Mark Wilson is a former Marshall County 4-H member. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, he began work with Farm Credit and has spent his entire working career with the organization. Recently, he retired as the Tennessee Area Vice President for Farm Credit Mid-America. Mark has two children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Jim Byford is Dean Emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he served as dean for over 23 years. His career has spanned over 40 years, including appointments at the University of Georgia and UT Knoxville. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and has a Ph.D. in wildlife from Auburn University – with minors in forestry and fisheries and a B.S. in agriculture. Byford has received numerous local, state, and national awards related to agriculture, wildlife, youth education, conservation, and communications – and in 2016 was named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame.
Originally from Danville, Virginia, Dr. Richard Clark, began his career as in extension in 1976 as an urban 4-H and horticulture agent in Virginia Beach. Over his career, Dr. Clark has held various leadership positions in both extension and academic units and is currently serving as Assistant of UT Extension, State 4-H Program Leader, and Department Head of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Richard and wife Pat have three children and one grandchild.
Tim Fawver was an active member of his Local 4-H Club and was involved in the Dairy Project. After his time within the 4-H program, Tim went on to achieve his certification as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). His work with the foundation began in 1989 as he was a consultant on various projects. In 1999 he became the treasurer of the Foundation and has held the position since. He currently is the Chief Business Officer to the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Institute!
George is a former Coffee County 4-H member. Following high school, George attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he received a degree in Agricultural Business. George has recently retired after working 35 years with Tennessee Farm Bureau, and he continues to be very active in the 4-H program by volunteering at different events.
Robert serves as Dean for Extension at the University Of Tennessee. Prior to serving as UT Extension Dean, Robert served as Assistant and Associate Dean for UT Extension from 2010-2017, as a member of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering faculty at Iowa State University from 2004-2010, and as a faculty member and Extension Specialist in the University of Tennessee Agricultural Engineering Department from 1995-2004. Dr. Burns holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering, MS in Environmental Engineering, and PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Tennessee and is a registered professional engineer. Robert grew up working on his family’s cow-calf and burley tobacco farm in Blount County, Tennessee.
John Calvin Bryant
John Calvin Bryant spent his youth as a 4-H member in Lawrence County. Over his nine year 4-H career, he was involved with the Communication/Public Speaking, Leadership, Sheep, and Swine projects. He served as Congress Governor and State Council Vice President. John Calvin is a current student at the University of Tennessee pursing a degree in Food Science. One day he hopes to work in food production and food security.
Justin Cross is a former 4-H’er from Knox County. During his time in 4-H, Justin was an active member in the Sheep, Public Speaking, and Leadership projects. Justin has served 4-H in several leadership roles at the state and regional level. From 2015-2016, Justin served as the Tennessee 4-H State Council President. A proud 4-H alum, Justin now attends The University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a Haslam Scholar. He studies Food and Agricultural Business and sees a future for himself in business or politics.
Dr. Tim Cross currently serves as the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Tim received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. Tim then received his Doctorate Degree, also in Agricultural Economics, from Oregon State in 1991. Tim began his work with UT Extension in 1994 by working as an Extension Specialist and became the Dean of Extension in 2008.
Rebecca Gold Johnson
Rebecca Gold Johnson was an active 4-H Member from Moore County, TN. Rebecca held various leadership roles as a 4-H member including serving as State All Star Chief. She earned her degree in History/Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Rebecca is the currently serving as the Vice President of Tennessee 4-H Alumni and Friends. Rebecca and her husband James Johnson have three beautiful daughters.
Former President of the Foundation Board, Joe Huffine, was a very active 4-H member from Washington County. He was successful in his project work, specifically in Public Speaking, Field Crops, and Poultry Judging. He currently serves as the Manager of Corporate and Member Services for the Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative.
Kelly Hunt grew up as a 4-H member in Sumner County, where her main projects were Communication/Public Speaking, Leadership, and Citizenship. She also participated in Wildlife Judging, Consumer Decision Making, and various other projects. She attended National 4-H Congress this past year and was honored to serve as State 4-H All Star Chief and Central Region Scribe. Her 4-H community service involvement earned her a spot in the Ingram Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt University, where she is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Julius Johnson served as the 36th Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee and now is retired. Before that, Julius served 37 years with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation in several positions including the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer. Julius was an active 4-H member in his youth in Fentress County. He and his wife Karen now reside in Columbia, Tennessee. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Ruth Henderson McQueen
Ruth Henderson McQueen has a lifelong background in the Tennessee 4-H program. Ruth is a former Loudon County 4-H member who participated in many different project areas. Following receiving degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, she went to work as an extension agent in Sequatchie County for two years before coming to work in the State 4-H office for 25 years.
David R. Reed
David R. Reed is a former member of the Weakley County 4-H. He attended UT Martin for three years and finished his Bachelor’s degree at the UT Knoxville in Agriculture Education. He co-founded and founded a number of companies involved in manufacturing, automotive, production agriculture and investment banking – spending most of his career in Atlanta, GA. Since he and his wife Carol returned to his family farm in 1997, David has devoted much of his time to ministries of the United Methodist Church, currently serving as V P of Development & Planned Giving for the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis & TN Conferences. He also serves as the Lay Leader for the Memphis Conference.ears.
Lelan Statom, Senior Meteorologist at Nashville’s News Channel 5 Network, was an active Dyer County 4-H member, serving on the State Council in high school. As a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he remained committed to the 4-H Program serving as president of the Collegiate 4-H chapter. While in college, Lelan spent his summers serving as the Athletic Director at the Milan 4-H Center. He has served as a volunteer leader in all three regions of the state and even served a two terms on the Davidson County Agricultural Extension Committee. Lelan is married to Dr. Yolanda Statom, an assistant principal with Metro-Nashville schools. Lelan and Yolanda have two children, Kayela and Taylor.
William “Bear” Stephenson
William “Bear” Stephenson is a 4-H alumnus from Anderson County, Tennessee. Bear was a very active 4-H member; he served as 4-H State Council president and was selected as the national winner of the poultry project in 1966. After graduating Tennessee Tech University, Stephenson was commissioned into the Army and was a first lieutenant in the Vietnam War. Since 1982, Bear has owned and operated Stephenson Realty and Auction.
Carol White was an active Coffee County 4-H member, participating in different service and leadership roles, from State Congress Speaker-of-the-Senate to State Council President. Carol graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Agriculture Sciences and National Resources, and went on to receive her Phar.D. at the UT College of Pharmacy. While at UTK, Carol served on the UT Board of Trustees and was awarded the Torchbearer Award. She currently works as an assistant professor at the UT College of Pharmacy, with a practice site at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).