Board of Directors
President of the BoardDavid has spent the past 13 years as Senior Portfolio Manager, Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services Inc.
Board MemberAmy graduated with a B.S. in Accounting. She currently resides in Johnson City with her husband and two sons. She has homeschooled her son with Autism for the past 5 years. Amy was in charge of the Angel Tree ministry for 3 years in Indiana.
Board Member and PrincipalJo is from England and moved to America in 2008 when her husband was relocated with Eastman. She graduated from the University of York, England, with a Bachelors degree in English and Education. She completed a post grad in Elementary education and went on to teach in elementary schools in England for 16 years. She became a school principal there in 2002. During this time, her younger son was diagnosed with autism. She completed a post grad certificate in Aspergers Syndrome at the University of Sheffield, and also underwent TEACCH training with Professor Gary Mesibov.
Jo is the Principal of Jeremiah School, responsible for day to day operations in the school. She manages faculty, students, curriculum, and liaison with parents. She also works hard on marketing, fundraising, seeking out new students, and generally raising awareness of the school within the community. She lives with her husband and younger son in Johnson City; her elder son is a student at Clemson University.
Board MemberCreola is a retired educator from the Carter County Schools System. She worked in the system forty-six years as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, mentor teacher, principal, and supervisor. She supervised the Head Start and Pre-K programs for sixteen years before retiring last year. She was also an adjunct teacher at Northeast State in Elizabethton. Creola obtained her BS in Business Education from Milligan College. She obtained her Master’s in Reading and Supervision and Administration from East Tennessee State University.
She is married to Shelby Miller and they have two daughters. Her granddaughter Whitney has autism and Creola’s focus is to do everything she can to prepare her to live a happy and productive life. Creola served on the Board of the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club for many years. She is currently on the Carter County Imagination Library Board, Head Start Health Advisory Board, and Chairperson of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Administrative Office Technology Advisory Committee.
Board MemberA lifelong resident of Jonesborough, Angie is a proud East Tennessean. Her first passion was music, beginning piano lessons at age 5 and continued until age 18. Currently, Angie enjoys playing and serving in her church. Angie taught piano while earning her degree at ETSU, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. After several years working for Quillen Rehab, she and her husband were blessed with 2 boys and she became a stay-home mom.
Entering the work force again, Angie worked in the public school system in Special Education as an Autism caregiver for 4 years, before joining MSHA in 2010, again as a Licensed Psychological Examiner in multiple Behavioral Therapy positions. For the past 5 years, she has served as an LPE for Ballad Health (formerly MSHA) EAP and Counseling Services. Angie enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, music, and serving the community.
Board MemberMark Fulks is an attorney in Baker Donelson’s Johnson City, Tennessee, office. As a member of the Advocacy Department, he represents clients in financial, commercial, and employment litigation. Mr. Fulks works with financial institutions and special servicers in a broad array of legal matters, including judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, receiverships, lender liability claims, and guarantor recovery. He also defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
Mr. Fulks is a seasoned appellate lawyer, having argued more than 45 cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and more than 300 cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He maintains an active pro bono practice, representing indigent clients before the Tennessee trial and appellate courts in various matters, including divorce, conservatorships, and criminal defense. He was recently recognized as an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Board MemberThomas Eorgan is Senior Vice President and Director of Customer Experience for Bank of Tennessee. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of marketing for digital agency Ntara, and began his career at Country Music Television, where he managed marketing and promotional programs.
Thomas is a graduate of the Johnson City Chamber Leadership 2020 Program, volunteered for the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival and served on the event committee for several years, and is an active participant in United Way. He is a Deacon at First Christian Church, where he also serves on the television production, security, and parking ministries.
A native of Johnson City, Thomas holds a BS in speech communication and theatre from ETSU, and earned a Master’s Degree in marketing communication from Florida State University. He is married to Cortny and they have one daughter, Sunny Roan. When he is not at work, he can be found exploring National Parks and snowboarding with his family.
My name is James Nesselt and I am originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I went to college at ETSU where I played baseball all four years. I double majored in college and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance. I received my Master’s Degree in Business Administration. I am a Certified Public Accountant with a license to practice in TN. I have been at BCS for 3 years now working in tax and audit.
I have two younger siblings who live in FL still: Gina and Anthony. Gina has special needs. She has a more severe form of Autism called Rett Syndrome also known as Rett for short. Rett was only apparent in girls from the age of 2-20 until a couple of years ago when the first boy was diagnosed. It is a disease that affects the central nervous system. However, she is still my family’s shining star. She is 23 years old and always seems to have a smile on her face.
Angelica Ares is from Miami, Florida. Her parents were born in Cuba, which makes Angelica first generation American. She grew up in a predominately Spanish-speaking area of Miami and is fluent in Spanish. She graduated Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.
She is the Creative Director at VIPSEEN Magazine. VIPSEEN serves to help bring the region together by focusing on the positive ways the community can make a difference in the lives of others around them. She loves the work that VIPSEEN does to help bring awareness to local nonprofits and other organizations that give back to the community.
Angelica has also served on the PTA board as President, Vice-President, and Secretary of her children’s elementary school. She is very involved in the local Girl Scouts and has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for over 8 years. She currently resides in Johnson City.
Angela (Striligas) Baker was born on September 13, 1977 in Rolla, Missouri. Over the course of 41 years, she has lived in Hampton, VA; Abingdon, VA; Jackson, TN; and has now finally settled into the Tri-Cities area which she affectionately refers to as home. She is the wife of Mickey Baker and the mother of three gorgeous children; Madison, age 21, Chase, age 16 and her most recent addition, Jackson James, age 2. Her other babies have four legs and fur, Elmo, Minnie and Bayla.
Angela began her marketing and advertising career during the summer of 2003. She had accepted an Account Executive position with WBBJ-ABC 7 broadcast television station in Jackson, TN and quickly discovered that she was passionate about creative, meaningful, and effective marketing. Angela went on to spend some time working for Charter Communications, implementing her marketing knowledge to produce effective and strategic advertising campaigns for multiple companies. After leaving Charter Angela joined VIP Media Group (a social publication). This is where Angela would spend the rest of her time in Jackson and also where the idea of VIPSEEN Tri-Cities was born. Leaving Jackson in 2010 after accepting an Account Manager position at WKPT ABC-19, she planted her feet in Kingsport and began establishing connections throughout the Tri-Cities which would eventually land her right where she is today, almost seven years later… in her own office, on Main Street in Kingsport, publishing VIPSEEN Tri-Cities Magazine.