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 Third District: Rodney Robertson, Exec. Dir., Auburn University Huntsville Research Center
  • 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
  • KY First District: Virginia Gray, Government Relations Manager, TVA
  • VA Ninth District:  Sidney Kolb, Kolb Law Office, Jonesville
  • NC Eleventh District:  Larry Blythe, Cherokee

At-Large Members:

  • Gerald Boyd, Vice President, Huntington Ingalls Industries, 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, Huntsville, AL
  • Lonnie Lawson, Pres/CEO, Center for Rural Dev., Somerset, KY
  • Jason Lambert, Dean Workforce & Econ. Dev., Southwestern Community College, Whittier, NC
  • 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 Universitie
  • 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