Board of Directors and Institutional Liaisons


Mike Arms (Chairman)
Tennessee Strategies
Knoxville, TN

John Morris (Treasurer)
Partner ClearPath Ventures
Knoxville, TN

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



Congressional District Members:

  • TN First District:  Vacant
  • 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:  Tom Jones, Gen Mgr/Partner Research Electronics Inter, Algood (Executive Committee Member)
  • 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 (Secretary)
  • Mike Arms, Senior Partner Tenn Strategies, Knoxville (Treasurer)
  • William C. Tindal, VP & Site Mgr CNS, Oak Ridge
  • John Morris, Partner ClearPath Ventures, Knoxville
  • Joel Duling, President NFS, Erwin, TN
  • Jeff Cornett, Mgr Ind Partnerships ORNL, Oak Ridge
  • Steve Cope, Director, Bus Dev Avion Solutions, Huntsville (Chair of the Board)
  • 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
  • Vacant: North Carolina
  • 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. Public Universities
  • Andy Page, President/CEO Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Dr. Mark A. Mehalice, 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