LTC (Ret) scott jeffress

Responsibilities: Director since 2012, overseeing all aspects of the Roan – from recruiting and selection to fundraising and external relations.

Prior experience: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), 22 years in the U.S. Army

Hometown: Born in Alaska, lived on both coasts and overseas while growing up

Education: Dartmouth College, B.A. History; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, M.M.A.S., Military Art and Science

Family: Barbara (wife) and three children: Hannah, Colin and Julia

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dr. jennifer axsom adler

Responsibilities: Assistant Director since 2015, oversees programming, leadership development, and enrichment opportunities for Roan Scholars.

Prior experience: Teaching, serving as a graduate writing consultant, leading workshops, and working with Vanderbilt’s Programs for Talented Youth

Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana

Education: Harvard College, A.B. Government; Vanderbilt University, M.A. and Ph.D., Religion with a focus on American religious history

Family: Warren (husband) and son: Pierce

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ben daugherty

Responsibilities: Assistant Director in ETSU’s Office of University Advancement, with responsibility for both the Roan Program and the Division of Student Affairs

Prior experience: University Advancement Services; recruiter and counselor, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Hometown: Chula Vista, California

Education: East Tennessee State University, B.B.A. General Business Management; M.B.A.

Family: Ashley (wife), son and daughter

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lisa booher

Responsibilities: Roan Executive Aide / Facilities Scheduler, D. P. Culp Center

Other roles: 17 years with ETSU; 26 overall years of service to State of Tennessee

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Family: Tim (husband), two children, and one grandson



Responsibilities: Graduate Assistant, responsible for developing strategic communications for the Roan; currently pursuing Master's of Social Work

Prior experience: Director, Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations agency

Hometown: Orange Park, Florida

Education: University of Florida, B.S. Public Relations, B.S. Economics

Family: Shane (husband) and daughter

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