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National Alumni Association announces 2016-17 officers, new board members
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JOHNSON CITY – The East Tennessee State University National Alumni Association (NAA) announces the officers and new members of the organization’s board of directors for 2016-17.

Renee Bays Lockhart is president of the NAA.  She is a member of ETSU’s Class of 1987 and a 1989 graduate with a master of accountancy and is the chief financial officer of Heritage Family Funeral Service Inc. and Heritage Family Management in Bluff City.  Lockhart served as the board’s president-elect in 2015-16.

Lawrence Counts, a 1979 graduate, is president-elect in 2016-17.  He is an attorney and owner of Mountain States Title Co., Johnson City.

Mark Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia, is vice president.  The 1984 graduate is an attorney at The Thomas Firm.

Bryan Daniels, who graduated in 1995 and 1997, is the new secretary of the NAA board.  He is president and CEO of Blount Partnership, Maryville.

Don Raines is serving as treasurer.  A member of the ETSU Class of 1971, he is president of the D.F. Raines Co. LLC, Gray.

The Honorable Kenneth N. Bailey Jr., Jan Brown and Ellen Wilhoit are new members of the NAA board of directors.

Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from ETSU in 1992 and is currently General Sessions Court judge in Greeneville and a member of the ETSU Foundation.  As an undergraduate, he was president of the Student Government Association (SGA) and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and the President’s Pride service honorary society.

A 1969 graduate, Brown is an associate broker for McEnearney Associates Realtors in McLean, Virginia.  Brown is a member of the ETSU Foundation and is heavily involved in his community, serving as president of the Society for the Prevention of Blindness of Metropolitan Washington, past president of the Langley High School Booster Club and member of the Arlington Knights of the Round Table, as well as working with McLean Youth Athletics.

Wilhoit, executive director of Leadership Sevier, was formerly chief administrative officer of LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from ETSU in 1979.  She is a member of the ETSU Foundation and won the NAA Award of Honor in 2006.

New student representatives on the NAA board of directors are Pooja Shah and Nathan Farnor, who were recently elected president and vice president, respectively, of the SGA.  Shah, a junior from Knoxville, is a health sciences and pre-medicine major, and Farnor is a junior from Erwin majoring in political science and communication studies.

Continuing members of the NAA board of directors are Dr. Virginia Bieber, Dr. Kyle Colvett, Pauline Douglas, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Gary Harrell, D. Roger Kennedy, Theresa Lee, Tammy Arnett Morreale, Tom Tull and Andrew Whetsel.

For more information, contact the ETSU Alumni Office at 423-439-4218 or visit

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