Governmental Affairs Committee

Committee Member Biographies 

 

Susan Kirk

Chair

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.

Carey Brown

My wife Kimberly and I have been a Tellico Village property owner since 2014. We were here just several months out of the year until we moved here permanently in 2017 from Savannah, Georgia.  We selected Tellico Village for  various reasons. One being Kimberly was born and raised in Eastern Tennessee with many family members residing here still and because I was born in Asheville and raised primarily in Hickory, North Carolina. Our immediate family consist of three daughters, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

My work experience includes time with private company employment, city and county government and the US Military. In my early years I was a licensed Journeyman Electrician involved with residential and commercial construction.  Then I spent 25 plus years in the US Army.  While in the US Army I served as an enlisted soldier and as an Officer in the Corps of Engineers. I had various  positions, that included leadership, command, instructor, mobility research and development, public works director, numerous staff positions from battalion to theater level commands. In my last assignment I served as a liaison and special projects officer for the Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia coordinating with City, County, State and Federal elected officials.  The remaining part of my work life was in city and county government as an Administrator and Director with the City of Savannah, Georgia, Maintenance and Operation Manager and Deputy Director with Chatham County Government, Savannah, Georgia.

After graduating from Colonial High School in Orlando, Florida, I graduated with an AA degree from St. Leo College, a BA degree from Upper Iowa University and MS degree from Central Michigan University. I also graduated from various military schools with the last being the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL. I also completed training and was certified in Emergency Management as a Incident Commander. Kimberly has a master’s degree in finance from MTSU and retired from the State of Georgia after working in Technical and Adult Education and with the Department of Labor.

Kimberly and I are members of the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village, volunteers with Smoky Mountain Service Dogs and members of various social and civic groups. Kimberly is a member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Tellico Garden Club.  I am a member of Post 5150 VFW in Loudon, Military Order of World Wars, Military Club in Tellico Village and  Men’s Golf Association. My interest in being a part of the Government Affairs Committee centers around developing working relationship with local, state and federal elected officials.  But my  primary objective is looking for ways to improve life for Tellico Village residents.

John Baucom

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. 

Thomas Lee

My wife Peggy and I have been residents of Tellico Village since 1997.  I served on the Golf Advisory Committee for three years and on the POA Board from 2013-2018.  I currently serve on the Marketing Committee and recently joined the Governmental Affairs Committee.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master of Science Degree in Hospitality Management. I am also a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Before moving to Tellico Village, I served for 22 years in the U.S. Army.  After retiring from the Army, I began managing private country clubs, and started my own Private Club consulting business in 1997, during which time I consulted for numerous country clubs across the country.  I am basically retired from that business, but occasionally assist former clients in “emergency” situations.

I am very passionate about increasing the Village’s footprint on the State and Local political landscape.  There are numerous issues and opportunities facing our community that can be favorably influenced by our participation in the election process and by keeping a close eye on state and local governmental activities.  As our population grows, so does our potential for influence.  I am excited about the opportunity to participate in the functions of the Governmental Affairs Committee in its mission to make Tellico Village a better place for all of us to live.

Ray Byers

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.

Sharon Jones

After joining the Women’s Army Corps, Sharon was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany as a personnel and EEO officer. She later served as a captain in infantry and armored cavalry training battalions in Connecticut and Illinois.

Following military service, Sharon earned a master’s degree and worked in human resources for Exxon and Mobil Oil Corporations. She enjoyed recruiting on college campuses and was motivated to help students reach their potential through career choices. So, Sharon made a pivot to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as assistant/associate director in career services. She coauthored a book for parents of college students and shared her expertise on various topics through professional journals and conferences. One of her favorite activities was outreach visits to prospective employers.

Sharon served as a supervisor and senior consultant for a human resources consulting firm, providing job search assistance to “trailing spouses” of Fortune 500 employees transferred to southeastern states. She also assisted entrepreneurial clients in starting or relocating their businesses. After tracking economic development in North Carolina, Sharon initiated marketing efforts that landed two major corporate accounts.

A chapter board member in the Association of Career Professionals International, Sharon also participated in Business & Professional Women of Raleigh, the UNC Working Group on Economic Development, and National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. As a citizen member of Durham 2020, a long-range county planning effort in 2000, she learned more about local government issues.

Sharon’s educational background includes an M.S. in Industrial Relations from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Southern Colorado State College, and A.A. from Cottey College.

She and her husband moved to Tellico Village early in 2020. They have joined the American Legion and attend the First Baptist Church as they explore many other organizations.

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