WE Women Spotlight

WE Women Spotlight for June, 2014: Janice Gilliam

Janice Gilliam web smallShe leads Northeast State Community College, the second fastest growing community college in Tennessee, and is a master at generating funding and grant awards for both the college and the region.

Learn more about Janice Gilliam, a tireless leader and role model in our region.

Why I Believe in Women Empowered:

“Women are making a big difference not only at the local and state level, but also nationally. I am so honored to be part of a group to promote women as leaders, no matter what position they may hold or career path they choose, or whether they choose to lead at work or at home. I appreciate the opportunity to be a member of an organization that enhances the development of women in Northeast Tennessee.”

Professional Career:

  • 2009 – present: President, Northeast State Community College, Blountville TN
  • Prior to current position: 28.5 years in NC Community Colleges, VP of Student Development and SACS Liaison at Haywood Community College 2000-2009, adjunct professor at Western Carolina University, teaching curriculum development in the community college, History of Voc-Tech Education, and adjunct professor in the masters program in Student Development Personnel, faculty position at Isothermal Community College from 1981-1987


  • Ed. D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Adult and Community College Education, 2002, Dissertation: The Impact of Cooperative Learning and Course Learning Environment Factors on Learning Outcomes and Overall Excellence in the Community College Classroom.
  • M.I.E., Masters of Industrial Education, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 1992; Thesis: Impact of Competency-Based Education
  • B.S., Occupational Education, Western Carolina University, 1989
  • A.A.S., Vocational-Technical Education, Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC, 1988

Community Service

  • YWCA Tribute to Women award (one of twelve women in the region)
  • Vice Chair of the Community Colleges of the Appalachia
  • Vice Chair of the Tennessee Colleges Association
  • Indian Path Board of Directors
  • Serves as a board member of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachia
  • Serves on the Chamber of Commerce Boards for Bristol and Johnson City
  • Serves on the MSHA Workforce Development Board
  • Member of the TriCities Rotary Club, former President of the Haywood Rotary in NC


WE Women Spotlight for April, 2014: Jo Anne Paty

paty headshot web
From serving as a registered nurse, to managing a retail home improvement leader, to developing scholarship programs for collegiate athletes, Jo Anne Paty has left an indelible impression wherever she’s journeyed.

We’re proud to feature Jo Anne as our first WE Women Spotlight. Learn more about this dynamo who embodies the Women Empowered ideal.


hy I Believe in Women Empowered:
“Women Empowered is all about helping women in today’s business world. I’m thrilled that Bank of Tennessee is providing this opportunity to connect with other women professionals and the next generation of rising stars.”

Professional Career:

  • 2001 to present –  Associate Athletic Director of Development & External Operations, ETSU
  • 1998 to 2001  –  President, Paty Lumber Company
  • 1992 to 1998  –  VP Human Resources, Paty Lumber Company
  • 1979 to 1992  – Retail Manager, Paty Lumber Company
  • 1975 to 1978  – Registered Nurse in Special Procedures Lab,  St. Thomas Hospital


  • BS in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, with honors.
  • MBA from ETSU


  • Bank of Tennessee Board of Directors since 1987
  • National Association of Athletic Development Directors

Community Service:

  • President Johnson City Country Club 1995 (First Woman President)
  • Member of St. John’s Episcopal Church/Vestry Member 1994-1998, Junior Warden 1996-1998, Co-Chair Capital Campaign 1999
  • Chair of Children’s Advocacy Center 2002-2003
  • Children’s Miracle Network Chair 1992-1993
  • Chair of Hands On Children’s Museum 1992-1993
  • President of Board of Directors of Watauga Mental Health 1987-1989


Nominate a WE Woman

To nominate the next WE Woman or for more information about the benefits of WE membership, please contact us.