Martha Nan Meredith

Martha Nan Meredith
2002 Award of Honor

Her tireless commitment to serving the community and her alma mater are two ways Martha Nan Meredith is making a positive change in the quality of our region. Meredith began her studies at East Tennessee State University in 1954, but marriage and children postponed her graduation. However, it did not stop her enthusiasm in gaining a degree.

In 1967 she returned to campus to receive a bachelor of science in history. Meredith states there was only one other lady in her classes near her age when she returned to ETSU, but they became fast friends and even grocery shopped together around 11 p.m. after evening classes.

Meredith has a long-standing tradition for leadership service in health care, community service and youth programs. She stands as a role model for other service-minded individuals in our community. Recently, Meredith has been serving as the chairman of the Med Tech Park Board, past chairman of the Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation, and vice chairman of the Johnson City Public Building Authority. She served as the first president of the Friends of Johnson City Public Library, chairman of the Oakland Park Children's Home, and is a past president for the Junior League of Johnson City and Tennessee Assembly of Hospital Trustees. Meredith has also been a member of the board of directors for several organizations such as the Johnson City Medical Center, where she served for nine years and was chairman of the board from 1992 to 1993, Salvation Army, League of Women Voters, Johnson City/Washington County Economic Development, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Meredith also has the support of her friends and neighbors in representing her district as a Washington County Commissioner for the past 20 years. She was elected on September 1, 1982, and is currently finishing this term, which ends on September 1, 2002. Meredith is also no stranger to being recognized for her accomplishments. She was the 1999 Spirit of Johnson City winner and the recipient of the Outstanding Community Woman award. She also was awarded a Meritorious Service Award for her service as a member of the Washington County Education Task Force. In 1992, Meredith received a Meritorious Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association for her "untiring commitment to women's health, children's health, and quality health care."

Meredith is married to J.H. 'Bill' Meredith and is the mother of four and grandmother of 10. She is an active member of First Christian Church of Johnson City, and a managing partner in the Colonial Corporation, a property management and development business in Johnson City.