Board Profiles

JEFFREY (JEFF) B. BERRY is location manager and licensed funeral director and embalmer at Berry Funeral Home in Knoxville. He holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service from Gupton-Jones College, Decatur, Georgia. He is a member and deacon of Sevier Heights Baptist Church and a volunteer at South-Doyle High School. Jeff and his wife, Mary Lynn, have three children, Lauren, Jacob and Caroline. Jeff is a researcher for ETVMA and a contributing writer for the Spanish-American Centennial webpage.

MICHAEL T. CRAWFORD came from DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Tennessee. He immediately began his military career which included 21 years of active and reserve duty and retired in 1993 with the rank of Lt. Colonel, USAR.

Mike owns The Crawford Agency specializing in insurance and investments since 1973. A member of the Knoxville Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and Million Dollar Round Table, life and qualifying, for 26 years. He has served as advisor with various insurance and investment companies in formulating product releases and agent representation. Past President of the Knoxville Track Club during the beginning of the Expo 10,000 and a 35 year member, past President and Life Member of the Reserve Officer’s Association, member of ETMAC, Board of ETVMA, and Distinguished Past-President of both the East Knoxville Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Club of Knoxville where he has been a member for 31 years with perfect attendance. He and his wife Mary are members of Church Street United Methodist Church.

JOLEEN WORSLEY DEWALD (Operations Consultant) joined the ETVMA Board in 2010. She moved to Knoxville in 2005 after more than twenty years in Washington D.C. working on and with Capitol Hill. Following her graduation from Iowa State University, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R- IA) and later represented Governor Terry E. Branstad in the State of Iowa’s Washington D.C. office.

She then served as Executive Director for the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute (CELI) where she organized educational conferences for Members of Congress and congressional staff on issues relating to economic competiveness, trade, and international relations. She also coordinated domestic and international travel for inter-parliamentary exchanges to Europe, South America and Asia.

Active in the Sons of Norway fraternal organization for nearly twenty years, Joleen was a charter member of the first Lodge to be established in Tennessee, and recently begin her second year term as President of the Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club. Along with her husband Bob Dewald (USAF ret), she is the co-founder of Road March for Warriors, an East Tennessee veterans umbrella organization supporting numerous veterans causes and activities in the area and has also been involved in supporting Honor Air and the American Legion, and serves as Director for the Post 2 American Legion Riders.

RYAN K. DOBBS, AIA, is vice president at BarberMcMurry Architects, a full-service design firm founded in 1915. He holds a bachelor of architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and is a U.S. Army veteran, 82nd Airborne Division, who completed two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom between 2001 and 2005. His commendations  include the Army Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device “V”, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.

He serves on The Muse Knoxville Board of Directors and is a member of Rotary Club of Knoxville and the FLETCH Society of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. In addition to the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association, he is a supporter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, HonorAir, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the 82nd Airborne Division Association. Ryan and his wife, Mary Ellen, are Lenoir City natives. They have three daughters and spend their time hiking, paddling and camping in beautiful East Tennessee.

WILLIAM T. EICHHORN (Board Vice President) was born September 23, 1965 in Frostburg, Maryland. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Class upon graduation from Frostburg State College (Economics and Spanish) in 1987. Upon completion of The Basic School (7-87) and Infantry Officers Course, Captain Eichhorn’s first Fleet Marine Force assignment was with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA. Until 1991, Captain Eichhorn served in the billets of 3rd Platoon Leader, Weapons Platoon Leader and then Company Executive Officer with Lima Company, 3/9 and deployed to Honduras and Operation Desert Shield/Storm. From April 1991 until April 1992 Captain Eichhorn served as Commander, Alpha Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. His last active duty tour was as the Executive Officer of Recruiting Station, Jacksonville, FL from 1992 until 1995. He regained his commission as an officer of Marines in 2004 and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, as a battalion adviser to the 2nd BN, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Division from January 2005 until September 2005. He completes his second stint as a Marine when he resigns his commission in May 2006. His professional schools include Mountain Warfare Training, Bridgeport, CA, Naval Gunfire Liaison and Naval Dive School. He has been nominated for the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.

In his civilian career, Captain Eichhorn has been the regional operations manager of a national recruiting firm and the regional development director for a national non-profit organization. He now serves as a registered representative for Rather & Kittrell Capital Management in Knoxville. Married to the former Beth Marie Miller, the Eichhorns reside in Maryville, TN and have three children, twins Catherine and Caroline, 12, and Blake, 9.

CHARLES R. HARR (Board Treasurer) has been a Certified Financial Planner with Patriot Investment Management since 1994. He served in the Air Force for 26 years as a fighter pilot, air force planner, operations officer and wing commander. Combat qualified in the F-100, A-7, F-4, A-10, F-117 and F-15. Flew 200 combat missions in Vietnam in the F-100 Supersabre and was director of the Tactical Air Control Center during the first Gulf war. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Kuwait Liberation Medal.

His board and community service include: Rotary Club of Knoxville, Secretary 2001-2006, Vice-President 2000, Director 1999, Rotary Foundation of Knoxville Scholarship Chair 1998-1999 and 2008-continuing; United Way, Allocations Panel Chair 2003, Allocations Panel Vice-Chair 2002, Allocations Committee 2002 & 2003, Allocations Panel member 1999 through 2001, September 11 Day of Caring Committee 2000; Dogwood Arts Board of Directors, Treasurer 2011-continuing.

He and his wife Lynne have been married 46 years and reside in West Knoxville.

LOGAN HICKMAN is a native of Columbia, Tennessee. A distinguished military graduate, he received a regular US Army commission and degree from the University of Tennessee in 1980. As an Infantry officer, his 22-year military career included assignments in Georgia, North Carolina, California, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alaska. His operational deployments included Grenada in 1983 with the 82d Airborne Division; peace keeping duty in 1987 with the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt; and the Persian Gulf War in 1991 with the 1st Infantry Division. In August 2002, he concluded his Army career as the Professor of Military Science at Mississippi State University. Military retirement has brought his family to his wife’s hometown. He is employed as the executive vice president at Peoples Bank of the South. His professional and community service presently includes: Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) Independent Bankers Division, Board of Directors, 2010 to present and TBA Government Relations Committee, 2012 to present; Rotary International, 1999 to present; Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Boy Scout Council Executive Committee Member and Vice President for Risk Management and Youth Protection, 2011 to present; and Campbell County High School Relief Fund President, 501(c) (3) organization committed to improving schools, 2005 to present. Logan joined the ETVMA Board in 2013. He is married to the former Johnnie Lou Reynolds of LaFollette. They have two sons: David and Andy. David and Andy are students at the University of Tennessee.

EDDIE MANNIS is a Knoxville native and, more specifically, was born in North Knoxville in the Inskip Community.  He is a first-generation entrepreneur having started Prestige Cleaners in 1985 with three employees and very old, used equipment.  Today, he continues to serve as the President and CEO of the Prestige companies which include Prestige Cleaners and Prestige Tuxedo.  Combined they employ over 125 employees and have been recognized with many accolades from several organizations for their business accomplishments and practices.  In 2011, they were recognized by the US Chamber of Commerce as the Southeastern Region Small Business of the Year. In 2011, Mr. Mannis took a temporary leave of absence from the private sector to accept an appointment as Knoxville’s first Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero.

Nothing brings him more satisfaction than his involvement with HonorAir Knoxville, for which he serves as President and Founder.  HonorAir Knoxville’s goal is to honor WW II, Korea and Vietnam War veterans by making it possible for these men and women to travel to Washington, DC to see the memorials that have been built to honor their service.  Twice yearly, a group of veterans travels on an all expense paid, one-day trip to our Nation’s Capital.  Since its inception in 2007, HonorAir Knoxville has had the privilege of serving over 3,300 East Tennessee Veterans.

WES STOWERS (Past President) grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976. He served twelve years on active duty throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East as a Fighter Pilot and Instructor Pilot. He served ten more years in the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1998 as a lieutenant colonel. He is chairman of Stowers Machinery Corporation, the Caterpillar heavy equipment and engine distributor for East Tennessee, and he serves on numerous business and charitable boards in the Knoxville community. Stowers holds a Masters Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He and his wife Liz are members of Sacred Heart Cathedral and have two daughters, Lisa and Rachel.

SCOTT SUCHOMSKI (Board President) has served as the Executive Director for the Tennessee Valley Fair since 2006 and is a recipient of the Certified Fair Executive designation. He graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Marketing. Scott attended the University of Tennessee on an Army Scholarship and received a Regular Army commission through the ROTC program.

Upon graduation, Scott was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, as a Second Lieutenant, and was discharged from active duty in 1991. He has spent over seventeen years in the Army National Guard to include one year in the North Carolina Army National Guard and the remainder in the Tennessee Army National Guard which included over fourteen years with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Scott has held a variety of leadership and staff positions to include, Platoon Leader, Troop Commander, Squadron Executive Officer, Squadron Commander, Brigade S-3, and he is currently a Lieutenant Colonel serving as the Deputy Commander, 30th Troop Command, located in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Scott has deployed twice to the Republic of Iraq, 2004-2005 and 2010, with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard. His commendations include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Service Stars and the Basic Parachutist Badge and is the recipient of the Noble Patron of Armor.

His community involvement includes membership in the Rotary Club of Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountain Council for the Boys Scout of America, East Tennessee Discovery Center Board of Trustees, Chair of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee, Knight of Columbus, and Leadership Knoxville (2012).

Scott and his wife Paula reside in Karns and are members of All Saints Catholic Church. They have two daughters Maddison and Abbington who both attend the University of Tennessee and a son Max who attends St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge.

JOE SUTTER  is active in the Knoxville community. He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Knoxville and the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council, past Chair of his parish council, and served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Knoxville. While maintaining active involvement in those organizations, he also currently serves as member of the Board of Directors of a large health care organization in East Tennessee. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and has received the Knoxville News Sentinel Community Cornerstone Award.

He is also active in HonorAir Knoxville, which takes World War II veterans to Washington, DC to see the Memorial built in their honor. He has helped with the planning and conduct of eight HonorAir flights to date.

Joe served on active duty in the US Air Force for 28 years at various locations: Minot AFB, N.D.; Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; the Pentagon; Offutt AFB, Neb.; Whiteman AFB, Mo.; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His primary military duties were in ICBM operations. He commanded an ICBM squadron, operations group, and missile wing. Other military duties included Staff Officer assignments at the Pentagon, including two years in Air Force Legislative Liaison; Hq. Strategic Air Command, Chief of the Advanced ICBM Requirements Division; and Senior Controller, SAC Command Center. He graduated from the Naval War College, College of Command and Staff, with Highest Distinction, and from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces as a Distinguished Graduate. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with four OLCs; Air Force Commendation Medal with one OLC; and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and from the University of Southern California with a Master of Science degree in Systems Management. He works as a consultant on national security matters, serving USAF and other clients in the Washington, D.C., area. Joe and his wife, Geri have three grown children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include reading, travel, and golf.

JENNY TESTERMAN (Board Secretary) is a graduate of Sweetwater High School and Hiwassee College. She has uncles who served in Korea and Vietnam. Her father and stepfather served in Vietnam, earning 7 Purple Hearts, and later served in and retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Jenny has served a three-year term as the Regional Volunteer Coordinator for Family Readiness Groups in the TN Army National Guard. She continues to serve National Guard families by serving on the TN National Guard Family Programs Advisory Council as a member and recorder. She also extends her knowledge to all other branches of service to assist them in establishing Family Readiness Groups. At other times, she is called on as a presenter or trainer for issues relating to Service members and their families. Jenny was also tasked to create a curriculum about reunion and reintegration to be instructed at professional development workshops presented by TN National Guard Family Programs.

Jenny currently serves on a committee to create and publish a national newsletter for National Guard Volunteers and is a member of the East TN committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Military Order of the Purple Heart. In 2009, Jenny was awarded the Seven Seals Award by ESGR and was selected as the 2009 Army National Guard Family Member of the Year.

Jenny has a full-time administrative career. In her spare time. She is the wife of SFC Michael E. Testerman. Mike has 29 years of service with the TN Army National Guard and has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is mother to John and Katie; stepmother to Jason and Becky and grandmother to Will and Olivia.

GEORGE C. WALLACE is a lifelong resident of Knoxville, TN. He graduated from West High School (’76) and The University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Agriculture (’81). He joined Wallace & Wallace, Realtors in 1983 and now along with his brother, is co-owner of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors (CBWW). Their company has six (6) office locations serving Knoxville and surrounding counties.

George has worked as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations. He has held every leadership position with the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. Knoxville Area Association of Realtors named George the 2010 Realtor of the Year.

Recently, George has been the Chairman of the Community Initiatives at United Way, Board Chair for Knox Housing Partnership, KCDC Advisory Board for Downtown/North Central. Also he serves as a Deacon at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. George is involved with various other non-profit organizations in Knoxville.

Currently, George was elected to serve on Knoxville City Council At-Large Seat A.

George is married to Stephanie Wallace who is a retired Knox County School Teacher. They have one son, Nick. They reside in Bearden.

 

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Joe Alexander
Joe Bailey
Alix Dempster
Jennifer Holder
Kim Lauth
Mike Miller
Robert Minter
Robert Murrian
Nick McCall

Sam Robinson
Marilyn Roddy

John Romeiser
Robert Tiebout
Randy Tyree