Board of Directors

Executive Board

Brian Brenton


Brian was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Sevier County in East Tennessee and has lived in Shelbyville since 2013. He lives alone with his daughter Chelsea who attends Deery Eakin Elementary. Brian severed in the Tennessee Army National Guard from 2006 to 2012 as an Automated Logistic Specialist and was deployed in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed in support of OIF he received the Army Achievement Medal. He attended Walters State Community College and now works at Big G Express, Inc. as a Driver Supervisor.

In addition to serving on the Board of the United Way of Bedford County he also serves as the Vice Treasurer of The Bedford County Republican Party, Board Member of Bedford County Imagination Library, Board Member of the Child Development Center, Chamber of Commerce, Treasure of Deery Eakin PTO, Club Membership Chair and Tail Twister of the Shelbyville Lions Club, Member of VFW Post 5019, Volunteer at Girl Scouts of Middle TN, and frequent volunteer at the Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen.

He looks forward to serving his newfound community and building strong relationships.

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Janet Clarkson


Janet is a native of  Bedford County. She works for Bedford County Schools as the School Nutrition Supervisor. Janet resides in Bedford County with husband, Andy, and daughter, Kennedy.

Maleah Claxton


Maleah moved to Shelbyville in 2006 with her son, Gracin, to take over  the Shelter  Insurance Agency. She fell in love with Shelbyville and its people. 

She is married to Donnie Claxton who was born and raised in Bedford County.  In addition to serving on the Executive Board for United Way of Bedford County, Maleah is a member of the Rotary Club and the long-term secretary, She is also a member of the Shelbyville Women’s Club, Republican Women’s Club, Emerging Professionals Network, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Ambassador, Board Member for Imagination Library of Shelbyville, United Way Secretary, member of River Bend Country Club and River Bend Ladies Golf Association, member of Middle Tennessee Business Network, Chair Organ Donor Awareness Coffee for Rotary each year, and founder of Project Prom for Bedford County.

She looks forward to serving her community in her new journey with United Way.

Vickie Hull


Vickie is married to Daniel Hull. They have three daughters – Meghan, Anna Claire and Tori and one granddaughter, Amory. She is a lifelong resident of Bedford County.

She serves as a loan officer with First Community Bank. She has a bachelor’s degree from MTSU.

She is the Past President of Shelbyville Rotary and is a member of the club. She is also a member of Bedford Cancer Foundation Board.

Kayla Hilliard


Kayla is a Marketing Assistant and Social Media Specialist at First Community Bank of Tennessee, with responsibilities for marketing programs, brand management and sponsorships. She believes your brand is your story and she works for it to be a best seller.

Kayla holds a bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She lives in Shelbyville with her husband and two dogs. In her free time, she likes camping and being at the lake.

Board Members


Kristin Brown

Native of Bedford County. Graduated from MTSU and Nashville School of Law. Practicing attorney for 8 years. Husband Chris Brown is in law enforcement and they have 4 children.


Misty Bennett

Misty Bennett graduated from Lipscomb University in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Communication. She has worked as an admissions counselor for Lipscomb and worked in the banking industry in Chattanooga for several years. She currently assists students with special needs at Cascade Middle School.

 She moved to Shelbyville recently from Lafayette, Louisiana. She enjoys reading, exercising and exploring the beauty of southern Tennessee with her husband, Lance and her son, Davidson.

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Jamie Sexton

Jamie grew up in Shelbyville, Tenn. She served four years in the Unites States Air Force working with the Predator reconnaissance drone.

She  graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She is  employed at Duck River Electric as the HR Coordinator.  She has two daughters, Kailey and Kamryn.

Tammie Cobb

Tammy A. Cobb, CPA

A native of Oxford, Alabama, Tammy is the CFO for Tennova Healthcare in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  She and her family moved to Bedford County in 2017 and reside in Bell Buckle.

Ms. Cobb has 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Jacksonville State University and the Certified Public Accountant title.

Daryl O'Neal

Daryl was born and raised in Bedford County. He is a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School and Middle Tennessee State University. A career banker, Daryl is the City President at FirstBank in Shelbyville.

In addition to serving on the United Way board, he also serves on the Community Development Center Foundation board, City of Shelbyville Industrial Development Board, Shelbyville-Bedford County Library Foundation board and is a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Association.

He is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Bedford and past board member of Leadership Bedford. He has also served on the Shelbyville-Bedford County Library Board and the Friends Council of the Argie Cooper Public Library. He has also coached several teams in the local baseball, basketball and soccer leagues.

Daryl and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Brady and Landon. He enjoys boating, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Insell

Jennifer is a native of Bedford County. She is married to Clint Insell and they have three children. Rhett is a graduate of The Webb School and will attend The University of Tennessee this fall, Isabella is a junior at The Webb School and Leigha is a freshman at Coffee Co High School.

 Jennifer is the Account Manager/Patient Care Coordinator for Middle Tennessee Pharmacy Services joining MTPS in the fall of 2016 with 10-plus years in the healthcare industry as an LPN, clinical liaison and healthcare sales within long-term care, emergency and hospice settings. Jennifer leads MTPS new Independent Living Department focusing on business development and better servicing of those individuals living independently.

She is dedicated, self-motivated, and seeks to build on knowledge and skills gained from working in healthcare to offer excellent customer service and to develop strong relationships.

John I. Carney

John I. Carney

John I. Carney is editor of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, where he has worked since 1985. He was a founding board member of United Way of Bedford County and served as its first communications chair, helping to explain the United Way concept to the community. This is his third time to be a member of the board. He is a certified United Methodist lay speaker who fills in during church services when an ordained minister is not available. He has been on nine foreign mission trips and is the author of a self-published novel.

Anne Farrar

Anne Farrar

A native of Bedford County, Anne earned a Master of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently employed by Willowbrook Home Health and Hospice as a community liaison. She is married to Tim Farrar who is also a Bedford County Native. They own a dairy farm and have a daughter, Libby James, who is three years old.

Ivan Jones

Ivan Jones

Retired President of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology of Shelbyville.  Active member of the Tennova Hospital Board, the Bedford County-Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce ED&T committee, the Imagination Library Board and the Rotary Club of Shelbyville.