South Cumberland Community Fund welcomed six new board members at its board meeting on January 22.
Sheila Beard returns to the SCCF board after rolling off in 2015, having served as Chair of SCCF’s Grants Committee during her previous tenure. She will now join Bonnie McCardell as co-chair of SCCF’s Community Development Committee. Beard is a licensed mental health professional and currently works part-time with Sequatchie Valley Head Start.
Mary Babson is a certified public accountant whose career includes numerous positions with Arthur Anderson and Company. Babson and her husband, Nick, helped found the Babson Center for Global Commerce at The University of the South and are part-time residents of Sewanee.
Dot Neale worked for 35 years at IBM, including stints as Corporate Citizenship Manager for the Mid-U. S. and U. S. Government Relations Manager. A resident of Memphis, she and her husband, Doug Ferris, spend a lot of their spare time at Monteagle Sunday School Assembly where she has been returning for 28 years.
New SCCF board member and Grundy County native Michael Partin is President and CEO of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, headquartered in South Pittsburg. He and his wife, Kim, live on the family farm in Pelham, which was founded by his great-great-grandfather, Harris Bell. He serves on the Southeast Tennessee Industrial Development Association and as Chair of the Southeast Power Distributors Association.
Jim Peterman, Professor of Philosophy at The University of the South, has joined the SCCF board as an ex officio member due to his position as the University’s Director of the Office for Civic Engagement. He also sits on SCCF’s Community Development Committee.
Rich Wyckoff is a retired executive for Burger King Corporation, and in 2006 became President and COO of a 27-restaurant franchise based in Huntsville, Alabama. A part-time resident of Monteagle since 2005, he moved to the Plateau full-time in 2014. He is a member of the Morton Memorial Methodist Church, where he serves as treasurer and chairs the building committee.
Jeff Sholey, who joined the SCCF board in 2017, is a native of the Plateau and Supervisor of Maintenance with the Grundy County School System, and will serve as Chair of the SCCF Grants Committee. The committee will be announcing SCCF’s 2018 grant application schedule shortly. Nonprofits that are located in the nine communities that SCCF serves are encouraged to apply.