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.
Shelley and her husband made East Tennessee their home in December 2006, where they now reside with their two daughters. Shelley has a graduate degree in Developmental Psychology from University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research with a concentration in Program Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Shelley serves as a Grants Specialist at Roane State Community College, where she has secured federal, state, and local grant funds to support a variety of educational and student support service programs.
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.
I spent most of my very early adult years in Richmond, VA where I spent 10 years teaching advanced high school mathematics (calculus, statistics, programming). I earned graduate degrees in applied mathematics and a BSME Mechanical engineering from Virginia State University and University of Virginia, respectively. I worked on special mathematical support projects from NASA in aircraft noise abatement. After moving to Oak Ridge, I became a design and support engineer for heavy equipment in support of uranium enrichment. Until retirement from the Y-12 plant, I was a design and field engineer in support of critical certification temperature controls in the nuclear labs. After retirement, I spent about 10 years as a math tutor for both advanced and struggling math students, substitute teacher , program facilitator for concept re-enforcement and general academic and behavioral support to needy students. I came to the Blossom Center to encourage early reading among pre-school students from low income backgrounds in hopes of inspiring greater academic accomplishments. My hobbies include applied mathematics research, photography, hiking, range manager and reading.
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.
Sherith Hudson is a mom, sustainability advocate and plans to one day take over the manufacturing world by inventing efficient ways to recycle or reuse everything! She wants all children to have a bright and nurturing future and sees the Blossom Center’s mission playing a critical role for that future of children in the Oak Ridge community as well as the surrounding area. Her educational and professional experience is focused on environmental sciences and land use planning. She was raised by a West Point Captain and has lived many places, but loves calling East Tennessee home.
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.
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.
Rose Weaver is a graduate of Berea College in Sociology and received her Master’s in Government Contracting while working at the DOE subcontractor Wackenhut Services Inc. She worked some 39 years at the DOE subcontractors, UT Battelle, K-25 Plant, Y-12 Plant, and Wackenhut Services Inc. Her professional experience includes technical writing specialist, staffing specialist, affirmative action manager, diversity/paralegal assistant and subcontract/small business manager.
She has 15 years of experience in child care previously working at the Scarboro Learning Center on Carver Avenue and serving as Christian Education Director working with youth at Spurgeon Chapel A.M.E.Zion Church. A native Oak Ridger she is known for working on several youth enrichment programs in organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Youth, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Scarboro Community Alumni Associationand collaborations with the Oak Ridge School system. She has her TECTA certification in Administration, School Age and Preschool Orientation. Ms. Weaver has worked As School Age, Toddler, and currently Preschool 1 teacher. She has also served as community outreach and newsletter support person, as well as serving on the Fundraising Committee for Blossom.
She is recently active in researching African American early years in Oak Ridge that materialized into a traveling exhibit and recently unveiled in March 2020 Secret Growth, an exhibit commissioned by the Museum of Science and Energy. She is currently the co-chairperson with Martin McBride of the City’s 65th Anniversary Celebration of Desegregation of the Oak Ridge Schools in 1955.
My name is Ms Angela, I am a mother of two and a teacher here at Blossom Center. Early childhood has always been my passion, with over 12 years experience, there is nothing I would rather do. I am always striving to learn more and continue my education to help your children bloom.
My name is Mrs. Ashley. I am an Educator/Administrator at Blossom. I have been in childcare since 2007 and with Blossom since 2017. I have been a volunteer at Willowbrook Elementary School for 6 years. I have three children of my own and I love what I do.