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.
Joe Karl, Vice-Chair of the Board, was born in Budapest Hungary and raised in Seattle, WA. He built a publishing company of several newspapers and magazines which he later sold to CBS NEWS. In 1996, at age 46, Joe retired with family to Florida. In 1999, Joe and family left the retirement world and moved to Seymour, TN, where he became a real estate investor, a general and electrical contractor, and a publisher again. As prominent member of the business community, Joe serves on the board of the South Knoxville Alliance, is involved in several other organizations, and is a Sevier County Reserve Deputy. Joe enjoys flying his Cessna Centurion and traveling the world with his wife Michele and children Mathew and Angela.
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.
Raised in Nashville. Has a BA in English—Rhodes College. Enjoyed past career as a touring musician, small business owner and—specialist in paintings, manuscripts and rare books for a large regional antiques auction house. With 2 decades of experience launching businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups, Greg brings his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creating positive change to this organization.
Long time resident of Oak Ridge. Professor of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Sciences at Roane State Community College, TN; where he is also Director of the International Education Program. Dr. King is a seasoned scholar and educator. For several years he served as Vice President of Academic Services, as well as Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Division. Dr. King is involved in medical missions to Ghana West Africa.
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.
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.
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.