When Leadership Blount County was formed in 1990, community leadership programming in America was a relatively new concept. Unlike corporate management training, the idea of training nearly 40 individuals about every aspect of the community in order to build involvement was untried in Blount County.

With more than 1,000 graduates, Leadership Blount’s alumni are a recognized body of dedicated leaders who are committed to the welfare of Blount County, the organization said in a news release.

Just as these alumni experienced, this year’s class will hear from different presenters, visit different sites, forge different relationships and affect our community in different ways, LB said.

“Our core Leadership Blount program remains as vital as ever to engage and educate local leaders. Communities are ever changing and as time passes, Leadership Blount remains committed to our core values of promoting lifelong learning and service, inclusion and diversity, and to foster relationships, partnerships and collaborations,” board Chair Virginia Hardwick said.

The following comprise LB’s 30th class:

Company/Organization: Cherokee Milwright

Title/Position: Project manager

Education: Maryville High School; Carson Newman College; Sandler Sales Program; Amcor Leadership Program

Community/Professional affiliations: member, Blount Community Church; coaching, Maryville Little League; Second Harvest; United Way of Blount County; Susan B. Komen Events; Special Olympics powerlifting; Blount Chamber Work Force Development Committee.

Company/organization: United Way of Blount County

Title/position: Community resource coordinator

Hometown: Hendersonville, North Carolina

Education: Hendersonville High School; BA Sociology, Wake Forest University; The National Center for Paralegal Training; M. Ed Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University

Community/professional affiliations: Connect.Lead.Serve. Club; Trauma Informed Community Advisory Board; Domestic Violence Task Force; Community Health Initiative; Rotary; Autism Speaks; St. Jude’s Heroes; Be Aware Blount; Blount County Homebrewers; Tennessee Winter Beer Fest; Wake Forest University Student Union; National Honor Society; Girl Scouts; Young Life; First Farragut UMC; Foothill Striders.

Company/organization: Core Benefits & Investments LLC

Title/position: financial planner director

Hometown: Albemarle, North Carolina

Education: Albemarle Senior High; BS in Economics, Auburn University; certified financial planner; Dealing with Dementia trainer, Rosalyn Carter Institute

Community/professional affiliations: Dementia care trainer at Blount Memorial; certified trainer for the Rosalyn Carter Institute; Named one of top three financial advisers in Knoxville’s Best of the Best.

Company/organization: Maryville/Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation

Title/position: director of MLK Jr. Community Center

Education: Alcoa High School; Knoxville College; certified educational interpreter; recreation specialist

Community/professional affiliations: H.O.M.E INC; St. Johns Baptist Church — Alcoa; Alcoa Kiwanis; coached several sports at TSD in Knoxville; First Horizon Advisory Board — Knoxville; volunteered with Special Olympics; Hall-Oldfield Homecoming Committee; MLK Jr. Celebration Committee; volunteer with deaf community.

Company/organization: Tennessee Marble

Title/position: business and relationship cultivator

Education: Knox Central High School; Pellissippi State Community College; East Tennessee State University

Community/professional affiliations: Downtown Maryville Association board; Construction Specifications Institute board; American Institute of Architects, supporting member; Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of board; Wine in Grocery Stores Campaign; Mike Faulk for Senate Campaign; Blount Partnership.

Company/organization: Clayton Homes

Title/position: credit manager

Hometown: Miami, Florida and Maryville

Education: UTK, Master of Business Administration; King University, Bachelor of Business Administration; Pellissippi State College, Associate of Arts; Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami

Community/professional affiliations: mission trip to Honduras with Forgotten Children Ministry; MCS Diversity Taskforce; Meals on Wheels; First Baptist Alcoa — Awana Sparks 1st grade leader; Everette Hill backyard VBS; Haven House; current Junior Service League member; United Way Connect Lead Serve Mmmber; Both Hands; New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, board, Governance Committee member and Internal Committee member; Junior Achievement Kindergarten at Alcoa Elementary; First Baptist Alcoa VBS leader; One Love Community Church; Picture Day coordinator at SHE; First Baptist Alcoa greeter; Cub Scouts Pack 85 co-leader; First Baptist Alcoa Ladies Ministry; John Sevier Elementary, volunteer reader; Blount County Education Foundation; United Way loaned executive; First Baptist Alcoa nursery volunteer; John Sevier PTO board secretary; Coulter Grove Intermediate PTC board member; United Way Gas Day volunteer.

Company/organization: city of Alcoa

Title/position: systems manager

Education: Westmoreland High School; Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Business Administration

Community/professional affiliations: deacon, Friendship Baptist Church; United Way Golf Committee co-chair; United Way cabinet member.

Company/organization: Danny Davis Electrical Contractors Inc.

Title/position: secretary/treasurer, director of workforce development and safety

Education: Maryville High School; Pellissippi State, business management; University of Tennessee; electrician’s apprentice; BICSI certified copper installer; master electrician licenses and certifications in Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina; general contractors licenses in Tennessee and South Carolina; NCCER master trainer and certified craft instructor; Georgia Tech, OSHA Training Institute authorized outreach instructor (OSHA 500)

Community/professional affiliations: Broadway Baptist Church deacon and church committees; Blount Partnership Construction Advisory Committee, member and chair; Blount chamber’s past board of directors; board member/officer of Danny Davis Electrical Contractors.

Company/organization: Allevia Technology

Title/position: marketing trailblazer

Hometown: Dallas, Georgia

Education: South Paulding High School; University of North Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Art Marketing; Blackbaud Altru (CRM); training courses with Alliance for Better Nonprofits

Community/professional affiliations: Rio Central Church; Blount Partnership; Discover Blount; United Way of Blount County; Family Promise of Blount County; Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont; Keep Blount Beautiful; Maryville Downtown Association; Blount County Community Action Agency; Kingdom Design Ministries; Alliance for Better Nonprofits; TnAchieves; Sky City Entrepreneur Center; Loudon Chamber of Commerce; Blount County Chamber of Commerce ambassador.

Company/organization: LeConte Realty

Education: William Blount High School; University of Tennessee; Tennessee real estate license

Community/professional affiliations: Eagle Scouts, Boy Scouts of America; volunteer and staff, Young Life; United Way of Blount County; Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home; Alabama Baptist Children’s Home; Victory Health Partners.

Company/organization: Boys and Girls Club of Blount County

Title/Position: facility/program director

Education: Maryville High School; Maryville College, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Lincoln Memorial University, Master of Education, mental health counseling

Community/professional affiliations: St. Peter Primitive Baptist Church and choir member; Blount County Foster Parent Association; Richard Williams Jr. Leadership Development Academy; TN Achieves mentor; Maryville High School PTSO.

Company/organization: Blount County Sheriff’s Office

Title/position: IT manager

Education: Heritage High School; Maryville College, B.A. in Computer Science; Blount County Sheriff’s Office Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

Community/professional affiliations: chairman of deacons; Piney Grove Baptist Church, member and volunteer director of media; Blount County Government Information Technology Committee; member of Blount Partnership Information Technology Workforce Advisory Committee; member of Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9.

Company/organization: Haven Media

Title/position: owner/president

Hometown: Louisville, Tennessee

Education: K.E.M. Homeschooling, Grove, OK; business and marketing online courses and seminars; videography, photography and media-based marketing trade education

Community/professional affiliations: Skiers Choice; Blount County Chamber; Knoxville Addy Awards.

Company/organization: Blount Memorial Hospital

Title/position: director, client relations

Education: Everett and Walland High School; Draughron’s Business College; Pellissippi State, business administration; certified professional coder and reimbursement medical compliance

Community/professional affiliations: Family Promise board/officer positions; Family Promise Finance Team Committee and Personnel Committee chair; Sunday school classes; church mission projects; mentoring opportunities; Downtown Maryville Association.

Company/organization: Helen Ross McNabb Center

Title/position: assistant director of development and legislative affairs

Education: Karns High School; University of Tennessee, B.S. Human Ecology

Community/professional affiliations: DCS In-Home TN Implementation Team; East Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth; Summer on Broadway Committee; Cocke County Community Advisory Board; Smoky Mountain Family Matters, Community Advisory Board; Cocke County Health Council

Company/organization: Alcoa Fire Department

Title/position: deputy chief

Education: Heritage High School; Roane State Community College-AEMT; Columbia Southern University-AAS Fire Science; Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy, firefighter, fire investigator, and fire officer certification curriculum; National Fire Academy, leadership classes; Alabama Fire College, fire inspector

Community/professional affiliations: Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church; Empty Pantry Fund; Blount County Area 15 Special Olympics; United Way of Blount County; Blount County Habitat for Humanity; Maryville/Alcoa Parks and Rec; Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association; Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE); TN International Association of Arson Investigators, board member Training and Education/Legislative Committee; Tennessee Fire Safety Inspector’s Association; American Red Cross; Boy Scouts of America.

Company/organization: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church

Education: Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga; Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., BA International Relations; University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, MDiv; courses in French, Spanish and some Italian

Community/professional affiliations: pastor of the following East Tennessee Parishes: St. Augustine, Signal Mountain; St. Joseph the Worker, Madisonville; St. Therese of Lisieux, Cleveland; St. Mary’s, Johnson City and Our Lady of Fatima, Alcoa; president, Leadership Circle of URI (United Religions Initiative) of Northeast Tennessee; Blount County Ecumenical Action Committee (BCEAC); Family Promise of Johnson City, board; Mountain Home VA CPE advisory board; dean for Southeast Region of Knoxville.

Company/organization: Blount County Habitat for Humanity

Title/position: construction supervisor

Education: Dupont High School, Hermitage, Tennessee; BS in Animal Science, UTK; BS in Education, UTK School of Experience

Community/professional affiliations: Young Life; MCS school board; First Methodist Church mission trips; Sunrise BNI.

Company/organization: CBBC

Title/position: senior vice president

Education: South Doyle High School; Principals of Banking at Roane State Community College; Tennessee Bankers Association classes; Wachovia’s Consumer Lending School in South Carolina, Management Skills and Sales Training

Community/professional affiliations: United Way of Blount County Volunteer for 20 years as a worker, board member, board chair, campaign chair, various divisions chair; Blount County Food Drive; Habitat Business Build; Habitat Women’s Build; Blount Partnership board member and a past membership drive “God Muddah;” Blount County Children’s Home; Blount County Food Pantry; Second Harvest; Brick Build for the Library; Bible school director at church; Tennessee Achieves Mentor; Habitat financial assistant for homeowners; School Scholarships program at CBBC.

Company/organization: McGhee Tyson ANGB

Title/position: command chief master sergeant

Hometown: Parrottsville, Tennessee

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, Carson Newman University; aircraft and powerplant license; small commercial/residential license

Community/professional affiliations: First Baptist Church in Dandridge as a college and career Sunday school teacher and co-leader of the young adult men’s bible study; board of directors at East Tennessee Military Association Federal Credit Union; member and former president of the 134th Air Refueling Wings Chief Council; mentor for the Wings Top III Enlisted Council; lifetime member of Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Tennessee professional organization.

Company/organization: Blount County Schools

Title/position: assistant director

Education: South-Doyle High School; Pellissippi State Community College; University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction; Lincoln Memorial University, Education Specialist

Community/professional affiliations: chairman of the deacons at East Maryville Baptist Church; National Association of Secondary School Principals; Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals; Team Leader for YOKE Youth Ministries; Young Life; Middle School basketball and volleyball

Company/organization: Renasant Bank

Title/position: commercial lender

Education: Greeneville High School; Maryville College; Middle Tennessee State University, MBA

Community/professional affiliations: Alcoa youth sports; New Providence Presbyterian Church; Haven House; United Way CLS group

Company/organization: Maryville College

Title/position: vice president and dean

Hometown: Beckley, West Virginia

Education: Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, West Virginia; BA History, Harvard University; MA History, University of Chicago; PhD History, University of Chicago

Community/professional affiliations: Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, Executive Leadership Institute; Council of Chief Academic Officer, Appalachian College Association; American Historical Association; Southeastern World History Association; American Society for Environmental History.

Company/organization: Family Promise

Title/Position: executive director

Education: Seymour High School; University of Tennessee Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: vice president of the Alcoa Intermediate PTO; Church Street United Methodist Sunday school teacher; chair of United Methodist Women’s Circle; board of Family Promise of Blount County; board of Secret Safe Place of Tennessee; participated in the telethon for Friends of the Smokies.

Company/organization: Re/max First

Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Education: Impington Village College, Cambridge; Port Shepstone High School, South Africa; bachelor’s at the University of South Africa; ongoing training as a Realtor, South Africa and Maryville

Community/professional affiliations: Toastmasters youth leadership coordinator; KZN Women in Business member.

Company/organization: The GATE

Title/position: executive director

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Education: Hempfield High School; Millersville University with a BA in psychology; University of Dayton with a M.S. Ed. in human Services

Community/professional affiliations: Gate-Gateway to Independence; United Cerebral Palsy of Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia; ResCare residential services; Life’s WORC

Company/organization: Epic Nine Marketing

Title/position: web designer

Education: Maryville High School; University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.F.A. graphic design

Community/professional affiliations: Downtown Maryville Association Design Committee

Company/organization: SmartBank

Title/position: branch sales manager

Education: Knoxville Catholic High School

Community/professional affiliations: United Way of Blount County, campaign coordinator; CANpaign; Gas Day & Allocations Committee; Second United Methodist Church, food pantry volunteer; CAC Mobile Meals, delivery volunteer; Second Harvest of East Tennessee; Volunteer Ministry Center, volunteer; Blount Habitat, board member and volunteer; Blount Habitat ReStore, volunteer; Knox Habitat, Women Build Committee; Anderson Habitat, volunteer; West High School Foundation, board member; West High School PTSO, secretary; Bearden Middle School Foundation, secretary; Bearden Middle School PTSO Enrichment coordinator; Bearden Elementary School PTSO- President, Vice President; Pond Gap Elementary School, volunteer reader; KFC Crush soccer manager; KUSA Liberty soccer manager; Tennessee Valley Fair, board member; Tennessee Valley Fair Foundation, board member; Boy Scouts of America, Golf Committee.

Company/organization: Maryville College

Title/position: executive director for strategic initiatives

Education: TNTP, elementary school teaching certification; George Washington University, Master of Arts in American Studies; teaching English as a foreign language, Next Level Institute; Carson Newman College, Bachelor of Arts in English

Community/professional affiliations: choir member and Justice Knox participant, St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville; member, STEM Workforce Committee at Blount Partnership; board member, Downtown Maryville Association; Scholarship Committee, Youth Court; member, National Association of Colleges and Employers; Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers, former regional representative; former vice president, Sky City Entrepreneurship Center; former involvement on the Economic Vitality Committee, Downtown Maryville Association; Carson-Newman College Alumni Honors Weekend, former volunteer; former certified tourism ambassador

Company/organization: Blount Partnership

Title/position: director of tourism

Education: William Blount High School; University of Tennessee Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: Middle TN Tourism Council, chair; Hospitality TN executive board; State Tourism Rural Initiatives Committee; TN Whiskey Trail manager; Maryville Downtown Association; Townsend Cades Cove Gateway Alliance board member; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Helen Ross McNabb Center.

Company/organization: Shimmer Hair Spa

Title/position: hair stylist and salon owner

Education: Woodstock Union High School, Vermont; Vermont College of Cosmetology

Community/professional affiliations: executive director for Officer Moats Foundation; volunteer lead hair and make-up artist for Primary Players nonprofit children’s theater; regional educator for I.C.O.N hair care products; Alliance for Better Nonprofits; East TN Professional Beauty Association.

Company/organization: SERVPRO of Blount County

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Campbell University; certified faith and finances counselor; licensed aesthetician in Tennessee; certified in water damage restoration by IICRC; numerous online business webinars and training

Community/professional affiliations: Blount Chamber ambassador program; United Way Blount County champion; community partner with Family Promise of Blount County; designed and facilitated finance classes at A Hand Up for Women; single mother mentor at The Restoration House; Fundraising Committee at Hope Resource Center; president of Neighborhood Homeowner’s Association.

Company/organization: Blount County Emergency Communications District, E911

Title/position: supervisor/training manager

Education: William Blount High School; National Emergency Number Association (NENA) center manager certification; Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO,) public safety, emergency medical and fire instructor; American Heart Association instructor; notary public

Community/professional affiliations: youth leader/treasure of youth fund account; VBS director; full-time pianist in church; Alternate Terminal Agency coordinator (liaison to FBI/TBI); American Heart Association CPR/first aid Instructor; Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) instructor; Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), team member; Telecommunicator Emergency Response Team (TERT) leader; youth baseball coach/team mom.

Company/organization: DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.

Title/position: director, production control and logistics/corporate planning

Education: BA Maryville College, organizational management and accounting

Community/professional affiliations: Sunday school teacher; baseball coach; basketball coach; United Way BC Pillar Society; business advisory board, Maryville College Business Department; Partnership Advisory Council, Maryville College.

Company/organization: Blount County Schools

Title/position: principal

Education: William Blount High School; Maryville College, BA in Mathematics; Lincoln Memorial University, MS in Curriculum and Instruction and Ed.S in Leadership and Administration

Community/professional affiliations: principal and founder of the Samuel Everett School of Innovation; assistant principal and athletic director of William Blount High School; mathematics instructional coach for Loudon County Schools; head football coach, William Blount High School; head wrestling and football coach, Greenback High School; Blount County School Board Athletic Committee member; founder and coach/administrator of the Renegade Wrestling Club; director of the Blount United Soccer Club Academy; manager of competitive teams at Blount United Soccer Club.

Company/organization: District Attorney General Office 5th Judicial District

Title/Position: assistant district attorney

Hometown: Clinton, Tennessee

Education: Clinton High School; Middle Tennessee State University; Stetson University College of Law

Community/professional affiliations: New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.

Company/organization: Maryville College

Title/position: associate professor of art/design; chair, Division of Fine Arts; coordinator of sustainability studies

Education: B.A. in Communication and Art, Buena Vista University; M.F.A. in Multimedia Design, University of Minnesota; professional rtificate in campus sustainability leadership, University of Vermont

Community/professional affiliations: past president and board member of Keep Blount Beautiful; past board member of Little River Watershed Association; past board member of Mane Support; designer and campaign team member for Susan Sneed for TN State House, District 20; professional certificate in campus sustainability leadership; juried work selected for the Arts in the Airport show by the Arts & Culture Alliance and Metro Knoxville Airport Authority; member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (and past board member and sustainability chair for the AIGA Knoxville Chapter; graphic designer for more than 30 organizations and groups.

Company/organization: Little Arrow

Title/position: CEO, co-founder

Education: Jackson High School, Jackson Missouri; Metro Business College; Southeast Missouri State University; outdoor hospitality management certification

Community/professional affiliations: board, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center; board, Townsend Cades Cove Gateway Alliance; several festival committees in Townsend.

Company/organization: TactionRx

Title/position: principal and business development director

Education: Central High School, Knoxville; Christopher Newport University, BS in Accounting; Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage; Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist; board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork (BCTMB)

Community/professional affiliations: Heal the Healers community initiative to frontline COVID-19 health care workers; Chair-ity and Good Cause to Relax (GC2R) partnership programs with area nonprofits; adviser and guest professor to Roane State Community College massage therapy program; volunteer, Southeast Region Community Service Massage Team Response Division (AMTA-NC); mission trips to Tijuana Christian Mission; mission to help Jamaica Deaf Village Retreat Center; active member in Blount Partnership; participant in Downtown Maryville Business Association Holiday Market; member of American Massage Therapy Association.

Company/organization: Alcoa City Schools

Title/position: director of special education and pre-K

Education: Alcoa High School; Maryville College, Bachelor of Arts; University of the Cumberlands, Master of Arts in Teaching; Lincoln Memorial University, Educational Specialist

Community/professional affiliations: Alcoa First United Methodist Church; Alcoa Athletic Boosters; board, The Gate; board, Alcoa Youth Sports; Blount County Parks and Recreation, Friends of Parks and Recreation board