During my time with the Town of Farragut, I spent several years as a Board Member of the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA) where I first served as Treasurer for three consecutive years and then as Vice President during my final year. During this period I oversaw approximately $400,000 in assets and worked with the IRS and state regulators to secure TNSA’s 501(c)3 Status and resolve several outstanding tax challenges. In addition, I worked with the conference planning committee to organize the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Annual Conference as well as provided substantial support to the East Tennessee MS4 working group and East Tennessee Development Symposium which consistently attracted over 300 participants. TNSA successfully brought professionals together from all aspects of the regulated community under the Clean Water Act from stormwater program administrators, to state and federal regulators and representatives from the private sector. This strength in connecting diverse stakeholders combined with state-wide marketing efforts though the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB), Green Infrastructure Grants and other direct MS4 program support elements laid the foundation for a sustainable non-profit professional organization. A long way from TNSA’s humble roots as an advisory board to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
During my final year on the board, I had the pleasure to see several years of board effort culminate in the selection of the organization’s first self-sustaining Executive Director, Charlene Desha, who had previously served as the Executive Director of Keep Blount Beautiful in Knoxville, TN.