Our Vision

The vision of UETHDA, Inc.  is to be the model agency for the community, state and nation by:

  • Valuing the intrinsic worth of each individual, family and organization
  • Supporting the community through exemplary, essential and distinct services
  • Empowering consumers to reach their greatest potential
  • Enhancing community partnerships through collaborative efforts
  • Fostering a seamless continuum of care to consumers


About the Agency

It was the Economic Opportunities Act of 1964 that established two Community Action Agencies to serve the region, and in October 1973, the two became one. The Johnson, Carter and Unicoi County Human Development Corp. merged with the Upper East Tennessee Economic Opportunity Authority Inc. (serving Hancock, Hawkins, Greene, Sullivan and Washington counties), forming the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Inc. (UETHDA) on Oct. 1, 1973.

The respective County Commissions of each agency adopted resolutions officially recognizing the agency as the designated Community Action Agency.

UETHDA has encountered countless changes and experienced major transformations over the past 49 years. The agency has been successful because it has the flexibility to adapt to the changes. The basic philosophy of “Helping People, Changing Lives” and our mission of helping individuals and families to strengthen and develop, have remained unchanged.

From its humble beginnings consisting of Conduct and Administration, and a summer Head Start Program, UETHDA has grown to an annual budget of $16 million. However, real community impact is not measured in dollars – it is measured in the positive changes that occur in people’s lives because of what Community Action helps them accomplish.


Board of Directors

Governing Board’s Role and Responsibility
The Board of Directors has governing authority over the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency and its operations. The Board is fundamentally a policy-making and oversight body. The Board defines policy and practice within the organization.


Public Sector

Leon Humphrey, Carter County Mayor
David Crum, Greene County Mayor
Thomas Harrison, Hancock County Mayor
Melville Bailey, Hawkins County Mayor
Larry Potter, Johnson County Mayor
Richard Venable, Sullivan County Mayor
Greg Lynch, Unicoi County Mayor
Dan Eldridge, Washington County Mayor
Pat Wolfe (r)
John Clark, Mayor, City of Kingsport
Jim Sells, Mayor, City of Rogersville
Carolyn Byrd (r)
Jon Lundberg, Tennessee State Representative

Private Sector

Alma Brown
Debra Bridwell
Truman Clark
Dick Grayson
Angela McCamey
Ann McConnell
Glodine Davis (a)
Mary Alexander
Polly Peterson
Mindy Davis

Target Sector

Kenneth Treadway
Becky Magill (a)
Jack Hensley
Charles VonCannon (a)
Mary Lewis
Kathleen Lashley (a)
Carolyn Browning
Joyce Thomas (a)
Val A. Herod
Terry Hodge (a)
Daris Morgan
Mary Parks (a)
Johnnie Mae Swagerty
Van Dobbins (a)
Margaret Collins
Phyllis Delph (a)
Paul Monk
Susan Payne
John White (a)
Barbara Love Watterson
Vanity Hines
Eleanor Light (a)

(r) Designated Representative
(a) Alternate


Locations/ Counties Served

  • Carter County
  • Greene County
  • Hancock County
  • Hawkins County
  • Johnson County
  • Sullivan County
  • Washington County
  • Unicoi County


Annual Reports and Audits

Click HERE to view our latest Annual Report

Click HERE to view our latest Audit



It is the policy of the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person is to be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Click Here to view our latest employment opportunities.