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FOUNDER/PUBLISHER Angela J. Baker angela@vipseenmag.com CO-OWNER Mickey J. Baker CREATIVE DIRECTOR Angelica Ares angelica_a@vipseenmag.com

She Says ...

DIRECTOR OF SALES Felicia Conners felicia@vipseenmag.com VIPSEEN LIVE! Whitney Carr whitney@vipseenmag.com Morgan King morgan@vipseenmag.com ACCOUNT MANAGERS Lark Adams 423.612.3583 lark@vipseenmag.com April Barnes 423.646.4626 april@vipseenmag.com Ashleigh Jackson 423.360.4338 ashleigh@vipseenmag.com Jacqueline Joseph 423.367.6785 jacqueline@vipseenmag.com COPY EDITOR Lucy Honeychurch SOCIAL MEDIA Jon Lester CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lark Adams Jennifer Ares Crystal Dawn Carter Linda Coffey George Emerson Lucy Honeychurch Ashleigh Jackson Sherri Jessee Heath Owens Beth Street

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feels good to be back in the swing of things here at VIPSEEN! I honestly did not realize how much I missed doing what I love with some of the people that I love the most! There was a short period of time that I actually questioned if I could juggle all the things currently on my plate and then I remembered…I could do anything I set my mind to! I remembered that I am a strong woman who has been raised and influenced and inspired by many other strong women, both before me and currently beside me. Most of all, I am a woman of faith and I know God will never give me more than He thinks I can handle. So many exciting things are taking place here at the magazine and the energy in this company is at an all time high! If you are a Facebook Member, then you may have noticed a little thing called VIPSEEN Live! With Whitney and Morgan. I am beyond excited to be adding this dynamic duo to our team and to be launching this new social initiative. Whitney and Morgan will be taking our readers to events across the region Live! Via Facebook and YouTube. In addition, they will be taking you inside many businesses to give you a sneak peak behind the storefront. A special thank you to Horizon Credit Union for being our very first sponsor of the “Red Carpet Report”. We are sincerely looking forward to sharing the great stories and people of Horizon Credit Union over the next several months! I hope you enjoy this month’s issue, as it is always one of my favorites. Please, go to Facebook to “LIKE” and “FOLLOW” the VIPSEEN LIVE! with Whitney and Morgan page as well as the VIPSEEN Tri-Cities magazine page and never miss another event again! If you would like more information on VIPSEEN Live, please feel free to contact me at angela@vipseenmag.com.

Angela Baker, angela@vipseenmag.com

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Whitney Carr & Morgan King Introducing VIPSEEN Live! (See page 12)

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March Contents

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FEATURES 8

VIPSEEN EXCLUSIVE FEATURE POWER WOMEN 2017

10 KRISTA WHARTON 2016 POWER WOMEN FOLLOW UP STORY 12 COVER PROFILE WHITNEY CARR 28 WINE, WOMEN & SHOES A GIRLS’ DAY OUT CAN SAVE LIVES! 62 POWER GIRLS THE FUTURE OF OUR REGION SHINES THROUGH

THESE UP AND COMING LOCAL YOUNG LADIES

DEPARTMENTS 7

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

64 NONPROFIT PROFILE 75 VIP BEAUTY 80 WIT BIT

YWCA

SPRING MAKE-UP TIPS

THINGS I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND...

86 DAY TRIPPIN’ WITH LINDA JONESBOROUGH & CHUCKEY, TN

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66 Go Red for Women Circle of Red Social 68 Susan G. Komen Merging Event 70 Johnson City Christmas Parade & Whoville Celebration 71 Friends of Allandale Christmas Party 72 Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 73 Cop Stop 76 TCCA 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration 77 ARC Resolution Run 78 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony 79 Wine & Chocolate Festival 81 Women’s Symphony Committee’s Prom and Mom Fashion Show 82 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade 84 3B National Outdoor Expo 85 Cards, Craps & Casino Night 88 Inaugural Stigma Stops Now Gala 89 Monkee’s of Johnson City Fashion Trunk Show 90 Friendship Foundation Night of Giving 91 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Dinner 92 Kingsport Chamber 70th Annual Dinner www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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Calendar of Events / MARCH 2017 MARCH 1 Ribbon Cutting David M. Ellis, CPA 4130 Fort Henry Drive Kingsport, TN 37663 kchamber@kingsportchamber.org MARCH 2 Kingsport’s 100th Birthday 3:30pm Kingsport Farmer’s Market Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN kchamber@kingsportchamber.org Opening Reception of Home: One Family, 200 Years of History 6pm – 8pm The William King Museum of Art 415 Academy Drive Abingdon, VA 24210 276-628-5005 snobles@wkmuseum.org MARCH 3 First Friday Business Briefing 7:30am Sponsored by: King University Maclellan Dining Hall Bristol, TN 423-989-4850 lworley@bristolchamber.org through March 5 Kingsport Home Show 5pm Meadowview Convention Center 1901 Meadowview Parkway Kingsport, TN Carolyn@hbagk.com Lucy Simpson Foundation Charity Event – Helping Hurting Hearts 7-11pm The Venue 301 E. Main Street 2nd floor of the King’s Centre Johnson City, TN www.lucysimpsonfoundation.com MARCH 4 Miss Twin City 2pm – 5pm Kingsport Renaissance Center 1200 East Center Street Kingsport, TN 37660 twincitypageantry@gmail.com The PEAK Event – A Galaxy Gala 7pm – 11pm The Social Kingsport 240 East Main Street Kingsport, TN 37660 info@ypkingsport.com

through March 12 Auditions for Beauty and the Beast Theatre Bristol 512 State Street Bristol, TN 37620 423-212-3625 www.theatrebristol.org Run For Your Buns 5k Colon Health Awareness Franklin Woods Community Hospital 300 Med Tech Pkwy Johnson City, TN 37604 423-946-0519 info@thegoosechase.org MARCH 9 TEAM 2.0: How to Build Cooperation, Reduce Conflict & Increase Productivity 8:30am Kingsport Chamber 400 Clinchfield Street, STE. 100 Kingsport, TN 37660 kchamber@kingsportchamber.org MARCH 10 Savvy SCRABBLE Social Game Night Fundraiser 6pm – 10pm St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 161 East Ravine Street Kingsport, TN 37660 423-392-4643 lckingsport@gmail.com St. Patrick’s Day Bash 6pm Meadowview Convention Center 1901 Meadowview Parkway Kingsport, TN tina@msha.org MARCH 11 Funniest Person in the Tri Cities 8-10pm The Social E Main St Kingsport, TN 37660 www.etncomedy.com MARCH 14 TN Environmental Conference 4pm Meadowview Conference Center 1901 Meadowview Parkway Kingsport, TN 423-854-5406 Debbie.england@tn.gov

PORTRAIT | BOUDOIR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS www.ewoodphotography.com

MARCH 16 After Hours 5pm – 7pm Bristol Family YMCA 400 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Bristol, TN 423-989-4850 lworley@bristolchamber.org Dale Carnegie Management Essentials Series Seminar 2 8:30am Kingsport Chamber 400 Clinchfield Street, STE. 100 Kingsport, TN 37660 kchamber@kingsportchamber.org MARCH 18 Chasing Snakes 10k Road Race and 4k Fitness Walk / Fun Run St. John’s Episcopal Church 500 N. Roan Street Johnson City, TN 423-926-8141 chasingsnakes@gmail.com www.chasingsnakes10k.com through March 19 Seeds of Change Presented by Kingsport Ballet Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State 2425 TN-75 Blountville, TN 37617 www.kingsportballet.org Food, Fun, and Fashion Event Hosted by SusanAfter60 Carnegie Hotel 1216 W. State of Franklin Road Johnson City, TN www.susanafter60.com

MARCH 19 Celtic Fair McGlothlin Center for the Arts 30461 Garnand Dr Emory, VA 24327 admin@bristolballet.org

MARCH 25 River Cleanup partnered with Bill Beazell Memorial Cleanup 9am; Participation Raffle at 4pm Weir Dam by Osceola Island 372 Holston View Dam Road Bristol, TN 37620 423-747-6694 tony@southholstonriverlodge.com events.ticketprinting.com

Concert of the Milligan Choir: Through the Storm I Will Rise 3pm Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel 1 Blowers Blvd Milligan College, TN 37682 scwoodward@milligan.edu

Joggin’ for the Noggin’ 5k Run/Walk Onsite registration: 8:30-9:30 am; Race Starts at 10:00 Crumley House Brain Injury Rehab 300 Urbana Road Limestone, TN 37681 (423) 257-3644 http://crumleyhouse.com

MARCH 23 Active Shooter Class 9am – 11am Bristol Chamber of Commerce 20 Volunteer Parkway Bristol, TN 423-989-4870 lworley@bristolchamber.org MARCH 24 Fly Fishing Film Tour Sponsored by: South Holston River Lodge Doors open at 4pm and the first showing starts at 6pm Studio Brew 221 Moore Street Bristol, VA 24201 423-747-6694 tony@southholstonriverlodge.com www.flyfilmtour.com through March 26 National Carousel Fine Craft Show 24th at 6pm; 26th at 5pm Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts #OCA Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre 1200 East Center Street Kingsport, TN 37660 https://tickets.vendini.com

ETSU College of Nursing Gala Benefit 6pm Hands On! Ballroom 309 East Main Street Johnson City, TN 423-439-4076 wadecm@etsu.edu MARCH 26 SoHo 2-Man Fishing Tournament $50 / team - prizes for the top 3 teams Contact Jon Hooper at 423-747-7366 to sign up. events.ticketprinting.com MARCH 28 The Price is Right Live 7:30-9pm Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, TN www.thepriceisrightlive.com

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MARCH @ BARTER THEATRE

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks See an exclusive preview of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” starring Mary Lucy Bivins and Sean Maximo Campos. Come see why audiences around the world have fallen in love with this heartwarming comedy! Also in March: Amelia Earhart & Mamma Mia!

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2017

Power Women VIPSEEN EXCLUSIVE

STORY BY ANGELA BAKER

MOM-PRENUER, ENTREPRENHER, LADY BOSS, FEMPRENUER, BOSS WOMAN... CLEARLY, WE ARE TRENDING LADIES!

PHOTO BY MICKEY BAKER

What I always find so interesting about this particular issue is that the women who are selected and sponsored are always so humble and there are even many who don’t take part because they feel uncomfortable talking about their success and how they got where they are. So, I want to say this to those ladies... BE PROUD! Never, ever, feel like you should make yourself and your story small. Doing what we do as women is hard work and we have busted our butts and sacrificed a lot to build our careers. Your story can be an inspiration to someone who may think she doesn’t have what it takes to achieve her dreams. So next year, when you are approached, stand tall and take part. It’s okay to be recognized for your community contributions, leadership and success. I love this issue and what it represents. I love that I can relate to the women featured and I also know first-hand that running a company, and being a wife, mom, aunt, daughter, granddaughter, friend, and sister makes our success stories even sweeter. We take care of a lot of people ladies! I mentioned the other day on the VIPSEEN Live! show with Whitney and Morgan: no one gets anywhere on their own: I know I didn’t. I believe my determination to be “someone” when I grew up came from the early days of my childhood. My grandmother always told me that I could do anything I set my mind to and to never depend on a man. (Haha) I say that carefully because I do, in many ways, depend on and need my dear husband, Mickey. I believe my grandmother’s point, however, was that I needed to be a woman of substance who could show up and lead. She believed I could literally accomplish any dreams that I had for myself, because ultimately, it was up to me to do so. Words are powerful and my grandmother’s words were life shaping. My mom taught me about responsibility and doing a job right or not doing it at all. My step-mom taught me about accountability and character. Angelica, Jennifer, and Felicia have taught me about loyalty, friendship, and having each other’s back. Sherrie, Ashley, and Becky have taught me that friendship is everlasting and that months can go by without a word from each other, but as soon as one of us needs the other, we are there without a second thought to support and help. So many women in this community have influenced my thinking in multiple ways. So, no, I didn’t become who I am on my own. I wouldn’t ever want to make this journey alone. The women in my life have shaped me to be who I am right now. This year, I will be turning 40, and I am nowhere near finished with becoming the woman and leader I aspire to be. Let this be your year, too. Are you pursuing your dreams? If not, find a woman who is and ask her about mentoring you. It is never too late. We are all Superwomen/Wonder Women. Put on your cape and fly!

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10 Krista Wharton

36 Karen Hester

2016 Power Women Follow Up Story

Cranberry Lane & The Southern Churn

12 Whitney Carr

38 Catherine Marcum

Cover Story – VIPSEEN Live!

Marcum’s Pharmacy

14 Kaye Ball

40 Julie Newman

16 Lori Boggs

42 Jennifer Owen

18 Beverly Boling

46 Dreama Parsons

20 Dianna Cantler

48 Power Women of Indian Path Medical Center

22 Pam Corrigan

50 Beverley Perdue

24 Power Women of DOMTAR

52 Pamela Ragan

Brushstrokes ‘n More

The Olde Farm

Horizon Credit Union

Downtown Development – Johnson City

GAAM Wealth Advisors

Kim Cody, Debbie Cooper, Bonnie Depew, Selina Hall, Kezia Murphy, Selina Hall

26 Amy Edwards

Aspire Financial

30 Sheryll Hanks

Klein & Associates

32 Kristi Haulsee

Tri-Cities Airport

34 Barbara Haun

New 5 WCYB

Capital Bank

Accuforce

Lori Payne and Lisa Williams

DKA

Friendship Enterprises

56 Kathy Sanders, DMD

Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

58 Mary Shrader

Girls, Inc. of Bristol

60 Pam Wagner

A Team Real Estate Professionals

62 POWER GIRLS

Erin Sullivan and Sarah Peters

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Krista Wharton MARCH 2017 FOLLOW UP STORY TO HER MARCH 2016 COVER

“I want to live life with no regrets.” “I cried when Angela told me,” says Krista Wharton, about her reaction to being chosen to be on the cover of VIPSEEN magazine in March 2016. “It was very humbling and completely unexpected,” she adds. Almost six years ago, Krista got to know Angela Baker and her VIPSEEN team when Angela agreed to be the first room sponsor for Special Spaces Tri-Cities, a nonprofit and ministry that Krista co-founded. The mission of Special Spaces is to help make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by creating and providing their dream bedrooms, giving the children a peaceful place to rest. Through her involvement with Special Spaces, Krista realized just how precious life is: never take life for granted, and life to its fullest. “I want to live my life with no regrets,” says Krista. She had a new desire to take some chances and try things out of her comfort zone. It was this newfound zest for life that convinced her to be a participant in 2013’s Dancing With the Tri-Cities Stars and also audition for a musical production (a childhood dream!) at Jonesborough Repertory Theatre that same year. She was cast in that show in and is now currently in rehearsals for “Sister Act”, her 5th theatrical production at JRT. When the opportunity presented itself for her to own her own business, she was once again faced with doing something out of her comfort zone but knew she would regret not trying. Krista officially opened her clothing boutique, Monkee’s of Johnson City, in 2015. Krista loves meeting new people and loves helping people, and her boutique has been a way to do both! Monkee’s has a range of sizes and styles that work for most ladies, and a bright and cheery atmosphere. Krista and her staff want all people to feel welcome in their space and want to appeal to a range of ages. “We have shoppers in their teens to shoppers in their 80s,” says Krista. “We provide excellent customer service and will help everyone find something that is fun and flattering while still being age appropriate. We even have many male customers who shop with us for the special lady in their lives! People constantly thank us for bringing Monkee’s to the Tri-Cities!”

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When Krista was told that she was chosen as the VIPSEEN cover person last year, she didn’t feel she deserved it. “I don’t feel like I’m a ‘power woman’. I try to be an ‘empowering woman’. I try to be a person who helps others and helps others feel good about themselves. I try to support and encourage people every chance I get. There are too many mean people in the world trying to tear us down...I want to be that person who builds others up. If I’m seen as a woman in power, then I want to use that power for good...it’s how I was raised and it’s how my husband and I raised our boys.” She receives much love and support from her husband and boys, and for Mother’s Day last year, they framed her cover article and story for her to display at her boutique. Krista was honored to have been chosen for the cover of last year’s Power Women issue that featured many women she admires, and she is looking forward to reading about this year’s deserving honorees. She particularly admires her friend and business mentor and Sher Extensions salon owner Sherrie Bacon, who sets a godly example for owning a business. “Sherrie has always been very loving and generous to her clients and her community. She wants ladies to leave her salon feeling happier and more beautiful than when they arrived. She’s a true blessing to me and all who know her! She is the ultimate ‘Empowering Woman’!” In addition to her incredible and loving parents, Krista also admires Lester Lattany (former President and CEO of her local United Way) and her dear friends Mike and René Zervos, all of whom encourage and inspire Krista and others in our community and who give generously of themselves at every opportunity, always putting God first. It is clear when speaking with Krista that she shares many of these traits that she looks for in friends - a Godly outlook on life and giving to others. Thank you, Krista, for gracing our cover last year with your beauty and kindness.


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WHITNEY CARR VIPSEEN LIVE! HOST

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hen Whitney Carr was a young girl she used to watch Wonder Woman with her father, “We never missed an episode,” she tells me, “I fell in love with what the character represented. Her ability to help others and to fight crime, along with her power and strength were inspiring to me.” Whitney’s parents took a day off work one year to make the young girl a home made, and slightly ragtag, Halloween costume, which was a huge success. “I wore that costume for several years until I finally grew out of it!” Whitney still owns the costume and she has dressed as Wonder Woman many times over the years, as recently as last Halloween when she had a professional costume made for her, and her love the for female superhero has only grown stronger with each incantation. What drives Carr these days? What super hero battles does she fight in her community? “I am a huge animal advocate,” she tells me excitedly, “I love animals, especially dogs, and have a huge heart when it comes to helping homeless animals. Our shelters are always full and it breaks my heart to know that some pets must be euthanized simply because there is no room for them.”

Both of Whitney’s daughters are actively involved with animals as well with her oldest daughter Jurnee being well known for the work she’s done over the last ten years to help animals. Jurnee founded her own non-profit organization, Jurnee’s Journey Foundation, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in NonProfit Business. She serves as a District Leader for the TN Humane Society of the United States and has interned at the HSUS national headquarters in Washington DC. Not to be left out, Whitney’s son Daxx has played in the Jr. TGA Tour for last five years and is the former area champion. He loves to ride his dirt bike and he’s also played football for eight years. Daxx hopes to play football for the University of Tennessee one day. Whitney grew up the youngest of eight children, an experience that has helped shape who she is today, but doing so also meant that she had plenty of role models to help her along the way. “I was the youngest of eight so my sisters were my role models. Each played a significant part in my upbringing, especially my oldest sister Cheryl, who was 15 when I was born and was like a second mother to me. She is now my best friend and Godmother to all three of my children.” Growing up the youngest meant that she had to be scrappy in order to get by and that skill is one that Carr still uses today. “One of my favorite quotes is from Nora Roberts, ‘If you don’t ask then the answer is always no’ and I really stick to that. There are so many things in my life that I wouldn’t have if I had not asked for them. Don’t expect others to come along and give you what you feel you are missing: go and get it!” This spunk is what Whitney 12

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Power Women

COVER STORY


Don’t expect others to come along and give you what you feel you are missing: go and get it!

used in order to get many of the jobs that she has held over the years, thirty or more, but it is also what helped her land her position in TV. “I went to the station and asked them that if they ever decided to do a new show would they please consider me for the position.” Several years, and hundreds of shows later, the other half of the morning TV duo is thankful for the opportunity in TV and grateful for the guidance of her co-host Morgan King. “Morgan really took me under his wing and has worked hard to show me the ropes. I had never done television before, but Morgan has over three decades of experience and he has taught me so much. His work ethic is phenomenal and his huge heart and quick wit make him an absolute joy to work with.” Along with spending time with her husband, who she’ll celebrate twenty-four years of marriage with this year, and three kids, Whitney enjoys going out into the community and seeing what this region has to offer. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many new people. I’ve learned so much about our region and I truly enjoy sharing that information with others. I enjoy going to

businesses, restaurants, and area attractions to talk with talented people. Getting to share these experiences with the world is just icing on the cake! We live in such a cool place and it’s exciting to tell others all about it!” Carr may not be able to share the region with others on Good Day Tri-Cities anymore, but she and Morgan have not slowed down. “Our new adventure is just starting and Morgan and I both are thrilled to be bringing our show to a new audience! Digital media is the new way of broadcasting news, information, and social highlights so Morgan and I will be doing VIPSEEN Live! We have a blast together and we will be at every event we can physically make it to and streaming live to social media. Expect to see inside businesses, tour attractions, and learn about all the talent we have in our area.” It is clear to see that Whitney Carr is finally in a place that she feels comfortable with as far as careers go. The road here hasn’t been easy, it never is, but she realizes that all that came before has worked to prepare her for what lies ahead. “What I didn’t realize until recently is that God was shaping and molding me for bigger and better things through my ‘careers’. I kept my faith and pressed forward knowing that He was leading the way. With each new venture I learned something new and grasped at hands-on knowledge, experiences and people skills they don’t teach at any school. This has brought me to where I am today.” Best of luck to Whitney Carr and Morgan King and as the old Irish proverb goes, “May the road rise up to meet you and wind be ever at your back.” Like us on Facebook: VIPSEEN Live! with Whitney & Morgan. www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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STORY BY LARK ADAMS

OWNER, BRUSHSTROKES ‘N MORE In 2010, Kaye Ball’s only son Wesley was getting married. While in Austin, Texas, for Wesley’s wedding, his bride planned an artsy bridal shower at a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. The group enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, mimosas and painting. Kaye is still not sure if it was the painting or the mimosas but she decided that very day that she was going to open a pottery painting studio in Kingsport when she got home. She didn’t have a clue what she was doing, only that it was going to be fun and Kingsport needed another fun place to go. After working as a hairdresser for over 20 years, Kaye returned to college at age 39 to get a business degree. Afterwards she started working for a major corporation and was there for 18 years. Several years ago, ready for a change, she opened Brushstrokes N’ More pottery painting studio in Kingsport, Tennessee. In addition to painting pottery or on a canvas, people can also create wood art, glass projects and jewelry. Brushstrokes N’ More is great for a group like a ‘girls night out’ and they have the perfect Party Room. It is an excellent space for a baby shower, bridal shower, team-building events, church groups, field trips, and much more.They also offer stressfree children’s birthday parties where the Brushstrokes N’ More team does everything including the clean up. In her former life, Kaye worked as a District Manager in the corporate world and was responsible for hundreds of employees. The pressures that she faced in that situation was nothing like working in a small business. Having that experience as a leader really helped her to understand that leaders aren’t figureheads, they are people who are role models; examples of what others would like to see in themselves who are to be of service to the people that they work with. Kaye puts that servant leadership to work at Brushstrokes n’ More and really feels that their team is a family. Jessica McMurray has been with Brushstrokes n’ More for four years and she knows almost everything about the business. Joyce Ketron has worked with Kaye for three years and she also helped Kaye with the initial set up of the studio and the move to Stone Drive 4 years ago. Kelly Gardner is a new Artist and she loves to teach. They are the best and Kaye couldn’t do it without them. Kaye’s mother has also been her inspiration throughout her life. She was a true role model for hard work, determination, will power and doing what you have to do to be successful. Kaye’s mother was widowed when Kaye was just three and her mother worked at F.W. Woolworth to put a roof over their heads and food on the table, also providing for her own mother at the same time. Kaye’s mother would walk up and down a steep hill everyday through all kinds of weather to ride the bus to work because the family didn’t own a car. Today, Kaye still feels that hard work, dependability, and honesty are values that are timeless. They may seem old fashioned or out of style but they are as important today as

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Power Women

VIPSEEN EXCLUSIVE

KAYE BALL


It’s not about the finished product, it’s about the journey.

they were yesterday. She also feels it is important to be positive - the world is full of negativity, don’t let that affect you. Be the sunshine. Have a dream - have something that gets you going, that you work toward. Get vested – make something important in your life and put yourself out there. No one gets to where they want to be by sitting on the sidelines. Be grateful – allow gratitude to guide you, your heart and your soul.

The best part of Kaye’s job is doing something that helps people relieve stress, have fun, create memories and be happy. She

1001 E. Stone Dr. | Kingsport, TN. 37660 423-765-0352 | www.brushstrokesnmore.com loves expanding her business by trying new ideas and adding new events. “We have customers that say, “I can’t draw a stick figure, I don’t think I can do this,” but when they leave with canvas in hand or pick up their pottery or jewelry, they are proud that they attempted something new and had fun,” says Kaye.

Kaye also tries to help people understand what they do at Brushstrokes n’ More by working with KOSBE (the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship) on marketing plans, encouraging word of mouth and being a good steward of our community. “I give a lot of credit to Aundrea Wilcox, of KOSBE, the Kingsport Chamber, and Lucy Fleming with Fun Fest. They have been so encouraging, offering such great advice and giving me, and the business, opportunities to showcase what we do,” says Kaye. “Winning the Woman Owned KOSBE award in 2015 was a huge milestone for me,” she adds. Only time will tell what will be next for Kaye Ball and Brushstrokes n’ More.


Power Women STORY BY JENNIFER ARES

VIPSEEN EXCLUSIVE

LORI BOGGS

DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE/EVENT MANAGER, THE OLDE FARM Despite being far from Hollywood and her childhood dream of doing special effects makeup for movies, Lori Boggs is happier than ever and certain her life is right where it’s supposed to be. She recently became engaged and was promoted at work so, while things are looking up, Lori understands that having a plan for the future is always good. “I’m a planner by nature, so of course I have a plan for growth! I’ve been in my current position as the Director of Food and Beverage at The Olde Farm for five years. This year, however, I’ll also be responsible for membership recruitment, as well as the development of social activities for our membership to enjoy.” Aside from her work at The Olde Farm, Boggs is also busy working on a degree for Occupational Therapy Assistant from Virginia Highlands Community College. Handling as much work as she does now was not, however, something that always came so easily to Boggs. “My biggest struggle in my career was trying to do everything myself, failing to delegate tasks. I was finding myself incredibly frustrated that I could never get ahead or clear my task list. I finally come to the understanding that this was unsustainable. I had to become comfortable and trust the work of those whom I was delegating to. Once I was able to step back and allow them to flourish, I found it much easier to decide what I had to do and what others could do for me.” Not long after deciding to delegate tasks, Lori found her footing and the change has helped her to succeed in ways she might not have ever imagined. “Being a leader has changed my outlook on what leadership is; it’s more about giving, developing and enabling others. Good leaders can’t be selfish: they ’ve got to put other people and the organization first.” Leading others at The Olde Farm is something that she enjoys doing and is a task that Boggs hopes will help to encourage leadership in others one day. “I hope to inspire those young adults who haven’t yet chosen a career path. So many think of the food and beverage industry as just a job, where I see it as a career path with many different directions you can select from.” Working in an industry that can have a high turnover rate means helping those who are just starting out to build a strong foundation, something that others helped her with when she was just beginning. “I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors throughout my career, I must say those individuals that coached, gave advice and challenged me in new roles and responsibilities,

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directly impacted where I am today, and where I want to go in the future.” Going anywhere in the future might be just good enough for the world traveler. “I love traveling! It sounds cliché; however, when I hit the road to wherever it shall take me, I’m filled with an abundance of opportunities to explore nature, history, local cuisines and beverages. I am allowed the unique opportunity to develop relationships with both close friends and strangers: an experience that only travel can provide.” The future certainly looks bright for Lori Boggs, in her personal and professional life, a fact not lost on a woman who has strived to make her mother proud. “I lost my mother to lung cancer when I was 13 years old and my maternal grandparents and older sister were major role models of mine when I was an adolescent. My mother, though, has always been my guiding light: inspiring me to be a strong, independent woman, capable of creating my own happiness.” Creating her own happiness allows her to create wonderful experiences for others: a skill she uses for those who travel to The Olde Farm for their special occasions.

“I create experiences for others and I am able to do this by planning fabulous events that are brought to life by a team of professionals that truly care about bringing your vision to reality. I also lead a team that produces exquisite dining experiences with personal service allowing our members and guests to enjoy lovingly crafted food by chefs with a passion for creating.” In such a digital age that keeps all of us connected nearly 24/7 it is nice to visit a place that worries so much about taking its visitors away from the hustle and bustle of life. “My advice to everyone would be to get off your phones and computers, and actively learn how to communicate with one another. We can all be guilty of spending too much time on our electronics, but connecting with others through conversation should be a regular activity and not a rarity.” Lori Boggs is all about traveling and allowing herself time to rejuvenate, so it is no wonder that she works so hard to attract people to The Olde Farm even if it is just for a quite dinner away from the world for a few hours.

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Power Women STORY BY LUCY HONEYCHURCH

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BEVERLY BOLING CEO/PRESIDENT, HORIZON CREDIT UNION Beverly Boling has been through and seen a lot during her 37 year tenure at Horizon Credit Union. Those experiences have helped shape how she treats Horizon Credit Union Members and potential Members. “I have been through many personal challenges. I have been a single mother, I have struggled to make ends meet, I have had a son deployed during wartime and I have been through major family illness and death. When you speak from experience, there is no need to explain where you are coming from. I can understand and empathize immediately.” The simple act of treating people as she would want to be treated is something that has made Boling so successful and has helped Horizon Credit Union grow over the past thirty-seven years. Being a small credit union CEO is a tough job. New regulations and compliance issues have made managing the operations difficult. Boling credits the hard work of those around her, and her own dedication to the credit union as reasons for Horizon Credit Union’s success. “I knew that if we were going to survive (everyday a small credit union is merged out of business, over 370 this past year alone), that we were going to have to hire expertise and I recognized that I could no longer fulfill every role.”

Asked where she gets her drive and inspiration and Boling is quick to name one person who has always been her driving force: Master Sergeant Hubert Wells (Ret). Hubie as she lovingly referred to him. Beverly ’s father was a man never known to sugarcoat anything, but his unwavering support was always something she could count on. “My Dad was always my biggest cheerleader, giving me sound advice and strength to tackle the biggest obstacles. Dad raised three children, graduated college on the GI bill, and worked at Eastman where he completed the Mechanic’s Apprentice program. He was my closest friend and confidant. He passed away last April and words cannot express the profound loss that I now 18

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In 2013 Boling added Mark Drinnon as Director of Lending and Chief Operating Officer. Diana Baker was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Together the three comprise the Management Team at Horizon Credit Union. Since 2013, the team has completely rebuilt Horizon Credit Union’s infrastructure. Beverly states, “we rewrote over 50 policies, migrated from an outdated data processor, merged in AGC Credit Union, and changed our name from First Kingsport Credit Union to Horizon Credit Union, taking a breath she continues, we have completely rebranded Horizon Credit Union with a new website, new mobile APP and opened two new branches.” Facing the truth that her credit union was struggling under the burden of regulatory compliance, Beverly realized that she could no longer do it all or know everything and agrees that she now can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that surrounding herself with the best minds in the industry has helped to breathe life and growth into her beloved credit union.


Always think of how you would feel if you were on the other side of the conversation or transaction. I know you would rather experience kindness and compassion working with someone who really cares about you... have in my heart.” She keeps moving forward despite the loss of her father, always hearing him chuckle that she is a “chip off the old block”.

“The Members of Horizon Credit Union and I have been “family ” Members going on four generations now. I celebrate victories and cry tears with our Members! They have been there for me too. When my son Steve was deployed to Iraq, many of our credit union Members checked on me and supported me through that trying time.” To say that Beverly Boling takes her position as credit union leader and matriarch of the Horizon Credit Union family seriously is not an understatement at all. “My favorite part of my job is seeing our Members succeed. I love the interaction and friendships that I have built over the years. We celebrate births, marriages, promotions and retirements as well as offer help during the hard times with sickness, divorces and deaths. That intimate friendship and bond is what drives me to succeed; I want our Members to know that we are all going through this world together!” Her son Steve is back home after several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a successful aviation inspector at

Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Beverly is an avid animal lover and currently has six Poodle fur babies. Beverly enjoys hanging out with her nephew Jacob and his three year old son Jaxon. Ask Beverly and she says that the hard work has been worth every obstacle. Starting out as the second ever full time employee of the credit union to overseeing almost 30 current positions has been a good attestation to her philosophy that hard work and preservation does pay off. “If you want to know how the mechanics of a business works, the entry level is where you learn how and why things work.” Asked what she would tell someone who is coming up in the world of work today and she is quick to answer with some sound advice. “Always think of how you would feel if you were on the other side of the conversation or transaction. I know you would rather experience kindness and compassion working with someone who really cares about you and their job performance. At Horizon Credit Union Boling is quick to tell her staff not to drop the ball, that Member Service is our business! Through the years, and believe me they go by quickly, you realize that it was not really work at all, if, you invest your time in heartfelt service to people.” Words for us all to live by.


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DIANNA CANTLER DIRECTOR OF DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT FOR THE NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGIONAL ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP When Dianna Cantler’s father recently passed away she recalls being amazed at how many people claimed to be very close friends with her dad. “His ability,” she says, “to give his best to so many and his willingness to give others his undivided time helped him truly reach a deep level with numerous people.” While she admits she doesn’t have the connection with so many that her father did, she tries to be a friend that others can rely on. “I know I don’t speak on a daily basis to friends, I get too busy, but I hope those who call me friend know that if they have a need, they only have to reach out and I will be there for them.” The “busy” that Cantler speaks of entails helping downtown Johnson City transform itself into a bustling urban oasis after being neglected for over thirty years. “I think there were some who had written downtown Johnson City off as an area that was beyond repair.

There were those, however, who were committed to seeing the revitalization take place. I am so thankful for those who have put their money and hearts in downtown for ten -fifteen years. They didn’t listen to the naysayers, but maintained their belief that downtown could become something, not what it was decades before, but a place that people want to explore.” Seeing downtown burgeon into a flourishing destination is a plus that Cantler knows would not have been possible without the belief that downtown could be more than it was. “We have become the foodie hub of the Tri-cities, have 3 breweries and two more opening soon, incredible opportunities to enjoy the arts and several unique shopping opportunities. Hundreds live and work downtown and we are becoming a walkable community. So much is happening and I am just so thankful that the Johnson City Development Authority (JCDA) board gave me the opportunity to be a part of it.” The plans for downtown, however, have not stopped and Dianna says that there is much more to come. “Over the next eighteen months, I will be working to build retail and small business opportunities in downtown. My overall goal is to be a part of creating a community where young professionals will want to live. By creating a downtown that showcases the personality of our city, it will enable our businesses to recruit the best talent and our children will choose to live and work here, not because they have to, but because they want to.” Staying focused on the goals that she has set for herself is easy considering that Cantler is immersed 20

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Connecting people to the resources they need to open a business and working with the various partners that are committed to downtown Johnson City is such an integral part of my job but one that I truly love.

in doing something that she loves and is passionate about. “I love downtown Johnson City. I grew up here and after living in other areas of the south, Bob and I were excited to move back and, now, I get to play a small part in the future development of our city. We take so much for granted here: the natural beauty, mild climate, our incredible school system, the work ethic found here, excellent healthcare, and much more…why wouldn’t someone want to live here!” When she isn’t working, which is quite a bit these days, Cantler is happiest around a table with friends and family having enjoyed a good meal and partaking of great conversation. The supper club she and her husband joined about ten years ago allows them, “the opportunity to share a meal and laugh and talk in a relaxing setting.” What is next for Cantler is anyone’s guess, but it does involve the continued revitalization of the city she so deeply loves. She is an advisor to the Kappa Delta Sorority at ETSU, and active member at Munsey Church, and the mother to two wonderful college-aged children, but her work as Director of Downtown Development for the

Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership is what she focuses most of her attention on these days. “I know my job description says I am responsible for downtown development and revitalization, but I really feel it comes down to connection and cultivation. Connecting people to the resources they need to open a business and working with the various partners that are committed to downtown Johnson City is such an integral part of my job, but one that I truly love.” Cantler is the first to admit, though, that her children used to tease her for “making memories” but doing so is much more important than any job. “My advice for the next generation would be to understand that focusing on your career is great, but don’t forget to enjoy life. There are times that memorable things happen because someone intentionally makes a plan, but, of course, some of the most wonderful memories are those that happen serendipitously. Don’t live so close to a schedule that you miss out on those precious times.”


STORY BY JENNIFER ARES

FOUNDER AND CEO, GAAM WEALTH ADVISORS To hear Pam Corrigan tell it, being a wealth advisor is not just a job but also another one of her passions. “I LOVE to hear clients talk about loving and living life to its fullest. In my early career life, I didn’t like my job and it wasn’t fun going to work. Life is too short and we spend too many hours at work to not love what we do.” The industry is undergoing some seismic changes right now and preparing GAAM for those changes is a task that Corrigan takes both professionally and personally, “ I believe that unless you are willing to drive the bus of change there is a good chance you might get run over by it. I have heard from three different industry professionals visiting our office in the last few weeks how shocked they were at what we had here. They each said they travel to offices all over the country and that we were one of the very best they had seen; extremely advanced and employing the most dedicated, talented, team they had seen.” Having a great team around her is something that Pam takes quite seriously and works tirelessly to maintain.

“Providing people with a job they love, a company they believe in and the opportunity to impact others is my favorite part of owning a company. For those we serve, the external stakeholders, I love hearing them share how they are living their ‘good life’ and how we are helping them. For some it is about security, for others it’s about eliminating the fear of making a purchase or taking a trip and showing them, financially, it’s okay.” Obstacles don’t seem to be something that Corrigan cares too much about running into because her state of mind allows her the ability to move around them or simply step over whatever might place itself in her way. Asked where she gets the nerve to live life so fearlessly and she quickly points to two influential women. “The single most powerful inspiration that made me the person I am today was my mother making sure that I knew I could be and do anything: thanks to her, self-doubt didn’t enter my mind. Later in life, I found another inspiration—a rare and special woman admired and respected by everyone who has ever met her. She is a treasured friend and mentor. She finds good in everybody, taught me that personal growth can be fun and that it never stops. She showed me how much more beautiful and fulfilling life is when you let people in and truly share life experiences with others.” The unwavering belief that those two women showed her is the foundation beneath Pam that allows her to stand strong for others. Corrigan’s work at GAAM is more than helping others with wealth management; it is about giving to others what they need but might not know how 22

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to ask for. “I do like to know when I’ve made a difference in someone’s life. One example is LifeBook, a course I designed and teach twice a year. Participants learn how to assemble all their life information so that at the end of life, loved ones are prepared. The appreciation I get from participants is incredibly fulfilling. The fee for the course is time. I ask those who attend to give the gift of time to their loved ones. Not just the time to attend the classes but the time to do the work to complete their LifeBooks. This is truly the most valuable gift you can leave your loved ones and it’s a gift that money cannot buy. Plus, it is an amazing organization tool for yourself while you are alive. I can go on about this forever, so you can tell I am passionate about this gift.” Another passion of hers? Driving with the top down. “I’m happiest when I am in my ‘55 Thunderbird convertible driving. Because of the wind, I’m not able to talk on the phone so I am able to disconnect from the world. This fuels my creativity and I love coming up with ideas. I also love racing! When I am racing the only thing I can think about is what I am doing at that moment—the course, the best apex, when to shift, when to brake…. This is one of the only times when I can truly escape from thinking about business.” Racing is an activity that Pam shares with her husband, an E-Harmony match up, and a man whose list of what he wanted in a spouse matched Corrigan’s own. “My husband and I are truly an E-harmony commercial. That’s how we met. We both had made a list of exactly what we wanted in a relationship and were very happy living our lives alone if we didn’t find our soul mates. For me, I not only found my soul mate, but was able to acquire a growing number of grandchildren without having to do any of the difficult child rearing. At home we have our daughter, Sydney, age two,

a Boykin Spaniel who is the bratty little sister to her brothers, Tonka, our 16 -year old wolf/husky hybrid, and Copper our 12-year-old Ridgeback mix.” Pam Corrigan is not one to rest on her laurels and sees GAAM heading in the right direction and having a bright future. “Taking care of our clients takes precedence over everything else. If it means recommending they do something that is of no financial benefit to GAAM, we will recommend it. No ones’ salary, livelihood, company advancement, etc. hinges on revenue-driven recommendations. We don’t work that way. In addition to growing through acquisitions and alliances, we are looking to expand our team by adding an attorney, tax advisor, and risk-planning specialist. In the past we have referred these services to other vetted professionals in the area who would only do what is in the best interest of our clients. But having someone directly on the GAAM team will help weave these services into the fabric of our clients’ lives at a much deeper level as life happens.” Pam Corrigan certainly has a plan. She spends a little time each morning making a list that she’s dubbed ‘The Six Most’ and on it she writes the six most important things that she needs to accomplish that day. The list ensures that she not only accomplishes something, but that the right tasks get done: a smart idea for many of us to replicate. “I follow the plan. Do this and you’ll be surprised both by how much more you’ll get done and by how you got the right things done. For me it’s a quick reminder of what I should be doing. If I get distracted or find myself with a little time before a meeting, I scan the list, grab something I can complete in the time I have, do it and mark it off. Accomplishment feels so good.” Accomplishment does feel good, that, and zooming down the highway with the top down. www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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KEZIA MURPHY HUMAN RESOURCES ADVISOR

As a 3rd generation employee of the Kingsport Mill, following the path of her father and grandfather, Kezia understands the importance of building the next generation of advanced manufacturers. Kezia’s main focus on the job is to create sustainable human resources systems aligned with the organization’s values. Her broad experience encompasses human resources, training safety and project management. She is glad to be with a company that allows her to live by her personal values on a daily basis. “I can serve so many people and that gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact in their lives.”

DEBBIE COOPER ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER

Prior to joining the Domtar family in 2014, Debbie had gained 20 years’ worth of experience in the pulp and paper industry. Her industry experience led to the opportunity to fill the position of Environmental Engineer – focusing on air regulations at the Kingsport Mill. This role involves monitoring emission sources, reporting, and implementing any relevant regulation changes. Debbie’s determination makes her an incredible asset to the company. “Becoming an Environmental Engineer with Domtar was a big career change for me. Learning regulations and the job requirements was quite a challenge. However, this is what I love most about my job – facing new challenges and the feeling of accomplishment when I’ve made a difference.”

KIM CODY STORES MANAGER

Of Kim’s 30 years at the Kingsport Mill, she has spent 19 years perfecting her skill in the stores department. Kim has been involved in every aspect of the department, from working with spare parts, store clerks and employees in the field, to collaborating with vendors and buyers. Managing the spare parts that are used to keep the mill running is a job that requires much attention and research. Kim’s job never gets old as her environment is ever-changing. “I really love that each day brings a new challenge. I get to do detective work and troubleshoot to come up with solutions to issues. It makes each day interesting.”

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SELINA HALL

QUALITY AND SHIPPING SUPERVISOR With 14 years’ worth of manufacturing experience, Selina leads the quality division to ensure paper excellence and customer satisfaction. She is in charge of auditing quality objectives and provides input and guidance on best practice strategies to maintain acceptable product quality and process stability. “I love Domtar because it’s like a family. Everybody knows each other and is willing to help one another. They are a leader in the community and allow us to be leaders as well.”

LORI STARNES IT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

Lori’s 27 years at the Kingsport Mill has taken her from an hourly employee in the field, to a stores clerk, and then to Information Technology in 1998. As Domtar’s IT manager, Lori has the opportunity to interact with employees throughout the plant and enjoys leading her team in finding IT solutions that improve productivity. Lori’s passion for IT grows with its dynamic landscape. She is excited to see what technology will have to offer in the future. “As a woman in the field of technology, my hope is that girls will believe that they too can achieve success in STEM industries (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The opportunities for women in these fields are endless, and I am encouraged to see that STEM classes are growing in popularity with girls.”

BONNIE DEPEW ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR

Bonnie has worn many hats during her 26 year career at the Kingsport Mill. Entering the mill as a Process Engineer and Supervisor for one of the paper machines and then as Maintenance Coordinator in the Recovery and Utilities area, she now holds the position of Environmental Coordinator - focusing on environmental sustainability. Bonnie ensures that the mill meets environmental compliance standards and works every day to minimize the mill’s solid and water wastes. “The best part of my job is that I am able to interact with people across the entire mill - coaching them on best practices to reduce our environmental impact. Our people are our greatest asset.”

Congratulations Kezia, Debbie, Kim,Selina, Lori & Bonnie!


STORY BY LARK ADAMS

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ ASPIRE FINANCIAL

Growing up in Southwest Virginia, all that Amy Edwards knew of savings was the traditional passbook account available through her local bank. When she went to college, (at age 16!) she started to learn about all the options out there that allow people to make their money ‘work’ for them. She learned that investment vehicles like stocks and bonds allow you to get a greater return on your money than with traditional savings accounts. For over 17 years, Amy has acted as a fiduciary in the financial industry and decided to launch Aspire Financial in 2016 to give clients service in the way that feels most comfortable to her. She likes to look at a client’s comprehensive financial picture instead of just working to sell them a specific product. She enjoys working with clients to put a plan in place that allows them to achieve their financial goals in the timeframe they want by using strategic methods.

and assisting them in setting up their goals. Education is also key, and is one of Amy’s favorite aspects of her job. “With education, you make better decisions, and these decisions can have long-lasting impact,” she says. Amy feels it is important for clients to have a good understanding of the various strategies available to them. Most bad financial decisions come from not having a good understanding of how a particular decision can impact one’s financial future.

“Oftentimes, people feel they have to chase a specific number they have in their head to achieve a long-term goal such as retirement, but that number may not be accurate based on their desired lifestyle,” says Amy.

One of the things in her own personal education that Amy is extremely proud of is her designation of Master Planner Advanced Studies™. She is the only advisor in the Tri Cities to hold this designation. She also has a Masters of Science in Personal Financial Planning along with other professional designations. The financial world is constantly changing, and Amy feels education is the best way for her to stay knowledgeable about the best tools and resources available to her clients.

“In today’s society, people can spend more time in retirement than they did working. We look at all of their assets and liabilities, and project what their income needs will be. We also talk about the best timeframe to take Social Security, and how to react when markets change. We try to have a long-range approach so its more about making adjustments to a plan of action, not throwing out the baby with the bathwater.” “There is also a bit of psychology in my career,” remarks Amy. “If I am working with a couple, chances are one of them is more financially inclined than the other. Very often I will use analogies to explain situations in plain terms that both people can easily understand.” Amy approaches her financial coaching with a faithbased attitude. She has a passion for helping people 26

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When asked about what misconceptions people may have about working with a financial advisor, Amy points out that unlike a lot of other financial advisors, Aspire Financial does not require account minimums for their clients. In this way, younger people can get started saving at a point in life when they have a long time to plan and need to figure out how to make their assets last throughout their lifetime. Likewise, it is never too late to start saving, and if retirement is close for a client, Amy works to maximize what is available to be earmarked for retirement and the best way to distribute assets throughout the entire retirement period.


I love what I do and it is my desire to help clients grow and protect their wealth so they can enjoy retirement.

And since every family looks different, every plan has to be different and customized to the client. Today, people who are considered middle-aged can find themselves in what is being called the ‘Sandwich Generation.’ These are people who find themselves caring for aging parents while supporting their own children, often through the child’s college experiences. Things can become even more complicated if that care of aging parents has to be done from a long distance.

Regardless of a client’s situation, Amy Edwards hopes that she can help make financial decisions easier and more enjoyable for people. Managing your hardearned savings should be a fun part of life, and working with an expert like Amy can really payoff in the long run.

Office: (423) 530-7788 | Fax: (423) 530-7888 2025 Meadowview Parkway, Suite 100| Kingsport, TN 37660

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Power Women STORY BY GEORGE EMERSON

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SHERYLL HANKS

PARALEGAL, KLEIN & ASSOCIATES

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Hanks works hard every day to be the best “her” she can be; a way of thinking that she credits to her Midwestern upbringing and the love and attention of her parents. “My parents taught me how to think for myself and work with my hands. Mom taught me how to sew, and by sew, I mean, I made my own clothes. And she taught me how to, uh, cook. In addition to being my softball coach, Dad taught me how to change the oil and tires on my cars, and build and ride motorcycles. There were a few occasions where I was the only one, in a car full of girls, able to change a flat tire. Dad wanted me to be independent.” She has continued to build upon those early learned ideas and skills, and appears to have passed them along to her children. “I have the pleasure of being the mother of three, wonderful, grown sons. It seems I have shared a bit of myself with each of them. I have one who likes to build and ride motorcycles, and one who likes to work on cars. My youngest enjoys athletics, having played football early in college and wrapping up his college career at ETSU’s Eddie Reed Ranger School.” It seems fitting in many ways that Hanks ended up having three sons since she was raised with three brothers and a lot of male cousins. “I played in the woods, swam in snake-infested ponds, rode horses, fished, rode motorcycles, and was

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basically, one of the boys. There was a time, when I thought I wanted to be a motocross racer.” She doesn’t swim in snake-infested ponds anymore. Instead her summer evenings are spent at Johnson City Cardinals baseball games. “I love St. Louis Cardinals Baseball. Imagine our surprise to find that we had relocated our family from St. Louis, Missouri, to the home of the Johnson City Cardinals. I am a regular at the Johnson City games, enjoying the sport, atmosphere and way too many hot dogs.” Ask Sheryll Hanks about being featured in the VIPSEEN Power Women issue and the subject makes her a bit uncomfortable. However, with some encouragement from her sons, and a couple of close friends, she realizes how much she has accomplished and how she can help others. “I feel the responsibility I have and I recognize and appreciate the opportunity presented to me. I do feel that I have grown as a professional. I was a stay at home mom for twenty years and I only re-entered the business world about twelve years ago. I have made great strides on my own in this later stage of my life and have accomplished a lot in this ‘short’ amount of time. There were a few years, where I was working full time, going to college full time, and had three kids at home.” Hanks remembers days when she wanted to


Be your personal and professional best at all times. Show respect and kindness to all you come in contact with. skip a class to get rest for work, or stay home a day from work to put attention to a class project, or skip work and school for a day to spend with her boys. “As a parent, though, I felt I needed to set a good example and my boys were very supportive of my efforts to better myself. No matter what I accomplish as a business professional, being a stay at home mom will always be the smartest career move I ever made.” When she is not attending a sporting event, Sheryll is a season ticket holder for ETSU baseball, basketball, and football; Hanks can be found helping clients with Estate Planning, among other things, at Klein & Associates in Johnson City. Her ability to adapt to different situations has served her well in life thus far and it is a skill that she has used to help the clients that come through her door. “When I was first hired as a paralegal, I was told that I

would not have a lot of direct interaction with our clients, which I admit, was a bit of a letdown. I enjoy working with people. Over the years, however, my role at the firm has developed into one focused on providing our clients with an attentive and personalized approach to their estate planning. I have the privilege of working directly with our clients along with their other trusted advisers, their bankers, insurance agents, and investment advisers, to effectively facilitate the funding of their living trusts. I really enjoy what I do because I am able to build strong personal/ working relationships and trust with our clients. I consider it a privilege to help our clients preserve and pass along their legacies that they have worked so hard throughout their lives to build.” Her work is integral to the daily business of the law office and Hanks is considering returning to school in order to further her education: a dream that she once wouldn’t imagine following. “At first, I was just happy to have the one degree finished but now that my sons are out on their own, I can see myself taking my education to the next level.” Asked about her business and Sheryll is quick to speak about how one presents his/herself in both their personal and business lives. “Be your personal and professional best at all times. Show respect and kindness to all you come in contact with.” www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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KRISTI HAULSEE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND AIR SERVICE DEVELOPMENT, TRI-CITIES AIRPORT Tri-Cities Airport (TRI), the gateway to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, is an important and growing part of our region’s landscape. Whether for business or leisure, TRI serves a vital role in making the beauty of our Appalachian home accessible to the outside world. Kristi Haulsee, the airport’s Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, is a vital player in the game to keep the airport growing and our region thriving.

With more than twenty years’ experience in communications, marketing and business development, Kristi was the natural frontrunner when the airport found itself in need of a new team member in 2015. Kristi’s determined work ethic, friendly yet assertive KRISTI HAULSEE IN FRONT OF L.C. KING MANUFACTURING IN BRISTOL, TN. personality and exceptional proclivity for teamwork have helped her redefine what Kristi’s efforts don’t stop at business development. marketing the airport means. Thanks, in large She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the part, to Kristi’s efforts, new air service and continued Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Board economic success are on the horizon for TRI. of Directors and Communication Committee of the United Way of Bristol. Kristi said, “Helping those in On a daily basis, Kristi wears a multitude of hats: promoting a positive image for the airport, increasing need is important to me and, I think, to many people in our area. We live in this unique place where local awareness of the brand and fighting diligently Southern hospitality and taking care of others are to bring new flights and new destinations to TRI. All both very highly valued. It is so important to me that of Kristi’s duties have one thing in common, their success, and the success of the airport, will ultimately we show those traits to the rest of the world.” result in growth for our region as travel to and from Not only is Kristi a Power Woman, she is working the Tri-Cities increases. Kristi told VIPSEEN, “I have this to empower women everywhere she goes. As a vision of realizing the potential the airport has and member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA, Kristi transforming that into success and development for fights to improve the quality of life for women and our businesses and regional economy.” girls in Bristol and the surrounding areas. While living in Chattanooga, Kristi served as a board member for After spending two years employed by the City of Bristol, Tennessee and six years serving the Kingsport Girls Inc. and the Coalition Against Community and Domestic Violence. Kristi’s remarkable commitment Area Chamber of Commerce, with three years in to bettering Northeast Tennessee and Southwest the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, there Virginia is second only to her dedication to its people is no question that Kristi is dedicated to the success and the organizations which benefit them. of our region.

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KRISTI AND HUSBAND SCOTT TAKE A BREAK FROM THEIR WORK IN NICARAGUA FOR A QUICK PHOTO

After being at Tri-Cities Airport for only a year, Kristi Haulsee has already made a tremendous difference in the way the airport is represented in the community. With such a transformation in a relatively brief period, we have nothing but success to look forward to as long as this Power Woman sits at the helm of TRI’s marketing and development.

KRISTI POSES WITH HER ALMA MATER MASCOT, YOSEF, AT APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

We live in this unique place where Southern hospitality and taking care of others are both very highly valued.


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BARBARA HAUN CO-OWNER, KINGSPORT ARMATURE & ELECTRIC COMPANY INC.

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arbara Haun has been co-owner, with her husband, for the past thirty-five years, of Kingsport Armature & Electric Company Inc. In that time, one might assume that she has done it all and seen it all and that she is tiring of the business, but that could not be further from the truth. “I love my work. I look forward to going into the office and working with a great group of people that have the same passion as I do. We have wonderful working relationships that are carried on away from work as friendships. This work is never boring!” The business itself has a longer and more storied history that involves those who came before Barbara and her husband became owners. “We are a fourth generation familyowned Electrical contracting company that was bought by my husband’s grandfather, Mack Haun; a businessman in Kingsport during the 20s, 30s, and early 40s. Paul Haun, my father in-law, owned and ran the business until his death.” Kingsport Armature & Electric Company Inc., it is safe to say, is a permanent fixture in the Kingsport area even though it almost didn’t continue on as so. “At one time, we were ready to move on from the area. Jim, my husband, was enrolled in law school and we planned

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to move to Nashville where I would be closer to my family who were in the farming business south of the city. There was something that kept nagging me though and I couldn’t quit thinking that I wanted to work in a that I could to build the way I knew in my heart Paul Haun would want Jim and I to do.” The road has not been easy, but it has been successful both in business and life. The Hauns took over Jim’s family’s dairy farm soon after the electrical business so Barbara and her husband Jim spent many years being busy and learning on the go. “We certainly had to learn the meaning of multi-task! I managed the farms the livestock and the dairy and was never afraid to get my hands dirty. And I could still go to the office and do pay roll.” When her son Paul was born, Barbara used the time to stay home with her son until he was school aged and she started back at the electrical company. “I have been Corporate Secretary/Treasurer and


Another one of my most and fulfilling jobs are my pets; most of which are all rescued.

Office Administrator for nearly forty years and have loved every minute of it. I helped make Kingsport Armature & Electric Company Inc. the oldest electrical contracting company in upper East Tennessee.” Her love of people means that Haun has never met a stranger and her ability to “get her hands dirty” means that she has become a permanent staple in the volunteering community. For the past four years she has served on the CASA for Kids Board, which serves Kingsport, Bristol, Sullivan, and Hawkins counties. The annual Red Shoe Gala is a large fundraiser for CASA and, although CASA has several fundraisers each year, the Red Shoe Gala is by far the biggest for the non-profit. When she is not helping to run a successful electrical contracting company, livestock farm, secondar y home and family farm, or helping kids through CASA, Barbara Haun can be found spending time with the many animals she has helped to rescue. “Another one of my most fulfilling jobs is my pets; many of

which are rescued. I have loved ever y one of them and could spend all my spare time caring for them including my 7-year-old red rooster Ralphie.” No one will likely find Barbara sitting around with her feet up since on top of ever ything she does she finds time to eat, sleep, and shop for antiques. “ When I can get away I always love to shop for fine antiques and art. It has been a real learning experience and an exciting hobby. I just hope my granddaughter will enjoy it as much as I do. She has traveled for and wide with me in search for great pieces.” Barbara’s parents instilled in her, from an early age, the importance of honesty, respect, and following the golden rule: lessons that she hopes to pass on to those she meets. “Life,” Haun tells me, “is what you make of it. Do what you love and love what you do!” Sage advice from someone who has certainly done a lot and has loved every minute of it. www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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Power Women STORY BY JENNIFER ARES

VIPSEEN EXCLUSIVE

KAREN HESTER

OWNER, CRANBERRY LANE & THE SOUTHERN CHURN

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aren Hester is still guided in life by her 98-year-old father; a man who grew up a sharecropper in Southern Georgia and only finished fourth grade. “My dad has been my main inspiration in life. He knew what hard work was and he instilled that in me.” Hester’s father might have only a fourth grade education, but he has opened and successfully run many businesses: a feat amazing in and of itself. Says Karen of her father, “he continues to teach and guide our family.” Aside from a strong father figure, Hester grew up in a tight knit family that included five brothers and sisters and, although technically she is a middle child, she considers herself, “number one!” Karen found her entrepreneurial spirit early on working along side her father selling his homegrown tomatoes. “At age ten I was working with my father selling produce, but by fifteen I had my own lawn care business and during high school I delivered the Bristol Herald Courier and was the night manager at a local Burger King. Dad and I eventually opened a BBQ & Catering business that we operated for 18 years in Marion, VA. We catered all across Southwest Virginia and catered parties with

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as many as 10,000 people in attendance. Everyone around knew our family throughout the community for the Famous Hester’s BBQ.” To say that running a business is in her blood would most certainly be an accurate summation of Hester, but not a complete one since she does much more these days than simply “run a business.” She is, among other things, devoted to restoring downtown Bristol and historically preserving the past that she and so many others grew up with. “I am passionate about historic preservation and have used this platform to leave my mark on Bristol for generations to come. I have preserved three buildings to their historical glory and in the process six residential lofts. My favorite part of the process is working to make downtown Bristol a place for others to enjoy.” Hester, when not restoring buildings, can be found handling the other irons that she has in the fire. “I always wanted to be a judge or lawyer growing up, but what I do today gives me so much joy that I can’t imagine not doing what I do. When people come into Cranberry Lane or the Southern Churn it pleases my heart. The best is when customers come in after having a bad day and I see them light up: knowing that visiting our stores puts them in a good mood is worth all the hard work.” Being financially independent is something


that helps to fuel Hester’s passion for working so hard at so many different tasks. “Growing up I had everything I needed, but not always everything I wanted,” and it was this desire to be able to have what she wanted that has kept her going. Don’t count her in the numbers of those who only have money on the brain, though, because owning businesses and working is not just about personal gain for Karen Hester. “Making business connections is so integral to being successful and this is best done by making personal connections. Talk to people. I always make sure to make my customers first and I put them first by listening intently to what they say. I understand that I have to be adaptable and willing to change and change only comes through listening.” What she has in store for the future is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure, Karen will dive feet first into whatever project she has coming up next. “You never know when I might

open my next business since I am always looking for my next opportunity. I fulfilled my dream of getting my MBA, but I would love to work on expanding KarMon Enterprises; my real estate development company.” The fact that she looks to find the silver lining in every situation certainly helps Hester to keep a positive outlook on life and provides her the ability to see a plus where others might see a minus. “I have been in just about every business position possible from the bottom to middle management to the top and if I have learned one thing it is to adapt. What worked two years ago might not work today and staying stuck in a rut is a surefire business killer.” The world is certainly changing at break-neck speed, but don’t think for a minute Karen Hester to be one of those left behind: you can find her out front leading the pack.


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STORY BY LUCY HONEYCHURCH

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CATHERINE MARCUM

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atherine Marcum had two clear events happen in her youth that ended up shaping who she has become and what she does. The first was the realization that her sister, Elizabeth O’Dell, had special needs that required close supervision and medication. “From the time I was small I understood that she had to take numerous medications. I always wanted to know what the medications were for, how they would help her, and why were they necessary. I wanted to understand why her physician prescribed these medications and how Elizabeth would benefit from them.” The next event was one that irrevocably shaped Catherine’s life and set her on the path toward the caring of others. “The second profound influence occurred when I was about ten years old and a tragic car accident took the life of my mother. She was sitting in traffic when a man driving a truck slipped into a diabetic induced unconsciousness and hit her car. This incident taught me the importance of the correct use of medications and it furthered my desire to help inform patients to possibly prevent such an event from occurring again.” Years later, informing patients and helping them understand the proper use of medication is exactly what Marcum does on a daily basis. “Knowing that I can improve the quality of life for patients, family members and caregivers by providing education and medication support services is something that I take very seriously. Seeing a patient’s health improve, calming their fears about side effects, answering their questions about how

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their medications are the aspects of the job that keep me motivated to continue in what I do.” Catherine and her husband Colton took over Marcum’s Pharmacy in 2010 and have worked hard to maintain the strength of the Marcum name. “Never having owned any sort of business has been a huge obstacle to overcome. My husband and I figured out early on that owning a business was a huge learning curve. We have just tried to keep ourselves teachable, learn that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and have come to realize that owning a business, like life, is a lot of trial and error. Some things are hugely successful, some of them not so much, but you just keep moving forward, keep working, and eventually things begin to click.” Having things click for Catherine Marcum has meant understanding that the patients who walk through her door are the sole reason she comes to work and does what she does. “Owning an independent pharmacy means getting close to those we serve. We know who got married, who just had a grandbaby, and who is graduating. Frequently, patients are seeing us right after a trip to the doctor or the hospital so that means having


the opportunity to share with them in their sorrows and joys. Holding their hand when they just found out they have cancer, letting them know that they will be in our thoughts and prayers, and rejoicing with them when a scan comes back clear: each of those moments is one we cherish.” She rests easy in the fact that those at Marcum Pharmacy know that caring for patients the way they do means that those patients will return since the know they quality of care is genuine. Aside from running the pharmacy with her husband, Catherine is most happy spending time outside of work with her spouse and their two children. The time away is a welcome sojourn from the daily chores associated with both owning and growing a business. “We have plans to expand and, since taking over in 2010, we have become a nationally accredited compounding

pharmacy. Through this we strive to meet our customers individual needs. Compounding pain gels, a variety of creams and medications, we even take care of the family pet. Additionally we have added Medication Adherence packaging and reporting, Medication Therapy Management, and Med Sync to improve compliance to name a few. Our goal is to continue the same historic above and beyond care Marcum’s Pharmacy’s reputation was built on.” Her greatest desire in life is one that has both something and nothing to do with the pharmacy business at all: her children. “I hope to encourage them that they can do or be anything they set their mind to. I want them to be confident, but I always want them to remember to be humble.” Here’s hoping that Catherine Marcum will find her greatest desire, but something tells me that she’s not far from reaching her goal.


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JULIE NEWMAN ANCHOR, NEWS 5 WCYB

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ulie Newman is persistent. And it is that persistence, one of her many driving forces, that she credits with getting her where she is today. “If I had not pushed for my first job interview, I would be dreaming about a career in the news business, rather than living that dream. I believe success is about the decisions you make, not just in your career, but also in your life.” Like most of us, Newman figured out what she wanted to do when she was a college student. A public speaking class at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia sparked something in the sophomore. “I watched so many of my classmates struggle with anxiety about standing up and speaking in front of a crowd. But it came so easily to me! And I knew right away I wanted to be a reporter.” Julie Newman, fresh with the knowledge of what she wanted to do, now had to carve her own path; not an easy task.

But Newman had no idea how to turn her dream into a reality. How does one become a reporter? How does one get started in television news? “I was internalizing these questions when one of my professors pulled me into an impromptu meeting and said, ‘Julie, what do you want to do with your life?’” She told the professor her story, and then he made a call that would change the young woman’s life. “He picked up the phone and called the local ABC affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia and spoke with the executive producer.” He said, “I have a student eager to learn more about the news business. Can she shadow one of your reporters for a day?” She spent the next Friday following around a reporter, covering a fire and watching a live report. It ignited a fire in Newman that still burns today. From there she applied for a job in the production department. “I wanted to get my foot in the door, so I applied for a job as a production assistant in a top 40 market, even though I had not finished my degree.” But the interview did not go off without a hitch: a few actually. Persistence, again, was the deciding factor in helping Julie out when all else seemed to fail. “I was granted an interview, but the manager cancelled on me. So we rescheduled and he cancelled again. I called him back and said, ‘I can meet you anytime, at your convenience, even with little notice. I can do this job and I will work harder than anyone, if you give me a chance.’” The manager offered Newman the job, but it came with a warning, “Don’t make me regret this,” he said. So she set about doing everything she could to show her worth. 40

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Moxie, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is “force of character, determination, or nerve” and moxie is certainly a characteristic that defines Julie Newman. “I became the go-to girl. I was eager and helpful at every turn. I was promoted three times and earned the opportunity to cover some stories on the weekends. Three years later, I turned in my resignation to move to New York with my fiancé. But, to this day, one of my proudest moments was when he told me I was one of the best hires he had ever made and said, ‘If I could hire a thousand ‘Julies’, I would.’” The move to New York proved fruitful on several fronts. Newman was able to get a job as a reporter, was soon promoted to anchor, and eventually managing editor. She married and had her first child. A move back to Roanoke to be near family, a second child later, and Julie was ready to dive back into her career. “I went to work at the PBS station that served the Tri-Cities. I was producing documentaries and interviewing A-list celebrities like Brad Paisley, Jane Seymour, and Phil Donahue. It was exciting work that earned me 15 national, regional, and statewide awards; including four


Emmys. The newsroom was calling me back, though, and I accepted the anchor job at News 5 WCYB. Once news is in your blood, you can never shake it! There is nothing like the atmosphere of a newsroom. The pace, the urgency, the comradery. Every day is different. If there is a stack of papers on your desk, it is literally yesterday’s news. I like telling stories, getting to the bottom of things.” Julie realizes that persistence has helped her, but she also acknowledges that hard work has gone a long way to getting her where she is today. Newman advises anyone wanting to be successful to not be afraid of starting from the bottom and working his/her way up by, “paying your dues without complaining, and soaking up every bit of learning available to you.” So much of where she is now is because Julie was willing to listen to those who had been there before her, but listening and learning can be

done in more ways than one. “My mother taught me that you have to make time to give back. We took in foster children throughout most of my childhood. My mom volunteered for the American Heart Association, and the Little Sisters of the Poor. She got me involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters when my dad died and she took me with her to deliver meals to shut-ins.” These lessons, and those she has learned on her own, are just some of the things that Julie Newman hopes to pass on to her two children. She is a firm believer that we should all, “be kind, be compassionate, and be gracious. If you are not, others will see through it; your friends, your colleagues and especially your viewers.” It is comforting to know that in a world where so much is difficult to ascertain as true or false, that there are those who still believe in - and practice - such open honesty.


Power Women STORY BY GEORGE EMERSON

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JENNIFER OWEN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CAPITAL BANK Jennifer Owen was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia population 18,704. Tucked in the north central hills of the state, Fairmont is a small town where Jennifer formed strong community ties at an early age. “My parents emphasized the importance of education, a strong work ethic, and having a generous heart in everything I did. I have always been active in the communities where I have lived, and giving back is part of my nature. Fortunately, I found a career that ties all of this together.” The desire to work closely with others lead Jennifer into a career in commercial banking, and her teamwork attitude spills over into her everyday life. Owen serves our community through organizations such as Munsey Church, the YWCA of Bristol, The Crumley House, and chamber programs such as Leadership Kingsport. She learned at an early age that hard work and life-long learning are the keys to continued success.

Shortly after graduating from college, my Uncle – a commercial banking executive – suggested that I consider a finance program at Wake Forest University to learn more about commercial banking. “When I realized that I could pair my love for education, teamwork, and giving back to my community with financing growth and expansion, I knew I had found my calling.” Owen graduated magna cum laude in just three years from Marshall University with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Communication). She was, at the time, the youngest student ever - at just nineteen - elected as Student Body President. Following her brief but impactful time at Marshall University, Owen relocated to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for banking school; then Charleston, West Virginia as a credit analyst; Huntington, West Virginia as a small business banker; Roanoke, Virginia as 42

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“My grandparents had a furniture & flooring store, a ladies dress shop, and a family restaurant. I remember helping out in the summers – folding clothes, serving milkshakes, or talking to customers. The importance of small businesses to our economy, and the value of loyal relationships and strong customer service, peaked my interest in the world of finance.”


“We are so thankful that God brought us to East Tennessee. When Landon interviewed for the position at BMS, we visited the Tri-Cities for the very first time and it immediately felt like home. We knew this was where we were called to be. We are so thankful for the village of people that welcomed us with open arms!” Owen now serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Capital Bank Corporation. This is quite an achievement at such a young age, but it didn’t happen by mistake. When asked if she could offer advice to those who are starting out or even those who are pros in the business world, Jennifer has one piece of advice that rises above the rest; “From commercial lending to healthcare to manufacturing to real estate development, ever y single industr y I work with relies on a team – and I love being a valuable member of each unique one. It is impossible to be an expert in ever ything, but we all have strengths to bring to the table. Success is a collaborative effort!” She understands that no one person gets where he/she is simply by “going it alone.” Community

a commercial lender; and New Brunswick, New Jersey for career advancement opportunities in commercial lending and major gift development. It was only after her husband, Landon, was hired on with Bristol Motor Speedway that she found herself in East Tennessee.

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From commercial lending to healthcare to manufacturing to real estate development, every single industry I work with relies on a team – and I love being a valuable member of each unique one. is a large part of her life and it is easy to see why. Aside from spending time with her husband and son, her list of fun things to do involves others. “Happiness is exploring downtown with my boys, supporting local non-profit events, spending time in fellowship with my “Girlfriends in God” small group at Munsey Church, and working out with the “5:30am crew ” at Underground Fitness.”

Owen understands that the Internet has helped to shrink the world that once seemed so vast and large, but the Internet shouldn’t be the only way to communicate. “Social media is a great way to stay engaged with people, places and things that interest us; however, effectively communicating face to face and building relationships with our neighbors is an art that will never be replaced.” Truer words have never been spoken -- and Jennifer doesn’t just talk about building relationships, she clearly makes it a priority. www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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octors Brenda Crowder, M.D. and Jeffrey Hinton, M.D. are proud to offer CoolSculpting at their practice, Johnson City Ob Gyn Associates, in Johnson City, Tennessee. They have been providing quality care for women in the Tri-Cities for over 20 years. They have always had a passion for medicine and the health and well being of women and wanted to introduce them to this revolutionary body contouring treatment at their practice. They offer a comfortable and inviting atmosphere in which to reduce fat without surgery or downtime. The CoolSculpting treatment is not a surgical procedure. No needles, no knives, no anesthesia. The worst thing about it is possibly the gel pad placed to protect the skin during treatment- it is similar to a cold, wet, wash cloth. The cold feeling is overcome quickly as an applicator is placed on the treatment area and vacuum pressure is applied to draw the treatment area into it. A slight pulling sensation may be felt during the application process. The patient is then allowed to get into a comfortable position using pillows before the procedure is started. Once the cooling is initiated, movement is restricted to a minimum. Patients are welcome to bring their phones, ipads, or electronic devices and connect to our wiďŹ to use during the treatment. Patients may eat and drink during the treatment. Some patients prefer to disconnect from their busy schedule and may even take a nap. After the cycle has been completed a two minute massage is administered to the area. Cycles

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ELIMINATE STUBBORN FAT without surgery or downtime. may be performed on the desired treatment areas on the same day or over the course of a month. Photos are taken prior to treatment and then again at the follow up appointment. CoolSculpting is the first and only FDA-cleared, non-surgical treatment used to eliminate stubborn fat using cold technology. There have been over 4 million treatments performed worldwide in 80 different countries. It is used on areas such as the abdomen, flanks (love handles), double chin, bra fat, and inner and outer thighs. The crystallized fat cells are naturally eliminated from your body. Eliminated fat is gone for good. Physical activity is not restricted after treatment. Patients may start to see results in as early as three weeks and will experience the most dramatic results between one and three months. Women are strong, compassionate, mulit-taskers who often neglect themselves, not because they don’t care, but because they put others first. Women focus on their careers, their family, their friends. Women are beautiful. Each curve is amazing and should be appreciated. As women post pictures of themselves

to social media, however, they tend to notice areas that they have an issue with - even if no one else sees it. Women are very judgemental of their own body. Even the slimmest, tightest, most athletic woman, if you ask her, has an area she doesn’t like, or at least wishes she could change. For many women, cosmetic surgery such as liposuction isn’s an option because they are simply too busy and can’t take time for the recovery. CoolSculpting offers an opportunity for them to feel better in, and out, of their clothes. It is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Men may also consider Coolsculpting and are welcome at our practice. Treatment may be considered on belly fat, love handles and chin. Men can have amazing transformative results as well.

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DREAMA PARSONS ACCUFORCE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER As a young girl, Dreama Parsons was inspired by her parents to be the person she is today. She was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home that had Christian values. Her parents instilled in both her and her brother that any job you do is worth doing right and to do it to the best of your ability. This advice has carried Parsons through struggles such as the devastating loss of the CEO, Larry Nunley. “We as a team, chose to pull together and fight for AccuForce to survive and thrive and after twenty years we have done just that.” AccuForce is a company that, started in 1997, has grown into a powerhouse in the staffing world. The company was inducted into the Inc. 500 in 2003 as one of the fastest growing companies.

“I must say being a leader has changed me, it has made me a much stronger person. I have also realized that being a leader means my decisions don’t just impact me but all the people on my team. Being responsible for so many individuals and their livelihoods means that I have spent many sleepless nights praying that the Lord would help me make the best decisions.” Parsons faith is integral in her decision making and the values taught to her by her parents and guiding principles she still follows today. Dreama is quick to admit that she hasn’t gotten to where she is today all alone. There have been many people along side her that has helped in her success today. She is married to her best friend, Donnie Parsons who has been ver y supportive over years in her career allowing her to do what she loves. They share their life with an AMAZING little girl Adrianna Lynn who keeps them young at heart. Also the support from the staff, prayer and determination, along with extensive training and education, have all been integral in helping her reach her goals in life. Dreama is passionate about developing her team, watching AccuForce grow as a company and 46

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The support from my staff, prayer and determination, along with extensive education and training, have all been integral in helping me to reach my goals in life.

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helping others to be successful. When they succeed both professionally and financially it excites her and puts a smile on her face. These are just a few things that Dreama loves about her position at AccuForce. She empowers her team to run any branch of AccuForce as if it were his/her own. She believes this has contributed to the company ’s success today. Her advice to those around her and to the next generation of business associates is to never

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give up on your dream. You must work hard for your successes by setting goals, having patience, and being respectful to others. “Strive to be the best you can be and good things will come.” Dreama Parsons is far from done and when asked if she feels like she’s arrived her answer is a resounding no. “I’ve got so much more to give, do, and achieve. We’re excited to see what she does next.

Larry and Alice Nunley founded AccuForce in 1997 and quickly took the company to number 270 on the Inc 500, which was their second staffing company to attain that achievement. Mr. Nunley passed away in August of 2013 leaving Dreama Parsons as head of the company. His son Tyler Nunley, will continue the AccuForce legacy.

“Proudly Servicing TN, VA, NC, SC, FL, TX, IA and PA since 1997”


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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – INDIAN PATH MEDICAL CENTER

STORIES BY LUCY HONEYCHURCH

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LORI PAYNE

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ori Newberry Payne has a favorite quote from John Maxwell that states, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Payne starts everyday with this thought in her head and uses it to head out into the world, ready to tackle whatever may come her way with the sole intent of helping others. Lori was always fascinated by accounting and knew from an early age what she wanted to do, so finding a way to marry accounting and helping others is a terrific position for her to be in. “I love helping both individuals and groups of people find the most cost effective ways to provide healthcare, because it is the patient and the community who will benefit the most. Using my accounting skills to do this brings me a great deal of joy.”

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When she was growing up, Payne says that her father was an inspiration to her and that he taught her and her siblings to, “never do anything half-way and to always work beyond what was expected of us.” Words she still lives by today in continuing to work toward the many goals that she has set for herself. Lori is currently serving as Treasurer on the Kingsport Chamber Foundation Board. She has served on the United Way Board of Directors and chairman of the Kingsport City Visitors Bureau during the past few years.

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“I consider it an honor to be a team member at Indian Path Medical Center. I am always looking to grow and to learn and I don’t think I will ever feel like ‘I’ve made it’ because my desire is to always learn.” Aside from working at Indian Path, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, fiancé Rob Arnold, daughter Austin Payne and soon to be stepson Tyler Arnold. When asked about her daughter, Lori is quick to sing the college volleyball player’s praises. “She is the apple of my eye! She drives me to be the best everything. The best mother, partner, community leader, servant of God, and the best all-around person I can be.” It is clear that Lori Newberry Payne is a lucky woman who uses her blessings for the betterment of others. “I am always looking to help. My best practices are treat others the way I would want to be treated, to be honest, respectful, compassionate, and, above all, to be part of the solution and never the problem.”


LISA WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR OF PHYSICIAN INTEGRATION – INDIAN PATH MEDICAL CENTER

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isa Williams was influenced at an early age to work hard and dream big. Although her mother did not attend college, Nana, as she is lovingly referred to now, wanted Lisa to value education and maximize every opportunity to pursue her career goals and achieve them. And to this day, Nana, at 84 years old, continues to inspire Lisa with her endless energy and passion for life. Fast forward to 2017, Lisa works as the Director of Physician Integration at Indian Path Medical Center (IPMC), where a large part of her work is focused on working with physicians and recruiting new physicians to provide healthcare in the Kingsport community. She says, “It is a great feeling when potential candidates come in for a visit and are amazed by both the opportunities and beauty of the region. I feel honored to be a part of sharing our community and possibly leading talented individuals to choose our community as their new home and place to practice medicine.”

When asked about her own leadership styles, Williams is quick to comment that it is those around her who are the real leaders. “I have been fortunate to be mentored by a true servant leader in Monty McLaurin, our CEO. Just as the description implies, a servant leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform at their highest level. Monty gave me the opportunity to grow in my career, pushing me out of my comfort zone, from learning new leadership skills to becoming a more confident decision maker. The healthcare industry is an ever-changing environment and we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to help our community when they are sick and encourage them to be well. From my roots as a Registered Nurse to the Director position I hold today, I am grateful for the opportunities to serve and lead, with the hope that I make a difference in our community.” As for community involvement, Lisa has been active in a variety of Kingsport initiatives including Funfest and Downtown Kingsport Association. She is excited to soon step in to the role as Chairman of the 2018 Funfest committee and upcoming president of Downtown Kingsport Association later this year. Lisa’s excitement to see IPMC and Kingsport be all they can be and her energy to make it happen, come from an inspiration centered at the heart of her family. Williams is married to a wonderful man, Michael, who you will see working right beside her at many of the community events. Their daughter, Emmy, is an inspiration to them both. Williams adds, “She is smart, beautiful and passionate about her beliefs with a true sense of self. I hope my zest to help strengthen my community, both in health and happiness, can be an inspiration to Emmy and other women to be passionate, work hard and take advantage of every opportunity they are given to make a difference in the world.” 49


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BEVERLEY PERDUE PRESIDENT, DKA

Beverley Perdue’s first job was working as a part-time cashier at the local A&P Grocery that her father managed. She discovered, at the job, her love of numbers and her love of interacting with people. “There were no barcodes and every price had to be punched in manually and our register had to be balanced at the end of every shift.” As important as that first job was, however, perhaps more important was the support from her mother and sisters and some sage advice that she follows still today. “My mother always said, ‘dress for the job you want and not for the one you have’”. Perdue’s mother was adamant that she and her sisters get a college degree and, not one to want to disappoint mom, Beverley lived up to that aspiration despite getting married at eighteen. “I was determined to prove to her that being married would not prevent me from achieving the dreams she had for me.” The rest, they say, is history.

Perdue effectively retired in 2005 but don’t let that fool you: she’s not sitting around gathering moss. Asked how she uses the skills she gained over the years and Beverley tells me that every job has helped her learn something. “In each facet of my career, I built on the experiences, skills and abilities of my previous positions. Since 2005, I have applied these skills and experiences through volunteer opportunities. In every case, I have tried to apply myself to those areas that I believe in strongly and where I can contribute in a positive manner.” Contributing to the revitalization of downtown Kingsport is certainly something that she does well and a place to which she can apply her life lessons. “Being of resident of Downtown Kingsport has given me the opportunity to build strong relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds. I was fortunate enough to be in a position to help jump-start the new young professionals group in Kingsport (PEAK). I hope that I have inspired those I meet as much as they inspire me. I believe that there is much to learn when you listen to others.” One lesson that Perdue learned when working as President of local operations for a national waste collection company 50

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In each facet of my career, I built on the experiences, skills and abilities of my previous positions.

was, “to stick to your guns” since at the time she was nearly always the only female in a room full of men. “Being a leader in a male dominated national waste industry was a different challenge everyday. This job involved significant travel and dealing with peers who were exclusively male. Every interaction created a unique challenge for me to be accepted.” Beverley realized that those she worked with had finally accepted her when on a business trip to Atlanta. “We arrived at a local country club and decided to have lunch in the clubhouse before playing golf. The clubhouse was for men only and I was told I could only eat at the caddy window.” Perdue realized how much the men appreciated her when they came outside to join her for lunch: if she couldn’t eat inside then they wouldn’t either. “By sticking to my guns and insisting that the company could benefit and grow by understanding how women perceived their services, I was able to win the confidence of my peers. I knew I had made a difference when I was asked to teach classes in the company’s Leadership Development curriculum at the corporate headquarters. For the next two years, I spent several days each month in Chicago teaching company leaders about my perspective. Again, I was the only woman in the room, but this time I was the teacher!” Her years of being the only woman in the room are far behind her now, but the lessons that she has taken away from those difficult times are with her now more than ever. She uses those lesson everyday to better the city that she is so proud to be a resident of. “Being a resident of

Downtown Kingsport is the best decision my husband and I ever made. We love all facets of this life. We have met the most amazing and diverse group of people, which we are proud to call friends. We eat at local restaurants where ‘everyone knows your name.’ We can walk to church, Food City, and the Farmers Market. We have a long-standing local newsstand and great retail shopping. Everything we need is at our doorstep.” The numerous organizations of which Perdue is a board member are certainly made better by her presence and hard work and by her ability to balance both life and work. “God has blessed me and my family in many ways. I am fortunate to have a loving husband, John. We will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in September. Our only son, Greg, chose wisely in that he married Cynthia and now I have three beautiful grandchildren, Lily, Sam and Olive. As I mentioned before, my mom and sisters are a big part of my life as is my mother-in-law and John’s siblings and their families.” Beverley Perdue is delighted to live in downtown Kingsport and loves the camaraderie that exists among those who reside in the historic area and the love the community shows toward everyone who calls the downtown home.

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Power Women STORY BY PENNY GOODWHISTLE

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PAMELA RAGAN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER FRIENDSHIP ENTERPRISES

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amela Ragan has always loved working in an office setting and remembers clearly how much she “helped” her mother out in the busy office her mother was employed at. “My mother was a Secretary for a local construction company and I can remember sitting at her typewriter pretending to be a Secretary…just like her! I was allowed to answer the walkie-talkie on the jobsite when my mother was busy or on the phone.” As you can imagine, she got a lot of attention as the only five-year-old at the workplace, but this is the place that Ragan can remember falling in love with the idea of working with others. Pamela didn’t just work as a pretend secretary, however, and remembers always having more than one job: something not unusual for her hard-working family, “My first job as a child was working on our family farm. I helped feed the animals that included horses, cows, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs and goats. I helped bale hay, plant tobacco and raise our family vegetable garden.”

“I started working at a small sewing shop at my neighbor’s house when I was fourteen where I helped cut off the loose strings, fold the shirts and package them for shipping. My first “legal” job was at Burger King at the age of sixteen. One day while I was on my lunch break, I walked over to a nearby Family Dollar to purchase a box of band-aids for my manager. The manager of Family Dollar liked my personality so much that she offered me a job as her Assistant Manager so I worked two jobs all through high school at Burger King on the weekends and at Family Dollar on weeknights.” Aside from work, though, Pamela is quick to talk about her family both the biological one that has grown over the years and the Friendship family that she has been lucky enough to be with for the past fifteen years. “Finding Friendship fifteen years ago was the best thing that has ever happened to me or my career. I have been able to be a businesswoman as well as a wife, homemaker, mom, sports mom, homeroom party mom, etc. Flexibility is a key factor to my family and me. I guess that is why I work so hard to accommodate new Team Members now: I have been in their shoes.” As the Human Resources Manager at Friendship, Ragan is in a position that allows her to help many people so she works hard to help others find a position with the company that not only fits his/her schedule and needs but one that also fits that person’s family needs as well. She has in the past, for example, had single moms who could not afford a baby sitter and needed to work for a company that could accommodate their schedule so Pamela works her magic to complete the puzzle. “Friendship has the flexibility to help people like this. From the time that an applicant first applies 52

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At Friendship, we believe that the higher you are in our organization, the more you are expected to serve others. for a job with our company, I try to develop a friendship with them so that it is so much more than just a job!” Her volunteer work with Friendship is also something she takes very much to heart.

“At Friendship, we believe that the higher you are in our organization, the more you are expected to serve others.” She works tirelessly with The Friendship Foundation and their Bikes For Kids Program in order to help find bicycles for children who do not have one and would otherwise not be able to afford this important piece of childhood enjoyment. Being a teenage mother is not something that Ragan has ever used as an excuse to hold her back from anything in life. It has not always been easy but she acknowledges that those around her have helped to make things easier at the times she needed it. “I realized just how blessed I was during a time when my son was diagnosed with a heart condition in second grade. The concern shown by my co-workers and leadership team was humbling. My friends and co-workers were offering to come to my home to cook meals, clean and run errands for my family and my leadership team

never questioned my time off work. They offered to help me in any way possible; it was at this point that I knew that I had the career and life that was meant for me.” Both of her children, Meygan and Noah, are thriving these days and are the center of Pamela’s universe. Her husband Bobby is the type of man who, “can lead an Iron Working crew by day and then come home and cook a gourmet meal at night.” She and her siblings are all effected by diabetes, the disease that claimed her mother’s life at forty-seven, and Ragan admits that the struggles have forced her to approach life differently than others. “After losing someone that you love more than life itself, other struggles in life just seem so small. She was my best friend and she was a beautiful, intelligent Christian woman who always put her children first in her life.” Pamela talks to her beloved father everyday and cherishes every minute spent with him and her siblings. She still hopes that in some way she can be as good a mother as hers was, but if her feelings about servant leadership and endless hours volunteering are any indication, I’m sure that she is the greatest mom and woman anyone could hope to know.

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aybe you want a better life. More time with your kids. More opportunity, advancement and wealth. Maybe you just want to live a life with more meaning and work with purpose. Whatever drives you, whatever that want is, you can have it. Drive! 2017 is the summit designed for women, like you, who are ready to achieve more. Why not place yourself among other successful women who can share their wisdom, knowledge and experiences? Who have traveled the same path and can help you along yours? We don’t have to go it alone. “At Drive! 2017 we’ll all learn from the experts on the stage, but we’ll also learn from each other,” said Pamela Corrigan whose company GAAM Wealth Advisors is a founding sponsor. “There’s so much wisdom, and women are sharers by nature, I thought, ‘What a great opportunity to get together and win together.’” The day and a half event is jam-packed with acclaimed speakers. Highlights include Aundrea Wilcox, author of Startup Savvy and Superwoman Smarts. She’ll show us how to grow your business and yourself. Leslie Michelson will present “How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love: Lessons from the Patient’s Playbook.” Mandy Barton, author of the acclaimed book, Step One, Jump: How to Cut the Crap Already and Get the Life You Really Want will challenge us all to dream and go for that dream with no nonsense next steps. Kathy Heasley, founder and president of branding firm HEASLEY&PARTNERS and creator of HEART&MIND® BRANDING will show us how to be the brand we need to become to achieve our goals. The value of this conference for the development of women leaders, and the tri-cities area itself, packs a lot of power. Aundrea Wilcox is a driving force for development. She is the senior business counselor of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Kingsport Affiliate Office, and executive director of the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) at the Kingsport Chamber. Wilcox has assisted over 1,600 individuals or businesses and has contributed to creating 692 new jobs, raising $11.4 million for local companies. “The work I do isn’t work, it’s really a mission. The ability to help so many achieve their dreams keeps me going. I can’t wait to meet the women at Drive! 2017. They can achieve anything they want. We’ll do it together,” said Wilcox.”

Leslie Michelson, chairman and CEO of Private Health Management delivers a message all women need to hear. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time, on CNN, NPR and more, Michelson told us his mission at Drive! 2017 is to show women life saving strategies and decision-making tools to empower them when it comes to their families, and their own health. Michelson said, “We’ll cover things like how to get better medical care without spending more, how to find the right specialists, and how to take charge in emergencies. That’s just the start.” Mandy Barton, said, “I couldn’t be more excited to speak at Drive! 2017. I’ve found all too often that women spend so much of their lives taking care of everyone else’s needs, that they forget how to take care of their own. They forget how to have their own dreams.” Barton has helped countless women get the lives they really want. “Settling isn’t an option, so my mission at Drive! will be to get you past that behavior, help you realize that you should have dreams, you must have dreams, and give you simple tools to achieve them.” Kathy Heasley builds brands for companies large and small and is quick to point out that the same techniques that companies use to achieve success are what women can use to achieve success too. “You are a brand whether you want to be or not. The question is, are you the brand that you want to be; the brand that will take you to where you want to go? A brand isn’t a logo. It’s what that logo represents. You’ll begin to discover your brand at Drive! 2017,” said Heasley. Much more is in store at Drive! 2017. More speakers are being announced often, so be sure to visit the website www.DriveWomansSummit.com to learn more. Plus, there are big savings when you register early. All ticket proceeds will go to Holston Home for Children and SBK Animal Shelter. Special thanks go to the sponsors of this summit for their support and dedication to leadership in women.

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KATHY SANDERS ,DMD, AAACD CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF TRULY REMARKABLE SMILES! You can’t help but smile around Kathy Sanders, DMD. It’s not just because you’re head-over-hills in love with her dentistry skills that have given you a smile that’s the envy of everyone you know — it’s because you simply love the person she is. “Dr. Sanders is just the most amazing and caring individual,” says Karen Hobba, one of Dr. Sanders’ patients. Today, Karen enjoys a smile she’s spent a lifetime dreaming about. Charlie Lowe wholeheartedly agrees. For years, Charlie kept putting off the decision to have cosmetic dentistry until one day he finally said, “Enough is enough.” “Dr. Sanders is absolutely amazing — an artist! There’s nothing half-hearted about her or her dentistry,” says Lowe, smiling from ear to ear. And, he’s right. There’s nothing half-hearted about Dr. Kathy Sanders. When she’s in, she’s all in. It’s no surprise she’s the only female dentist in the state of Tennessee to have achieved accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the world’s foremost cosmetic dentistry credentialing authority. In fact, she’s one of less than 420 to have ever achieved accreditation, worldwide — and one of only 8 dentists in the state of Tennessee.

“I attended a continuing education course in Knoxville, presented by Dr. Jeff Morley, a former AACD president and founding member. Today, it seems almost surreal to realize that at the time neither Dr. Morley’s name nor the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry had any meaning to me,” explains Dr. Sanders. “I simply knew that his presentation was incredibly enlightening and his photographs were of the most beautiful dentistry I had ever seen! “Almost immediately I had a burning desire to become accomplished in cosmetic dentistry. I was hooked! In fact, I asked questions during the breaks and stayed after his lecture to not only ask additional questions but to hear the answers to the questions of others.” 56

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She’s been asking questions on her insatiable quest for cosmetic dentistry excellence ever since. In the last 10 years, Dr. Sanders has averaged more than four times the amount of continuing education required for a dental professional. Her dedication to the continual refinement of her cosmetic dentistry skills have provided her with extensive continuing education and advanced practicum experience by some of the world’s most-talented cosmetic dentists, as she’s traveled extensively to international conferences to learn from the very best of the best.

This year, as she celebrates 25 years of dentistry, there’s a new dental passion for the ever-ambitious Dr. Sanders. With a desire to protect a patient’s dentistry and improve the quality of their lives, Dr. Sanders has added sleep medicine to her growing practice.

“Having the opportunity to increase someone’s confidence in smiling is so rewarding for me,” explains Dr. Sanders. “As a cosmetic dentist, it’s important that I work to achieve the very smile they’ve envisioned. In providing advanced cosmetic techniques and technologies, my goal is to make our patients feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.”

“I believe oral appliance therapies will be life-changing for many of our patients,” said Dr. Sanders. “Many individuals who require extensive dental care also suffer from the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Due to the need to address this concern to protect the teeth, I’ve found it incredibly helpful to further my studies and add the dental sleep component to our practice.”

And, as you would expect, she’s dedicated tremendous resources, including extensive training for both herself and her team. Her goal is to offer her patients the very best in this emerging field that is being met with great patient success.

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GIRLS INC. OF BRISTOL

STORY BY GEORGE EMERSON

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MARY SHRADER

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rowing up, Mary Shrader loved to sing and imagined that she would be belting out show tunes on Broadway one day. Her music teacher was a constant from sixth grade through to graduation and was a HUGE inspiration to Shrader, but the one who she aspired to be the most like was her grandmother. “The person who inspired me the most to be who I am today was my maternal grandmother, Mary Jackson: one of my name sakes. My grandmother was kind, loving, generous, hard working, selfless, strong, beautiful, courageous, and compassionate. She was never a wealthy person, but what she had she would give to others and she cared for others all her life. I always hoped that when I grew up I could be the wonderful, caring and beautiful person that she was.” Shrader never did make it to Broadway, but no one would ever dare say that she isn’t accomplished in her own right.

was very fortunate to be able to change career paths and start a small pharmaceutical company with my husband in Bristol, TN.” Mary has served on several boards of trustees as well, including those with Healing Hands and Girls Inc. In fact, it was with Girls Inc. that Mary received the Steve Everhart Service Award (2009), Sustaining Member Award (2013), and the Honorary Lifetime Member Award (2014). “I was able to give back to the community and help others and I found a new niche and started fundraising for non-profits. I have worked as a volunteer with Girls Inc. of Bristol for over ten years and I have many wonderful stories, memories, experiences, and have worn many hats. I served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for three years and I currently serve as past chair on the executive committee. I helped to help start one of the most successful fundraising events ever for Girls Inc. and I continue to love every minute of it.”

She followed in her grandmother ’s footsteps and ended up caring for others by going into the field of nursing. “I am very passionate about helping others and I receive so much joy when I see that I have played a small role in making someone happy. I worked in the nursing field for many years and then

Mary Shrader is a strong believer that every child deserves a chance to succeed and loves the mission of Girls Inc., which is, “to inspire girls to be ‘Strong, Smart, and Bold.’ I love the fact that we all work together as a team to empower girls to be strong women.” She might have recently moved

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away from Bristol after living there for twenty-two years, but her heart is still with those who she has helped mentor over the past two decades; and those youth who she has yet to meet and help. “My hope is that I have touched someone’s life and made their world a better place and I hope to inspire others to make everyday count and that no dream is out of their reach. My advice for the next generation would be to be yourself, be true to yourself and be kind”. What lies ahead for Mary is anyone’s guess but one thing is for certain: she will continue on her journey with her husband of twenty-six years by her side.

My hope is that I have touched someone’s life and made their world a better place and I hope to inspire others to make everyday count and that no dream is out of their reach.

“Brian is my number one fan and is supportive of everything I do. We always have loved to work together and we currently own our own Pro-Mod drag race team and Brian is the amazing driver.” Her two children are thriving and Mary Shrader doesn’t show any regrets about not making it to the Great White Way. “I am still

actively involved with non- profits in the area and will always love the Bristol community and my many friends there. My new goal in life is to write an inspirational book to express my passion, determination and motivation to help young girls. I hope to make it a little fun and quirky too as I love to have fun!” Keep an eye out for that forthcoming book on the bestseller lists, because if what she’s done up until now is any indication then Mary Shrader will be doing book tours pretty soon.

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Power Women STORY BY JENNIFER ARES

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PAM WAGNER OWNER AND AFFILIATE BROKER, A TEAM REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS

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on’t tell Pam Wagner that sports are not a good way to prepare a person for life, because she’ll quickly tell you her story and explain why you’re wrong. “Teaching and coaching gave me a great opportunity to nurture, teach, guide, and inspire. I get to do that every day in the Real Estate world. My coaching and teaching experience has enabled me to successfully coach buyers and sellers through one of the biggest investments in their lives. Similarly, my experience in teaching would provide a foundation to be able to educate clients. I use these same methods to train and coach my agents at A Team.”

Growing up, Wagner dreamed of being a Major League baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds, but Kentucky is basketball country and she quickly realized that this sport was really where her heart was. Athletics led Pam to Liberty University, via sports scholarships, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education and Business. Not one to back down from a challenge, Wagner took her sports prowess into the school systems of Southwest Virginia where she was one of the first female basketball coaches. “Being the first female basketball head coach in Southwest Virginia was at times challenging in a sport that was dominated by male head coaches. I am proud that several of my players earned scholarships and some today are in coaching position from the high school level to college level. I also pushed Title IX issues in regards to high school coaches to have equal pay. Today, the sports arena for women has certainly changed and young women have great opportunities to excel in sports from playing professionally to being sports announcers.” Athletics aside, Pam believes that truly being prepared means always learning and educating oneself, “education is paramount to all else. It is the best resource one can have to be successful.” She counts herself among those who are constantly learning in order to stay ahead in the business and real estate worlds. “Knowledge is power, and 60

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if our knowledge is not being challenged and improved we can’t grow. I am constantly looking for additional classes to enhance my ability to meet my clients’ needs; whether it is required or not. If I’m not taking a class, then I’m reading a real estate book or a book by a life coach. Relationships with other business owners are also essential for growth because there is a wealth of information one can have by having relationships with people of all walks of life.” Pam’s ability and willingness to learn is something that has allowed her to be so successful in her business; the many referrals are a testament to this. “The last few years, 90% of my business is repeat clients and referrals from past clients. Referrals have been the backbone of my business and I consider it a privilege to serve my clients.” Aside from educating herself on the realty industry, Wagner makes sure to remember the lessons from her youth in regards to her interaction with others. “Early on my Dad was the biggest impact on my life. He was tough and set the standards high on everything I was involved in. My teenage parents were from the hollers of Kentucky and knew nothing else but hard work to get something in life. I see


now that my Dad pushed me so that one day I would have a better life.” Being a leader in her industry is something that Pam takes seriously and works hard to use for the betterment of others. “Successful leaders have to be willing to constantly change and adapt to different situations, the more experience a leader has the more he/ she can better serve and benefit others. Leadership is about having a selfless heart and always being willing to reach out and to give the tools one needs to succeed. I try to view every mistake as a learning lesson, because these lessons make me a stronger person and provide me with wisdom that I can pass on to others to help in whatever situation they may be facing.”

Work ethic, good customer service with new age technology, and energy are my best business practices.

When Pam is not working she is busy spending time with her husband and extended family or volunteering for the various organizations that she commits her time to. “I love spending time with my best friend, and husband, Bill. We enjoy golfing, watching UT football, boating, playing with our dog, Neyli or just hanging out with friends. Pam enjoys giving back to the community and is involved with several charities and organizations such as Friends

and Neighbors, the Humane Society, and charity golf events. “Girls on the Run is a wonderful organization that is dear to my heart. It focuses on helping young girls build self-esteem, self-acceptance, and learn life skills.” Wagner readily admits that she is blessed beyond what even she could have ever imagined, but that doesn’t mean she is slowing down: challenges drive her and she can’t wait to see what comes next.

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Power Women

VIPSEEN EXCLUSIVE

POWER GIRLS

THE FUTURE OF OUR REGION SHINES THROUGH THESE UP AND COMING LOCAL YOUNG LADIES

Erin SULLIVAN

also been involved in Bristol Youth Leadership (BYL), and is currently involved in the alumni program for BYL. Because of her involvement in BYL, she started volunteering at the Bristol YWCA. There, she had the opportunity to work with the TechGYRLS, a group of underprivileged elementary and middle school-aged girls. She also volunteers at her church. However, the reason we all need to keep our eyes on this driven young lady is her interest in politics. “I love politics,” says Erin. “As a high school freshman, I worked in the Virginia Senate for 9 weeks as a Senate Page. I got to live in a hotel in Richmond and was paid to live out my dream: to work with legislators every day. Because of this program, I have developed close relations with many Senators and Delegates from all areas of Virginia.” Most recently, Erin was selected as one of two students to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States Senate Youth Program. In March of 2017, she will spend a week in Washington, D.C., living yet another dream of hers. She will most likely be able to meet Senators, Supreme Court Justices, and maybe even the President of the United States. To top everything off, the award comes with a $10,000 scholarship. For her next step, Erin plans on attending the University of Alabama, where she was offered a full-tuition academic scholarship. She plans on double-majoring in Chemistry and Political Science and wants to go into politics after she finishes medical school. She wants to become a medical examiner and work her way up the political ladder. Her plans for the future include becoming Governor of the state where she decides to settle down, becoming a United States Senator, and ultimately President of the United States. “2036 is the first Presidential Election I can be on the ticket, so watch out for me in 20 years!” says Erin.

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hen you look at Erin Sullivan’s accomplishments, its hard to believe that she is only a high school senior. At Abingdon High School, in addition to being on the ‘All A’ honor roll since 2004, a class officer every year she has been at Abingdon High, and many other leadership roles, Erin is heavily involved in the Technology Student Association. She was two-time Virginia TSA Secretary, Virginia TSA President, and is currently serving as National TSA Secretary. She has

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Erin’s greatest role models are her parents. They taught her how to become a strong independent woman who believes she can accomplish anything. Other than her parents, Dr. Ben Carson is also one of her role models. She is always amazed that such an incredible man came from such a challenging upbringing, and his story has shown her that determination will pay off. One thing is for sure, with her ambitious plans for the future, the sky is the limit for Erin Sullivan!


Sarah PETERS

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hen asked for a recommendation for a young woman in the Kingsport area as a Future Power Woman, Vanessa Bennett thought of Sarah Peters. Vanessa leads the leadership programs at the Kingsport Chamber and first met Sarah when she wanted to participate in the ONEKingsport Summit in 2016. The purpose of the ONEKingsport Summit was to create a five-year roadmap to become a vibrant 24/7 city. Sarah quickly engaged in the entrepreneurship efforts and was eager to learn more about our City. Later in the year, Sarah was selected to participate in the 2016 class of the S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) Youth Leadership program. Vanessa Bennett stated, “I was so inspired by Sarah and the way she participated and led with this group of new acquaintances. Students participate in the program from different local high schools. Sarah led by example.” In addition to participating in S.H.O.U.T.!®, Sarah takes AP classes at Dobyns-Bennett High School where she is active in the Student Council, Beta Club, Environmental Club and FCA. Dance is also a big part of Sarah’s life. She is a Spirit Shaker at DB and has taken dance and dances competitively since she was 5 years old. Sarah also gives back to the community by volunteering for such agencies as the YMCA and the Second Harvest Food Bank. This summer, she will be interning for the Kingsport Chamber and participating in the newly developed Mayor’s Youth Council. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Sarah. Her favorite quote is a great example of true character for this Future Power Woman…

“It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” – John Templeton


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YWCA T

STORY BY JENNIFER ARES

CH ILD RE N’S CE NT ER

AND TARA MCCALL EVINS, CHRISTINA BL MEN TRIBUTE TO WO

he first appearance of the Young Women’s Christian Association in the United States can be found in 1858. It is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. While many may imagine that the YWCA is simply a sport’s club for women, the real reason that the YWCA exists is far more encompassing and important. 1943 found America two years into a world war and the country working hard toward producing both man and machine to fight a global conflict that would end up defining a generation. For many women, who had male relatives, friends, and lovers heading overseas to fight, this meant that they would work in jobs previously held by men. It was during World War II that the YWCA in Bristol was founded and used as a residence for women coming to the city to work in manufacturing. Today, the Bristol YWCA is an integral part of the community that provides many necessary and life-changing services. “We are a large organization serving children, young people, families,” says Executive Director, Kathy Waugh, “Our budget is approximately two-million dollars annually and we serve approximately 9,000 people each year.” The importance of the services provided by the Bristol YWCA is made even more vital considering that the Bristol headquarters is the only YWCA located between Knoxville, TN and Roanoke, VA. “The organization also operates an office in Kingsport in the VO Dobbins building and manages the Wellmont Child Development Center as a YW site,” says Waugh. The services provided by the non-profit organization follow a long tradition of helping to combat racism and to empower women. The YWCA has led the way and, historically, has been the “first” in a great many cultural and social programs when doing so was nearly unheard of. It was among the few organizations to speak out, and to encourage its members to do so, against lynching and mob violence and for interracial cooperation. To say that the Young Women’s Christian Association has been at the forefront of helping to solve many of the past century’s problems would be a gross understatement. It is safe to say, instead, that it has led the way by kicking down doors and tearing down walls: all in an effort to rid the world of racial injustice and to empower those who come in contact with any aspect of the organization. The mission and message of the YWCA in today’s turbulent world is very much the same: eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA decided in 2015 to focus, and clarify, its diverse body of work in racial justice and civil rights, women and girls’ health and safety, and women and girls’ empowerment and economic advancement by developing a Mission Impact Framework and Theory of Change. “Locally we talk about our impact areas by emphasizing three ideas: Nurture, Empower, and Transform,” says Development and Communications Administrator, Katy Stigers, “we nurture families and children, empower women, and transform the community through our programming.” Affordable childcare is a large need in the region and one that YWCA works tirelessly to assist families with. “The average cost of childcare for an infant in Tennessee in a licensed facility is $5,857,” Stigers tells me, “so we operate a sliding-scale childcare facility where more than 90% of the families are employed, but approximately 45-50% at any given time earn less than $15,000 per year. In 2015, the Children’s Center had a waiting list of over 170.” The YWCA continues to lead the way in regards to cutting edge thinking and takes pride in the fact that it offers TechGYRLS: a program geared toward fourth through eighth grade at-risk girls. The program offers STEM education, gives healthy snacks, and will even provide transportation from and to home for the girls enrolled. Executive Director Kathy Waugh talks excitedly about the program when asked, “Our TechGYRLS afterschool program provides atrisk girls who are referred by school counselors and school principals a safe, caring environment where they participate in math and science enrichment,

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have the opportunity to participate in the Lego League robotics competition, and enjoy other partnerships such as book club with the Bristol Public Library and community gardening with Appalachian Sustainable Development. The program is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education for 35 girls and maintains a waiting list.” The girls in the TechGYRLS afterschool program are taught about healthy lifestyles and nutrition, while engaging in fun active programming and sports each day. YWCA also partners with agencies in Sullivan County to educate the girls about the dangers of substance abuse and the importance of healthy relationships. Offered in Bristol and Kingsport (in association with Hope House) is the MomsRUs program that teaches teens, sometimes as young as thirteen, what they need to know in order to be successful parents and to move them toward self-sufficiency. The YW Emerge Professional Development Program in Kingsport provides women’s focused topics that are important training for the workplace. Skills such as managing change, dealing with intergenerational workplaces, and more effective networking are just some of the topics discussed. The program offers two face-to-face events and two webinars annually. YW Bristol was one of the first organizations to integrate through the Y-Teens Program, and last year began a listening circle opportunity to improve conversations around the topic of race relations. The YWCA of Bristol continues to grow and to make a positive impact on the community, but it can only do so through the help of those who are willing to give of their time, expertise, wisdom, and love. “We are always looking for women who want to give back to the community by volunteering to work with YWCA. We believe strongly that the future belongs to the youth and that real change comes only through equity in education,” says Kathy Waugh.

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Coming up soon for the YW is the 2017 Tribute to Women Award banquet. Since 1992 more than 160 women have received this prestigious award, given to the region’s most outstanding women. In the past the awards were made in the areas of Business, Education, Arts, and Volunteer, but this year, in alignment with the YWCA’s focus on mission, they will be presented in the categories of Nurture, Empower, and Transform. In addition, at the 25th Tribute to Women two new awards were instituted, the Rising Star, awarded to a deserving young woman of promise and the Mission Impact award, presented by the Board of Directors to Mrs. Jewel Bell for her lifetime of advocacy on behalf of the African-American community. Since its inception Tribute has also raised more than $2 million for the programs of the YWCA. Tickets are now available for this year’s banquet on April 27 at the historic Bristol Train Station.

GET INVOLVED contact Katy Stigers at k_stigers@ywcabristol.org • Learn about our ambassador program: introduce people to the YWCA’s mission

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EMERGE 2016

WHAT IS TechGYRLS?

for information contact: Tonja Leonard t_leonard@ywcabristol.org

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Free Afterschool care At-risk girls 4th-8th grade STEM educational program Extended hours to 6:00pm Transportation provided to the program and home if need ed Healthy state approved snac k These are some of the reaso ns we refer students: Girls are referred to the prog ram through school guidance counselors and principles • qualify for free/r educed lunch • at risk of educational disad vantage and failure due to circum stances of abuse, neglect or disability

• at risk of state custody due to family dysfunction • enrolled in and attending a public school failing to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) • attending a public school, including a public charter schoo l, instead of a public school as a result of parent choice failing to make AYP

• at risk of failing one or more subjects or are behind grade level by at least one year • need for female mentors, need for afterschool, need for socia l interaction

• Join the Emerge or Tribute to Women committees • Volunteer in the Bristol Bridal Station, www.bristolbridalstation.com • Lead a donation drive for in-kind • To learn more about the history of the YWCA and the national organization, visit: www.ywca.org

YWCA Bristol 106 State Street • Bristol, TN 37620 ywcabristol.org • (423) 968-9444

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JOHNSON CITY BANK OF TENNESSEE

PATTY HOLBROOK AND JANE HOWELL

DETRA CLEVEN AND DR. SHOBHA HIREMAGALUR

LISA FRANKLIN AND LAUREN KIRKLAND

Go Red for Women Circle of Red Social PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY CRYSTAL DAWN CARTER

Tri-Cities Go Red for Women hosted the Circle of Red Social to kick off the 2017 fundraising season. Detra Cleven, with Bank of Tennessee, was one of the event hosts. She says the event marks the start of fundraising that happens through their annual Go Red for Women luncheon to be held April, 28th at Meadowview Convention Center. This is the 13th year for the local chapter of Go Red for Women.

TAMMY BARTOW, VIRGINIA BIEBER, AND JANICE WILSON

Dr. Shobha Hiremagalur presented important facts on vascular health. She not only concentrated on signs of heart attacks and disease, but also alerted the audience on how to identify signs of a stroke. She then spotlighted steps to take to keep healthy. She says every 80 seconds a woman has a heart related health issue. Dr. Shobha says adapting a diet that is heart healthy can not only aid in repairing damage from a heart issue, it can help protect against a future incident. Joette Street of the American Heart Association says there is more information at goredforwomen.org and at the AHA website. Not only can someone find about Go Red for Women, but there is a wealth of information concerning women’s heart health, including a wonderful recipe link and much more. Those interested in purchasing tickets for the April Tri-Cities luncheon or to make a donation go to https://ahaknoxville.ejoinme.org/ MyEvents/20162017TriCitiesTNGoRedLuncheon DETRA CLEVEN, DR. ANGELA SHELTON, SUZANNE DONALDSON, AND CATHERINE WELCH

RHONDA ADAMS AND JAIMA GEMMELL

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PIGEON FORGE THE TITANIC

BILL YOUNG THE VIOLINIST

CASEY KELLEY AND DIANA SAMPLES

LISA MARIE PIERSON AND AMY DUNAWAY

Susan G. Komen

Merging Event PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELICA ARES AND ANGELA BAKER | STORY SUBMITTED

Susan G. Komen © East TN gathered in the Titanic Museum’s “Secret Dining” to celebrate the coming together of two halves – Knoxville and Tri-Cities on January 21! The Pigeon Forge attraction and Diverse Concepts provided an elegant dinner for board members, grantees, sponsors and guests. The black tie celebration was a unique one, as the two affiliates have joined forces to create Komen East TN. It was an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment; for grantees to mix and network; and for sponsors and donors to meet one another. During dinner, Amy Dunaway, Executive Director of Komen East TN, welcomed everyone and thanked the board and staff for their guidance throughout the process. She also said that, together, Komen East TN would continue to provide support for those women and men battling breast cancer. As a combined entity there will be more event knowledge, mission knowledge and ultimately more funds available to assist the local 24 county community. As guests completed dinner, they were free to tour the ship at their leisure. As the evening concluded everyone met at the Grand Staircase to toast the newly formed Affiliate. 

KOEBY DIXON AND JAN STAPLETON

KEVIN AND LORI BROWN

SOME OF THE KOMEN EAST TENNESSEE BOARD MEMBERS

ANGIE BEETS AND BETTY WEEMES

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CINDY CALLAHAN AND NINA HOWELL

ADAM ALLEN AND JAN ALLEN


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UNION COUNTY MAYOR, MIKE WILLIAMS

SUSIE SKINNER AND CANDACE BROWN

KATY AND HAL BIBEE

KIM AND DUSTY PENNINGTON

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JOHNSON CITY DOWNTOWN

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN!

JEFF BAKER, CARMENIA JEFFERS, AND BABY MAVERICK

MISS WATAUGA VALLEY, PEYTON WILSON

Johnson City’s

Christmas Parade &

Whoville Celebration PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

Despite freezing temperatures, there was a collaborative effort between Blue Plum Organization, Johnson City Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, City of Johnson City and the Downtown Merchants Association merrily rang in the Tri-Cities’ Christmas festivities on Saturday, December 3. Not only were the city’s streets lined with revelers cheering on the annual Christmas parade, but for the first time ever, the downtown pavilion was turned into a miniature “Whoville” complete with holiday treats, music, games and crafts.

CINDY LOU WHO TIMES TWO

DOWNTOWN YOGA CENTER’S FLOAT FEATURED A LIVE FOLLOW-ALONG YOGA PRACTICE

The celebration began with the parade, beginning at ETSU and continuing along Walnut Street to Buffalo Street, where the route then made its way through downtown along Main Street. The parade featured marching bands from nearby high schools and colleges, and local businesses and organizations on floats, singing carols, dressed in costume or handing out holiday goodies. The young and the old, the tall and the small (as Dr. Seuss might describe the diverse groups of attendees) came out for the parade and festival, filling the whole of downtown with crowds and Christmas cheer. Some highlights of the festival included a live reading of Dr Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” a caroling singalong, local food trucks serving Christmas-themed dishes and a post office booth where children could mail their letters to Santa.

WELCOME TO WHOVILLE!

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THE PARADE ROUTE WENT STRAIGHT THROUGH MAIN STREET IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN JC.

THE GRINCH WAS THE #1 ATTENDEE OF THE PARADE.

CAROLERS ON A PARADE FLOAT.


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KINGSPORT ALLANDALE MANSION

TIM BRADSHAW, WITH TONI AND HERSHEL CAVE

SHARON AND TONY JENNINGS, WITH BRAD AND LEIGH ANNE HOOVER

LINDA LAMB AND MARY EASLEY

Friends of Allandale

Christmas Party PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

Guests to Allandale Mansion’s Friends of Allandale Christmas Party were greeted to what’s called the “best party of the season” on the evening of Friday, December 2nd as they walked through the entry garden and up the staircase to the door greeters. The antebellum-style mansion was aglow with lights, lavish decor and hundreds of guests.

TONY AND GAIL COLE

CAROLYN ANDERSON, WITH JIM AND BETTY DICKERT

“This is one of the most elegant affairs in Kingsport,” said Linda Cradic, a board member at Friends of Allandale. “We have over 200 guests this evening, it is an affair that we do every year for members.” Rod Gemayel, Curator for Allandale Mansion, shared history behind the mansion itself as well as the Friends of Allandale organization. “The mansion wasn’t cleaned and kept up properly after the original owners passed,” said Gemayel. “In 1982 an organization called the Friends of Allandale was formed. They started coming out here to work and clean up the rooms, spending their own money and time. When they were finished with the downstairs, they invited newspapers, magazines and radio to come see the new and improved Allandale that was now open for business.”

SYLVIA WRIGHT AND NIC CLEMMER

LYNDA SNOOK, DECORATING THE WAY YOU LIVE – HEAD DECORATOR FOR THE AFFAIR

He explains that this group decided to continue the tradition of bettering the mansion after the initial renovation, with a goal of making it a staple to the residents of Kingsport. “The ‘Friends’ still exists today. They are a group of volunteers who support the projects with money and volunteer time. As far as how the money is used, they have restored a lot of our artwork, built restrooms and built the new $350,000 amphitheater out back. They look to see what they can do to enhance Allandale and make it so that everyone is able to enjoy it. They make it into something the Kingsport community can be proud of. We are trying to keep it just the way that the original Brooks family had hit when they lived here.”

THE PARTY’S INDULGENT BUFFET

The Friends of Allandale’s next event is a shared fundraiser with the Literacy Council of Kingsport. “Monroe at the Mansion” will be held on Thursday, June 29th as part of the book tour for Mary Alice Monroe’s novel Beach House for Rent. The annual meeting and cookout party will follow in July. www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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KINGSPORT CHURCH CIRCLE

…3…2…1…MERRY CHRISTMAS!

OLIVIA THE OLIVE AND LILLY SHAVER OF THE ABINGDON OLIVE OIL COMPANY.

A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT HOW ONE OF THE NIGHT’S MOST POPULAR BOOTHS, KETTLE-LICIOUS KETTLE CORN, MAKES THEIR DELICIOUS VARIETIES OF KETTLE CORN.

Kingsport Christmas

Tree Lighting Ceremony PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

Church Circle in Downtown Kingsport was completely full of twinkling little flames in the hands of Kingsporters on the evening of the city ’s official Christmas tree lighting celebration. The celebration brought the city out in numbers to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. The festival featured local vendors and carnival rides filling Broad Street and Church Circle. Some of the vendors present included Kettle-Licious Kettle Corn, the Shabby Shack and Hokie Smokey bar-b-q, plus a nice and warm s’mores fire pit. Inside the Regions Bank building, one could find an immaculately intricate gingerbread house competition that left revelers wondering “is that really gingerbread?!”

KRISTEN, JESSLYN, TRINITY, SOPHIA, AND ALEXIS, MEMBERS OF SULLIVAN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL’S COLOR GUARD WHO PERFORMED AT THE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY.

Just before the actual tree lighting, Church Circle congregations sang carols on each of their front lawns, a passing of the torch so to speak. This culminated in a final performance of “Joy to the World,” where choir members and the public surrounded the tree in one final song. Then, at 7:00 p.m. sharp, Mayor John Clark began the countdown. “10, 9..….7, 6, 5…….3, 2….1!,” and the 25-foot tall tree was lit, followed by rapturous applause.

FIRST BROAD STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH COMBINED CHOIRS.

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AND ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH COMBINED CHOIRS.

A CITYWIDE CHORUS OF “JOY TO THE WORLD” WITH INDIVIDUAL CANDLES.


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KINGSPORT

COLONIAL HEIGHTS MIDDLE SCHOOL

COP STOP PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY CRYSTAL DAWN CARTER

Students at Colonial Heights Middle School wanted to show first responders, police, fire, and rescue workers their gratitude for all that they do for the community. With the help of the parents in Academic Boosters Club, they were able to do just that on November 4, 2016.

ELIZA SANDERS AND JADA LANE ARE MEMBERS OF RESPECT AND LEADERSHIP TEAM THAT ASSISTED AT THE EVENT.

Starting at 10am and going through 1:30pm, any members of these local heroes could drop in and enjoy lunch supplied by a variety of national and local eateries. Food City, Raffaele’s, Giuseppe’s, Phil’s Dream Pit, Braeden’s BBQ are just some of the places that donated for the Cop Stop. Students on the Respect and Leadership Team at the school served as attendants to help serve, set-up, and clean after the event. Donna Sanders, Secretary of the Academic Boosters says she hopes this doesn’t stop with their school. “We hope that other schools might hear about this and it encourages other communities to do this too.” Sanders also said she hopes this to do this again. Principal Dunham says this event ties in with their new EPIC study that focuses on Encouraging, Protecting, Investing, and Connecting. One student was especially grateful for the Cop Stop. Her father is a Wings Air Rescue pilot. He brought the helicopter and landed it at the school.

KINGSPORT RESCUE AND LIFESAVING CREW

SULLIVAN COUNTY EMS WORKERS TAKE SOME FOOD BACK TO THE STATION FOR THOSE WORKING CALLS.

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Spring Makeup

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BY SHERRI JESSEE

Soft wavy texture in the hair is complemented by romantic makeup. To create these waves, wrap hair on a double barreled iron in a figure 8 pattern. Two shades of OCC Lip Tar are easily mixed together to create a frosted pink: Iced is mixed with Hoochie. Eyes are highlighted with CHANEL KHOL EYELINER PENCIL BLANC WHITE on the waterline. Temptu Pro (www.temptupro.com) Concealer Wheel is used to correct spots and even skin tone.

For a sleek style, pull your hair back into a casual ponytail. OCC Lip Tar in Pretty Boy painted on and then blotted off with a tissue for a soft rosy stain. NARS Orgasm Blush is swept onto cheeks for subtle glow.

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I always use Individual Lashes for a lush look and natural feel. The models LOVE them!

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Pin long hair up to create an easy faux bob. For this lip color OCC Lip Tar Iced was mixed with Lydia. Urban Decay eye shadow in Fishnet is swept on the inside corners of the eyelids. This is my favorite shade of magenta-purple. NARS Full Metal Jacket nail polish is a great metallic grey shade.

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This look is super colorful.The vivid purple lip is a fun choice creating great contrast to the bold red hair, turquoise facinator and bright yellow jacket. OCC LipTar in Hoochie, Eyes are ultra smokey with a matte black shadow dusted above the crease line. An extra dose of Urban Decay Fishnet adds softness.


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Short sassy hair topped by a bird nested facinator steals this show. The vivid red lip is a fun choice paired with the bright yellow textured dress.

The geometric lines in the hair cut make it all about the brows for this look. I used Sherri Jessee dark brown matte shadow in Expresso and an angled brush to create this shape for Gabrielle’s brow.

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OCC LipTar in Psycho. Eyes are accentuated with pops of yellow and green.

I brought the edges of the shadow and brows out extra wide to emphasize an Asian air with this boxy bob. OCC Lip Tar in Kava Kava accentuated her lovely lips. This is an unusual opaque apricot shade.

LINKS: Urban Decay, Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chanel Temptu Nars MAC

CREDITS FOR ALL IMAGES: Hair and Makeup: Sherri Jessee Wardrobe Styling: Christine Castillo Model: Gabrielle with Fenton Model Management Photo: Jason Setiawan For more info visit: www.sherrijessee.com


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KINGSPORT COLONIAL HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH

TANG HELPS GET THE FOOD READY!

SEN LI AND YUBIAO LIU

MINA IN HER KOREAN COSTUME

TCCA 2017 Chinese New Year

Celebration PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY LINDA COFFEY

The Tri-Cities Chinese Association (TCCA) and The East Tennessee Chinese Culture Center hosted the 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 28th at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. 2017 is “The Year of the Rooster ”. The event included family fun, Chinese culture enrichment and community outreach. Traditional vegetarian Chinese New Year dishes were served buffet style.

JIMMY LIU, NATIONAL COMPETITOR ON PIANO

PASTOR GREG AND THERESA BURTON (CHBC)

MISSY BELOTE AND ZEB

RANDY AND TAMMY BALL WITH MEISHA

Sponsors for the event included Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Eastman Foundation, Plum Tree Restaurant, Ming Garden Restaurant, Carrier, Maurice & Webb, Asian Market, Magic Wok Restaurant, Shanghai Restaurant, Sakura Express, China Wok Buffet and Wasabi Steakhouse. The event included entertainment by ten acts, including Jimmy Liu, who competes nationally on the piano and has won many awards. For more updates about TCCA, please visit https://www.facebook.com/TCCATN. Mark your calendars now for the 2018 event!

MEIYING XUE AND YOUSON ZHANG

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KIM REID (HR COORDINATOR) AND MALESSA FLEENOR (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

BRINSON MILHORN OVERALL WINNER

ARC Resolution Run PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY CRYSTAL DAWN CARTER

The ARC of Washington County helped those who vowed to get healthier as their resolution for the New Year, while raising money for the four programs they offer to the disabled community.

It was not typical January weather. While rain did pour down, it was a rather warm day for runners that gathered at Crossroads Christian Church to run a 5k race. The path was marked out around Daniel Boone High School facilities where they navigated up and down hills, and around paths for the run. Runners and spectators were also able to take part in a pancake breakfast offered at Crossroads after the race. Participants of the race and members of some of the programs offered gathered to watch the awards, and to try to win some of several door prizes offered at the event. The money raised will go toward programs designed to offer respite to caregivers, financial assistance with medical needs, adult living and independence services, and maintain family stability. The ARC serves over 850 families with thousands more requesting assistance in the State of Tennessee.

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JOHNSON CITY MUSEUM AT MOUNTAIN HOME, ETSU VA CAMPUS

WWII VETERANS SHARED THEIR STORIES OF THEIR TIME SERVING IN THE WAR, AS WELL AS RESPECTS FOR THEIR FALLEN FELLOW COUNTRYMEN

DAVID CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL ROTC GUARDS LIGHTS CANDLES AND RINGS A BELL IN HONOR OF THE LOCAL SOLDIERS THAT DIED.

PEARL HARBOR

REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

Just before 8:00 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. This day has become a day “remembered in infamy,” solitude and remembrance in American history, especially to those who serve in the Armed Forces. At 2:00 p.m. on December 4, 2016, inside the Museum at Mountain Home on the East Tennessee State University Veteran’s Affairs Campus, a group gathered in solidarity with those and the families of those who were lost on that day in history. While the actual anniversary of the attacks doesn’t fall until Wednesday this year, the VA ceremony always takes place on a Sunday, just at the attacks did.

JOHN ABE TEAGUE, ERNIE RUMSBY, AND JOHN W. ROBERTS

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony featured speakers from local governments and past and current members of the Armed Forces, with an audience of community members paying their respects and even a few WWII veterans themselves. A common thread among all attendees was sharing stories, condolences, and respect to this monumental day in our history. The ceremony was concluded with a roll call of the names of veterans who fought in Pearl Harbor from the Tri-Cities. Seven white candles burned with a flame of remembrance, honoring the local seven who died in the Pearl Harbor attacks 75 years ago.

VETERANS LINING THE FRONT ROW LISTEN TO SPEAKERS AT THE PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

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VETERANS AND CITIZENS ALIKE ATTEND THE CEREMONY AT THE MUSEUM AT MOUNTAIN HOME

BILLY FERGUSON, A WORLD WAR II VETERAN, SPEAKS AT THE CEREMONY. HIS BROTHER WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE WAR

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1st Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY ALLISON GALLOWAY

The night was swinging in Downtown Bristol on Friday, February 3rd when Highlands Community Services hosted the first annual Wine and Chocolate Festival! The evening included a silent auction and live music from Mick Glasgow and the House Hoppers that attendees enjoyed swing dancing to. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine samples, and chocolate samples were provided. The chocolate vendors included Chocolate Elegance, Bellafina Chocolates, Anthony’s Desserts, and Four Seasons Bakery & Catering. The proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Highlands Community Services and all other HCS children’s programs.

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emember when you were a teenager and knew everything there was to know about life? It’s amazing how we turn 13 and immediately become an expert on every subject, but when we’re in our early 20’s, life slaps us square in the face and we realize that we actually know very little about anything. Last November, I turned 29 for the 15th time and you know what I’ve learned in my time here on earth? There are many things I will NEVER understand. Here are a few of them in no particular order:

Things I Will Never Understand... Love, Beth

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Nude leggings and the people who wear them. People who don’t like chocolate and women who “forget to eat”. Why 100% of men do not need makeup, but 99.999% of women do. Golf and the people who like to play it in inclement weather. When people use pictures of relatives or animals as their profile pictures Sushi and the people who are obsessed with eating it. Why people insist on identifying it as “goat’s milk” or “goat cheese”. We don’t call it “cow cheese”. I also don’t understand why people can’t see that the word “goat” is extremely unappetizing. 8. Women who spend $500 on a single purse when my $40 purse serves the same purpose. 9. Mathematics. 10. Why there are six current television shows about “little people”. 11. People who have no concept of personal space and those who lack the social skills to know when they should shut up. 12. Why we have to put ourselves in debt to get an education so we can get a job to pay off the debt we incurred while getting our degree. 13. People who suck the fun out of every activity with their negativity. 14. People who wake up happy and ready to face the day with wonder and excitement (aka. The people I want to throat punch). 15. Why men can’t locate anything they’ve lost, but women can locate it immediately by simply looking in the place where the item was last seen. 16. Why the people who are devoid of personality are the only ones who don’t know they are dull. 17. How I can spend $300 at the grocery store, but my kids swear we have nothing to eat. 18. People who use the words “like” and/or “whatever” twelve times in every sentence. 19. Why someone doesn’t run for POTUS on the platform of “Free Wi-Fi everywhere you go”, because you know that person would win. Free Wi-Fi everywhere would definitely make America great again. 20. How we can put a man on the moon, but we still have spotty cell service in so many places? 21. People who are preoccupied with Star Wars, The Walking Dead, or Dr. Who. 22. American people with tattoos written in a foreign language. 23. Why my “Sinus Rinse Kit” says “dishwasher safe”. Who washes these things with their dishes? No, really, who is doing this? Please let me know so I can remember to bring my own dishes when I am invited to eat at your house. 24. The usefulness of Linked In and Snapchat. 25. Why daily naps are mandatory for kindergarteners, but not for hardworking adults.

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Prom & Mom FA S H I O N S H OW PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

Glitz, moms, glam, daughters, sequins, sons, bowties, florals and all other things prom were tearing up the runway at the Women’s Symphony Committee’s 2016 Prom and Mom Fashion Show.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS WERE FROM OVER 75 VENDORS WERE AVAILABLE AT THE FASHION SHOW.

Way back in 1953, the board of what was then the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra (now Symphony of the Mountains) formed a Women’s Symphony Committee. With the interest of 40 women who responded to an open invitation placed in the newspaper, the Women’s Symphony Committee held its first official meeting on March 19, 1954. With membership dues set at $1, the ladies set out on a mission to raise funds and take on the clerical and publicity work of the symphony. Within two months they had raised $3000 by hosting a Peddler ’s Fair, which was their major fundraiser, and by soliciting funds through private and business donations. This new committee proved to be vital to the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra. Over 60 years later, many of the Committee’s duties and sentiments to the Symphony have stayed the same—but the annual fundraiser has changed from a Peddler’s Fair to this fashion show. This year’s show featured several local formal and casualwear boutiques, with models from Dobyn’s Bennett High School, on November 20 at Meadowview Convention Center.

DOBYN’S BENNETT STUDENTS MODEL 2017 SEASON PROM DRESSES FROM LITTON’S UPTOWN.

Annie’s Room, Moon Tuxedo, KT’s Boutique, Litton’s Uptown and Sweet LuLu Boutique were among the shops who presented this season’s trends on the runway. This was followed by the 2016 Senior Honoree Show, featuring the senior members of Women’s Symphony Committee families. Along with the fashion show, the fundraiser featured a Sunday brunch and a silent auction with items from over 75 local vendors. All funds raised at the event will aid in the development and continued success of the Symphony of the Mountains.

MISS KINGSPORT KATELYNN SMITH MADE A GUEST APPEARANCE

DOBYN’S BENNETT STUDENTS (AND THEIR MOMS!) MODEL CASUAL WEAR FROM SWEET LULU BOUTIQUE.

DOBYN’S BENNETT STUDENTS MODEL 2017 SEASON PROM DRESSES FROM ANNIE’S ROOM.

MEAGHAN ALLEN KICKED OFF THE 2016 SENIOR HONOREE SHOW.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Day Parade

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

The 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Parade marched along the streets of downtown Kingsport on Monday, January 16. The theme of this year’s parade was “Our World: His Dream: Nonviolence, it’s a choice! Nonviolence — 365.” At Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade, the message was clear: King’s dream of unity and equality is coming to fruition. “We’re no longer having to fight so hard,” said parade organizer Ronnie Collins. “It’s not over yet; we’ve still got some things we’re trying to get through, but we have come a long way.”

A PARTICIPANT HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 17TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PARADE!

PARADE ORGANIZER RONNIE COLLINS SHAKE HANDS WITH KINGSPORT CHIEF OF POLICE DAVID QUILLIN BEFORE HE SPEAKES TO MARCHERS ON THE CITY’S COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY AND PROTECTION FOR ALL CITIZENS.

The parade route followed Center Street in downtown Kingsport and ended on Shelby Street in the parking lot between City Hall and the Justice Center. Over two hundred marchers and onlookers could be seen bearing signs with messages of peace, hope and unity. “This was a record breaking year for participants during the 20 years of marches and parades,” said parade organizer Ronnie Collins. Collins said this year’s parade theme, “Our World, His Dream: Nonviolence, it’s a choice! — Nonviolence 365,” is timely in light of recent shootings and other hate-fueled events. “We had so much violence last year,” Collins said. “So we’re just saying violence is a choice, and we’re encouraging everybody to be nonviolent. … Violence just (leads to) more violence, so we want to discourage that and encourage people to begin to love more.”

THE MLK PARADE’S GRAND MARSHALLS ELDER GWEN COLLINS, JGII (3RD FROM LEFT) AND ORGANIZER RONNIE COLLINS, TVFAR (5TH FROM THE LEFT) WITH KINGSPORT’S CITY LEADERS.

The parade route followed Center Street in downtown Kingsport and ended on Shelby Street in the parking lot between City Hall and the Justice Center. Over two hundred marchers and onlookers could be seen bearing signs with messages of peace, hope and unity. “This was a record breaking year for participants during the 20 years of marches and parades,” said parade organizer Ronnie Collins. The parade not only celebrated King’s legacy, but also the unification of the Kingsport community. City Mayor John Clark said the parade is a reminder of the progress that has been made in Kingsport over the years. Children playing with one another, attendees of diverse racial backgrounds and community speakers were among the prevalent examples of this progress. “I’ve always admired Dr. King for his leadership and his call to action for peace, by embracing the importance of equality, diversity, unity and most importantly, mutual respect for one another. I’m also thankful that we live in a city that embraces Dr. King’s ideals in everything that we do for our citizens,” said mayor Clark. Other speakers included Parade Organizer Ronnie Collins, Kingsport Chief of Police David Quillin, Kingsport City Manager Jeff Fleming, Reverend Charles Hawkins, Reverend Ricardo Dorcean, pastors of local churches, community leaders, and non-profit organizations. Collins said he hopes the event has reminded people to reject violence and move forward with peace and love. “If you’re part of a nonviolent movement of any kind, you’re doing it the right way,” Collins said. “If you can love people who don’t love you, you’re doing it the right way.” 82

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VARIOUS COMMUNITY GROUPS PARTICIPATED IN THE MARCH, INCLUDING JOSHUA GENERATION, LOCAL PAGENT QUEENS, H.O.P.E, NEW VISION YOUTH, AND AKA SORORITY.

SINORIA LEWIS ACCEPTS COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE ON BEHALF OF MONICA LEWIS PATRICK, FORMER CO-DIRECTOR OF JOSHUA GENERATION INTERNATIONAL INC (JGII) FOR THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TENNESSEE & VIRGINA FELLOWSHIP AGAINST RACISM’S (TVFAR) FIRST MLK DAY MARCH HELD JANUARY 19, 1998 IN KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE.

YOUNG PARTICIPANTS WALKING TOGETHER DISPLAYING UNITY!


SHERMAN L. PATRICK, PROFESSOR AT NORTHEAST STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND FORMER CO-DIRECTOR OF JOSHUA GENERATION INTERNATIONAL INC (JGII) FOR THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TENNESSEE & VIRGINA FELLOWSHIP AGAINST RACISM’S (TVFAR) FIRST MLK DAY MARCH HELD JANUARY 19, 1998 IN KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE.

A YOUNG PARTICIPANT REPRESENTING H.O.P.E.!

PARADE ORGANIZER RONNIE COLLINS LOOKS ON WHILE CITY MAYOR JOHN CLARK SPEAKS TO THE PARADE PARTICIPANTS ON THE STEPS OF KINGSPORT CITY HALL.

SHANEQUA CARPENTER, TANIYHA PHILLIPS AND QUEDENCE SOMETVILLE CARRYING H.O.P.E.’S BANNER.

YOUNG PARICIPANTS REPRESENTING JOSHUA GENRATION INTERNATION INC.’S (JGII).

TIFFANY AND KAYDEN COLSTON PARTICIPATED WITH OVER TWO HUNDRED MARCHERS AND ONLOOKERS COULD BE SEEN BEARING SIGNS WITH MESSAGES OF HOPE, PEACE AND UNITY IN DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT DURING THE MLK PARADE.

KAYDEN AND KIRAH COLSTON REFLECTING ON THE MLK PARADE ON THE STEPS OF KINGSPORT CITY HALL.

COOPER AND RIVER DORCEAN FROM THE FATHER’S KINGDOM CHRISTIAN CENTER.


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JESSICA NEELY AND DAD GARY

ADAM, HOLLY, AND EMMA SAMPSON

BRANDON, SULEE, KALEE, AND CODY SENTER (BRANDON IS A DISPLACED MINER HIRED BY SPEARHEAD TRAILS TO BUILD IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA)

3B NATIONAL

OUTDOOR EXPO PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY CRYSTAL DAWN CARTER

Snow did not deter many outdoor enthusiasts during the recent 3B Outdoor Expo held at Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport. The three-day event brought in several people from the region to look at several booths set up inside the convention center. Fishing rods made from carrot fibers, potions that cloak the human scent, hunting clubs, taxidermy, and so much more could be found inside. There was also a featured area for exhibitions on the latest equipment, and an area where one could test out their archery skills. Boats, vehicles of all kinds, and even a few booths you wouldn’t expect at an outdoor expo.

JAMES, KATRINA, AND SAMANTHA GOSNELL, AND MASON SMITH

There were tons of local vendors including Spearhead Trails, a group that is working to create trails all through Southwestern Virginia to increase tourism. They are also training and employing displaced mine workers to create these trails. Carrot Stix is using carrot fibers to fish and Major League Lures has ever y kind you can imagine. Need a hook that matches? They have paired with a small business in Hampton, Tennessee called Z-DEWS that can match any weight hooks perfectly.

SCOTT COLLIER, DAKOTA VAN HUSS, AND GILBERT COLLIER

There were several clothing outlets that cater to outdoor and southern women, Tupperware, blankets, and of course the Abingdon Olive Oil Company was on hand to provide oils, balsamic solutions, and rubs for cooking up anything from fish to game. The 3B Outdoor organization hopes to make this an annual event, and judging by one booth it shouldn’t be a problem. He says he does 28 shows a year and has never had friendlier or harder working show staff than at this expo.

KANDRA MCDAVID (3B HUNTING PRO STAFF)

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MIKE ADLER AND JAIMA GEMMELL

MORGAN MUNSEY, TESSA GONCE, AND SHAYLA SANDERSON

TRACY GASS AND JENNIFER LASHLEE, SPONSORS OF THE EVENT WITH BOOMCO INC. EQUIPMENT RENTALS

CARDS, CRAPS &

CASINO NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY HEATH OWENS

“Welcome to G-Vegas!” read the sign at the entryway to the Cards, Craps and Casino Night at the General Morgan Inn’s Grand Ballroom on January 14. The “G-Vegas” Casino was filled with various gaming tables such as roulette, craps and blackjack.

TANNER GASS, SHARON HOPSON, AND JUSTIN TOMLINSON

The evening included food from the chef at the General Morgan Inn as well as door prizes, a silent and live auction, dancing, Vegas-themed attire and a photo booth. Stefanie Roberts, Pam Johnson and Dessi Foster were the masterminds behind the planning of the event and the fundraiser. Roberts and Johnson are also participating in the 2017 Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars Competition.

“THEY DON’T CALL IT G-VEGAS FOR NOTHING!”

SHARON HOPSON, BOB LOTCH, AND PAM JOHNSON

The event was a fundraiser for SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services in Limestone, Tennessee and was presented by BoomCo Inc. Equipment Rentals and sponsored by a number of other local businesses. SteppenStone is a residential treatment facility for boys between the ages of 13-17 who experience emotional and behavioral problems. Many of these children have been abused or neglected. SteppenStone provides a continuum of treatment in a residential setting as well as day treatment, after school treatment and outpatient treatment.

DANCERS ENJOYED THE EVENINGS MUSIC AND SHOWED OFF SOME OF THEIR MOVES

STEFANIE ROBERTS, DESSI FOSTER, AND PAM JOHNSON

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Day Trippin’ with Linda JONESBOROUGH & CHUCKEY

TENNESSEE I

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDA COFFEY

have this habit, when a friend asks me if I want to tag along, I try to jump in their car as fast as possible! There are so many places to explore and things to see in our beautiful area. We headed to Chuckey, TN to pick up some soup mix. I was not prepared for the experience of Mountain View Bulk Foods. (I do believe I may be one of the last people in this area to know about this gem!) Everyone in the store was greeting one another and having fun with the shopping experience. Personally, I got busy trying out the dips and sauces. The owner, Tim Troyer and his wife Rachel, moved to this area from Ohio in 2000. They were both raised in Amish homes and good quality, home cooked meals were a part of their lives. They purchase in bulk and re-bag it into smaller quantities, if desired. They also support local small businesses by promoting their foods and business’s. While I was taking photos, Tim asked me if I knew “Auntie Ruth”. She was in the store making purchases for her business, “Auntie Ruth’s Donuts”. I’ve had one of her donuts and I understand why her food truck always has a long line at local businesses and festivals! (She is also a relative of the Troyer family!) Mountain View offers sandwiches and daily specials. There is a cute patio area available. With the area having many great hiking trails, this would be a great stop for a meal afterwards! After leaving Mountain View, we headed to Jonesborough for some exercise – walking through town and some shopping! Several shops were having sales – always a good reason to shop! This is an easy day trip to make from any of the towns in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia. The ride is beautiful and as always…..day trips around here are amazing! www.vipseenmag.com | march 2017

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Inaugural

Stigma Stops Now Gala featuring guest speaker Ashley Judd PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY SAVANNA MCDAVID

The room was buzzing Friday evening at the Millennium Centre with people from around the region. Many attendees have dedicated their lives work to fighting the stigma of mental health and fighting for victims and their families. The Frontier Health Foundation hosted the event and serves every day to help promote sustainability of the highest quality mental health, addiction and intellectual disabilities. “We have been so pleased with the outpouring of support and interest from our community for this event,” said Dr. Teresa Kidd Ph.D. President and CEO of Frontier Health. Guest speaker Ashley Judd shared her heartfelt life story with attendees after dinner and sparked a meaningful conversation between everyone in the room. Joybella McCray, Director of Development for the Frontier Health Foundation, stated “We hope to have engaged our community with information should they need help and want to be a part of the impact of help we provide across our region.” Frontier Health Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 1957 and serves over 50,000 people every year. This inaugural Stigma Stops Now Gala has opened new doors and started new conversations for our community that will bring about a positive change.

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DAVID TOMITA AND PAUL TRIVETTE

ASHLEY JUDD

SHERRI AND GREG FEATHERS

BILL AND KATHY BENEDETTO WITH RICK MURRAY AND CONNOR WHITAKER

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Monkee’s Fashion

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PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY JACQUELINE JOSEPH

Monkee’s of Johnson City was honored to host a fashion trunk show this past December featuring the beautiful VOZ apparel line. The VOZ design studio is located in Brooklyn, NY, and the line is designed by current New Yorker and Johnson City native, Lauren Jones, daughter of local fashionista Valda Jones.  Customers and guests were treated to mimosas, champagne, and treats while getting to see and shop the beautiful line and meet Lauren in person.  It was a very successful trunk show, and Monkee’s plans to host Lauren and VOZ again in the spring!


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REV. AND MRS. LATNEY UNITED WAY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY/JOHNSON CITY

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DICK COLLINS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE

Friendship Foundation

Night of Giving PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY CRYSTAL DAWN CARTER

Mitch Walters dreamed of building an automotive empire, and he succeeded. Mitch and his wife Danea also wanted to support the community that supports them, and through the creation of The Friendship Foundation they have helped over 50 non-profit organizations this year. Representatives of those organizations gathered at Friendship Motorsports on November 3, 2016 for the Friendship Foundation Night of Giving to accept their charitable gift. The Walters, with faithful companion Tucker by their side, gave money to children, schools, animals, and health care providers. These recipients shared a portion of the $163,150 raised by the foundation.

MOUNTAIN MISSIONS SCHOOL

Organizations apply for funds that the Walters’ family donates to the foundation from the sale of each automobile. Mitch believes so whole-heartedly in the funds going to charities, that no money from it is used for the Night of Giving. Restaurants donated food, and they fittingly used motorsport helmets as lovely centerpieces, after all, that leaves more money to help others. The family is so volunteer oriented that Danea had to leave this event early to assist at another charity event also scheduled for the same night! The Walters family hopes to keep the Night of Giving as an annual tradition.

CATHY SALLY FROM JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AND MITCH WALTERS

WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE HUMANE SOCIETY WITH GENA FRYE (SULLIVAN COUNTY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER)

TUCKER WALTERS

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA


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CAROLYN FAIN AND CYNTHIA GARRETT

BRODERICK DEAN

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Day Dinner PHOTOGRAPHY AND STORY BY CRYSTAL DAWN CARTER

Community members gathered at Carver Recreation Center to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The wonderful selection of food was lovingly cooked by a few members of the community for the entire event that included more than one-hundred participants.

DEACON ROBERT MCKINNEY

Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee and his Carver staff created a night with music, remembrance, and a lasting message for the community. Mylayja Mathis gave the audience a history of MLK from birth to his death in Memphis, Tennessee. Broderick Dean then recited Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. Loretta Bowers provided the music. Emcee for the event was Deacon Robert McKinney of Grace Tabernacle Church.

MALAYJA MATHIS

The featured speaker Rev. Aaron Murphy was welcomed to the stage by Barbara Waterson. Rev. Murphy spoke to the audience about taking care of our community and the people in it, no matter the situation that everyone should look out for their fellow man. Weney Elrod and Herb Greenlee then did a presentation to two local groups that have been helping the community. Preston McKee and John Burchett, IV. The men have helped the community for the last several years from educational experiences to offering funding for student trips.

DEBRA BUFORD, TERETHA AKINS, AND WAYNE ROBERTSON VOLUNTEERED TO COOK AND SERVE FOOD

JOHN BURCHETT IV

KENNETH “HERB” GREENELEE

Carver is currently raising funds to take students on a trip to Washington, D.C.

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Kingsport Chamber 70th Annual Dinner STORY BY LINDA COFFEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDA COFFEY AND NATHAN MAYS

The Kingsport Chamber celebrated the city’s centennial and showcased another solid year of growth and development for the community February 3rd at the Kingsport Chamber 70th Annual Dinner! Hosted at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, “the Nation’s Number One Party Band” – Party on the Moon – entertained another record and sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 at “Kingsport’s Social Event of the Year!”   “It was another perfect night to celebrate this extraordinary city we are so fortunate to call home,” said Miles Burdine, Kingsport Chamber president and CEO.  “We highlighted a number of significant accomplishments, investments and new projects in Kingsport in addition to promoting our city’s 100th year.  2017 is going to be a memorable year in the life of our community.”   “It was a wonderful evening and a perfect event to celebrate Kingsport’s centennial,” said Kenny Lawrence, Kingsport Chamber 70th Annual Dinner chair and WJHL News Channel 11/ABC Tri-Cities president and general manager.  “The team at WJHL News Channel 11 and ABC Tri-Cities is honored to be in our 18th year in hosting this incredible event that promotes such an exceptional city.”   The event remains the largest Chamber annual dinner in the nation.   Eastman served as title sponsor and WJHL News Channel 11/ABC Tri-Cities was host sponsor.  Holston Valley Medical Center was the entertainment sponsor, Eastman Credit Union served as concert hall and stage sponsor, Chef’s Pizzeria and Appalachian Power were the program sponsors and Food City was the printing sponsor.   As part of the celebration, the Kingsport Chamber showcased several community projects and endeavors that were accomplished or announced last year.

DR. KATHY SANDERS AND DAUGHTER

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STEVE AND ASHLEY GRINDSTAFF

KINGSPORT CHAMBER STAFF

CASSIE AND CHARLES HONAKER

DESSI AND JOSH FOSTER

KIM AND STAN PACE

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CRAWFORD AND LEANN CRAWFORD

MILES BURDINE AND CEEGEE MCCORD


ANDY AND JENNY WAMPLER

JEFF AND CHRISTI FLEMING

RHONDA CHAFIN, VALENTINA ESCOBAR, AND KATHY SMITH

SUE AND TIM ATTEBERY

RICK AND BYTHA KILGORE

ROBERT AND KATIE HORNSEY

CHAIBA BLOOMER, SHANEQUA CARPENTER, ADONIS PHILLIPS, AND STELLA ROBINETTE

ROB BATOT AND CHRIS DAGENHART

JOHN AND LINDA BUCKLES

DAVID AND TAMMY JONES

GARY AND TAMMIE HEATON

SHAWN AND LINDA O’DELL

NEIL AND SHERRI MOSLEY

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KATE AND KENNY LAWRENCE WITH BOB FEAGINS AND AMY LYNN

JEREMY SALYER, CONNIE SALYER, AND CHAD BLAKELY

FAMILY OF STEPHEN AND TRIDA LAHAIR

CARLOS AND CAYCI CARVAJAL

ALANE LEEPER AND ELEANOR MARTIN

STACEY AND GINNY ERVIN WITH MIGGIE AND DAVID ATKINSON

JENNIFER AND STACY SALYER

SCOTT AND VALERIE ROBERTSON

JOSH SMITH AND SARA DIAMOND

LEA ANN RASAR AND CLAY WALKER

LOUISE AND TODD DICKSON

MELANIE BUCHANAN AND CARRIE BOWMAN

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LEE-LEE WILLIAMS (GRINDSTAFF AUTO)

BRIAN AND CONNIE BARTLEY

HORIZON CREDIT UNION WITH ERNIE RUMSBY

TODD AND MELISSA OLDEN

JOHN AND ANGELA VACHON WITH KELLI AND BRIAN TRENT

RON RAMSEY WITH HIS SMOKIN’ HOT WIFE, SINDY

GATHERING FOR THE EVENT!

FRIENDS ON THE RED CARPET!

BETH HARWELL (SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE) WITH STEPHEN AND TRIDA LAHAIR

CHARLES AND BRENDA WHITE WRIGHT

SARAH MULLINS WITH CHRISTOPHER, CHRIS, AND SIGGY BOEHM

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SHIRLEY CARRIER AND BRENDA WOOD

MICHAEL BENNETT WITH JULIE BENNETT

KEITH WILSON AND PAM COX

MELVIN DRUMGOOLE AND GLORIA CLARK

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CHRIS AND DANELLE GLASSCOCK

JEFF AND JOHN MCCORD

BEVERLY AND RANDY THOMAS

COLONEL KENT AND LESLIE LEONARD

BRAD AND LEIGH ANNE HOOVER

JANYCE AND BILL DUDNEY

LUTHER AND MARY CAIN

DARRELL AND SHARON DUNCAN

NATHAN AND JAMIE JACKSON

PARKER AND KAY ANN SMITH


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