Training

Lisa Shipley, Consultant III

BIOLisa Shipley has been with MTAS for 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has worked in the information technology profession for more than 30 years and has implemented many changes in applied technology.  She has worked in the fields of higher education, publishing, marketing, and legal.  She specializes in cyber security, database & systems development, project management, and IT training. 

Chris Shults

Chris Shults is a grants and training specialist at MTAS. Chris joined MTAS in the Knoxville office as the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project Coordinator on September 2, 2014. Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in political science in 2008. After completing his bachelor’s degree Chris continued his education and graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2010, and received a PhD in Political Science in 2014 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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.

Erin Ketelle, Program Manager, DRIVE

Erin Ketelle is the Program Manager for the DRIVE Initiative.Erin has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee.Erin began her career with IPS during graduate school while working an internship at the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). Immediately following graduation, she accepted a job in Nashville as the Legislative Assistant with the County Officials Association of Tennessee and soon thereafter became the Research Coordinator for the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).

Judie Martin, HR/Operations Manager

AS degree in Criminal JusticeBS degree in EducationMS degree in Criminal Justice/Planning 1977-2005   Knoxville Police Department, serving as a police officer for three years before transferring to a civilian position where I was responsible for grantwriting, personnel, budget, facilities, planning and retired as a Division Commander. 2005-present - Institute for Public Service, began as a Training Specialist at LEIC for Homeland Security and moved to the Central Office in 2007, assuming the duties of HR/Safety/Training for IPS employees.   

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.

John Chlarson, Public Works Consultant

Jackson IPS Office ManagerSecretary, Tennessee Stormwater AssociationFormer Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationFormer Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationB.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1983John Chlarson has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of engineering applications, having worked for government, industry, and private consulting.

Kim Denton, TCED Director

Kim Denton serves as the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Director for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.  The TCED Program provides quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities for economic and community development practitioners and community leaders.Denton came to the university in 2014 as Associate Director in the UT Office of Corporate & Foundation Engagement, which connects industry and foundation partners to opportunities in research, innovation, technology and economic development.  Denton also served as

Cyndy Edmonds, Specialist II

Cyndy Edmonds is no stranger to the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). Having been an employee at the University of Tennessee for more than 23 years, Cyndy started her career as a production assistant in the Center for Telecommunications and Video (CTV) at the Institute for Public Service.

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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