Lenoir City, TN
In October of 2011, Ryan Hensley was named the Executive Director of the Tennessee 4-H Foundation. Ryan grew up a Loudon County 4-H member and got his start in the sheep project. Being a third generation 4-H member, one can say 4-H is in his blood. Over his 4-H career he became active in many aspects of the 4-H program. Ryan attended 4-H camp; was active in Honor Club, All-Stars, and State Council; showed livestock; and attended National 4-H Congress.
Ryan received his education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in agricultural economics and business, as well as a MBA. He currently resides in Lenoir City and works closely with the state 4-H staff. Ryan is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Amanda Hensley whom he met in 4-H Honor Club. Ryan and Amanda have two sons, Kenny and Brayden.
Shelby, a Warren County 4-H Alumnus, began her career with UT Extension in 2012 as a Student Assistant in the State 4-H Office. She continued in this position until she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Education. She served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while working on her Master’s Degree in Ag Leadership. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in November 2016, Shelby was offered the Grant Coordinator position for the State 4-H Office. Currently, Shelby serves as both Grant Coordinator for the State 4-H Office and an Assistant Director of the Tennessee 4-H Foundation.
Shelby and her husband, Derek, reside in Maryville have a son, Greydon.
Oak Ridge, TN
Lela began her career with the UT Extension in January,1988. She served as administrative support assistant in the Morgan County Extension office for 22 years before coming to the state 4-H office. Lela has an associate’s degree in accounting and is in the process of obtaining her bachelor’s degree in business management. She is the accounting specialist for the 4-H Youth Development/Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications Department and the Tennessee 4-H Foundation.
Lela and her husband Danny, have been married for 35 years. They have three adult children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Sandie began her career with UT Extension in June, 1981, and retired June, 2007, with 26 years of service. She started out in the Extension deans’ office and served as the budget coordinator for all of Extension working with the four deans. At the time of her retirement, she was working with Tim Fawver, Chief Business Officer to the Chancellor. She is now working part-time on a post-retirement appointment for the Tennessee 4-H Foundation.
Sandie and her husband Glen, have been married for 46 years. They have one adult son. Though they do not have any grandchildren, they are Meme and Poppy to her great-great nieces and nephews whom they adore.
Steve was an eight year 4-H member in Cocke County, Tennessee. He attended National 4-H Congress in Chicago in 1969 as a national swine project winner. Steve graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture before beginning his Extension career in 1973 as an Extension agent with 4-H responsibilities in Washington County. After 13 years in Washington County, he accepted a position on the state 4-H staff as an Extension specialist giving leadership to curriculum development and recognition. In 2008, he was named Director for 4-H Youth Development and state 4-H program leader.
Steve retired in 2014 and continues to support the efforts of the Foundation in a part-time, post-retirement appointment. He resides in the Fountain City neighborhood of Knoxville during retirement and enjoys hiking, fitness walking, reading, photography and international travel.