Curriculum Development

Becky Smeltzer, Technical Services Librarian

Becky Smeltzer is the Technical Services Librarian for The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). She has spent most of her professional life as a Librarian at the University of Tennessee and with Knox County Public Libraries.  In 2001, she joined MTAS, where her primary focus is in maintaining the content of the MTAS Research and Information Center databases. She is committed to improving staff development, as well as instructional services for her library’s users. Becky holds a Ph. D.

PJ Snodgrass, Training Consultant

P. J. started working at UT in October of 1984 in the Knoxville campus IT department. Before coming to UT she had worked as an IT professional in banking, newsprint, and manufacturing.After several years working in IT she transferred to the Center for Business and Economic Research where she worked on a marketing simulation game with Dr. Ernie Cadotte.Eventually returning to the UT system IT department, she worked with the financial and payroll groups, converted many databases during the Y2K conversion and started writing training materials for the IT systems. P.J.

Richard Stokes, Human Resource Consultant/Office Manager

I joined the staff of The University of Tennessee - Municipal Technical Advisory Service in 1986 as a Municipal Human Resources Consultant.  As an HR consultant, I provide technical HR assistance, training and support to city officials across the state on a wide range of HR issues.  I have written numerous HR articles and technical publications, publish an annual salary and fringe benefit survey of Tennessee municipalities and developed sample policies and forms for city governments. I earned a B.A. in Sociology and General Science from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA and a M.S.

Brad Harris, Finance and Accounting Consultant

Brad came to MTAS in 2012 after 5 years as the Finance Director for the City of Athens, TN. Before that he served as the Finance Director for Rhea County, TN.  Previously he worked for CPA firms in the Chattanooga and Tullahoma areas.  He has been a CPA since 2000.  He is married to the stunningly gorgeous Beth Harris and has two incredible daughters. Hannah is 24 and lives in Pulaski, TN where she operates a video and photography business (yes, she would be happy to do your work).

Martha Kelley, IPS Consultant

Martha Kelley serves as a Performance Improvement Consultant with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Studies, currently focusing on process improvement projects for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She also consults with a variety of business, non-profit, medical, and educational organizations.

Emily Miller, Training Specialist II

Emily Miller is a Curriculum Specialist with the LEIC. She joined the LEIC in June 2008. Miller hails from Chicago, Illinois and after completing her bachelor’s degree she relocated to south Florida, where she worked for the national leadership organization LeadAmerica as a Program Coordinator and Leadership Specialist. Miller co-developed LeadAmerica’s college-accredited personal development curriculum and facilitated experiential learning workshops to over 4,000 high school and college-aged students throughout the United States.

Stefani Mundy, Training Specialist

Stefani Mundy earned her bachelor's in psychology with a minor in english/creative writing and her master's in clinical therapy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  A little known fact about Stefani is she began public speaking at 10 years old, winning multiple public speaking contests.  Stefani has professional experience in the following areas:Public speaking and training    8 yearsCurriculum design    8 yearsLeadership development    7 yearsLeadership consulting    7 yearsEvent planning    7 yearsConflict Management    4 yearsCounseling    3 yearsFundraising    3 yearsStefani

Beth Phillips, Economic Development Team Leader

Beth Phillips leads the Economic Development Team of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, an agency of the Institute for Public Service.  Working with partners across the state, the team focuses on connecting businesses, governments, and economic development organizations with the assets of the university to grow Tennessee’s economy.

Dr. Macel Ely

DR. MACEL ELY serves as Director of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.  The purpose of the NCEL is to provide training and professional growth to leaders at all levels, from the emerging supervisor to the experienced senior executive.  Prior to coming to serve in this role, Dr. Macel Ely, served as training manager for the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).  During that time, Dr.

Kurt Frederick, Training Consultant

Kurt Frederick is a training consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). He has been with MTAS since 1999.

Chuck Gluck, Safety Consultant

I have been in the Fire service for 37 years. I became the first Haz Mat Inspector in the City of San Jose, Califonia. I am an OSHA outreach instructor and a Past International Association of Firefighters outreach instructor. I had a Occupational Safety Company in California, from 1990 to 2008. Relocated to east Tennessee, to be close to grandkids. 

Don Green, Executive Director

Don Green became the Executive Director for the LEIC on December 1, 2009.  Don Green joined the LEIC in April 2008 when he retired as Deputy Chief of Police with the Knoxville Police Department, having served there since 1979.

Keith Groves, Solutions Consultant

            Keith Groves, Resource Program Manager, joined The University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service – Center for Industrial Services in March of 2005.  The Center focuses on strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee to secure jobs for the citizens of our state.             Prior to joining the Center for Industrial Services, Keith worked in retail sales for 11 years and in manufacturing for 16 years.  During the 16 years in manufacturing, he became involved in Lean Manufacturing and has worked extensively in Lean Manufacturing since 1995.  In 2006, Keith worked in the devel

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