HYPE Board of Directors

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HYPE Board of Directors

Drew Leach

Board Chair

Drew devises in-depth goals based planning strategies for families facing complex financial issues on the Potter Group at Merrill Lynch. Drew graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In the community, he is active with Kiwanis International, Lakeway Ducks Unlimited, which he serves as Co-Chairman. He and his wife, Jordan, and daughter Olivia are members of First United Methodist Church. He enjoys many outdoor pastimes including fly fishing, waterfowl and upland hunting.

E-mail: michael.d.leach@ml.com

Company Website: The Potter Group

Aleighia Helderman

Board Chair-elect

Aleighia and her husband Jared Helderman have three labradoodle fur babies Lily, Layla, and Lexi and are expecting a baby girl in August. Aleighia loves spending time outdoors whether it be snow skiing or on the lake. She also owns Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry.

E-mail: aleighia_barker@hotmail.com

Company Website: Morristown Pediatric Dentistry

Avery Swinson


Avery is the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Development at Walters State Community College. As a proud Walters State alumna, she is passionate about access to higher education and student success. She earned her AS degree in Psychology from Walters State and her BS degree in Psychology and M.Ed. in Student Personnel from ETSU. In her spare time, she is a big sports fan and loves cheering on her teams!

E-mail: avery.swinson@ws.edu

Company Website: Walters State Community College

Brandon Tomassoni

Member at Large

Brandon is from Morristown, Tennessee. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2007. He has worked as a Sales Representative with Holston Gases since 2012. He has 3 rescued dogs, Achilles, Marley, and Holston, along with a Cat, Lilly. He enjoys going to rock concerts, microbreweries, and playing golf.

E-mail: brandon.tomassoni@holstongases.com

Company Website: Holston Gases

Cameron Felty

Member at Large

Cameron is a long time resident of East Tennessee. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2010 and then completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Alabama. He became an agent for State Farm after graduation. In his spare time he enjoys duck hunting, dog training, fishing, and sporting clays. He is active in the community as a BNI member, Chamber of Commerce Gold member, and Ducks Unlimited board member.

E-mail: cameron.felty.fygc@statefarm.com

Company Website: State Farm Insurance

Katherine Smith

Chair of Member Integrations

Katherine is a skilled marketing and sales professional. She joined Strate Insurance Group in 2018 and serves as Business Insurance Sales Agent as well as Marketing Director for the agency. She has received her Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation.
Katherine enjoys participating in extracurricular and service activities as well. While at The University of Georgia, she served two terms on the Executive Board for the Public Relations Student Society of America, earned her certificate of leadership from the Terry College of Business Institute for Leadership Advancement and served as a school ambassador as a part of The Arch Society. She studied improvisational theater and is a graduate of Dad’s Garage Improv Training in Atlanta. She has also completed leadership training at Emory Business School in Atlanta.

Katherine is married to her husband Kevin, and they welcomed their first child, Charlotte, in July 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys being around friends and family, traveling, baking, theatre and music.

E-mail: ksmith@strateinsurance.com

Company Website: http://www.strateinsurance.com

Kris Yarlett

Member at Large

Kris was born and raised in Maryville, Tennessee. He has been married to his wonderful wife Hannah for 3 years. They are active foster parents and have a dog named Scooter. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, University of Arkansas, and Golden Gate University. He is currently a financial advisor with Edward Jones where he has worked since 2013.

E-mail: kris.yarlett@edwardjones.com

Company Website: Edward Jones

Kristina Veit

Recruitment Chair

Franchise Manager of Express Employment Professionals- HR Solutions, Recruiting, Staffing, Direct Placement, contract staffing. Has been with Express for 14 years and has worked in Morristown for 6 years.

E-mail: Kristina.veit@expresspros.com

Company Website: Express Pros

Leigh Ann Allen

Social Committee Co-Chair

Leigh Ann currently works for Commercial Bank as VP, Commercial Lender where she provides various types of financing for business owners. She is a graduate of Bethel University and University of Tennessee. She has a MBA and a bachelor's degree in Economics. She and her husband Robert live with their two dogs, Lexi and Woody, and enjoy traveling, hiking, and skiing. She is actively involved in various community organizations as well as her church. In her downtime, she enjoys reading mystery novels and shopping online at Amazon Prime.

E-mail: lallen@cbtn.com

Company Website: Commercial Bank TN

Lesley Ronning

Recruiting Co-Chair

Lesley is Sole Proprietor of LR Konsept. She currently works as a project manager with an engineered I-joist manufacturer in Norway. A former construction project manager. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the building construction and design industry. Lesley is a graduate of Valencia College and the University of Florida's School of Architecture.
Lesley moved to Morristown from Pittsburgh, PA in the summer of 2017 with her husband, daughter and cat Tubs. They stumbled upon Morristown on a quest for their ideal place to live. They have since purchased a home in nearby New Tazewell, TN. Lesley and her husband Roar have been active members in HYPE events.
In her spare time Lesley enjoys rediscovering the world through the eyes of their 2yo daughter, learning, traveling, being outdoors, and taking on new projects and challenges to improve herself and make the world a better place.
Her latest project is to start a "new moms" group in Hamblen County. "Supporting women in one of the greatest, most difficult transitions in their lives, becoming mothers."

E-mail: lrkonsept@gmail.com

Sabrina Seamon

Member at Large

Sabrina Seamon is the Deputy Director of Clinch-Powell RC&D, a non profit that serves the areas between Knoxville and the Tri Cities in affordable housing, environmental conservation, and community development efforts. Sabrina moved to Morristown in 2014, and credits Hype for nearly all of the friends she has made in the Morristown area. Sabrina organizes the Hype kickball team. Beyond Hype, Sabrina is a Chamber Ambassador, and enjoys attending local events and fairs. Goal for HYPE: Continued growth and further help more young professionals whom have relocated to the area, integrate into the broader community.

E-mail: sabrina@clinchpowell.net

Company Website: Clinch-Powell RC&D

Scott Voigt

Communications Co-Chair

Scott is a General Manager for Orbit Industries, Inc. East Coast Distribution Center with a demonstrated history of working in the building materials industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Computer Literacy, Cold Calling, and Sales Operations. Strong operations professional with an Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) focused in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects from Brooks College.

E-mail: voigtgraffix@gmail.com

Company Website: Orbit Industries, Inc.

See What People Have to Say About Us

Katherine Smith
20:39 08 Jan 19
HYPE is a great way to meet people and get connected with other organizations in Morristown. I grew up here but moved away for college and only recently returned after spending 13+ years away. HYPE has helped me meet new friends and reconnect with old friends in this new stage of life.
Scott Voigt
19:02 18 Sep 18
Being somewhat new to the area, H.Y.P.E. has connected me to a very awesome group of professionals in my age group. I was invited to play on a kickball team and really enjoyed it. Even though it made me aware of how out of shape I really am. Lol. Not really knowing much about the area, this group also helped me with some great recommendations. There were multiple instances that I didn't know where to go. and they were there to guide me Thank you for being such a great group of individuals! Hoping to make it to Happy Hour tomorrow at Aubrey's on the west end!
Avery Swinson
00:26 19 May 18
If you are a young professional looking to connect with other professionals in the Lakeway Area, look no further! HYPE is an excellent opportunity to get plugged in and network in the community. Check out one of the many events HYPE offers throughout the year!
Karina Mosier
22:42 16 May 18
HYPE is such a great group if you are looking to get plugged in or involved in the Lakeway Area. HYPE sponsors many social, community and networking events that makes it a great way to meet and mingle with local talent.
15:09 16 May 18
HYPE is a great organization for connecting with other young professionals in the Lakeway area. The monthly events, service projects, and rec league teams are great ways to get involved around town.
Kris Yarlett
14:41 16 May 18
I always have a great time with HYPE!! It is an awesome venue to meet local young professionals in the Lakeway area.
14:34 16 May 18
I really enjoy all the different social events from monthly happy hours, wine tastings, Christmas party and Derby party. It's been a great way to meet new people even thought I've lived here my whole life. Highly recommend checking the group out.
Whitney McGowan
13:06 16 May 18
HYPE is a great way for young professionals to become more involved in their community. The group hosts a variety of events ranging from happy hours, to sports teams and partners with other organizations in town to promote events.
Brian Latchford
14:45 18 Apr 18
HYPE is a fun group of "young" professionals that is also working to have a positive impact within Morristown during the enormous growth seen in our area.
Christina Woody
15:01 14 Mar 18
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