Governmental Affairs Committee
Committee Member Biographies
A resident of Tellico Village since 2017, Susan is a retired licensed massage therapist from Florida where she was very active in local government and civic organizations. She served 6 years as a councilman of a small coastal city, including a period as vice mayor. Other positions included membership on boards dealing with zoning, community redevelopment, regional planning, economic development, and a gubernatorial appointment as a trustee for the local county hospital. Her civic involvement included a directorship of a local Rotary Club and extensive participation in the chamber of commerce.
Susan has continued her commitment to public service since moving to Tellico Village. In addition to her present position as GAC chairman, she served as vice chairman of the POA Long Range Planning Advisory Committee and is heavily involved with the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department as an Emergency Medical Responder/Firefighter.
Dennis and his wife Rosemary have lived in Tellico Village for 10 years. During that time, he has been involved in several community organizations. He has been an assistant coach for the Tellico Village Tarpons swim team for 10 years. The team competes in a summer league for children ages 6 to 18. Dennis was chairman of the HOA TVA Liaison Committee during the time that TVA was building flood barriers along the shores of Tellico Lake. Later he served as the chairman of the joint HOA and POA TDOT Liaison Committee. This committee worked closely with TDOT in planning and completing safety improvements and resurfacing of Highway 444. Dennis spent most of his career with ExxonMobil where he held positions in Exploration, Public Affairs, the Law Department and Procurement. He was involved with project planning and development, federal and state government relations, litigation support, community relations and commercial contract development and negotiation.
Ed Grollemond moved to Tellico village 5 years ago from Chicago and is a retired IT consultant. Ed is currently a member of the Tellico Village Long Range Planning Committee, the Kahite Pub committee, the Kahite Fireworks Committee (Banger Boys) and volunteers for many Village events. He recently worked with the POA, TDS, the Monroe County Economic development Department to get a $1.4 million grant to upgrade Vonore’s and Kahite’s Internet access.
Ed has over 40 years of experience working on local mayor and trustee elections, Illinois county and House elections, and US House and Senate election campaigns. Ed is currently working to increase voter registrations in the Village.
John and his wife Marcy were living in Knoxville when Tellico Village was just beginning and we became property owners beginning in 2007. John is a graduate Nuclear engineer and worked for a time in the shipbuilding of USN missile submarines and carriers and later with GE in their nuclear fuel manufacturing facility.
John joined some friends in a business venture that involved engineering sales, business development and general management and became president of the company. After retiring and living for a time on either a sailboat or in an RV, John and Marcy arrived in Tellico Village in 2002 and became involved in HOA and POA functions. I’ve always enjoyed being involved in finding solutions to all types of issues whether it be equipment, manufacturing processes or business development.
John sees the talents and experience of the people involved on GAC and the commitment of the POA Board as a way to improve Tellico Village’s relationship with local and state governance and positively affect TV’s property owners and the area.
Annette Schmidt joined Governmental Affairs Committee with a diverse background ranging from a lobbyist to a variety of roles within the pharmaceutical industry and non-profits across sales, training, marketing, national account management, advocacy and alliance development. Corporate moves took Annette and husband Keith from coast to coast, and ultimately to Tennessee and Tellico Village in 2002. She retired in 2015 and has been getting more involved in Village activities and organizations. Currently, Annette is VP of Communications and Marketing for the HomeOwners Association; Chair of the POA Communications Advisory Committee and now serves on the GAC.
She received a Bachelor of Arts Political Science degree graduating with high honors from San Jose State University. She and Keith are members of FBCTV and enjoy boating, traveling, and spending time with family.
Annette’s comments on what she hopes to contribute to GAC, “I have always known that complex issues are best addressed through education, collaboration and alignment of mutual goals across stakeholders. I look forward to contributing to GAC and its role in the continued success of Tellico Village.”
I Graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio in 1967 with a BA in History, Government and Business with a minor in Speech. I have 1/2 of a Masters degree in Employee Counseling the University of Akron (Ford moved me too many times to ever finish it)
I spent more than 36 years at Ford Motor Company, beginning as a College Graduate Trainee in Human Resources. I developed experience in Labor Relations, Salaried Personnel in several locations in Ohio and Michigan finally achieving the position of Manager of Salaried Personnel for External Relations (Public & Government Affairs). Following that experience I was moved to Contributions Manager and College Relations for the Ford Motor Fund (Corporate Philanthropy). I was then named Regional Manager of Government Affairs for the Ohio Valley based in Columbus, Ohio. Two years into the assignment I was appointed Director of U.S. State and Local Government Affairs, which in entailed Managing eight Regional Office across the Country. Additionally, I managed the Ford Corporate Political Action Committee, which had a budget of between $500,000 and $750,000 based on employee contributions. As Director I was responsible for all State and Local issues affecting the Company.
I retired in 2006 and consulted on Automobile issues for the Center For Automobile Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2011 I accepted the position of Chief Economic Development Office for Wayne County Michigan (the largest County in Michigan by population). I finally retired again in 2015 and we moved to Tellico Village in 2017.
John Bordelon joined the Governmental Affairs Committee following an active role in support of the POA and leadership of several Village organizations. Soon after John and his wife Terri arrived in 2012, he became active in the New Villagers Club and served as its President in 2014. He was elected President of the Homeowners Association (HOA) in 2017. He is a founding member of the Tellico Community Foundation and serves on the Steering Committee for STAYinTV.
John retired in 2011 as a Senior Vice President for Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering and construction management firm. He focused on business development and establishing strategic alliances in support of large-scale public infrastructure projects, like the Bosphorus Tunnel, London Heathrow Terminal 5, and high-speed rail programs in Asia, Europe and the US.
John and his wife Terri relocated to Tellico Village from Charlotte, NC. They remain active in numerous social and civic activities. With reference to serving on the Governmental Affairs Committee role, John says “My focus will be on establishing stronger relationships with both County and State officials so that Tellico Village property owners have a stronger voice in governance and taxation decisions.”