shane Hair
Melinda Headrick
Erich Henry
Michael Hollenbach
Scott Hughes
Shanda Keller
David Lazar
Emily Longhurst
Nichole McCord
Bill McLain
Kevin Myers
Kathi  Parkins
Keith Paul
Bill Pyle
Dorothy Rader
Perry Roberts
Kathie Shiba
Mandy Sitzlar
Kathy Stinnett
Jessica Stith
Donna Tallent
Kahren White
Michael Yates

Executive Director Position Announcement

Leadership Blount is seeking applications for the Executive Director position.  This part-time (30 flexible hours/week) position plans, implements, and develops program and services for each year’s Leadership Blount class, in addition to overseeing the planning and execution of special events.  This person will establish, maintain, and advance community relations by initiating and developing potential corporate sponsors and maintaining current relationships with a broad range of community sectors.

 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent non-profit experience preferred.  Proven experience in managing volunteers; familiarity with basic computer applications; 3-5 years experience in initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services; proven experience in group facilitation and group dynamics.

 A full job description is available upon request by contacting the Leadership Blount office at  Please submit resume and letter of application via email to the above email address.  Application deadline is September 21, 2012.


DDD – Polly Kromhout ’13

Pat McGill and I agreed to meet for lunch at Bread of Heaven in Alcoa for our assignment.  Though both Pat and I have lived in the area for years, neither of us had the privilege of experiencing this locally owned restaurant.  Bread of Heaven has been opened almost eight years and serves a lunch buffet Monday through Friday. In addition, Thursday nights they serve all you can eat ribs with all of the usual side dishes.


The restaurant is owned by Michael Colquitt, an Alcoa native.  He cooks and serves all the Southern favorites along with smoked and barbequed meat.  The vegetables on the buffet included green beans, corn, and greens.  Cole slaw and macaroni and cheese are also favorites.  Michael’s godmother serves as the cashier and related there is a large regular lunch crowd from the area businesses.


Bread of Heaven is a great locally owned restaurant serving down home, Southern comfort food.

DDD – Jody Slimp ’13

We found out Gracie’s had been open for eight years, and I know why service was excellent, food was very good, and the price point was certainly agreeable. The host said there most popular dish was the white beans and ham.  He also informed us that the secret to their success is the “home town feel, and great country cooking”.  I certainly agree with his assessment.