The call of our Board of Directors is a call to caring, loyalty and obedience to God. God has honored us with a tremendous group of dedicated board members who are completely sold-out to the mission and vision of the Coalition For Kids! We could never do what we do in the community without our GREAT Board of Directors!
Mitch Cox, Founder
A Johnson City native, Mitch Cox has been instrumental in creating Johnson City’s business and residential communities through real estate development, general contracting, and property management for over thirty years. Having a desire to give back to the community in areas involving spiritual growth, Mitch has been blessed to serve and give in many ways. He is a member of the United Emmaus Community and is active in Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Recognizing the importance of a firm foundation and the need for a faith-based children’s ministry in our community, Mitch founded Coalition for Kids, Inc. in 1998 and he remains deeply committed to this ministry’s success. Mitch lives in Johnson City with his wife, Barbara, and his son, Philip, is a partner in Mitch Cox Companies.
Jennifer Keller, President
Jennifer Keller is President and Chief Operating Officer of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a law firm with approximately 800 lawyers and 25 offices in 10 states and Washington D.C. Prior to assuming that role, she practiced labor & employment law for over two decades. She’s a graduate of the University of Tennessee and University of Tennessee College of Law. She is married to Jeff for over 25 years, has one daughter Peyton, and loves travel, football and pop culture.
Tim Swecker, Vice-President
Cay Greer, Treasurer
Clarinda Jeanes, Secretary
Randy Hensley, Executive Director
Tom Krieger, Member at Large
Jim Williams, Member at Large
Jamie Goodsell, Member at Large
C Jamie Goodsell is a Member at Large on the Board at the Coalition for Kids where she has served for more than 10 years. She is the CFO of GCS, Inc. and prior to that worked in the financial industry for 23 years. She is a member of P.E.O. a philanthropic education organization working to further the education of women through grants and scholarships. She considers her greatest blessing her family.
Kim Riddle-Hall, Member at Large
Kim Hall serves as a Director supporting Citi’s Global Workforce Optimization team. Hall plays an active role in the community and holds Board positions with area non-profit organizations. A Tennessee native, Hall received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from East Tennessee State University and currently resides in Jonesborough with her husband Donnie and three daughters, Keelie, Courtney and Blake.
Lee Anne Duncan
Lee Anne Duncan is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She has been married to Dr. Richard Duncan for 31 years. They have three children: Parker Duncan, Taylor Duncan-Evans, and Ellen Duncan. Since retiring as a Registered Pharmacist – graduate of The University of Mississippi, she now enjoys being a homemaker. They are active members of First Christian Church in Johnson City, as well as active in the Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Alliance, Mountain View Garden Club, and the Coalition for Kids.
Sherri Trivett Kay
Dr. Wendy Nehring
Robert Van de Vuurst
Employed at First Tennessee Bank since 1983, serving as Sr Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for the Retail Banking Division in Northeast Tennessee.
Serving on the board at C4K since 2002, board member for Salvation Army and a huge supporter of United Way. She is married to Joey Whitlock and they have one son, Tyler.
Mr. Harlan is a retired executive with Eastman Chemical Company where he spent four decades delivering success in a variety of technical and leadership positions within engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain and businesses spanning twelve countries and four continents. He is a native of East Tennessee receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, a MBA from East Tennessee State University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University’s School of Business. Jim’s passion is education both domestically and internationally; education being the key to breaking the cycle of poverty across our world. Jim serves as the Chairman of the Kingsport Community Foundation, Chairman of the QUEST Foundation for Washington County Schools and has led annual building mission projects in Mexico and Guatemala for sixteen years. Jim and his wife Donna reside in Jonesborough, TN.
Melissa Stukes was born and raised in Sumter, SC. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston. She later earned a Master’s degree from Lesley University and a Doctorate degree from ETSU. As a teacher, she has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in Sumter, SC and Johnson City, TN. Currently, she serves as the Principal of Mountain View Elementary School in Johnson City, TN