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TQEE Board of Directors

Miles Burdine

President & CEO

Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Miles A Burdine currently serves as the President and CEO of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

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Nancy Dishner

President & CEO

Niswonger Foundation

Dr. Nancy Dishner serves as President and CEO of the Niswonger Foundation in Greeneville, Tennessee. She previously served as Vice Provost for Enrollment Services and Director of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University.

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Kathy Buckman Gibson


Bulab Holdings, Inc

Kathy Buckman Gibson is Chairman of the Board, Bulab Holdings, Inc. and former President and COO, Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. Buckman Gibson first joined Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. in 1993 as Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Secretary.

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Dave Miller

President, East Tennessee

First Tennessee Bank

Dave Miller is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region. Encompassing Knoxville, Chattanooga, and the Tri-Cities, the region is the company’s largest market in Tennessee with $6 billion in deposits, $3 billion in loans, and 450 employees.

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Keith Norman

Vice President, Government Affairs

Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp

Reverend Keith Norman is vice president of government affairs for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation. As the pastor of First Baptist Church—Broad, he is leading the revitalization of Binghampton through GREATER WORKS Inc., an organization he founded.

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Tara Scarlett

President & CEO

Scarlett Family Foundation

Tara Scarlett serves as President/CEO of the Scarlett Family Foundation, whose mission is to promote and support high-quality education options for students in Middle Tennessee.

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Lesley Stiles Scearce

President and CEO

United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Lesley Stiles Scearce is currently President and CEO of United Way of Greater Chattanooga. United Way is a dynamic and innovative nonprofit committed to addressing critical social service issues to build a stronger and healthier community for all.

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Gary Shorb

Executive Director

The Urban Child Institute

Gary Shorb is Executive Director of the Urban Child Institute in Memphis, Tennessee – a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the health of Mid-South children. Prior to becoming Executive DIrector of the Urban Child Institute, Shorb served as president & CEO of Methodist Healthcare from 2001 through 2017.

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David Stevens

Private Investor

Knoxville, TN

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Blair Taylor


Memphis Tomorrow

Blair Taylor is the president of Memphis Tomorrow, an association of CEOs of Memphis’ largest businesses which partners with government and civic leadership to advance prosperity and quality of life in the Memphis community.

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Dakasha Winton

SVP & Chief Gov’t. Relations Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Dakasha Winton is senior vice president and chief government relations officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which has more than 5,000 employees and serves 3.4 million members in the state and across the country.

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