Board of Directors: 2016-2017

Kim Brooks 

Kim Brooks is the Director of Event Planning at Lee University, where she has worked for 19 years. She specializes in logistics, crisis management, and event planning. Since 2000, her office has also coordinated with dozens of summer conferences annually to host over 160,000 kids on Lee’s campus. She is in her second term as a member of the Board of Directors for The Caring Place and has worked with Volley for a Cure, Relay for Life, and March of Dimes. Kim and her husband Kevin have two children, Zach and Elizabeth.


Darlia Conn – Vice Chairman
Darlia Conn is a long time resident of Cleveland, and currently an adjunct member of the piano faculty at Lee University where she serves as an accompanist. Her interests have always revolved around music.  For many years she served in various leadership roles in the Cleveland Symphony Guild.  Currently she is also on the Advisory Board of String Theory, a Chamber music series with performances at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, and with Dr. Conn directs the Presidential Concert Series at Lee University.  Aside from music, she focuses her activities on her family—among which are three children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren—and her various duties as wife of the Lee University President, Paul Conn.

Tom Harris
Tom is the Director of Produce/Floral Operations for Cooke’s Food Store, and Fresh n’ Low Cost Plus. Tom has worked in the grocery business for 40 years and is a Cleveland, Tennessee native. A graduate of Bradley High School, he also attended Cleveland State Community College.  Tom has been married to Shirlee for 29 years, they attend services at The International House of Fire Church in Cleveland. They have four wonderful children and 2 lovely granddaughters.


Steve Ledbetter
Steve is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Southern Heritage Bank. He moved to Cleveland in 1979 to join Cleveland Bank & Trust Company as Vice President and Controller. In 1993, he accepted the position of Senior Vice President and Division Manager of the Commercial Lending Group at First American National Bank in Cleveland.  In August of 1998, he left First American to participate in the formation of Southern Heritage Bank. Mr. Ledbetter is a graduate of Carson Newman College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He is active in the local community through membership in the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. He is a past president of the Council of United Services where he received the Volunteer of the Year Award.  He is a past president and treasurer of the Cleveland Family YMCA and a recipient of the C.L. Hardwick Service Award.  He is a past treasurer of the Cleveland Sertoma Club and currently a member of the Cleveland Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Beverly, are members of First Baptist Church of Cleveland. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Duane Pace – Secretary/Treasurer
Duane came to Cleveland, TN from Pahokee, FL as a Lee College student, graduating with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  He later earned his Masters of Divinity from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 1998.  Duane has currently served Lee University as Comptroller for nearly 10 years.  Prior to joining Lee, Duane worked for Life Care Centers of America where he supervised in their department of Facility Financial Services and later in Life Care’s affiliated company for their captive insurance.  Before locating to Cleveland TN, Duane was employed by United States Sugar Corporation in Clewiston, FL where he supervised accounting functions at their corporate office.  Duane enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and coaching his son’s baseball teams.  Duane and his wife, Elizabeth have four children and have attend North Cleveland Church of God for more than 15 years.

Steve Smartt
Dr. Steve Smartt serves as the senior pastor of Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN. A graduate of Lee University, Dr. Smartt received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  After ten years in banking and management, Dr. Smartt entered pastoral ministry to serve churches in TN, FL, KY and GA.  In addition to serving the local church, Dr. Smartt is a part-time professor of business ethics at Lee University, an adjunct professor of bioethics for the School of Theology at Grand Canyon University, and has been a visiting professor of marriage and family at the Kiev Theological Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine.  He also serves as a hospital chaplain for Tennova Healthcare.  He and his wife Cheryl have four adult children, three daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

Sandra Kay Williams – Chairman
Sandra Kay is the Women’s Ministries Pastor at the North Cleveland Church of God.  An ordained minister and Lee University graduate, Williams hosts a video podcast called Women When Lead, chairs the Board of Directors of Peniel Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center, serves as Vice-Chair for The Caring Place (a non-profit aiding the disenfranchised of Bradley County) and also serves on The HELPER advisory council (a interdenominational ministry to spouses of pastors). She led four years as the International Women’s Director for the Church of God and raised awareness and funds of over one million dollars for OPERATION FREEDOM, a missions project to rescue children from human trafficking.  She has been leading a private prayer group for several years and mentoring Lee students for the past three years. Sandra Kay has been married since 1989 to Dr. Mark L. Williams, Lead Pastor at NCCOG, and they have two sons, Austin and Ryan, and a lovely daughter in law, Barrie Rose.

Bart Walker



Lavoy Jones



Pat Fuller



Andy Brown



Steve Black