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Steven Cross : Fire Management Consultant, MTAS

Steven Cross

Fire Management Consultant, MTAS

615.532.7108 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
steven.cross@tennessee.edu

Steven Cross is a Fire Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).  After serving more than 30-years in local and state government, he joined MTAS on July 9, 2017.  His duties include providing technical assistance and consulting services for municipal, county, and state governemnt leaders in areas of leadership and fire rescue department and emergency services management as well as serving as a resource for state-wide professional associations.

Steven joined the fire service as a municipal firefighter in 1986.  He served for over 27 years with the Columbia Fire Department, the last 17 years as Columbia’s Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Steven served in the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office's Fire Fighting Personnel Standards and Education Commission. 

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University in Forrest City, Iowa
  • Associate of Science in Fire Science Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama
  • Technical Certificate in Fire Science from Volunteer State Community College in Gallating, Tennessee
  • Emergency Medical Responder from the State of Tennessee
  • Fire Officer Level IV IFSAC / ProBoard from Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO), Commission on Fire Accreditation International
  • Internationsl Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
  • Tennessee All Hazards Incident Management Team
  • Public Entity Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America
 

 

Mike Galey : County Government Consultant, CTAS

Mike Galey

County Government Consultant, CTAS

731.881.7056 | 475 Clement Hall, Martin, TN 38238
mgaley1@tennessee.edu

 

Nancy Gibson : Administrative Specialist II - Codes, MTAS

Nancy Gibson

Administrative Specialist II - Codes, MTAS

865.974.9846 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
nancy.gibson@tennessee.edu

Nancy Gibson has been working at MTAS for eight years in the Municipal Codes Department.  She works with cities and consultants regarding municipal codes and charters. Her duties include reviewing ordinances and compiling lists for inclusion in codes, producing new codes (and revisions) and compiling updates of existing municipal codes for cities. This includes markup, proofreading and all correspondence related thereto.

Certifications include:

CAP in November 2010
Communications Certification 2011
Customer Service Certification 2011
Supervisory Certification, Level 1 2013

Nancy does invoicing for the Municipal Codes Department and is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat (full version), and Adobe Photoshop Pro.  She maintains the Municipal Codes Database.

 

 

 

 

Liz Gossett : E-Media & Information Specialist, CTAS

Liz Gossett

E-Media & Information Specialist, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
liz.gossett@tennessee.edu

Liz Gossett, E-Media and Information Specialist, joined CTAS in September 2012. Prior to joining CTAS, Liz was a research associate for the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Long Range Planning Division. She is originally from the Atlanta area and received a bachelor of science in 2007 in urban policy studies and a bachelor of arts in sociology in 2005, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Liz received her Master of Science in Information Science from The University of Tennessee in May 2015.

Keith Groves : Solutions Consultant, CIS

Keith Groves

Solutions Consultant, CIS

731.425.4779 | 605 Airways Blvd., Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
keith.groves@tennessee.edu

            Keith Groves, Resource Program Manager, joined The University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service – Center for Industrial Services in March of 2005.  The Center focuses on strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee to secure jobs for the citizens of our state.

            Prior to joining the Center for Industrial Services, Keith worked in retail sales for 11 years and in manufacturing for 16 years.  During the 16 years in manufacturing, he became involved in Lean Manufacturing and has worked extensively in Lean Manufacturing since 1995.  In 2006, Keith worked in the development of a new program for the center called Business Transformation. This is a holistic approach to moving businesses into the future with the tools to increase their ability to compete in a global market and improve profitability.

            In 2011 Lean for Government was a program implemented in State Government to focus on improving processes and to train state employees on Lean Methodologies, Keith has been the core deliverer for this process.

Rick Hall : County Government Consultant, CTAS

Rick Hall

County Government Consultant, CTAS

423.282.4141 | 2112 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601
rick.hall@tennessee.edu
Jim Hart : Interim Mgr. of Field Services & Jail Management Consultant, CTAS

Jim Hart

Interim Mgr. of Field Services & Jail Management Consultant, CTAS

423.413.7902 | Political Science & Public Service, Dept. 6356, Pfeiffer 302, Chattanooga, TN 37403
jim.hart@tennessee.edu
Kim Henry : Training Coordinator, CTAS

Kim Henry

Training Coordinator, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
kim.clark@tennessee.edu
Brett Howell : Communications Specialist, CTAS

Brett Howell

Communications Specialist, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
brett.howell@tennessee.edu

Brett Howell, communications specialist, holds a master's degree in public administration from Tennessee State University and a bachelor's degree in English/journalism from Tennessee Technological University, where he also received a minor in history. Since joining CTAS he has been responsible for public policy and fiscal analysis, particularly as it relates to how the state budget and proposed legislation impacts county governments statewide. At CTAS, he is the managing editor of Tennessee County News. Prior to joining CTAS in August 1995, Brett was a newspaper editor with experience in university public affairs. 

Gabe Looney : Property Assessment Consultant, CTAS

Gabe Looney

Property Assessment Consultant, CTAS

865.271.7803 | 1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
gabe.looney@tennessee.edu
Jeff Metzger : Legal Consultant, CTAS

Jeff Metzger

Legal Consultant, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
Stephanie Allen OHara : Legal Consultant, MTAS

Stephanie Allen OHara

Legal Consultant, MTAS

865.974.0411 | 1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921-6741

Stephanie Allen OHara joined MTAS staff in the Knoxville office as a legal consultant on January 1, 2010. Stephanie graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a bachelor’s in business administration. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she interned with the U.S. Congress and Philip Morris USA. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While in law school, Stephanie interned with Oak Ridge National Labs; Former Judge James Beckner, Third Judicial District Criminal Court; Chancellor Telford Forgety, Jr., Fourth Judicial District; Judge Benjamin Strand, Jefferson County General Sessions; as well as several law firms. Prior to joining MTAS as a legal consultant, Stephanie served as a judicial clerk to Justice Sharon Lee on the Tennessee Supreme Court and Tennessee Court of Appeals. 

Chris Payne : Training Consultant, CTAS

Chris Payne

Training Consultant, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
chris.payne@tennessee.edu
Pamela Peters : Accounting Specialist, CTAS

Pamela Peters

Accounting Specialist, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
pam.peters@tennessee.edu
Kim Raia : Environmental GIS Consultant, CTAS

Kim Raia

Environmental GIS Consultant, CTAS

865.974.6434 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
kim.raia@tennessee.edu
Wesley Robertson : County Government Consultant, CTAS

Wesley Robertson

County Government Consultant, CTAS

931-797-6474 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
wesley.robertson@tennessee.edu

 

Ben Rodgers : County Government Consultant, CTAS

Ben Rodgers

County Government Consultant, CTAS

931.525.3535 | 25 West Broad, Suite 9, Cookeville, TN 38501
ben.rodgers@tennessee.edu
Mike Stooksberry : Senior Environmental Consultant, CTAS

Mike Stooksberry

Senior Environmental Consultant, CTAS

731.881.7077 | P.O. Box 100, 175 Clement Hall, Martin, TN 38238
mike.stooksberry@tennessee.edu
Steve Thompson : Assistant Vice President, IPS

Steve Thompson

Assistant Vice President, IPS

865.974.9609 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921-6741
steve.thompson@tennessee.edu

Steve Thompson is Assistant Vice President with the Institute for Public Service with the University of Tennessee. 

Steve joined the University as Executive Director of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service in July of 2010.  A former city manager in cities in South Carolina, Virginia and Florida, Steve has extensive experience in a wide range of services and projects impacting small to large local governments, and has emphasized success with development, financial management and community partnerships.  Steve is also a former member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the national advisory board to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Steve is a Certified Local Government Manager of ICMA, a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute with the University of Virginia, and a graduate of the Menninger Institute for Local Government Managers in Topeka, Kansas.

Steve earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Tennessee, and holds a master's degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of South Carolina.  Steve also earned a bachelor's degree (BA) in political science from the College of Charleston, SC.

 

Jon Walden : Executive Director, CTAS

Jon Walden

Executive Director, CTAS

615.532.3555 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
jon.walden@tennessee.edu

Jon Walden, executive director, has been with UT CTAS since October 1993 as administrator of information technology. He was named executive director on December 1, 2021. Jon served as interim executive director from May 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021. Prior to serving as Interim executive director, Jon served as manager of information technology & environmental services from October 2002 until May 1, 2020. Before joining UT CTAS, he was a programmer analyst with Columbia State Community College. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tennessee State University and a master of arts in leadership and public service from Lipscomb University.