Board of Directors
Lottie Ryans, Vice President
Lottie Ryans has served as the Director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives for the First Tennessee Development District since April 2016. In this role, she develops creative partnerships and programs to ensure a strong workforce pipeline. She also works with school systems and community partners to address literacy issues in an eight county region. Ryans frequently serves as a speaker for professional development workshops and as a panelist for community engagement forums.
Ryans’ professional history includes a 32-year telecommunications career. She retired in 2015 after serving as Vice President and General Manager for CenturyLink’s Western North Carolina/Tennessee Division. She also was partner in Perfectly Planned, an event company serving Northeast TN and Southwest VA from 2015-2018.
Her civic history includes being a three term elected member of the Johnson City Board of Education including service as board chair and being a TSBA Master Board’s Member. Some of her current board positions include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Second Harvest Food Bank, the ACT State Council, Northeast Tennessee Workforce Development Board, Vice Chair of the Northeast State Community College Foundation Board, ETSU College of Business & Technology Advisory Board and the Milligan College President’s Executive Council. She served two years on the State Workforce Board in a position appointed by Governor Haslam. She also has served as chair for the Johnson City Chamber and the Washington County Economic Development Council. She served on the organizing team for the Holy Friendship Summit, a gathering of medical, community and faith based leaders to address the opioid crisis in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and now serves as Vice Chair for the Holy Friendship Collaborative, an offshoot of the summit. She is a graduate of the 2018/19 Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute co-hort and is member of the 2019/20 Leadership Tennessee cohort.
Ryans has received numerous local and national honors. Ryans is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.
She and her husband Eric have been married for more than 37 years and are the proud parents of three adult daughters. They are active members, deacons, and missions team leaders at Calvary Church.
Wally Boyd, Treasurer (Bio coming soon)
Linda Austin, Secretary
Linda served as a paralegal to several attorneys in Washington County, VA over her 35-year legal career and in 2012 went back to school to earn a Human Services degree as well as a certification as a Human Services Advocate.
In addition to serving on the Board of the Holy Friendship Collaborative and serving on its Executive Committee, Linda directs the 270+ member Regional Coalition for Prevention and Treatment and Recovery, “ASAC – Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition” which covers the 13 counties and 3 cities in far Southwest, Virginia; Chairs Mountain Movers – Damascus Coalition, a faith-based, community coalition she co-founded in May, 2018; sits on the Board of the Justin Foundation in Damascus, VA; directs Trail Days Ministry which she founded in 2001; and directs Hands and Feet Ministries, which she founded in 2008.
She is an active member in the Washington Co. Chamber of Commerce; the Washington County Prevention Coalition; the Highlands Community Collaboration Council; and is a graduate of Leadership Washington County; she is the previous chair of March of Dimes “Walk America”; Highlands Young Life; and, Big Brothers Big Sisters in Washington County, VA.
She is a Certified Facilitator of “Jobs for Life” (Jobs Readiness Program); a Trauma Informed Care Trainer, (SAMHSA); a Trainer to teach the “Intersection Between Prevention and Recovery Approaches” (SAMHSA); a Certified Financial Coach (Ramsey Solutions); a Certified Facilitator for “Thinking for a Change” (Cognitive Behavior Curriculum through the VA Dept. of Corrections); and a Certified Volunteer for the SWVA Regional Jail Authority and the TN Department of Corrections.
Becky Haas (Bio coming soon)
Susan Howard LaGuardia serves as Initiatives Manager for the United Way of Greater Kingsport. In this role, she coordinates the all-important community impact work of the UWGK Vision Councils and initiatives adopted by the UWGK organization and other related community impact initiatives and task forces.
Susan was born and raised in Harriman, Tennessee, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Susan brings decades of local community volunteer and faith-based service and fund-raising experience to her role, as well as experience as a small business entrepreneur. Prior to joining the UWGK staff, Susan was Executive Director of Kingsport Tomorrow, Inc. from 2005 – 2014. While at Kingsport Tomorrow, Susan managed the citizen-led creation/development of several major programs and projects, including the Kingsport Veterans Park and Memorial. She has been recognized regionally by the YWCA Bristol as a recipient of their 2009 Tribute to Women Award in the area of Community Service / Volunteerism and the 2011 Shining Star Award for advancing into Kingsport YWCA programs that empower women and seek to eliminate racism. She is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, Junior League of Kingsport Past-President and Sustainer, and was recognized as one of the century’s Women of Impact during Kingsport’s Centennial Celebration. Susan is an active member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church where she enjoys serving on the Altar Guild. She and her husband, Kingsport native Tom LaGuardia III, are both active participants in the SonRise Emmaus Community and feel blessed to still serve on Walks to Emmaus teams.
Logan Horne is a person in long term recovery. She is the first Registered VA Peer Recovery Specialist at Highlands Community Service Board and works along side many individuals who are finding their own way to recovery. She has facilitated a chemical dependent group at Recovery@Lebanon, at Lebanon United Methodist for 7 years. Logan is a trained ACES instructor, Peer Recovery Specialist trainer, WRAP, and SMART RECOVERY facilitator. Logan is a member of ASAC, and serves on the board of The Holy Friendship Collaborative. She has represented Recovery on many panel discussions to many audiences and shared her story in many settings. God is able and there is Hope in Recovery.
Gary Metcalf, D. Min, BCC
Gary Metcalf serves as the Corporate Director at the Center for Spiritual Health with Ballad Health. He has worked as the System Director for Spiritual Care and Parish Nursing at the Wellmont Health System as well as the Corporate Director of Spiritual and Pastoral Care at Mountain States Health Alliance. In his present position, he also provides direction and leadership to the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and Clinical Ethics at Ballad Health. Rev. Metcalf earned his Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) from Drew University Theological School with a project entitled, “Spiritual Triage”. He earned a Certificate in Patient Counseling while studying Clinical Pastoral Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Hospitals in Richmond, VA. Gary earned his Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his BS-Forestry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has taught courses at King University, College of Nursing as well as Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Gary is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) and Certified Christian Leadership Coach (CCLC) with Coach Approach Ministries. His community service has included serving on 211 Contact Concern and Interfaith Hospitality Network Board of Directors. He presently serves as President of Covenant Counseling Center Board of Directors and as a Spiritual Counselor for Providence Clinic. His study and passion through the past few years has been to develop a program where faith and medicine reunite for everyone’s good health.
Dr. Kristen Westover (Bio coming soon)
Jim Wozniak is Director of Communications for Tusculum University, a private higher education institution in Greeneville. He has served for 30 years as a communications professional in the Tri-Cities area, including as Erwin Bureau Chief for the Johnson City Press and media relations director for Wellmont Health System. He served as a member of the steering committee that conducted the highly successful Holy Friendship Summit, the predecessor of the Holy Friendship Collaborative. Wozniak has an extensive record of community service and is currently president of Rocky Mount State Historic Site Board of Trustees. His proudest civic achievement is conceiving the idea to build a children’s park in Erwin and raising tens of thousands of dollars in direct and in-kind donations for its construction.
Andrea D. Clements, PhD, Co-Founder, Grant Project Director
Dr. Andi Clements, Executive Director of The Holy Friendship Collaborative, is professor in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University where she does research in religiosity, addiction, and trauma. She has co-trained and conducted research on Trauma Informed Care with Becky Haas since 2015 and is one of the charter members of the BRAIN Trust, an ETSU working group focused on educating about ACEs and trauma informing the ETSU campus. Andi is the co-chair of the Community Involvement Subcommittee of the Ballad Health Opioid Task Force, and is co-authoring a book with Dr. Joel Shuman that will aid congregations as they mobilize to address addiction.
Teronya Holmes, Executive Director
Tiffany Clements, Executive Administrator