Affiliated with
Music Teachers National Association
“…for a more musical tomorrow.”

TMTA Executive Board and Local Associations

TMTA is governed by its Executive Board, which meets three times a year. In addition to the officers and committee chairs, the Board also includes the local presidents of the fourteen local music teacher associations across the state.

Executive Board:
Officers and
Committee Chairs

Jerilyn Paolini

Immediate Past President

Dr. Melissa K. Rose

Dr. Kevin Richmond

Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Olivia Ellis, NCTM

Recording Secretary
Janice Lumpkin

Competitions Coordinator
Dr. Elaine A. Harriss, NCTM

Chamber, Vocal and Instrumental Chair
Dr. Mary Matthews

String Chair
Dr. David Kovac

Collegiate and Adult Piano Chair
Dr. Esther Park

Senior Piano Chair (June TMTA Competitions)
Dr. Ryan Fogg, NCTM

Senior Piano Chair (Fall MTNA Competitions)
ChiHee Hwang

Junior Piano Chair
Dr. Lynn Worcester-Jones


Elementary Piano Chair
Dr. Lora Gubanov, NCTM

Arts Awareness and Advocacy
Deanne W. Irvine, NCTM

Auditions and Competitions
Syllabus/Musicianship Tests

Barbara S. Hildebrand

Janet E. Sump, NCTM

Collaborative Performance
Fay S. Adams, NCTM

College Faculty
Karen Ann Krieger

Compliance Officer
Kathryn M. Stimson

Dr. Jerome Reed

Directory Editor
Leigh Stringfield

Janice Lumpkin

Rachel C. Acuff

Local Association
Joy Morgan Whetstone, NCTM

Dr. Terry McRoberts, NCTM

MTNA Foundation
Judy F. Warrington, NCTM

Newsletter Editor
Dr. Artina McCain


Facebook Page
Karen Caldwell

Collegiate Chapters
Dr. David E. Brunell, NCTM

TMTA Scholarship Awards Endowment Fund
Valerie Middleton

Web Contact Co-Chairs
Dr. Cahill Smith

Dr. Yi-Yang Chen

Sandy Triplett

Local Association Presidents
and Collegiate Chapters


Appalachian MTA (AMTA)
Dr. Esther Park

Athens Area MTA (AAMTA)
Martha McCampbell

Chattanooga MTA (CMTA)
Nancy Teague

Dickson Renaissance MTA (DRMTA)
Wes Ramsay

Greater Memphis MTA (GMMTA)
Laura Triplett

Knoxville MTA (KMTA)
Dr. Eunsuk Jung

Martin Area MTA (MAMTA)
Linda Williams

Middle Tennessee MTA (MTMTA)
Veronica Douglas

Nashville Area MTA (NAMTA)
Amanda Welch

Ocoee MTA (OMTA)
Margaret Ann Randolph

Plateau Area MTA (PAMTA)
Shirley O’Connor, NCTM

Smoky Mountain MTA (SMMTA)
Jeanette Hawk

Upper Cumberland MTA (UCMTA)
Dr. Catherine Godes, NCTM

West Tennessee MTA (WTMTA)
Dr. Terry McRoberts


Carson-Newman University
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogg, NCTM

Chattanooga Area
Co-Advisor: Dr. Olivia Ellis
Bryan College

East Tennessee State University
Co-Advisor: Dr. Benjamin D. Caton, NCTM
Co-Advisor: Dr. Esther Park

Middle Tennessee State University
Advisor: Dr. Adam L. Clark

The University of Memphis
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Richmond

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Advisor: Dr. Eunsuk Jung

Vanderbilt University
Advisor: Karen Ann Krieger