Commissioner Grinder joined the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs after retiring as a Colonel from the Tennessee Army National Guard with over 35 years of service. She had been assigned as a Director of Logistics, in which position she supervised more than 340 personnel across the state in providing service activities, facilities, equipment, and support mission requirements. She was responsible for a more than $35 million budget and is a certified Defense Financial Manager. She previously served as the Director of Personnel, overseeing actions from the time an individual enlists in the National Guard through the retirement process.
"I am honored to serve Governor Haslam, as well as the men and women who have served their country in the Armed Forces in this capacity," Grinder said. "Although I will miss wearing the uniform, I will be able to continue my bond with service members, their families, and survivors."
Commissioner Grinder holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Bronze Star Medal recipient and an Operation: Enduring Freedom combat veteran.
Commissioner Grinder is a member of several military and veterans associations, including the Military Officers' Association, the American Legion, and Vietnam Veterans of America.