Mike Cannon was hired in July 2014 as SOCM's Middle Tennessee organizer after serving as an at-large rep on SOCM's Board for nearly a year. He brings about 10 years of organizing experience with him including work on electoral campaigns, housing rights, and with unions. He grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., and earned a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Middle Tennessee State University where, as a student activist, he was active in efforts to fight against budget cuts to higher education. After working in Cincinnati for three years, Mike moved back to Tennessee in 2012 and currently lives in Nashville. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and travelling. Email: email@example.com
Linda Cowan joined the SOCM staff in 1993 as the Finance and Office Manager. As of January 1, 2014, she is serving as SOCM's interim Executive Director. The passion of SOCM’s incredible members keeps her motivated. Linda grew up a Navy brat, the oldest of seven children, and moved to East Tennessee when her father retired in 1974. She is the proud aunt of six nieces and four nephews who work really hard to keep her young. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ebony joined SOCM as a part-time organizer with the Jackson Chapter in Fall 2013. Though she is new to the SOCM staff, she participated in some of the Jackson Chapter activities when the Chapter formed in 2008. She has a strong organizing background and was formerly a staff member at Tennesseans for Fair Taxation. She received her Bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from the University of Memphis and is currently working on her Master's in Arts of Liberal Studies. One of her many passions is working with people with disabilities and she serves on the Board for the Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee. Ebony lives in her native Jackson with her daughter. Email: email@example.com
Big Welcomes to Adam Hughes, Heather Davis, and Ann League!
Adam is our new eastern Tennessee organizer and will be working the Knoxville, Cumberland, and Roaring River chapters as well as with the E3 and GCJ committees. He's working part time now and will be starting full time in January 2015.
Heather will be coming on in December as our new Communications Coordinator.
And starting in January 2015 Ann League will be our new Executive Director!
Pictures and bios of all three to follow soon; watch this space!
And we’d like to extend a big thank you to Casey Self, Alyssa Halle-Schramm, and Brad Wright.
Casey became SOCM’s Communication Director in September 2011. She gave members valuable training in communication skills, made great improvements to the SOCM website, and helped bring SOCM into the Social Media age. She left the post in August but continues to provide a lot of help with communications during this transition period. In addition to the help Casey gives SOCM, she also serves as the Treasurer for Slow Food Tennessee Valley, is an associate member of the Knoxville/Knox County Food Policy Council, and is on the Friends of the Library membership committee. Casey lives with her partner Ben and their two dogs.
Alyssa came on board in late July to provide temporary help with administrative work and volunteer coordination. Originally from Florida, Alyssa grew up in Western North Carolina and recently relocated to Knoxville after earning a dual master's degree from Virginia Tech in both urban and regional Planning and public administration. While at VT, she worked at the schools' Office of Energy and Sustainability where she promoted campus sustainability, engaged students and faculty/staff on campus-wide initiatives, and tracked progress toward campus sustainability goals. Alyssa lives in Knoxville with her husband Michael and their cat and dog.
Brad has spent the last 13 years working on issues of social, economic, and racial justice in rural and urban communities in Arkansas and Tennessee and has been on the SOCM staff 2 years. He started in late 2011 as an organizer and became a part time development assistant this summer. He lives in Smyrna with his wife Alicia, and they share three children, a beagle, and a black cat that brings good luck.
Brad will be leaving staff at the end of this year to pursue a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt, but will be serving on the SOCM board as an at-large delegate. Look for his pic and bio in that section of the web site starting in 2015!