2015 Board of Directors - Members at Large

Kevin Woods

  • Shelby County, At-Large Member
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Kevin Woods is serving his second term as TSBA At-Large Member. He served as the Director of Career Development with New Horizons where he worked for 12 years. He has been a two-time recipient of The President’s Club -- the highest accomplishment for any consultant with New Horizons. He was recently appointed as the Executive Director of Workforce Investment Networks, where he and his colleagues assist Memphis, Shelby County, and Fayette County with improving employment opportunities for its citizens. He received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Business, both from the University of Memphis. As a husband and father of two girls, he is committed to his community, where he sits on his Homeowners Association Board; he raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and supports community involvement initiatives through his affiliation with Memphis Alumni Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where he is an active member. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Shelby County School Board and is also the immediate past-president. He is a graduate of New Memphis Institute, Leadership Memphis Executive Class, and was named a Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 recipient.


Lynne Fugate

  • Knox County, At-Large Member
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Lynne Fugate serves as TSBA At-Large Member and has served on the Knox County Board of Education since 2010. She served as chairman in 2013-2014 and vice chairman in 2012-2013. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Drug Commission, and as the Vice President for the Holston Conference Foundation. Lynne is also a member of the Executive Women’s Association, Leadership Knoxville Class of 2000, East Tennessee Regional Leadership Class of 2004, and Junior League of Knoxville. She has served on various other boards and received many awards for her outstanding leadership and community service. She has her B.S. degree in Business Administration/Finance from UT. For twenty-five years, she has been a banker and is currently serving as the Knox County Market Executive for SmartBank. She and her husband, Scott, have two sons, Henley and Patrick.


Jimmie Garland

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County, At-Large Member
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Jimmie Garland serves as TSBA At-Large Member. He has been a member of the Clarksville/Montgomery County Board of Education since 2001. He serves as the current board chairman, and also served in this capacity from 2010-2011. Other boards for which he has served are: President of the Clarksville Branch NAACP 5582 from 2001-Present; Vice President of the TN State Conference NAACP from 2006-Present; and Clarksville Big Brother Big Sister from 2001-2006 and as chairman in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Bethel University. Jimmie retired from the U.S. Amy at the rank of Chief Warrant Office 4, after twenty-nine years of service. He and his wife, Reverend Jane Garland have three grown children and six grandchildren.


Amy Heckethorn

  • Dyersburg, At-Large Member
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Amy Heckethorn serves as TSBA At-Large Member. She has served on the Dyersburg Board of Education since 2005, and formerly served from 1992-2001. She served as chairman from 2010-2014 and vice chairman from 2006-2010. She was a member of the 2009 All Tennessee School Board. Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and serves as a farm manager and homemaker. She and her husband, Patrick, are former owners of Heckethorn Products, Inc. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and skiing.


Bob Alvey

  • NSBA Southern Region Director, Ex Officio Member
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Robert (Bob) Alvey, Jr., served as the 2013 Immediate Past President, 2012 President, 2011 President-Elect and the 2009-2010 Southwest District Director on the TSBA Board of Directors. A resident of Jackson, Bob has been a member of the Jackson-Madison County Board of Education since 2002. He has served as his School Board Chairman, TLN Representative, FRN Representative, and a member of the TLN Board of Directors. He has achieved Level V/Master Board Member status in the TSBA Boardsmanship Program. He was named to the All Tennessee School Board for 2010, and has received the NSBA Distinguished Service Award. In 2014, he was inducted into the TSBA Scholars Circle. Bob is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering. Bob retired from the Procter and Gamble Company after working in the Duracell Personal Power business and Household Care Business Unit. He currently serves as the Board Chairman for the Smiles and Blessings Dental Ministry, and serves as a Director for the Jackson Area Wide Soccer Association. Bob attends Englewood Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and Youth Sunday School Teacher. Bob is married (Amy) and has two children: Meredith, a 2010 graduate of Auburn University, and Rob, a senior at Union University.