James Clark serves as a Geologist and Environmental Consultant in the Division of Solid Waste Management at the Dept. of Environment and Conservation. Captain Clark also serves as Company Commander of the 913th Engineer Company in the Tennessee Army National Guard. His 27 year military career includes deployments to Southwest Asia and Africa. His accomplishments include providing the people of Ethiopia with clean drinking water by drilling wells for three communities. As a geologist, Clark is coordinating ground water monitoring plans for the coal ash storage ponds at TVA Fossil Plants.
John Geas is a Probation Parole Officer in the Dept. of Correction Field Services with domestic violence expertise. Previously, Petty Officer First Class Geas served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, including in Southwest Asia. After military retirement, he pursued a career in law enforcement with specialties in domestic violence. His expertise made him one of the lead instructors in responding to domestic violence, maintaining a case load compliance rate of 97% or higher every month. Geas is the Domestic Violence Liaison with the MNPD.
Rocky Kelley is a Senior Technician and Radiation Safety Officer with the Pavement Evaluation Team at the Dept. of Transportation. Previously, Sergeant Kelley served more than eight years in the U.S. Army, including in Southwest Asia. He travels the state to inspect 700 roadway miles a month and is consistently finds ways to maximize efficiency, reduce costs and improve processes. Additionally, Kelley is also overseeing the Density Nuclear Gauge Program at headquarters. Through his audit of the program, Kelley has identified inefficiencies and implemented training in coordination with TDEC.
Michael Lenart is the Talent Management Assistant Director at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Corporal Lenart served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a rifleman, and his time in uniform included a deployment to Southwest Asia. He was attached to a Navy SEAL team, deactivated and destroyed mines, served in a tactical hostage rescue team and urban rescue operations. In his most recent role, Lenart has become certified in 100% of all Dept. of Human Resources available Train the Trainer courses, leading to a 98% completion rate for level one supervisor training at TWRA.
Iliff McMahan, Jr. is currently a Regional Director for the Dept. of Economic and Community Development. Specialist McMahan served three years in the U.S. Army and was an expert marksman. After his time in uniform, McMahan served two terms as Cocke County Mayor and continued in public service in the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and most recently ECD. He has led the Northeast Regional Team which has produced record growth with 7,782 jobs and 78 projects.
Donna Tidwell is Director of Emergency Medical Services and has worked 31 years for the state. A registered nurse and paramedic, First Lt. Tidwell served in the Tenn. Army National Guard and later as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, with tours in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She's the Primary Emergency Service Coordinator for the Dept. of Health. Her recent work includes coordinating nurse volunteers and strike teams deployed to North Carolina for Hurricane Matthew, supporting EMS teams during the Gatlingburg wildfires, and supporting deployment of personnel for Hurricane Irma.