Jason has lived in East TN since 2009 and moved to the vicinity of Oak Ridge in 2015. He is a graduate of UT where he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in sustainability and biomedical ethics. He has an MA from Washington State University. Currently he volunteers on the Roane County Green Team and the Ethics Committee at Methodist Hospital in Oak Ridge, while working as an Assistant Professor of philosophy at Roane State Community College.
Long time resident of Oak Ridge. Retired. 40+ years in electronics and instrumentation design. Self-employed since 2009 as a technology consultant in electronics and instrumentation. IEEE (national professional society)—past president and secretary/treasurer of local section. Student of the Carver Model ® of non-profit board governance. Board Member—Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge (5th year of 6). Served two years as president, two years as treasurer, and now current assistant treasurer.
Long time-Oak Ridge, TN resident. A retired former preschool teacher, Abbie worked as lead teacher at the University of Houston’s human development laboratory in the ’70s. Her work helped to shape today’s day care model into one focused on providing a structured learning environment in arts, literature, science, and play. Sitting on Blossom Center for Childhood Excellence’s board enables her to implement her skills in the field of early childhood development and exercise her commitment to high quality childcare.
Accomplished businesswoman, wife, and mother. Held leadership positions in public relations. Managed small business and socioeconomic programs. A past president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of TN; Altrusa International (OR); East TN Minority Supplier Development Council; and Methodist Medical Center Board of Directors. Served on Boards of Directors for: OR Chamber of Commerce; Girls Inc. OR; Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic; and OR Breakfast Rotary. Board member emeritus of the Roane State Community College Foundation and, recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Enthusiastic member of the Oak Ridge business community. Strong ties to the Energy, Technology, and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA). Develops relationships and networks for Strata-G and helps implement its vision of growth. Has been active with the DOE business community for about 20 years, and, helped organize and still chairs the Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership. Enjoys volunteering with the United Way of Anderson County and the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.
Katatra Vasquez, is a native of Dayton, Ohio but presently resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Katatra is a wife and mother, to an amazing husband, Silbino and two fantastic children, Dominic and Nina. A graduate of Tuskegee University, Vasquez preserves history and the environment for future generations, as the first African-American woman to serve as the National Environmental Policy Act, Compliance Officer and Historic Preservation Management Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Office. She coordinates historic preservation and environmental compliance for the 34,000 acre Oak Ridge Reservation and works in partnership with federal, state, local, and Tribal organizations. Recognized as one of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s top 40 Under 40 Leaders in 2016, a 2019 YWCA Tribute to Women Award recipient and member of the Leadership Oak Ridge Graduate Class of 2018, Katatra Vasquez is a motivated advocate and volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations. She is the owner of a small historic preservation business, Prolific by Design and co-founder of the then non- profit Knoxville Ebony Network dedicated to connecting people and resources across East Tennessee. In 2009, Vasquez underwent surgery to remove tumors in her brain, which reinforced her commitment to God and being a public servant who has a passion for loving and living her best life.
Holds a dual BA in History/Philosophy (2003); M.A.in History; Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (2005)—all from BGSU. Taught classes at community college-level, managed an afterschool program, and worked for TN’s Dept. of Children’s Services and, various nonprofit organizations. Passionate about education. Reads/writes in spare time. Biggest passion is daughter—Tatenda—who inspired Blossom Center for Childhood Excellence’s foundation.
Raised on the west coast, he moved to East TN immediately after college. Retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he spent 34 years creating computer applications for a wide variety of technical and business fields. Still keeps a hand in computer programming and website development. Serves as manager of Blossom Center’s Technology Center.
Holds a PhD in Exceptional Learning (2014) from Tennessee Technological University. Studies young children and families, with particular focus on child abuse, neglect, family-based violence and, substance abuse, as well as their effects on young children. Is Instructor in fields of early, middle, and adolescent child development, and family violence across the lifespan in the School of Human Ecology at TN Technological University.