TSBA District Directors

Julie Bennett

Marion County, Southeast District Director

Bio

Julie Bennett

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).

Marty Burlison

Tipton County, Delta District Director

Bio

Marty Burlison

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.

Jimmie Garland

Clarksville/Montgomery County, Mid Cumberland District Director

Bio

Jimmie Garland

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.

Todd Ganger

Washington County, Northeast District Director

Bio

Todd Ganger

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.

Bobby Henderson

Hardeman County, Southwest District Director

Bio

Bobby Henderson

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.

Jo Williams

Anderson County, East District Director

Bio

Jo Williams

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 Director

Bio

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.

Jayson McDonald

White County, Upper Cumberland District Director

Bio

Jayson McDonald

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.

Pat Welsh

Tullahoma, South Central District Director

Bio

Pat Welsh

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.

To contact one of the TSBA Officers, please call Sandy Jones, TSBA Board of Directors Services Coordinator, at 615-815-3914 and she will assist you.