Board of Directors and Institutional Liaisons


Mike Arms (Chairman)
Tennessee Strategies
Knoxville, TN

John Morris (Treasurer)
ClearPath Ventures
Knoxville, TN

Steve Cope (Secretary)
Avion Solutions, Inc.
Huntsville, AL



Congressional District Members:

  • TN First District:  Chris Craig, Exec. Dir., First TN Development District, Johnson City
  • TN Second District:  Joe Bailey, President, Bailey & Assoc, Knoxville
  • TN Third District:  James Fleischmann, Ooltewah
  • TN Fourth District:  James Jolliffe, Director Bus Dev, AECOM, Tullahoma
  • TN Sixth District: Jonathan West, CEO, Twin Lakes Communications, Gainesboro
  • AL Fourth District:  Kris McGuire, CEO, Victory Solutions, Huntsville
  • AL Fifth District:  Lisa Williams, Pres/CEO, Soldier 1 Corp, Huntsville
  • KY Fifth District:  Jerry Rickett, Pres/CEO, KY Highlands Inv Corp, London
  • VA Ninth District:  Sidney Kolb, Kolb Law Office, Jonesville
  • NC Eleventh District:  Larry Blythe, Cherokee

At-Large Members:

  • Gerald Boyd, Vice President, Stoller Newport News Nuc, Oak Ridge
  • Mike Arms, Senior Partner, Tenn Strategies, Knoxville (Chairman)
  • William C. Tindal, VP & Site Mgr, CNS, Oak Ridge
  • John Morris, Partner, ClearPath Ventures, Knoxville (Treasurer)
  • Joel Duling, President, NFS, Erwin, TN
  • Jeff Cornett, Mgr Ind Partnerships, ORNL, Oak Ridge
  • Steve Cope, Director Bus Dev, Avion Solutions, Huntsville (Secretary)
  • Steve Jones, SE Bus Dev, RJ Lee Group, Clinton, TN
  • Jeff Irons, IronSclad Solutions, Huntsville

Geographical Representatives:

  • Mark Gradkowski, VP Eng & Env, Teledyne Technologies, Huntsville, AL
  • Lonnie Lawson, Pres/CEO, Center for Rural Dev., Somerset, KY
  • Jason Lambert, Dean Workforce & Econ. Dev., Southwestern Community College, Whittier, NC
  • Dr. Angeline Godwin, President, Patrick Henry CC, Martinsville , VA
  • Hodgen Mainda, VP Community Development, EPB, Chattanooga, TN

Institutional Liaisons:

  • Dr. Stacey Patterson, Associate VP for Research, University of Tennessee
  • Dr. Chris Whaley, President Roane State CC, Harriman, TN, Tennessee Board of Regents System
  • Justin Maierhofer, Vice Pres Gov’t Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville
  • Gary O. Willis, Office of Stakeholder Relations Manager, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville
  • Steven Wyatt, Public Affairs Mgr, NNSA Nuclear Prod Office, Oak Ridge
  • Dr. Ken Tarcza, Manager, Integrated Support Center-Oak Ridge Offce, US Department of Energy
  • Dr. Phil Oldham, President, Tennessee Tech Univ, Cookeville
  • Andy Page, President/CEO, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Dr. Mark A. Mehalic, Executive Director AEDC, Tullahoma, TN. United States Air Force
  • Dr. Russ Alexander, Chief Res Tech App AMRDEC, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, United States Army
  • Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL