Our Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

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  • Dr. Rebecca Stimson ’73, Board Chair

    Dr. Becca Stimson ’73 is not only a GPS alumna, but she is also the mother, aunt, daughter, niece, and sister of GPS alumnae. She brings to her position of Board Chair a wealth of experience that spans science, business, and education. Before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga as a professor, Dr. Becca Stimson '73 spent 26 years with the DuPont Company, starting as a research chemist and serving in various managerial positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a master’s and doctorate from Northwestern University. Stimson was a founder of The Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation and served on boards for the YMCA and TTU Library Foundation in Cookeville, Tennessee. She is a former member of the Davidson College Board of Trustees and continues to serve on their Athletic Foundation and Visitors Boards. Stimson was inducted into the Athletic Halls of Fame at both GPS and Davidson College. Married to Dr. Tom Jenkins, she and her husband have two children, a son and daughter.
  • Clay Watson, Vice Chair

    President of Mountain View Auto Group Domestic Division, Clay Watson is a second-generation trustee at GPS and a graduate of Southern Methodist University. He is on the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau and the Austin Hatcher Foundation and is a member of the McCallie Athletic Council. He supports numerous local causes and charities, including the PINK! and the American Heart Association. He has twin daughters at GPS, Class of 2022.
  • Amy Thomas, Treasurer

    Amy Thomas served as GPS Interim Director of Development in 2015-16. She was formerly a treasurer and president of the Junior League of Chattanooga and was president of the Junior League Garden Club. She also served on the board of the Center for Nonprofits and is a Leadership Chattanooga graduate. Thomas has been a member of the stewardship committee and served on the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A graduate of Converse College, she and her husband, Jamie, have two daughters who are GPS alumnae, Caroline ’10 and Taylor ’14.
  • Kerri Martin Bartlett ’75, Secretary

    After graduating from GPS in 1975, Kerri Martin Bartlett attended both college and law school at the University of Virginia. Following law school graduation, she clerked for Judge James Hunter on the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Bartlett then worked for more than a decade at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and received the FBI Director’s Award for outstanding performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. She has taught trial practice and criminal procedure as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Fordham Law School, and Pace Law School. Bartlett and her husband, Richard, live in New York City and have three adult children.

Trustees

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  • Amy Arrowsmith

    Amy Arrowsmith is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee) and Peabody College at Vanderbilt University (Nashville,Tennessee). She is past president of GPS Parent Council and former chair of GPS’s annual fundraiser Bruiser Bee. Arrowsmith is also an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the U.S. Tennis Association, and Orchard Knob Middle School Community Partnership. The daughter of Sally Bacon Smartt ’61 and mother of Mary Margaret Arrowsmith ’18, she and her husband, Ted, have three sons who attend or have graduated from McCallie School.
  • Danna Bailey ’89

    Danna Bailey '89 is vice president of corporate communications at US Xpress. She has a background in marketing and communications, specifically brand positioning and messaging. Formerly in the same communications role at the Electric Power Board, Bailey helped lead the product rollout of EPB Fiber Optics and handled national media relations. She also has in-depth experience in consumer research. Her love of writing and her lifelong interest in storytelling add to her wealth of skills. She has served on the GPS Alumnae Council and has also been involved in planning several of her reunions.
  • Caroline Caulkins Bentley ’83

    A GPS graduate from the Class of 1983, Caroline Bentley went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brenau University (Gainesville, Georgia). She has enjoyed a career in public and private accounting and served on the boards of the United Way, Junior League, Habitat for Humanity, and Alzheimer’s Association. A recipient of the Margaret Rawling Lupton Service award, Bentley has been devoted to GPS through involvement on fundraisers and the school’s Impact Fund. She was inducted into the GPS Athletic Hall of Fame and the Greater Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain Sports Halls of Fame for swimming. She and her husband, Larry, live on Lookout Mountain.
  • Glenn Breazeale Jr.

    Glenn Breazeale obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in accountancy from the University of Mississippi (Oxford) after graduating from an independent school in Jackson, Mississippi, where his parents both served on its board. He is the Director of Alpine Camp, a private, traditional, all-boys summer camp in Mentone, Alabama, on the back of Lookout Mountain. A family-owned, 60+ year business that upholds the value of single sex education, each summer Alpine Camp serves more than 750 boys from the U.S. and abroad. Breazeale is a member of and elder at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and chairs the church's personnel and finance committees. Together with his wife, Carter O'Ferrall Breazeale '96, he served as vice-chair of (2018-19) and will chair (2019-20) the GPS Impact Fund Leadership Team—Parent Division. They have twin daughters at GPS, Caroline '24 and Gigi '24.
  • Charlie Brock

    Charlie is CEO of Brock Partnerships, an advisory and investment company. From 2013-2018, Charlie led Launch Tennessee, a public-private entity charged with developing and enhancing the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior to taking the helm of LaunchTN, Brock held leadership positions with multiple startups/early-stage ventures, including serving as CEO of CO.LAB, as general partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, as managing partner of FourBridges Capital Advisors, and as co-founder/CEO of Foxmark Media. Brock serves on several business boards, including Pinnacle Bank, FourBridges Capital Advisors and The Dixie Group. In addition, he serves as a board member for The Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga and Outreach Haiti. He and his wife, Lisa, are parents of three GPS alumnae.
  • Allison Cowan Carroll ’89

    Allison Cowan Carroll ’89 graduated from GPS and Dartmouth College. She then went on to earn her MBA at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Carroll is a longstanding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has held several leadership positions in local chapters, including president, vice president, community programming chair, and debutante committee chair. She volunteers with Jack and Jill of America, Inc., serving as treasurer of the North Suburban Atlanta Chapter, and with Trinity School in Atlanta, Georgia. Carroll has also served on the TSPA Committee and has been co-chair of the diversity committee. She’s a member of the National Black MBA Association, GAMA International, and NAIFA. She and her husband, Jeroy “Jay” Carroll III, are parents to two daughters, Addison and Avery.
  • Dr. Allen Coffman

    Dr. Allen Coffman is a pediatrician at Highland Pediatrics. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Medical College of Georgia, he completed his residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati. A leader in local healthcare delivery system design and strategies, Coffman serves on the boards of the Beacon Health Alliance and LifeSpring Community Health. He was recognized as the 2016 Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for his work in developing a statewide pediatric quality network, the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Initiative for Tennessee, and his successful work on a Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and Hamilton County Department of Education school-based health network. Coffman also serves on the board of the Skyuka Hall school—Chattanooga’s leader in individualized education for children with special educational needs. He and his wife, Joanne, are the parents of three children—a GPS alumnae and a current member of the Class of 2021.
  • Melissa Woodall Curtis ’85

    Melissa Curtis ’85 is the President of Woodall Agency Insurance, a business her father founded in 1952, which specializes in insurance planning. Curtis is also a member of Bluffview Insurance Group. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and is a long-standing member of the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga. Curtis is a member of the Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2017. A graduate of Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana), she has been an active member of the GPS Parent Council and was the first co-chair of the Alumnae Advisory Council. As a GPS Trustee, Curtis has served as the Development Chair for the past two years. She and her husband, Michael, are the parents of a daughter, who graduated from GPS with the Class of 2016, and a son.
  • Stacy Eiselstein

    Stacy Eiselstein graduated from Florida State University and then obtained her MBA and JD from the University of Tennessee. She joined the legal team of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 2006, where she now serves as the Vice President of Provider Network Operations in the Provider Network Management division. Eiselstein has served on the GPS Board’s Risk: Audit, Insurance & Compliance and Building and Grounds Committees; she and her husband have served several years on Parents’ Council and supported the Impact Fund for seven consecutive years. Previously Eiselstein served on the boards of the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club, the Fairyland Elementary School PTO, Emily’s Power for a Cure, and the Chattanooga Area Swim League and is an active volunteer with various community organizations. She and her husband, Kyle, have a current GPS student, Jane ’21, a GPS alumna Kylie ’19, and a McCallie School graduate, Nelson ’16.
  • Johnel Angel Evans ’92

    Johnel Angel Evans '92 is the Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity for Becton Dickinson (BD) in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where she is responsible for advancing BD's cultural priorities by advising corporate executive leadership and attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent to ensure a culture of inclusion, fairness and engagement. Her more than 20 years of HR and leadership experience spans multiple Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell, PepsiCo Frito Lay, Allstate Insurance, Medtronic, and International Paper. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and MBA from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville). Evans was named a Fellow by the New Memphis Institute and honored by the Memphis Business Journal as one of Memphis Top 40 Under 40. She previously served as a founding and governing board member for Freedom Preparatory Academy charter school in Memphis, Tennessee, and as a strategic marketing committee member at Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, National Black MBA Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,  Inc. Evans, her husband, Dan, and their two children, Riley and Aidan, live in Sparta Township, New Jersey.
  • Dr. Yancy Freeman

    Dr. Yancy Freeman serves as Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Success, University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science, an MBA in public administration, and a doctorate in learning and leadership. Prior to joining the UTC team, he worked for a year at The Baylor School in admissions. Freeman is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Leadership Institute (2005) and Leadership Chattanooga (2001) and a former board member of YMCA Youth Leadership Chattanooga. He served as the Collegiate 100 Black Men of Chattanooga Campus Advisor for five years. Freeman is also the associate dean of Multicultural Affairs and a Gold Key Honor Society Inductee. He previously served on UTC’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Task Force Chair for Horizontal Distinctiveness, and Alumni Board as well as Chattanooga Christian School Education Board. He and his wife, Rafielle, live in Ringgold, Georgia.
  • Holly Lynch Harwell ’84

    Holly Harwell '84 previously served as the board chair and is a member of the executive committee. She is an affiliate broker with Real Estate Partners and a consultant for the Carlisle Clothing Collection. She values serving the local Chattanooga community and has been the board chair for Hosanna Community, the Arts and Education Council, North Chattanooga Chamber, Friends of the Festival, and the Memorial Hospital Foundation. Harwell and her husband, Marc, live in North Chattanooga.
  • Jennifer Kline

    Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Kline graduated from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, an all-girls Catholic school in D.C., and then Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). She has participated in the Impact Fund and been active in GPS Parent Council for the past seven years and serves as past-president. Kline served as chair of the live auction (Visions) and chaired the Spectrum Art Gala. Kline worked for Evian Water and Coca-Cola Enterprises before starting her own business in 2001, thread & ink, a personalized paper and gift company. She and her husband, Will (McCallie Class of 1988), have three children: Carolyn ’18, Ellie ’19, and Will ’23 (McCallie).
  • Marclyn D. Porter

    Marcy Porter is the parent of two GPS graduates, class of ’08 and ’12. Currently she is the Program Accreditation & Assessment Manager for the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to her college-wide position, she served as the Evaluation Coordinator for UTC’s School of Nursing. Her additional roles at UTC have included serving as the Senior Research Associate at UTC’s Center for Applied Social Research and as an adjunct professor of sociology, where she taught research methodology. Porter is the Founder/Senior Evaluation Specialist at Porter & Associates Evaluation Services and has served as evaluation consultant on numerous projects for community organizations and educational institutions as well as municipal, state, and federal agencies. Porter’s current community involvement includes Chair, Board of Trustees, Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center; Board of Governors, WTCI Public Television; Board of Directors, Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga; Chair, Celebration of Trees Beautification Committee; Secretary, Riverview Neighborhood Association; and Chattanooga Junior League. She was the former President of Riverview Garden Club.
  • Michelle Ruest

    Previously on the GPS Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2014, Michelle Ruest is an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike Realtors. She is the past-president of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Ruest is past-president of the Junior League of Chattanooga, which Ruest served as a trustee and continues to support as a sustainer. She has been active with ArtsBuild, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Guild, Chambliss Center for Children, Leadership Chattanooga, and as a vestry member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She previously served as co-chair of Visions along with fellow board member Caroline Bentley. Ruest and her husband, Dick Gossett, have been co-chairs of the GPS Annual Fund and are the parents of two GPS alumnae, Laura Baxter Gossett ’06 and Sarah Raleigh Gossett ’10.
  • Dr. Annette C. Smith

    Dr. Annette Smith retired from Hutchison, a girls’ school in Memphis, where served as Head of School from 2000-17. Prior to joining Hutchison, Smith enjoyed successful stints as Head of School at St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston and Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas. Both schools were cited as exemplary schools by the U.S. Department of Education during her tenures. Over the course of her 50-year career in education, she served as an administrator and teacher in both public and private schools. Smith holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana State University, an Educational Specialist degree in curriculum and counseling from the University of Louisiana, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Mississippi. Smith has served as president of the Tennessee and Memphis Associations of Independent Schools, director of Southwestern and National Associations of Episcopal Schools. In Memphis, she served on the board of the Memphis Botanical Garden and the Children’s Museum of Memphis. She retired to Sewanee, Tennessee, and is active in her community. In 2018, she was awarded by TAIS the Sawney Webb Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of independent school education.
  • Ben Vance

    Ben Vance is Vice President and Senior Managing Director within the investments unit of Unum Group, where he has worked since 1999. He is a past board member of Make-A-Wish East Tennessee and was appointed by Mayor Andy Berke to serve on the Chattanooga City Task Force on Police and Fire Pension. Vance served on the GPS Board’s 2016-17 Endowment Committee before becoming a trustee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in finance/economics from Lipscomb University and an MBA from Rice University. Vance and his wife, Jan, are parents to three GPS alumnae: Caroline ’14, Mimi ’17, and Charlotte ’19.
  • Dori Thornton Waller ’99

    A Chattanooga, Tennessee, native, Dori Thornton Waller graduated from GPS in 1999. Upon completing her degree at the University of Tennessee, Waller moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in event planning. After two years at a fundraising and event planning firm, Waller landed at the White House, where she became the youngest Deputy Social Secretary in recent history, executing some of the most demanding and meticulous events in the world. In 2009, when President and Mrs. Bush returned to Texas, Waller returned to Tennessee and started The Social Office, a Nashville-based firm that plans high-end events for social clients and corporations throughout the southeast. In 2012, she married a fellow Chattanoogan, Blake Waller, and returned to her hometown. While she lives and works from Chattanooga, most of her clients remain in Nashville, so she commutes back and forth as needed, handling everything from children’s birthday parties to country music awards shows and even the occasional event for President and Mrs. Bush in Dallas. She and her husband live in North Chattanooga with their daughter, Madolyn, and Saint Bernard, Minnie.
  • Mary Moncure Watson ’74

    Having spent her entire career in the investment business, Mary Watson ’74 is vice president in wealth management with Morgan Stanley in Atlanta. She has remained involved with both of her alma maters, GPS and the University of Virginia; Watson served on a GPS head search committee and on the boards of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the University of Virginia Board of Managers, and the UVA College Foundation as well as participated in Jefferson Scholars Selection Committees for more than 30 years. She currently serves on the Skyland Trail Advisory Board and the boards of Trinity School and the Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation. She is married to Tom Watson and has a daughter, Morgan.
  • Thad Whitfield

    Thad Whitfield is vice president and general counsel of Chattem, Inc. He serves on the board of the Metro YMCA and has served as a deacon and elder at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. An avid supporter of GPS, Whitfield has been involved in the Parent Council, serving as co-chair with his wife, Carol, of Impact Fund campaigns and the Visions fundraisers. He and Carol are parents to three GPS alumnae, Lucy ’14, Charlotte ’16, and Mary Louise ’19.