Mark Clark served as the 2019 TSBA President-Elect, 2018 TSBA Vice President and the 2017 TSBA Treasurer. He also served as South Central District Director from 2012-2016. Mark served on the Fayetteville Board of Education from 1994-1998 during his term as a Fayetteville Alderman, and after a four-year term as Fayetteville’s Mayor, he returned to the School Board in 2002 as an elected member. Mark served as Vice-Chairman of the School Board from 2004-2008 and as Chairman from 2008-2015. In 2014, he was named to the All Tennessee School Board. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. Subsequently, he completed 18 months of post-graduate work in engineering and mathematics at Auburn University, during which time he taught undergraduate courses in engineering. In August, 2019, Mark retired from Federal service after 31 years with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He currently serves as Vice President for Intelligence Programs at QuantiTech, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. Mark leads congregational singing, teaches classes, and serves as a deacon at the Washington Street Church of Christ. He and his wife, Laura, have four children, Sara, Will, Travis, and Megan who, along with husband Alex, has graced them with four grandchildren.
Coffee County, President-ElectBio
Brett Henley served as the 2019 TSBA Vice President, 2018 TSBA Treasurer and the 2017 TSBA South Central District Director. He served as a 2016 TSBA At-Large Member and has been a member of the Coffee County Board of Education since 2010. He has served as Board Chairman since 2014 and was the Chairman for the Director’s Evaluation Committee from 2012-2013. He has served on the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Education Committee since 2012. Brett is the Manager of Henley Propane Inc., and Henley Mini Storage, in addition to being a Certified Flight Instructor. He and his wife, Chrissy, who is the Deputy Court Clerk in Coffee County, have two children: daughter, Ashley, who received her doctorate in Physical Therapy degree in 2016 and currently works for Intelligent Physical Therapy; and son, Andrew, a student at Tennessee Tech, majoring in Software Engineering.
Oak Ridge, Vice PresidentBio
Keys Fillauer served as the 2019 TSBA Treasurer. He has served on the Oak Ridge Board of Education since 2001. He has served as Board Chairman since 2009 and was Parliamentarian from 2007-2009. He is a former TSBA Board of Director, having served as the East District Director from 2014-2016 and as TSBA At-Large Member in 2010. He was selected for the All Tennessee School Board in 2012. Keys serves as the current Foreman for the Anderson County Grand Jury and served on the Oak Ridge Boys and Girls Club Board from 2000-2007 and as Vice President for four of those years. He currently serves as President of the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. He is a member of the Oak Ridge Sports Hall of Fame and Anderson County Hall of Fame. Keys has his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and is currently President of Fillauer Family Partnership. He is a retired teacher and coach of 31 years. He and his wife, Melanie have one son, Parks, who is completing his Phd. In Clinical Psychology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Candy Morgan currently serves as the TSBA East District Director. She first served on the TSBA Board of Directors as 2018 At-Large Member before being appointed to fulfill an unexpired term as East District Director. Candy has served on the Maryville Board of Education since 2012 and served as Vice Chairman in 2016-2018. She served as Board Secretary in 2014-2016 and as TN Legislative Network Representative since 2012. She served on the TN Legislative Action Committee; TSBA Journal Editorial Advisory Board, SCOPE Group Leader, and as a TSBA Ambassador of Education. She has served as the Maryville City Schools Foundation Chair in 2012; Vice Chair in 2011 and Ex-Officio Member 2013-2017. She is the Past President of four Parent/Teacher Organizations at local schools, has achieved level IV in the TSBA Boardsmanship Program and has served as a TSBA Convention presenter. She is active in her community having served on the Junior Service League in 2004-2010 and Leadership Blount Class of 2013. She is a graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association Class of 2019. She is a founding member and current board of director for Blount County Youth Court since 2013. She has served on the Educators Roundtable for Blount Partnership Workforce Board since 2017. She also is the Chair of the Leadership Blount Alumni Committee. Candy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University. She enjoys photography as a hobby. Candy and her husband, Pat, have three children, Hannah, Emily and Will.
Johnson City, Immediate Past-PresidentBio
Kathy Hall served as the 2019 TSBA President, 2018 TSBA President-Elect and the 2017 TSBA Vice-President. She is in her fourth term on the Johnson City Board of Education and was first elected in 2005. She served as board chairman from 2008 – 2015. She is actively engaged on her board and as a volunteer in Johnson City Schools. Kathy achieved Level V/Master School Board Member status in the TSBA Boardsmanship program. Her participation in TSBA has also included: Northeast District Director, Board of Directors as At-Large Member, the Tennessee Legislative Network Board, the Tennessee Legislative Action Committee, and a presenter and moderator at TSBA annual convention. Kathy was twice honored as Outstanding School Board Member of the year by the Tennessee PTA and received the TN School Board Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award in 2017. Kathy is a former advertising executive with a Bachelor of Individualized Study Degree from the University of Minnesota. Along with a devotion to school board governance, she is an active community leader and volunteer with involvement on several committees and boards,including; The Johnson City Public Library board, Junior Achievement, Chamber Workforce and Education Committee, Friends of the Library, PTA’s and many church committees. Her favorite activity is spreading her love of books to children through story-times at elementary schools. She and her husband, Duke, have one son, Hunter, who is currently a Senior in college.
Marion County, Southeast District DirectorBio
Julie Bennett has served on the Marion County School Board since 2008 and has been the chairman since 2015. She has served as a TN Promise Mentor since 2014, a Marion County Career Symposium presenter since 2014 and served on the Marion County Business Tech Craft Committee since 2011. She has served as a member of South Pittsburg Rotary Club since 2001, on the Board of Directors since 2008 and the President from 2012-2013. She is a member of the Marion County Chamber and served on the Board of Directors from 2003-2005. She was a member of TN Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO) from 1995-2000 and served as President from 1999-2000. Julie attended Covenant College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior. She is the Director of Chattanooga State Community College’s Kimball Site. She is a member of Richard City Baptist Church where her husband serves as song leader. Julie and her husband, Neil, have two adult children, Kirby (Hunter) and Jeff (Mag).
Tipton County, Delta District DirectorBio
Marty Burlison first served on the Tipton County Board of Education from 1985 - 2004. In 2012, he returned to the School Board where he now serves as Chairman. Marty became Vice-Chairman of the School Board in the late 1980’s and served until 2004. Marty is a graduate of Covington High School in Tipton County and is a lifelong farmer. He is a former member of the Tipton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He and his wife, Camille have three adult children. They also have five wonderful grandsons. During his free time, he enjoys golfing and duck hunting.
Clarksville/Montgomery County, Mid Cumberland District DirectorBio
Jimmie Garland serves as the TSBA Mid-Cumberland District Director. He served as TSBA At-Large Member in 2015. He has been a member of the Clarksville/Montgomery County Board of Education since 2001. He served as board chairman from 2014-2015 and 2010-2011. Other boards for which he has served are: President of the Clarksville Branch NAACP 5582 from 2001-Present; Vice President of the TN State Conference NAACP from 2006-Present; and Clarksville Big Brother Big Sister from 2001-2006 and as chairman in 2006. He currently serves as a voting member of the Diversity Committee at Austin Peay State University. He is an associate minister of the True Vine Worldwide Gospel Church and served as a mentor for TN Achieve in 2014-2015. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Bethel University. Jimmie retired from the U.S. Amy at the rank of Chief Warrant Office 4, after twenty-nine years of service. He and his wife, Reverend Jane W. Garland have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Washington County, Northeast District DirectorBio
Todd Ganger has served on the Washington County Board of Education since 2008 and served as chairman 2014-2016. He is chairman of the Insurance Committee and as the Chairman of Athletics, Bid Review. He has been active on various other committees, including: Facilities, Family Life, Inservice, Safety, and Collaborative Conferencing. He initiated a Reimbursement Task Force to help Washington County teachers further their education. Todd is employed by the Johnson City Power Board and enjoys playing golf in his free time. He has two children, LaRue and Joe.
Hardeman County, Southwest District DirectorBio
Bobby Henderson has served on the Hardeman County Board since 2006 and has been the chairman since 2013. He was the vice chairman from 2010-2012 and has been the representative for the Tennessee Legislative Network since 2008. He has served on the Budget Committee from 2010 – 2015; Insurance Committee from 2011 – 2012; and the Tennessee Technology Advisory Board from 2006 – 2010. Other committees for which he has served are: Chairman of the TN Forest Festival from 1992 – 1994; Chamber of Commerce from 1986 – 1990; and Miss Forest Festival Scholarship Committee from 1993 – 1996. Bobby attended the University of Memphis and graduated from William R. Moore College of Technology. He is the owner/partner of Henderson Heating and Air. Bobby and his wife, Mary, have two grown children, in addition to a granddaughter.
Anderson County, East District DirectorBio
Jo Williams first served on the TSBA Board of Directors as 2019 At-Large Member before being appointed to fulfill an unexpired term as East District Director. She has served on the Anderson County Board of Education since 2007. She served as Board Chairman in 2013; Vice Chairman in 2014-2016 and 2010-2012; and Policy Committee Chairman 2010-2019. She is a Level V Master School Board Member and a 2017 Master Ambassador. She served on the All Tennessee School Board in 2017. She became a member of the TSBA Scholar’s Circle in 2019. Other committees on which she has served include: East District Nominating Committee 2016-2018; Head Start/Early Head Start governing body representative 2009-2019; Anderson County Preschool Advisory Council 2012-2019; Coordinated School Health Advisory Council 2015-2019; Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE Grant) Coalition 2015-2019; Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition 2011-2018; Collaborative Conferencing panel 2013-2019; and served as a delegate for TSBA convention 2010-2019 and as a credentials committee member. She is a native of North Carolina and attended Roane State Community College. Jo is very active in her community having served on various committees and projects. She is retired from Anderson County Schools where she worked as the Executive Assistant for the Director of Schools. Jo and her husband, Kenneth, have two children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Lee Carter
Huntingdon Special, Northwest District DirectorBio
Dr. Lee Carter
Dr. Lee Carter has served as TSBA Northwest District Director since 2018. He first served as 2018 At-Large Member before being appointed as Northwest District Director to serve an unexpired term. Lee has served on the Huntingdon Special Board of Education since 2000. He is the current Board Chairman, having served since 2004. He served as Vice Chairman 2002-2004 and as Secretary 2000-2002. He is a family physician at R.B. Wilson Medical Center in Huntingdon. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from David Lipscomb College and his Medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is very active in his church and in his local and medical community. He has been an active participant in working with the American Cancer Society. Lee has lectured on many medical topics, served on multiple medical committees and boards, and has written numerous medical books and journals. He has received many personal honors and professional awards throughout his career. Lee enjoys music and is a part of a Local Men’s Ensemble, All Walks of Life and a Southern Gospel Group, Victory Quartet. Lee and his wife Teresa, between them, have four children; Lauren (Joshua) Haynie, Roy Beecham, Rachel Carter and Kate Carter. They also have two grandchildren; Natalie Carter and Cullen Haynie.
White County, Upper Cumberland District DirectorBio
Jayson McDonald has served on the White County Board of Education since 2014. He has served as Board Chairman since 2017 and served as Vice Chairman 2015 -2016. He has served as an Executive Board Member for Union Association of Southern Baptists. Jayson is an alumnus of White County Schools for which he serves. He is employed as a warehouse manager with Ben Lomand Telephone Co-Op. He and his wife, Crystal, an elementary PE teacher, have one son, Eli, that is currently a student at Tennessee Tech, majoring in Agricultural Business. Jayson’s hobbies are: riding bicycles; camping; and spending time with his family.
Tullahoma, South Central District DirectorBio
Pat Welsh has served on the Tullahoma Board of Education since 2000. He has served as Board Chairman since 2011 and serves on the Tullahoma City Schools Maintenance and Finance Committees. He was elected to the TSBA All Tennessee School Board in 2017. Pat is very active in his community currently serving as a coach for youth wrestling and having previously served as a coach for football and Little League Baseball. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He has also served as: Alderman for the City of Tullahoma, 1985-1988; President for the Chamber of Commerce, 1989; Member and Chairman of the Tullahoma Industrial Board; and Director of 1st National Bank, 2003-2005. He also currently serves as a Sunday School Teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church, Board of Director for the Elk River Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member and former Board of Director for the Tullahoma Rotary Club. Pat works in sales with Boise-Cascade. He and his wife, Beth, have three children; John, Martha, and Michael, along with two grandchildren; Carter and Emily.
Members At Large
Shelby County, At-Large MemberBio
Shante Avant has served on the Shelby County Board of Education since 2015. She served as Board Chairman, 2017-2019 and as Procurement Committee Chair, 2016-2017. She served on the Shelby County Education Task Force, 2018-2019; Women in Transportation Educational Task Force since 2014; Early Success Coalition, 2011-2016; and Early Childhood Development Plan Task Force, 2015-2017. She has also served on various non-education related committees, including: University of Memphis Social Work Advisory Board since 2015; Grantmakers Forum since 2015; Clean Memphis Board, 2012-2019; and New Memphis Institute Advisory Board, 2008-2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and is the former Assistant Executive Director of Girl Scouts of the Mid-South. Shante has one child, Peyton.
Wilson County, At-Large MemberBio
Larry Tomlinson first served on the Wilson County Board of Education, 1998-2004. He was elected and has served his second term since 2015. In his tenure on the Board, he has served as Board Chairman for seven years. Larry attended college at Cumberland University and is retired from Ford Motor Company and the Wilson County Government. He and his wife, Pam, have two daughters, Leslie and Jennifer, and six grandchildren.
Dickson County, At-Large MemberBio
Kirk Vandivort has served on the Dickson County Board of Education since 2008. He has served as Board Chairman since 2018 and, before that, served as Board Vice Chairman, 2008-2018. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a degree of Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law. Kirk is a practicing attorney in Dickson, TN. He and his wife, Roxan, who is a teacher, have three daughters, Evy, Josie, and Maggie, and reside in Burns, Tennessee.
Hamilton County, At-Large MemberBio
Joe Wingate has served on the Hamilton County Board of Education since 2016. He has served as the Board Chairman since 2018. He has his Masters in Educational Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. He currently works as an Assistant Professor and is a former Secondary Education Teacher. Joe and his wife, Kim, have three children, Luke, Will, and Livi Kay.