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Frank Hart

President

Francis X. (Frank) Hart received his Ph.D degree in Physics from Syracuse University in 1967. He and his wife Barbara moved to Sewanee where he took a position in the Department of Physics until his formal retirement in 2013. During that time he served two terms as Department Chair. He also served as Director of the University’s Radioisotopes Laboratory and Director of the University’s Observatory. He served on a number of University committees including the Chair of the Budget and Priorities Committee. Since his official retirement he has remained active in research and has taught a Lifelong Learning course on Modern Astronomy several times. While raising his family Frank served as Chairman of the 1977 Community Chest Drive, President of the Sewanee Civic Association and President of the Sewanee PTA. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since April, 2021.

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Karen Kuers

Vice President

Karen served as the Annie B. Snowden Professor of Forestry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at the University of the South until her retirement in July 2022. She moved to Sewanee in 1994 from Athens, GA where she earned her PhD in Forest Resources from the Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. Before pursuing her PhD at UGA, Karen taught middle school and high school sciences, and served as the Head of the Middle School at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL.  Karen has an MS in Developmental Biology from Texas A&M University, and a BS in Biology and Philosophy from Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL.) She has served on the Board of Folks at Home since September, 2021.

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Woody Deutsch

Treasurer

I came to Sewanee in 1968 to become a member of class of 1972 at the University of the South. After I graduated, I never really left the area, however, I did move off the mountain to the Alto area. After farming the land, raising corn, wheat, soy beans, and hogs, for 20 plus years, I opened Woody’s Bicycles in Winchester, TN in 1995. I moved the bicycle shop to Sewanee in 2008 which really put me (back) in the heart of this community. This move was important to me because it re-united me with the area that I love so much. I have since served on the board of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and am a proud member of the Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club.

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Steve Blount

Board Secretary

Steve arrived in Sewanee in 1977 to attend the University of the South. After graduating in 1981, he attended the Florida State University College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 1983. He then returned to Sewanee, married his college sweetheart (Mary Warner Blount), and began the private practice of Law. Steve later accepted an appointment as an Assistant District Attorney in the 12th Judicial District of Tennessee, which encompasses six Tennessee Counties, including the Sewanee area. In 2011, he was honored by being selected as a distinguished Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The Fellowship is limited, with only about 3% of Tennessee lawyers receiving the honor. Steve is a former member of the Board of Legal Services of South-Central Tennessee and was a founding Board member of the 12th Judicial District Drug Court/Recovery Court Foundation. He served as the Chairperson of the 12th Judicial District Drug Court Team for approximately 15 years. Steve is a former member of the Cowan Lions Club, having served as Secretary, President and Zone Chairman. He is also a former member of the Winchester Rotary Club. Steve has been active in the Sewanee community over the years, having served as Treasurer of the Vestry at St. Mark & St. Paul Parish for several years, and as a coach for Sewanee Little League teams and Sewanee Youth Soccer teams. He also was an active Board member of the Sewanee Tigers Summer Swim program for many years. After 39 years in the legal profession, Steve retired in 2022. Except for a couple years, while attending law school, Steve has claimed the Sewanee area as his “home” for nearly 4 ½ decades.

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Amy Lamborn

Board Member

Amy Bentley Lamborn, a native of rural West Tennessee, holds a B.A. English literature and an M.Div. from the School of Theology, University of the South.  She also earned a Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She has also done extensive clinical training in both pastoral care and counseling and in psychoanalysis.  She is a certified Jungian analyst and a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York and is the author of numerous publications in psychoanalysis and religion.  An Episcopal priest since 1998, Amy has served institutions and parishes in Indiana, New York, and Tennessee and was a faculty member at the General Theological Seminary from 2011-2015.  She has served as the Vicar of the Southeastern Tennessee Episcopal Ministry (STEM) since 2016.  Amy enjoys good literature, independent films, and British crime shows.  She is passionate about cooking/Southern hospitality, road cycling, and playing classical music on her grand piano.

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Craig Stubblebine

Board Member

Craig served on the economics faculties of the University of Virginia, the University of Delaware, and Claremont McKenna College where he held the Von Tobel Chair, and Claremont Graduate School. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at CMC. Following retirement from the Claremont Colleges, he was elected treasurer of Claremont Presbyterian Church. Subsequently, he was elected to the Board of Pilgrim Place, a Claremont community of over 300 residents retired from careers in religious organizations. Pilgrim Place is a continuing care retirement community providing independent and assisted living, as well as skilled nursing for its residents.   In his last two years on the Board, he served as Chairman of the Board.   Carol and Craig were drawn from California to Sewanee to be with their daughter, Julia, and have been members of the Sewanee community since 2014. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since October 2016.

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Melissa Webb

Board Member

Melissa joins the Board after serving in the University Career Center as Associate Director for Internships from 2000 until her retirement in 2021. Before moving to Sewanee in 1995, she served First Union National Bank as its Director of Community Relations for Tennessee. Prior to this position, Melissa was a branch manager with Dominion Bank in Nashville. She is a Mississippi native and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration (marketing major). Since her retirement, Melissa has focused on her art gallery in the Monteagle Assembly which she has owned and operated since 2019. The Gallery features McCarty Pottery and artists of the Assembly. Melissa has lived in Sewanee since 1995, when her husband, Mark, was appointed Director of Athletics for the University. She has served as Co-Chair of the Sewanee Community Chest and was the advisor for Kappa Delta sorority for many years. Mark and Melissa enjoy spending time with their adult children, Sam, Anne Russell and her husband, Jeffrey, and can be seen most days walking their Old English Sheepdog, Winnie, around campus.

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Phebe Hethcock

Board Advisor

Member of the Sewanee Community since 1979

Past member of the Board of Folks at Home

Past trainer and mentor of Education for Ministry, also past revision manager for Education for Ministry

Past member and president of the Board of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School

Past Member of nominating committee and Financial Oversight committee of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross

Past Senior Warden of the (then Otey Parish) now St.Mark and Paul Parish

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Anne Griffin

Board Advisor

Member of the Sewanee Community

Past member of the Board of Folks at Home

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