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Standing Advisory, Non-Voting Committee Members

Deputy Civil Rights Officer Sheldon Hightower 615-277-2531
Civil Rights Liaison Officer Grace Lutz 615-277-2534
Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator Justin Howard 423-447-2532

Voting Committee Members






  Richard Hanson

  931-473-6539, x114


  Vice Chairperson

  Dexter Howard




  Devon Cunningham




  Melissa Oliver

  931-528-6472, x119


  Member   Dustin Graham   731-330-3003  


  Laura Persinger




  Chris Zimmer




  Leslie Honicker

  423-775-2272, x3


Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM)

  SEPM   Member   Phone   Term
  Federal Women's    MacKenzie Painter   931-684-1441                  
  American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN)   Katherine Brewer   615-277-2569  
  Asian American/ Pacific Islander (AA/PI)   Adam Daugherty   931-728-2472, x106  
  Black    Devon Cunningham   423-651-3007  
  Hispanic    Kiara Flores Rios   731-410-4823  
  Disability    Greg Quillen   423-753-2009  
  Veterans    Craig Underwood   615-667-3409  
  Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender     Cedric Williams   931-288-3004  

Non-Voting Associate Members

  Position   Member   Phone   Term
  Associate Member   Amber Johnson   865-523-9522  
  Associate member   Tanner Barksdale   931-371-3190  


Non- Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).  Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.