30 Faces from Clinch-Powell's 30 Years

Jim King became the President of Fahe in 2000 after working with the organization since its beginning in 1990. Fahe and Clinch-Powell have a special relationship dating back to 2009 when Clinch-Powell officially joined the Fahe Network after hearing about the great work they were doing in rural communities. Fahe’s mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia fits well with our mission to build strong communities. Their collaborative model supports their motto “strength in numbers”.

Clinch-Powell’s Appalachia CARES program has been partnering with Tennessee State Parks since 2013 to place more than 160 AmeriCorps members across the state. Nancy Dorman, Program Services Manager in the Division of Interpretive Programs and Education, has been our go-to contact at the state level, and has been a tremendous asset to maintaining and strengthening this partnership.

Dave is Clinch-Powell’s longest serving Board member, providing twenty-six years of dedicated service. He began his service in September of 1993 after being appointed as the “At Large” member by then County Mayor Mickey Hammer. At that time, under the Resource Conservation and Development Council designation, county mayors were required to sit on the board and appoint some selected members.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) has partnered with us since we first began working in affordable housing in 2002. THDA plays a very important role in many of the housing services we provide. As the pass-through agency for a number of federal and state grants, they have assisted us in bringing critical funds and services to the communities we serve.

Joe Woody is an active partner with Clinch-Powell in his role as Knoxville Area Director for Rural Development, but his ties to Clinch-Powell go well back to the 1990s, and he was instrumental in aiding Clinch-Powell’s application to become an Enterprise Community. Our current partnership with Joe and the rest of the Rural Development staff allows us to provide invaluable services to the community, including affordable lending for mortgages, home repairs, and small businesses.

Susan Eribarne is Clinch-Powell’s Counseling and Client Development Manager. She has been with Clinch-Powell since 2008 when she began serving as an Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member, and became a full time staff member in 2010. She is considered by her peers to be one of the most knowledgeable foreclosure counselors in the state.

Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director, Jim Snell, has been serving the communities of Tennessee in official capacity for more than 20 years. After serving as an AmeriCorps member in Tennessee’s inaugural class in 1994, Jim went on to lead an AmeriCorps program in Nashville. A couple years later, he took a position as staff with Volunteer Tennessee, the state agency with the mission of encouraging volunteerism and service.

Cherry is the current Chairperson for our Board of Directors. Cherry has actively served on the Board for the last twenty years following a long career in insurance sales. Described by the Executive Director as “our Champion and the best kind of Chairperson an organization could ask for,” Cherry is not afraid to get her hands dirty and regularly volunteers her time to a wide array of Clinch-Powell projects.

In October of 2018 Rosa and her family were living with extended family while she was attending school to become a certified medical coder. Rosa really wanted to move her family into a home of their own, but she wasn’t sure if she could afford it or where to start. She received some information from Clinch-Powell at a Douglas Cherokee Headstart Parent Fair and decided to call. One phone call and her journey to homeownership began!

Growing up on a farm in Claiborne County, Ronald Lambert had always heard that you couldn’t be both a farmer and a conservationist, but he was determined to find a way. Pursuing his goal, he first encountered Clinch-Powell as a volunteer at youth Conservation Camp. After volunteering for a couple years, he started part time with Clinch-Powell in the summer of 1996, which led to a full time Conservation Technician position through a partnership between CP and The Nature Conservancy later that year.

Ashley Hux began her journey at Central Services as an Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member in 2014. Already equipped with a passion for service and an educational background in social work, she applied for the AmeriCorps position to build on her skill set with hands on experience in the field. After serving two years, she was hired full time by Central Services in 2016, and just last year she took the reigns as Executive Director after longtime leader Barbara Simmons retired.

Kevin Brown was Tennessee's USDA NRCS State Conservationist from 2007 to 2018. He has always been one of Clinch-Powell's biggest supporters, and helped nurture a meaningful and lasting relationship between Clinch-Powell and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Deb and Roy Anderson became our first ever Home Able program participants in April of 2017. After paying almost 40% of their low disability income in housing costs while renting an old mobile home that was dilapidated and unsafe to live in, they now pay only 27% of their total monthly for a home that is safe, energy efficient, and best of all, their very own.

Lindy Turner has been with Clinch-Powell RC&D since its beginning in 1989. With a degree in agriculture from Tennessee Technological University, she became one of the first women to hold a leadership position in the Tennessee State Department of Agriculture. Lindy initially coordinated the operations of the organization as an employee of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, later becoming Executive Director in 2011 after retiring from NRCS with 30 years of service.