Meet Our Staff

  


Valerie Boger

COORDINATOR-SECRETARY TO SURGERY CHAIRMAN

A native of California, Valerie and her husband, Neal, moved to Jonesborough in 2006.  They have lived in various places including France, Africa, and Hawaii.  She enjoys gardening, art, volleyball, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.  In addition to her coordinator responsibilities Valerie serves as administrative assistant to the department chair.  Her duties include planning and coordinating Grand Rounds, Medical Horizons, lectureships and facilitating surgery call schedules and department pagers.  Valerie feels blessed to be a part of the surgery team.

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Caitlin Bailey
TECHNICAL CLERK- RESIDENT ASSISTANT

Caitlin is a native of Johnson City and a recent graduate of ETSU.  She is secretary to the surgical residents and two of the department faculty members.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being on the lake, reading, playing sports, and serving as an advisor for her college sorority.

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Carolyn Hopson, MA

BUSINESS MANAGER-ADMINISTRATOR

Carolyn has been with the department of surgery since 1995.  She has been excited to share in the department's growth in teaching, research and funding opportunities.  She is responsible for the academic and clinical administration functions of the department.  She received her masters degree from Tusculum College and undergraduate degree from ETSU.  She enjoys family time and friends, boating, swimming and reading.


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Sheila Lyons
TECHNICAL CLERK-MEDIA SPECIALIST

Sheila has been with the department since 2005.  Her responsibilities include production of the department newsletter, maintaining the department web sites, handbooks, and supporting nine of the department faculty. She loves motorcycle riding with her husband, bicycling, spending time with her friends and family, and playing with her grandchildren.

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Lorena Burton

INFORMATION RESEARCH TECH - CLERKSHIP COORDINATOR

Lorena Burton, a native of the Mojave desert area in California, is the clerkship coordinator for surgery.   Lorena enjoys the outdoors, hiking, water-related activities, gardening and most of all her 3 grandsons.

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Brenda Holt
TECHNICAL CLERK

Brenda began work on May 20, 2013, as a information research tech and assistant to the student clerkship. She previously worked as a special education assistant for 10 yrs. She loves spending time with her 2 sons and granddaughter.


Alice Terrell 


Alice Terrell

INFORMATION RESEARCH TECH-RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Alice has Worked in the Department of Surgery for 16 years and in higher education for 35.  She provides support to the Research Faculty and Staff of the Department of Surgery.  When not working she enjoys reading, music and gardening.

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Julie Simerly
SURGERY RESIDENT COORDINATOR

Julie is a native of Elizabethton, TN.  She has been with the department since 2012, and she feels so blessed to have the opportunity to work with the surgery residents, faculty, and staff every day.  Julie is a graduate of Milligan College and has previously spent five years working in the field of human resources.  In her spare time, she is an avid reader, photographer, movie-watcher, and sports fan.  Most of all, she loves spending time with her friends, family, two dogs (Maggie Jane and Ace), and cat (Scout).

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Penny Wright

INFORMATION RESEARCH TECH

Penny is a native of Bristol and a graduate of ETSU.  She is responsible for purchasing and reimbursements for the department.  Penny budgets accounts and is the assistant to the Office Manager.  She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her motorcycle, and traveling.