Term - 2009 / 2014
District - 06
Rhea Condra has served on the Commission since 2009. She is a life-long resident of Gallatin and has served as a volunteer in Gallatin and Middle Tennessee organizations for 35 years. Much of her volunteer focus has been with organizations serving women, children, and families including TRAC House, CASA, Department of Human Services Child Abuse Team, and the American Cancer Society. Condra was also a founding member of the Gallatin Junior Service League, and for the past 10 years has been a member of the Sumner County Library Board. She has also been a member of the Warioto Regional Library Board. She had her own fashion consulting business for 15 years. Condra currently serves on the Board of Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), an arts advocacy organization.
Condra and her husband, Dennis, have two grown sons and all are associated with the family business, Cresent Fine Furniture. She enjoys time spent with her five grandchildren as well as reading, traveling, cooking and gardening.
Lanis "Lanny" Cope
Term - 2009 / 2014
District - 02
Lanis “Lanny” Cope is an architect who founded Cope Associates, Inc. in 1983. Under his direction, Cope Associates, Inc. has achieved honored distinction in commercial, institutional, and historical preservation works. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Cope will represent the second congressional district.
Cope’s community involvement is broad and extensive. He is the founding president of University Area Sertoma Club; former board member and vice-president of Knoxville Montessori School; member of the University of Tennessee President’s Club; founding board member of United States Green Building Counsel, East Tennessee Chapter; member of the American Institute of Architects and National Roundtable of Architects; and Knoxville Heritage member.
His hobbies include boating, fishing, and golf. He also enjoys creating jewelry and crafts, photography, gardening, and working in his repair shop. He is married to Lisa Cope and they have three daughters.
Patsy White Camp
Term - 2012 / 2014
District - 08
Patsy White Camp is a resident of Jackson, Tennessee, and is married to Charles H. Camp. They owned Camp’s Market, a family grocery business, until it was sold in 2010. She will represent the Eighth Congressional District.
Patsy is a native Jacksonian, and received her bachelor’s degree in art and art history form Lambuth University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Art Student Award. She also participated in a course abroad, in London and Paris. Camp studied at Union University for seven years, taking “on location” art courses.
She has served on the boards of Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), Jackson Arts Council as President, Jackson Art Association, and received the Jackson Award for the Arts. Currently, Mrs. Camp serves on the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Board.
Camp is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jackson where she has participated in a number of leadership positions. She has served as a Lay Leader, Staff-Parish Relations Chair, Co-chair of two capitol campaigns, delegate to six annual conferences, Conference Nominating Committee, and the Finance Committee. She has enjoyed working on five Habitat Houses, substitute teaching, tutoring, and as a soup kitchen volunteer. Currently, she serves on the First United Methodist Church Foundation.
Other community activities have included serving on the Girl Scouts Board, Literacy Council Board, and Friends of the Library Board. She has also served on the Lambuth University Alumni Board, and the Lambuth University Board of Trustees as Academic Chair, and on the Executive Committee.
Camp enjoys walking, reading, travel, family and attending arts events. Patsy and her husband have one married daughter who lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Term - 2013 / 2018
District - 08
Lisa Bobango is an active community leader, and has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations. She has served on the board of the Memphis Literacy Council, the Junior League of Memphis, the Germantown Women’s Club, and is past president of the Memphis Bar Auxiliary. She is currently the Sustainer Director for the Junior League of Memphis.
She has been involved in several arts-related organizations in Memphis. Lisa Bobango and her husband, John, were founding members of ‘Young at Art’ at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and have supported the Orpheum Theater and ArtsMemphis.
Bobango received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and her MBA from the University of Florida. She received her law degree from the University of Memphis.
She is a member of the Suburban Garden Club of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. She enjoys gardening, reading, and walking.
Term - 2013 / 2018
District - 09
Ritche Manley Bowden has been retired since 2007. She most recently served as the chief operating officer for Colonics of Memphis. Previously she was the administrator for Phillip R. Bowden, M.D., P.A., and the Mid-South Gastroenterology Group - Ambulatory Surgery Center. She has also worked as a marketing representative for IBM.
Her professional affiliations have included: The American Gastroenterology Association; Medical Group Management Association; Memphis Chamber of Commerce; and the National Black MBA Association.
A community leader and supporter of the arts, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Bowden’s other community affiliations have included: University of Arkansas Alumni Association, National Alumni Board of Directors; University of Arkansas Black Alumni Association, Board of Directors; and Lausanne Collegiate School, Board of Directors; and the University of Memphis Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Tennessee Medical Association Auxiliary, Bluff City Medical Auxiliary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Links, Inc., Shelby County Chapter; and a Board Member of Dress for Success Memphis. Bowden has served as financial secretary, vice-president, for Jack & Jill of America, Inc., and as troop leader, troop 361, Girl Scouts of America.
Community philanthropy involvement includes: the Joseph Norman Manley Scholarship, University of Central Arkansas; the Arletha McAllister Manley Scholarship, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and the National Civil Rights Museum, Keepers of the Dream Campaign Steering Committee. Bowden served as co-chair of the American Heart Association, Heart and Soul Ball 2004, and served as co-chair, Special Gifts Division, of the St. Mary’s Capital Campaign 2004-2005. She is also a supporter of Lemoyne Owen College.
Bowden received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a master of business administration, with an emphasis in health care economics, from the University of Memphis.
Term - 2010 / 2015
District - 02
Donna Chase is president of Lord & Chase, a Knoxville-based interior design firm, and is a design and construction consultant to hospitality and residential clients throughout the country. In recent years, she has been involved with school and youth sports activities while also operating a retail antique and furnishings business in Knoxville. She received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Chase is married to Michael Chase, president/CEO of Copper Cellar Corporation. The company operates 17 popular Tennessee restaurants and has been recognized as one the nation’s top multi-concept restaurant companies. They reside in Knoxville and have two daughters.
Stephanie B. Conner
Term - 2012 / 2017
District - 05
Stephanie Barger Conner was originally appointed to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2002. She served as chair of the Commission in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Conner has been reappointed by Governor Haslam to a five-year term.
Prior to her work with the Commission, she served as executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. During her tenure she helped strengthen the film and music industry in the areas of policy development and legislation. She also served as Assistant to the Governor for Policy, and prior to that position served as Assistant to the Governor for Boards and Commissions.
Conner currently serves on the Board of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of South Arts. She is on the Board of Directors of Tennesseans for the Arts, and previously served as Board President and Acting Executive Director for TFTA.
Conner has a special interest in arts education, fundraising and support, access for rural communities, and advocacy. She enjoys travel, especially to areas with artistic and musical history and cultural significance.
Conner received her bachelor’s degree in human organizational development from Vanderbilt University. She is married to Forrest Conner and they have three children.
Term - 2010 / 2015
District - 01
Ed Gerace is an investment vice president of UBS Financial Services in Johnson City, and is a former partner with J.C. Bradford Company. Gerace has been in the investment business for over 40 years. He serves as chairman of the Steering Committee of the Tanasi Center of Northeast Tennessee. He has served as co-chair for the Fundraising Committee for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Tennessee State Museum Committee, and on the Finance Committee for St. Mary’s Church in Johnson City. Gerace previously served as chair of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, former chair of the Johnson City Development Authority, and is a past board member of Birthplace of Country Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from East Tennessee State University.
Gerace enjoys travel and fly-fishing. He resides in Johnson City with his wife, Jennie. They have two sons and five grandchildren.
Chancellor Carol L. McCoy
Term - 2010 / 2015
District - 05
Carol L. McCoy serves as Chancellor for the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part II. She was previously a partner in the law firm of Davies, Cantrell, Humphreys & McCoy in Nashville, and early in her career, a partner in Farrell & McCoy in Nashville. She worked as a staff attorney with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. She will represent the Fifth Congressional District.
Chancellor McCoy received her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of South Florida, and her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Chancellor McCoy has many civic commitments and interests. She is a trustee for Watkins College of Art and Design, and previously served as a trustee for United Way of Middle Tennessee. She is currently a member of the Nashville Foreign Relations Committee, CABLE and the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus. She is an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and Leadership Nashville. Chancellor McCoy was the recipient of the 1999 Athena Award and the 2004 YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement. She is married to Judge Roger Page.
Waymon L. Hickman
Term - 2011 / 2016
District - 04
Waymon L. Hickman is senior chairman of the Board of First Farmers and Merchants Bank, Columbia, Tennessee. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and the Graduate School of Banking of the South, Louisiana State University. He represents the fourth Congressional District.
Hickman has served on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, and currently serves as Trustee of Columbia State and Martin Methodist College. He has served as president of the Columbia Kiwanis Club, Maury County Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Tennessee Maury County Alumni Association. Active in the Boy Scouts organization, Hickman has served as president of the 39 county Middle Tennessee Council, and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board.
Hickman is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association. He is past state vice president and member of the Community Bank Council of the American Bankers Association; and past president of the Tennessee Bankers Association. Hickman is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and served as chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and past president of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He presently serves as a member of the Banker’s Advisory Board to the Conference of state Bank Supervisors in Washington, D.C., member of the University of Tennessee Investment, Audit Committee, Development Council, and Chairman of Board of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.
Hickman is an active member of the First United Methodist Church.
Term - 2013-2018
District - 03
Jan Ramsey grew up in Cheatham County, attended public schools and after graduating from Cheatham County Central high school became a legal assistant in Nashville. She later became a licensed insurance agent and in 1976, moved to Hamilton County.
Jan has been active with several civic and non-profit organizations in Chattanooga including the Republican Women’s Club, the PTA, and the Ronald McDonald House. She enjoyed helping to establish the Read 20 program and is presently serving on the Advisory Council for The Next Door Chattanooga.
Jan is a member of Bayside Baptist Church. Her husband is Claude Ramsey, former Deputy Governor and Hamilton County Mayor. They have two children; Rich and Stacy, and five grandchildren; Madison, Meredith, Macy, Claudia and John Ross.
Term - 2011 / 2016
District - 01
Ann Smith, a resident of Johnson City for over 30 years, previously served on the Tennessee Arts Commission from 1998 to 2002. She was reappointed to the Commission by Governor Haslam. She represents the First Congressional District. She has served on the Johnson City Area Arts Council, and was previously a member of the Tennessee State Museum Committee.
Smith’s community involvement is extensive. She was named Volunteer of the Year by the Mountain States Health Alliance in 1999, and served as chair of the Johnson City Country Club Ladies Golf Association, 1997-1998. She was organizer and chair of the Roan Valley Women’s Celebrity Golf Classic in 1997. She was president of Our Savior Lutheran Church Women, 1996-1997. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Johnson City Medical Center Foundation, and is a member of the Chancel Choir, Altar Guild, and Communion Assistant with her church.
Her professional experience includes serving as Interim Regional Representative for former Gov. Don Sundquist. She is a member of the Tennessee Republican Party, National Republican Committee, and the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. She has also served as president of Washington County Republican Women.
Smith’s hobbies include bridge, golf, music, singing, and traveling. She also enjoys attending arts events, and specifically enjoys the symphony.
Connie S. Weathers
Term - 2011 / 2016
District - 03
Connie Weathers grew up in South Georgia and South Carolina textile towns. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts from Middle Tennessee State University. She represents the Third Congressional District.
As a child she was able to capitalize on small textile town opportunities. Large textile companies like Callaway Mills offered many opportunities for cultural enrichment to employee children. Her early childhood exposure to the performing arts of ballet and tap dance left a lasting impression. She has, over her small town life, participated in several theatrical fundraisers.
Weathers has always been active in her community. She has been a Girl Scout
leader, camp director and a Red Cross volunteer. She has served as president of the American Cancer Society of Hamilton County and served on the Tennessee State Board of the American Cancer Society. She received the ‘Patient Quality of Life Award’ for her decade of dedication to the Societies’ C.I.T.E (Cancer Isn’t the End) counseling program as well starting the “Look-good, Feel Better Program” in Hamilton County. Weathers has been a member of the Memorial Auditorium Board of Directors, recognized by the Hamilton County Commission as a “Distinguished Citizen,” served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party.
Connie Weathers and her husband John Weathers, CFO of Heatmax, Inc. reside in Chattanooga. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, gardening, and antiquing.
Lee D. Yeiser
Term - 2013 / 2017
District - 07
Lee Yeiser is a long-time resident of Savannah and an active community leader. She currently teaches English at Hardin County High School, and has served as a member of the Savannah Arts Commission. She was the co-founder of the Savannah Junior Auxiliary, and has served as president, vice-president, and finance chairman of the organization. She also has served as a member of the Hardin County Library Board as well as a member of the Reelfoot Girl Scout Council in Jackson.
Yeiser received a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising from Florida State University and Master of Arts in Teaching English on the Secondary Level from Bethel College..
She is married to Emmett W. Yeisar. She enjoys attending events at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, Nashville Symphony, and the Jackson Symphony.