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April Hefner, President

Director of Public Relations & Marketing Content

Belmont University

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April Hefner is the Director of Public Relations & Marketing Content for Belmont University. Prior to joining Belmont in 2007, she was Director of Media Relations for Rocketown Records. She began her career at CCM Communications where she worked for eight years after graduating from James Madison University (VA) with a double major in mass communications and psychology. She also holds a Masters in English from Belmont.

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Kate Reagan, Vice President

Senior Director of Marketing and PR 

Lincoln Memorial University

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For over 14 years Kate Reagan has been at the helm of Lincoln Memorial University’s public relations and marketing operations, serving as senior director for marketing and public relations. Reagan is responsible for LMU’s integrated marketing plan and directs all media buys. She also serves as the University’s official spokesperson and primary media contact and disseminates University news through press releases and direct media pitching. Reagan came to LMU after a brief stop in retail advertising, where she worked as a copywriter in the corporate office of Proffitt’s/McRea’s in Maryville, Tennessee.

Tami Wallace, Treasurer

Director of Public Relations

Volunteer State Community College

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Tami Wallace is the Director of Public Relations for Volunteer State Community College. Prior to joining Vol State, she was Director of Marketing for the Outreach Program at Auburn University at Montgomery. She began her career as an events publicist for Lake Lanier Islands Resort and continued in the field at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta. She has also held marketing and public relations positions at Visionland Theme Park in Birmingham, Alabama and Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.

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Davis Seal, Secretary

Director of Operations for External Affairs and Workforce Innovation

Motlow State Community College

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Davis Seal currently serves as the director of operations for external affairs at Motlow State Community College where he oversees web and social media strategy as well as daily operations and marketing for Motlow’s workforce development — including the new state of the art Automation and Robotics Training Center in McMinnville. Before his current position, Davis served three years as Motlow’s Webmaster Media Specialist where he oversaw the College’s digital marketing strategy. He also previously served as Director of Communications at Venture Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University where he was a member of the nationally recognized Moot Court team.


Denise Colwell, Conference and Membership Director

Administrative Assistant

Tennessee Tech University

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Denise Colwell is the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Communication Officer for Communications and Marketing at Tennessee Tech. She is also responsible for planning and coordinating a wide range of presidential events, including Commencement. Denise ensures that special events hosted by the university are executed at the highest level.

Matthew Gann, President Emeritus

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Digital Strategy

Tennessee Board of Regents

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Matthew Gann currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor of marketing and digital strategy at the Tennessee Board of Regents where he oversees strategy and development of all marketing and digital initiatives for the Board and its administrative offices, programs and initiatives, and serves as a consultant for all 40 of the Board’s institutions. Before joining the TBR, Gann spent three years as the web and digital media director at Tennessee Tech University and three years as the vice president of marketing and promotions at Wellness Healthcare Products. In addition, Gann serves as a consultant providing development and planning services for real estate firms, sports marketing agencies, non-profit organizations and healthcare providers.