Danny Long – Chair

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

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

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

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.

Julie Holt

Terry Knight

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

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

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

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.

Joshua Buchanan

Josh is Director of Marketing and Business Development for Joseph Construction. He has a passion for connecting people to the resources they need, building connections and relationships between individuals, businesses, governments, and communities in East Tennessee.

Being a Knoxville native with an agriculture heritage and having worked and traveled all over the US, Josh found he enjoys working and volunteering in rural communities where historic preservation and cultural heritage go hand-in-hand with economic development. With experience working on staff of a larger regional Chamber of Commerce, Josh has insight to share and is honored to serve on the Board of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.

Caylen Matoy

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 McNulty

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.

Tommy Millsaps

Bryan Hall

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

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.