Townsend, Tenn. – Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (Tremont) has added six new members to its board of directors and has announced its officers.
New members include Esther Bell, CEO, Global Intellectual Property Asset Management, PLLC; Henry (Hank) Dye, recently retired vice president for public and government relations, University of Tennessee; Randy Gibson, chief operating officer & general counsel, Lawler-Wood; George Hashbarger, Jr., president, Quintium Advisors, LLC; L. W. (Bill) Varner, CEO, United Subcontractors, Inc.; and Chad Youngblood, all of Knoxville.
With the addition of these new members, Tremont’s board now includes seventeen members. Current officers of the board are Cathy Ackermann, board chair, and president & CEO of Ackermann PR; Billy Carroll, vice president of the board and CEO of SmartBank; Elizabeth Estill, treasurer.
Every year, thousands of students come to Tremont to live and learn, using Great Smoky Mountains National Park as their classroom. They come for an educational experience that is vastly different from that available to them in the classroom.
Through exploration and investigation, they learn firsthand about the park’s rich cultural history and its remarkable biological diversity. They leave Tremont with a greater sense of wonder, depth of knowledge, and appreciation for the natural world and the national park.
Tremont also provides a variety of programs for adults and families, including photography workshops, a naturalist certification program, and family camps.
“We are proud to have such a strong and active board to provide direction and represent us in the community,” said Ken Voorhis, Tremont’s executive director. “They are all very busy people, but they spend a great deal of time working with us here at Tremont to move our programs forward. They truly believe in and support our mission and work hard to help us build our base of support,” he continued.
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a private 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1969, Tremont has provided in-depth experiences to over half a million people of all ages through residential educational programs that celebrate diversity, foster stewardship and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, visit www.gsmit.org or call 865-448-6709.