Danny E. Long, PT is a native of Madisonville, TN and married to Dina Long with two children Penelope (10) and Cruz (7). He is a graduate of UT-Memphis in Physical Therapy
since 1999, and has owned and operated local outpatient physical therapy offices in Madisonville and Sweetwater since 2004 currently named Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers (formerly Monroe Physical Therapy). He has been active in various civic and non-profit organizations, and member of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce since 2004, serving second term as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Ruby McLemore – Treasurer
Ruby McLemore has been employed at Volunteer Federal Saving Bank for 28+ years. She is currently servicing as Branch Manager, Loan Officer and Vice President. She has
lived in Monroe County for 43 years in the Lakeside community with her husband David.
Ruby says she has been honored to have been involved in the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce since 1996. First, as a student in the Leadership Monroe, and shortly after, and currently serving, as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. “I have made so many friends and business contacts through my involvement with the Chamber and Volunteer Federal that I feel truly blessed!” says Ruby.
Michael Atkins – Past Chair
Mike Atkins is a 1986 graduate of Madisonville High School. Employed with FLEC for 30 years with most recent position being Engineering Services manager. Married to Susan for
12 years. In addition to the Chamber of Commerce board, Mike serves as the Chairman of the Monroe County Economic Development board, member of the Charles Hall Museum Foundation board, member of the Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club, Secretary of the Tellico Regional Planning Commission, and member of the Tennessee Overhill board. Susan and Mike attend Brown Hill Church and enjoy the outdoors and travel.
Dr. Robin Tricoli
For nearly three decades, Dr. Robin J. Tricoli has been providing service and leadership to several states and various countries from around the world in the creation of
organizational and strategic plans to move both higher education and government entities to new heights. May 16, 2017, will mark Dr. Tricoli’s sixth year as President of Hiwassee College.
Dr. Robin Tricoli’s areas of expertise include comprehensive strategic planning, institutional/organizational alignment, civic engagement, community outreach, and business continuity planning. Prior to Hiwassee College, she worked at the University of Georgia in Athens as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning assisting the campus as a whole, as well as many of the individual colleges in the development of special strategic plans for those colleges with additional accreditations. While at UGA, Dr. Tricoli also worked with several international governments on the development of strategic plans including work funded by a State Department grant to assist and guide the Minister of Education on the development of a strategic plan for higher education in Tunisia, Africa.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta (and for three years), Dr. Robin Tricoli assisted the president of Fresno State University in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan which was embedded in service-learning and civic engagement. This project was funded with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities-Fresno State has the Carnegie classification of Civically-Engaged Institution. Concurrently, Dr. Tricoli co-chaired the task force to develop Fresno State’s first emergency and disaster business continuity plan, and she briefly led the Maddy Institute of Public Policy.
Dr. Robin Tricoli also provided leadership for more than a decade in higher education at Northern Kentucky University (also a Carnegie classified Civically-Engaged Institution) serving both as a member of the Board of Regents, and as a senior level administrator with the broadest of institutional oversight. Earlier in her career, and for several years, she taught undergraduate and doctoral students at the University of Kentucky. Prior to her work in higher education she held the position as Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women for four years developing policy and delivering educational programs. She was elected and served three terms on the national board for the National Association of the Commission on Women.
Dr. Robin Tricoli earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Kentucky University, her master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati, and her doctorate at the University of Kentucky all in the area of organizational and interpersonal communication. She completed post doctoral work at Harvard University. Her expertise and training in organizational development and strategic planning in higher education will be critical in securing the future of Hiwassee College.
Dr. Robin Tricoli is married to Dr. Anthony Tricoli. Her son Chase, daughter-in-law, Julia, and granddaughter, Piper Rose Crigler live in Kentucky.
Paul Willson is a retired banker who has been associated with the Monroe Chamber board for over 20 years, serving a year as Chairman. Paul is currently Chairman of The East
Tennessee Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Finance Chair of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Secretary of the Charles Hall Museum, a member of the Executive Committee of the Cleveland State Foundation and Executive in Residence at Tennessee Wesleyan University.
Bobbie Arp was born and raised in Monroe County. She has been Director of Industrial Medicine at Sweetwater Hospital Association for the past 41 years. Bobbie is very active in
our community and looks forward to serving the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
Laura Harris is the CEO of Chota Community Health Services, a non-profit Community Health Center whose purpose is to offer comprehensive primary healthcare to the
residents of Monroe County and surrounding areas. She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Human Services Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration, and has a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from Western Governor’s University. As a leader in the community, Laura strives to bring high quality healthcare services to our area.
Terry Knight is currently serving as the Manager of Human Resources for JTEKT North America Corporation.
JTEKT is Monroe County’s largest employer with over 1000 employees in Vonore. Terry, in addition to the Chamber, Terry serves on the Sweetwater Utilities Board, the Cleveland State Advisory Board and the Industrial Board in Sweetwater. He previously served on the Monroe County United Way Board for many years. He is from Monroe County and takes great pride in giving back to his community. Before JTEKT he was the Human Resource Administrator for MARCA.
Yadira Gonzalez is the human resources manager at Aeroflex USA, Inc. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Chamber for several years.
Yadira holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration and is currently working on a Masters’ Degree. Yadira was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 13. Yadira and her family live in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
Debbie Gossage has been employed by Blount Memorial Hospital since 2003, where she currently holds the title of Community Outreach Coordinator. Debbie served as a Monroe County Chamber Diplomat from 2004-2014 before joining the Board of Directors in 2014.
Casey Camp resides in Sweetwater having moved here with her family in 2005 from Georgetown, Texas. She graduated from Sweetwater High School in 2011 then attended Tennessee Technological University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness in 2015.
Casey’s most recent academic achievement was to attain a Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 2016. She began her career as a management intern at Sweetwater Hospital Association in December of 2015 and was subsequently hired as a full time employee. Casey is now the Performance Improvement Project Manager and Marketing Manager for this organization.
"After graduating from Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, I moved to Greeneville, TN where I worked on a horse farm and as a server at the General Morgan Inn while completing my Bachelor’s of Business Administration at East Tennessee State University.
Working full time between two jobs and going to school, I realized the importance of hard work and self-discipline. I had to study hard, but it paid off, making the Dean’s List three of the last four semesters. I also learned about the different challenges facing rural communities. I learned about education challenges and that retaining young talented people was a major obstacle to economic development and that unemployment was a double-edged sword – lack of jobs on one side and lack of job skills on the other. I learned that infrastructure, with a smaller tax base, was more difficult to plan and maintain. I learned that access to healthy food and health care facilities was not always convenient.”
“After graduating from ETSU, I moved to Pennsylvania where I worked in sales and promotions for an Irish Footwear Manufacturer, Dubarry of Ireland. I traveled around the U.S. to set up pop-up-shops at outdoor sporting events, garden clubs, safari clubs and holiday charity boutique shopping events. Many times, I found myself in rural areas getting to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life, getting a small glimpse into some of the similarities and differences in their home towns and mine. I learned that people pretty much all have the same basic needs, and that good jobs and supportive families are the foundation for happiness. I was traveling about 60% of the time and did not feel connected to my family or community. My career was taking off and my company relocated me to San Francisco to launch the brand on the West Coast, but I was not happy. I realized I needed to move back to East Tennessee, especially to be close to my 80-year-old grandmother who raised me, and to get involved in the community.”
“When I moved back home and began working at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce I learned that strong communities were paramount to having good jobs and a supportive environment for families. The Chamber of Commerce has an important responsibility to connect professionals at the center of the community, to fight for sustainable legislature and policies that allow for free enterprise and protect personal property rights, and to work to attract and maintain good businesses. I found that the Chamber of Commerce, just like any other volunteer, non-profit, membership driven organization, is not responsible for growing its members’ businesses. However, it does have a responsibility, a mission, to support a healthy economy. Its members must show up, to give their time to develop and implement the Chamber’s causes, and in doing so, will make lasting and strong relationships with other professionals and community leaders, ultimately growing their businesses in the process.”
“I’ve found volunteering to be the greatest, most rewarding use of my time. I’ve been involved with Young Professionals of Knoxville, United Way of Greater Knoxville, East Knoxville Clean Up Day, Youth Organization for Knoxville’s Evangelism, Students with Attitudes for Greatness through the Florence Crittenton Agency, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and I have just signed up to teach music at the Joy of Music. Volunteering is where I feel I can make a difference in people’s lives who need a helping hand.”
“I spent some time over the summer knocking on doors to get signatures for the wine in grocery store ballot initiative in Madisonville and Sweetwater. I met some great people. I shopped antiques in downtown Sweetwater and had a great Italian dinner in downtown Madisonville. Now that I’m working at Joseph Construction, I look forward to continuing to positively impact Monroe County, through my involvement at the Monroe County Chamber, and through the direct impact Joseph Construction is having on industrial development in the industrial parks.”
“I see great potential for the Monroe County Chamber to continue to influence the business climate; to bring professionals together; and to be a catalyst for greater economic prosperity for the residents of Monroe County and throughout our region.”
Caylen Matoy is the Executive Director for United Way of Monroe County and has been since 2010. She always wanted a job where she can help people and came to United Way to do just that. She loves United Way and what the organization does for so many people right here in our county.
Michael K. McNulty Born and raised in Michigan. Served 10 years in the Air Force and ended his service as the NCOIC of Radiology at Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Have held positions including Regional Manager of a Biopharmaceutical company (NABI), have owned and operated an Employment Information Service, and am currently responsible for multiple facilities throughout the middle United States based in Vonore for Carlex Glass, the fifth largest global manufacturer of automotive glass. Married for 37 years (that’s 259 in dog years) with two Boxers, One Chaweenie and two sons. One son degreed in computer hardware science, the second a CDL licensed truck driver and both healthy and happy in their lives. My favorite saying: Life is a coin. You get to spend it anyway you want BUT, you only get to spend it once.
Bryan Hall is Director of Monroe County Economic Development. As director, his responsibilities include working with new industries considering locating in Monroe County,
and working with existing industries with expansion opportunities, overseeing waterline extension grants and is very involved with the Monroe County Justice Center Project. Hall is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a degree in marketing. He is a 2016 graduate of Monroe County Leadership and East Tennessee Regional Leadership. He has been employed by Monroe County since 2014.
Nicole Peels is a native of Monroe County and is the Director for Monroe County Tourism. Promoting the scenic beauty and adventures of Monroe County in a way that will attract
potential visitors and retiree’s by developing marketing campaigns such as advertising, media purchases, and social media. She joined the Tourism Department in 2010 and in 2015 took on the role she is in now. Nicole is an active board member with Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council, Tellico Plains Kiwanis Club, Retire Monroe, Retire Tennessee, and the Monroe County Chamber, and is currently working on her TMP (Tourism Marketing Professional) designation from Southeast Tourism Society. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Christopher and extended family, traveling, and being a part of community events.