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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Other ETSU Support



Responsibilities: Director of Development, ETSU Student Life and Enrollment + Roan Scholars Leadership Program

Prior experience: Director of Development, SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services

Hometown: Johnson City, TN 

Education: ETSU, BBA Marketing

Family: Married to Josh, Mom to Sierra, and Stepmom to Chandler and Hayley


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