TN Association of Board Secretaries

In an effort to ensure the most efficient and effective organization of school board operations statewide, TABS was established for the purpose of providing a support and professional development organization for school system board/executive secretaries through the mutual exchange of ideas and experiences.

Kari Simmons
President, Greeneville

Lisa VanCleave
President-Elect, Murfreesboro

Amands Scalf
Vice-President, Carter County

To elevate board/executive secretarial standards and increase awareness of the vital role of an educated and informed board/executive secretary while gaining recognition as a professional within the field of education.

The membership of TABS shall be open to all county, city, and special school district board/executive secretaries who serve Superintendents and Boards of Education in the state of Tennessee.

Goal 1: Nurture Leadership Qualities
Objective A – Raise the level of secretarial proficiency
Objective B – Develop interpersonal relationships

Goal 2: Promote Better Working Relationships
Objective – Improve communication skills

Goal 3: Instill Confidence to Assume Greater Responsibility
Objective – Validate professionalism through education, experience and commitment

  • To perform the responsibilities of a board/executive secretary for the school system uninfluenced by special interest groups or partisan politics.
  • To respect the decisions of the local Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools.
  • To recognize that authority rests only with the Board of Education in official meetings and that the individual board member has no legal status outside of such meetings.
  • To be responsible for the accurate timely completion of required tasks.
  • To avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest and refrain from using the position of board/executive secretary with the school system for personal or partisan gain.
  • To implement the responsibilities of board/executive secretary in the most competent professional manner possible.
  • To strive to maintain and enhance the dignity, status and standards of the local school system, TSBA, and TABS.
  • To promote open communications between the school system administration, Board of Education, and the community as a whole.
  • To uphold the rules of confidentiality in certain matters relative to the position of board/executive secretary.
  • To serve as a trusted agent in professional relations with other members of the education team.
  • To participate in individual study and special programs or events that increase personal knowledge of current educational issues, rules, regulations, and statutes.
  • To commit to elevate the standards of all TABS members.

The officers of TABS shall be elected by a majority vote in the annual business meeting during the May conference. Each officer shall serve for a term of one (1) year and shall remain in office until a successor is elected. If there shall be two candidates for an office, the person receiving the larger number of votes shall be elected to such office. In the event there are three or more candidates for an office and any one candidate for such office does not receive a majority vote of the members present, there shall be a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the larger number of votes. In the event the President of TABS ceases to work for a local board of education, the President-Elect automatically assumes the duties of the President for the remainder of the term and shall be eligible to serve an additional term as President. The office of President-Elect shall then remain vacant until the next annual business meeting. The slate of officers and duties there of are as follows:


  • Assist TSBA with planning of annual May Conference as well as the November Conference
  • Preside over annual business meeting
  • Represent TABS at the annual TSBA Convention


  • Assist President with planning of both the annual May and November Conferences
  • Keep the minutes from the May business meeting
  • Perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President


  • Assist with planning responsibilities of President and President-Elect
  • Receive and process Special Career Development and/or Presentation Requests
  • Perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President

The Tennessee Association of Board Secretaries (TABS) was founded May, 1998 during the fifth annual conference. The membership elected the following slate of officers and continues to do so each May.

Rhonda Poole – President, Marshall County
Kari Simmons – President-Elect, Greeneville
Lisa VanCleave – Vice-President, Murfreesboro

Karen Putman – President, Lincoln County
Rhonda Poole – President-Elect, Marshall County
Kari Simmons – Vice-President, Greeneville

Jennifer Moore – President, Washington County
Karen Putman – President-Elect, Lincoln County
Rhonda Poole – Vice-President, Marshall County

Carol Riordan – President, Franklin Special
Jennifer Moore – Vice President, Washington County

Vijaya Subramani – President, Germantown
Nicole Wagner – President-Elect, Greeneville
Carol Riordan – Vice President, Franklin Special

Vivian Altizer – President, Kingsport
Vijaya Subramani – President-Elect, Germantown
Beth Latham – Vice President, Lauderdale County

Lisa Springer – President, Milan Special
Vivian Altizer – President-Elect, Kingsport
Beth Latham – Vice President, Lauderdale County

Lisa Springer – President, Milan Special
Vivian Altizer – Vice President, Kingsport

Judy Spears – President, Coffee County
Jan Nunley – President-Elect, Cumberland County
Lisa Springer – Vice President, Milan Special

Rose Ratagick – President, Wilson County
Clara Perkins – President-Elect, Elizabethton
Crystal Nelson – Vice-President, Overton County

Carolyn Davidson – President, Manchester City
Rose Ratagick – President-Elect, Wilson County
Clara Perkins – Vice-President, Elizabethton

Linda Cearley – President, Jackson-Madison
Carolyn Davidson – President-Elect, Manchester City
Rose Ratagick – Vice-President, Wilson County

Linda Carney – President, Obion County
Tanya Wilson – President-Elect, Huntingdon Special
Clara Perkins – Vice-President, Elizabethton

Johna Arwood – President, Lauderdale County
Linda Carney – President-Elect, Obion County
Tanya Belew –Vice-President, Huntingdon Special

Nancy Carpenter – President, Loudon County
Johna Arwood – President-Elect, Lauderdale County
Linda Carney – Vice-President, Obion County

Karen Cooke – President, Shelby County
Nancy Carpenter – President-Elect, Loudon County
Shannon Lyon – Vice-President, Obion County

Regina Fowler – President, Dickson County
Karen Cooke – President-Elect, Shelby County
Nancy Carpenter – Vice-President, Loudon County

Ann McRae – President, Jackson-Madison
Regina Fowler – President-Elect, Dickson County
Karen Cooke – Vice-President, Shelby County

Becky Shankle – President, Tipton County
Ann McRae – President-Elect, Jackson-Madison
Regina Fowler – Vice-President, Dickson County

Judy Sartain – President, Kingsport City
Charlotte Stinson – Vice-President, Franklin Special
Becky Shankle – Vice-President, Tipton County

Deb Insell – President, Bedford County
Judy Sartain – President-Elect, Kingsport City
Charlotte Stinson – Vice-President, Franklin Special

Ann Bates – President, Hamilton County
Deb Insell – President-Elect, Bedford County
Marilyn Garrett – Vice-President, Clarksville/Montgomery

Steve Doremus – President, Sumner County
Ann Bates – President-Elect, Hamilton County
Deb Insell –Vice-President, Bedford County

Approved events, experiences, personal growth and development and association participation

Special Career Development and/or Presentation Form

TABS Self Assessment

Recognizing the board/executive secretary as an integral part of the total education program in Tennessee school systems; the aim of the TABS Certification Program is to encourage professional growth. As professional criteria are met the local Board of Education shall be assured the individual has achieved necessary skills and knowledge to perform certain duties with a specific level of competency. TSBA shall offer an award to individuals who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and educated in the effective operations of school boards in the state of Tennessee. The award shall be issued for participation in activities outside of the general scope of work.

There shall be three recognition levels:



  1. Given for accumulation of 100 Credits as follows:
  2. 20 Credits for TABS Conference participation
  3. At least 50 credits for approved events
  4. At least 30 credits for personal development
  5. Award shall consist of a Level 1 pin


  1. Given for accumulation of 200 credits as follows:
  2. 40 credits for TABS Conference participation
  3. At least 100 credits for approved events
  4. At least 60 credits for personal development
  5. Award shall consist of Level II pin


  1. Given for accumulation of 300 credits as follows:
  2. 60 credits for TABS Conference participation
  3. At least 150 credits for approved events
  4. At least 90 credits for personal development
  5. Completion of a self evaluation
  6. Must have attended TSBA Convention and Leadership Conference
  7. Must have made a presentation at a TSBA event or published an article for TSBA
  8. Award shall consist of a Level III pin, a press release to local media, and designation as a Certified Board Secretary