Board of Directors

Cecile Huddleston

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Cecile attended Louisiana State University and earned a B.A. in Finance.  Over the years, she worked in banking and has served on several capital campaign committees in our area.  She also served as Area 3 Director for Special Olympics Tennessee from 2000-2006.  Cecile is a parent of two participants who attend Brother’s Keeper.

Deborah Grant

Director of Operations and Co-Founder

Deborah graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. in Business Management.  She spent her early career years in Leadership, Management and Human Resources.  After retiring from business, she elected to expand her interest in life-long learning, care-giving, and hospitality, as a Special Education Assistant in the Johnson City School System, where she still serves today.  Deborah is a parent of a participant who attends Brother’s Keeper.

Dave Sentell

Board Chair

Dave is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University.  Upon graduating, he worked for the American Cancer Society in west Tennessee and then northeast Tennessee until 1992.  Other involvement has included serving on the board and as Board Chairman at Appalachian Christian Camp, where he served as the annual golf tournament chairman for nine years.

Callie Faircloth


Callie is an engineer at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin.  Callie is a mother of a participant who attends Brother’s Keeper.

Brandy Bradley


Brandy has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting from ETSU.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and works in the tax department at Blackburn, Childers, and Steagall, PLC.

Laura Hampton

Laura Hampton is a native of Johnson City and graduate of Science Hill High School and ETSU. She is currently employed by Citigroup where she has worked for over 27 years in a variety of roles and has had the privilege of serving the community on several boards and committees.

Lemy Hutson

Lemy is from Johnson City and graduated from ETSU. She has spent most of her career working
at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the First Judicial District including 7 years as Executive Director.
She resigned as Executive Director in 2018 and moved to a part-time position as their Director of Grants
and Finance and became a licensed Realtor. As of July 2023, Lemy now serves in a contract position at
the CAC to manage grants and handle bookkeeping, while also continuing work as a Realtor and also a
Processor for State of Franklin Title Company. Lemy is currently serving as Past-Chair for the Johnson
City Public Schools Foundation.

Sarah Blessing Valk

Sarah Valk is an attorney for the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Myra O’Dell

Myra O’Dell, CFP® is a Partner and Investment Advisor with BCS Wealth Management.  Her focuses include investment management and comprehensive financial planning. Myra graduated magna cum laude from Milligan College in 2004 where she played volleyball and tennis and was the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Mathematics. Myra passed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam in 2005 and became a practitioner in 2007. In 2008, she received her Master of Business Administration degree from Milligan College. She is a member of the Johnson City Chamber’s Leadership 2020 Program. In 2017, Myra earned the Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award and the Professional Excellence Award from Milligan College for her outstanding accomplishments in the field of finance and bringing distinction to Milligan through her professional achievements.

Community Advisors

Rock Baty

Advisor to the Board

Rock Baty served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NN, Inc., from May 2001 until his retirement in June 2013.  In addition to his corporate board experience, Rock is currently a board member for several local area non-profit organizations.

Linda Lowe


Linda received the Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation in 2019 from the American College of Financial Services. She is also a graduate of Cannon Trust School, both as a Trust Professional and Certified Retirement Services Professional. Linda holds a Registered Investment Advisor license and is insurance licensed in several states.

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