Katherine Barteck, Psy.D.
Katherine Barteck, Psy.D., was raised in rural Missouri. Ten years ago, she chose to return to her rural roots and settle her family in Northeast TN. Dr. Barteck works for the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center where she serves our Nation’s Veterans as a Staff Psychologist, the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator, and the Transgender Health Facility Lead. She has also owned her own private practice in Johnson City, TN since 2014.
Prior to moving to Tennessee, she provided in-home therapy to children and families in both the rural and urban communities of Northern Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Barteck’s education includes Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001, a Master’s degree in General Psychology from the Catholic University of America in 2005, and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2012.
In her time off, Dr. Barteck serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Highlands Diversity & Inclusion Alliance, Inc, raises 3 children (one about to start at ETSU), and tries to keep up with her husband of 14 years. Dr. Barteck is hopeful the Alliance can help promote an economically thriving, diverse, equitable, and inclusive community which her family and their families’ families can enjoy and prosper in for generations to come.
Michelle Black has been employed by Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership (NeTREP) since 2017, which focuses on economic and community development efforts within Carter, Unicoi, and Washington Counties, where she is currently the Community Relations Manager. Michelle became a Board Member for the DEI Alliance in 2021 to help make the place she now calls home a safer, more equitable, and inclusive place for all to live and grow, but has been a member of the DEI Alliance since 2019.
Originally from Ohio, Michelle is excited to make the Appalachian Highlands a more accepting and inclusive place that is welcome to all that want to call it home, as she now does. Ms. Black holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Master of Public Administration degree from East Tennessee State University which she received in 2018. When she is not working on economic and community development projects or within the DEI realm, you can usually find her creating art, doing something nerdy, or just playing with her two dogs, Grimm and Reeper.
Suzanne Bryant Ed.D.
Dr. Bryant has served in public education for 31 years. She currently serves in the Greeneville City School district as the Assistant Director for Instruction where she supervises curriculum and instruction for students in grades PreK – 12. She has led the district’s Diversity Team since coming to Greeneville in 2010.
Prior to her time in Greeneville, she served the Campbell County School District in the roles of Data and Curriculum Coordinator, Elementary Principal, and Kindergarten Teacher. She credits her learning with the GCS Diversity team as the most personally and professionally impactful work of her career.
Dr. Bryant lives in Greeneville, TN with her husband, Bobby. They have two adult daughters, Alicia and Amanda. She enjoys reading, boating, and working with youth in her church.
Heather is an experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. She is skilled in Emergency Management, Communication, Disaster Response, Team Building, and Public Speaking. Strong program and project management professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Communication and Media Studies from Austin Peay State University. She currently works as the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Tennessee in Kingsport, Tennessee.
George Chamoun has been employed by Eastman since March of 2011 and is currently the Business Process Excellence Manager for the company’s Specialty Plastics business.
George’s education includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer.
George was recognized in 2021 by Business Equality Pride Magazine as one of their 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. In 2018, a front-page Johnson City Press article (link) described George as an adventurer that aims to promote acceptance and inclusion. He founded and became the Vice President of the 510(c)(3) non-profit organization ‘TriPride TN’ in 2017. George served served as the lead for Eastman’s Employee Resource Group, ‘Equality,’ for two years. Equality’s mission is to make Eastman a more inclusive and welcoming workplace for LGBT employees.
Chris Dagenhart retired from Eastman Chemical in 2017. During his career at Eastman, which commenced in 1980, he held a long list of positions ending with an assignment managing new business development projects.
In 2016, Chris co-founded one of Eastman’s inaugural Employee Resource Groups, Equality, helping Eastman begin to realize the full potential of LGBTQ+ employees and their allies. Under his tenure, Equality membership surpassed 120 employees involving lesbian, gay and bisexual employees and their straight allies. In the community, Chris currently serves as Vice-President of the ‘DEI Alliance of NE Tennessee and SW Virginia’. Chris served from 2018-2020 on the Board of the regional LGBTQ+ Pride organization, TriPrideTN, Inc. In addition, Chris serves as the Mayor’s representative on the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission.
Chris lives in Johnson City with his husband, Rob Batot. Chris and Rob co-founded and operate Sensational Seasonings, LLC. He also enjoys spending time with his two children and two granddaughters – Charley and Murphy.
Adam Dickson is a relationship manager and servant-leader. His professional experiences include local government, community development, higher education and the nonprofit sector.
Adam currently works for the City of Johnson City, TN as Supervisor of the Langston Centre (Langston), a facility promoting multicultural awareness through community arts, education, and leadership. Langston sits on the site of the former Langston High School, Johnson City, TN’s black high school from 1893-1965. Langston seeks to accomplish three objectives. First, Langston preserves the memories of the alumni of Langston High School and celebrates Johnson City’s African-American experience. Second, Langston creates artistic and educational programs for students to learn, have fun, and develop necessary life skills. Third, Langston serves as a “community hub” for innovative ideas to address serious social problems and to promote community engagement.
Adam is an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at East TN State University. For 15 years he has taught the course “Black American Political Thought” which examines black political ideology and the role of race in American political development. Adam currently serves as Vice-Mayor for the Town of Jonesborough, TN, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carson-Newman University. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from East TN State University in 2004.
Larry Durham is the Human Resources business unit manager at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, Tennessee, and leads the HR organization as a member of the site’s senior management team.
Mr. Durham possesses more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources and has provided employee and executive consultation, employee relations management, recruiting and HR risk management services to various functions, departments and organizations.
Mr. Durham supported Duke Energy’s Nuclear Generation Department for more than two years, operating out of the Oconee Nuclear Station where he provided support to the engineering, chemistry, supply chain, site services and training functions.
Mr. Durham’s assignment before arriving at NFS involved leading the Duke Energy enterprise diversity and inclusion function with responsibility for developing, deploying and monitoring the implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies.
Margaret is a community leader serving in various roles striving for a community that builds resilience, working with Bristol’s Promise, and in addition to the ACC Leadership team, serving on the Strong Brains Advisory Board, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance, Family Promise of Bristol, the United Way of Bristol TN/VA, and serving the citizens of Bristol on Bristol TN City Council.
As president and CEO of Frontier Health, Kristie Hammonds’ personal passion is to see that anyone struggling with addiction or a mental health need would feel safe reaching out for help. As a regional community behavioral health care organization, Frontier is on the frontline of the surge of substance abuse care needs throughout the community. One of her goals is to build sufficient capacity to serve each need in the moment. Having many years of experience in a variety of health care services, she brings a unique perspective on both clinical and community-based programs. She joined the DEI Alliance to have an opportunity to learn, share and be a part of change in our Region as it relates to diversity, inclusion and systemic racism. At Frontier, we are committed to providing hope and healing. The effects of trauma and re-traumatization are real and it is vital that we understand how that affects our communities as a whole. Sharing a home in Gate City with her husband and two daughters, she relishes the beauty of the mountains. However, she is most appreciative of the generous people who are quick to help and willing to come together to help each other.
Tina D. McDaniel
Tina D. McDaniel worked as a human resource professional for a global telecommunications corporation prior to retiring in 2017. She then became involved with the YWCA of Northeast TN and Southwest VA where her passion aligned with the organization’s mission of — Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. While at the YWCA, she was one of the organizers of Bristol’s first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. Her passion for Racial Reconciliation and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has facilitated partnerships with East Tennessee PBS — Black in Appalachia and other community organizations. Tina has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). She has completed Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion certificate program. Tina has served on ETSU’s Roan Scholar selection team, currently serves on the advisory board for King University’s Institute for Faith and Culture, board member for Arts Alliance of the Mountain Empire (AAME), and a member of Northeast State Community College’s Inclusive Excellence advisory committee. She is currently employed as Human Resource Manager for Ballad Health’s Russell County Hospital in Lebanon, Virginia, and resides in Bristol, TN with her husband William.
Lottie Ryans has served as the Director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives for the First Tennessee Development District since April 2016. In this role, she develops creative partnerships and programs to ensure a strong workforce pipeline working with k-12, post-secondary, economic developers and business and industry. She also works with school systems and community partners to address literacy issues in an eight county region. Ryans frequently serves as a speaker for professional development workshops and as a panelist for community engagement forums. She also participates in business recruitment initiatives with regional partners.
Kathy Young is a Director, Senior Operations Managers for Citigroup in Gray, TN. Prior to relocating to Johnson City when she joined Citi in 2018, Kathy was an Executive Director for JP Morgan Chase for almost 27 years out of Tampa, FL, and Garden City, NY. Kathy is originally from Bridgeport, CT.
Since joining Citi and moving to the area, Kathy became the Business Sponsor of the local LGBTQ+ Pride Network for Citi, serves as a Board Member for Tri-Cities Regional Junior Achievement, and is the Treasurer on the Shelter Management Foundation Board. She has also been a part of the local Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.