Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

Meet the Tri-Cities Stars

Mickey Baker Entreprenuer/Owner, Subway and Moes Southwest Grill | Co-Owner, VIPSEEN Magazine

Born and raised in Bristol, TN, Mickey Baker has proudly been a life-long resident and has developed deep roots throughout the years in this area.

 At the age of 23, Mickey opened his first Subway Restaurants and two decades later, he is the President and Co-Owner of 19 Subway Restaurants spanning from Marion, VA to Greenville, TN. He bases his success on a great business partner that saw potential in him at a very young age and a very dedicated, hardworking staff of employees.  In addition to Subway, Mickey recently set his sights on a new venture, Moe’s Southwest Grill, opening locations in Bristol, TN, Morristown, TN and Radford, VA in the last year.

 Mission work is something that Mickey feels strongly about because of his love and belief of God. Over the last five years Mickey has traveled to Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras doing the work that he feels he was created to do.

 Mickey currently serves on two boards, Agape Christian Missions and the Bristol United Way.

 Mickey has many loves, including his family, friends and his three wonder dogs but his true loves are his wife, Angela Baker, who reminds him every day how to LOVE and his son, Jackson, who’s smile can change the course of a day. 

Dr. Briddger Chatman   Chiropractor | Collart Chiropractic

Dr. Briddger Chatman is a Chiropractor in Johnson City, TN where he proudly serves his hometown region of the Tri-Cities with Chiropractic services.

As a native of the Tri Cities, he has graduated from Daniel Boone High School, Northeast State Community College, and East Tennessee State University. He then continued his education and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida where he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree. He has since returned home to the Tri Cities region and has been providing Chiropractic services to the Tri Cities with intentions to help improve health care in the community.

He has been a volunteer at the Johnson City parks and recreation center as a youth sports coach. He has partnered with several businesses and organizations in the Tri Cities to help provide appreciation to their employees. He has also participated in the “Real Men Wear Pink of Tri Cities” campaign helping raise money for Breast Cancer Initiatives.

In his free time Briddger enjoys spending time with family and friends, running the roads and trails of the Tri-Cities, hitting the gym, golfing, going to local sporting events, spending time on the lake, and he has recently discovered a love for skiing.

Dr. Chatman is honored to be a part of the 2018 Tri Cities Stars and is ecstatic about raising awareness and support for SteppenStone Youth Treatment Center.

Jill Salyers Vice President of Institutional Advancement | Tusculum College

Originally from Upstate New York and raised in South Florida in a large and hardworking family, Jill has called Northeast Tennessee home for more than 20 years and is a proud alumnus of Tusculum, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. Jill has always known that she wanted her life and career to be guided by servant leadership and giving back to the community that has given her so much and where she raised her beautiful daughter, Krista.

After college, she joined the staff of United Way of Greater Kingsport. During her years of service at United Way, she worked with thousands of volunteers to facilitate the distribution of millions of locally donated dollars to local nonprofit agencies, helped facilitate organizational strategic planning, and directed the assessment of community needs and implementation of programming to meet those needs. Jill went on to serve as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Eastern Eight Community Development Corporation, where she facilitated organizational strategic planning and implementation and provided direct services to agency clients. In 2013 she began service as Tri-Cities Field Director in the office of United States Senator Bob Corker and served with pride in the Senator’s office until February 2018 when she was asked to join the staff of her Alma Mater, Tusculum, as Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Her career path and volunteerism speak to the passion Jill feels for giving a hand up to those in need and putting others first.

Jill’s creative and fun side comes out in the abstract and whimsical paintings she creates for MoonBrightArt. Painting is her go-to for relaxation and expression. Many of her pieces can be found in homes and businesses in this region.

Jill is honored to now have the opportunity to help raise awareness and resources for SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services by performing in the 10th Annual Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars.

Katelyn Yarbrough General Manager | Historic Eureka Inn

Katelyn Yarbrough is the Owner and Innkeeper of the Historic Eureka Inn with her husband Blake.  She is passionate about helping others and takes hospitality very seriously. She and her husband thoroughly enjoy being ambassadors to the many visitors that come to Jonesborough.  Given the opportunity to serve on the Main Street Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and volunteering with many organizations in Jonesborough has inspired her family to put down roots in such a community driven Town. 

Katelyn was born in North Carolina and grew up in Savannah, Georgia. Her family moved to Johnson City 16 years ago and she has been here ever since. Residing on Main Street in Tennessee’s Oldest Town is quite a treat for this history buff. 

She has a deep love for the Arts, especially the theater. You may catch her volunteering her face painting skills at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays or offering her services to raise funds for many great organizations. Being able to dance for the boys at Steppenstone is an overwhelming experience! She is honored to bring funds and awareness to Steppenstone -this organization is inspiring youth and changing lives!

Pat Shell Owner | Shell Signs, Wraps & Graphics

Pat Shell was born to Don and Nancy Shell in Elizabethton 60 some odd years back. Though his family traces their roots to the Shell Creek community in Roan Mountain on his father’s side and Boones Creek in Jonesborough on his mother’s it would be some time before they would return here. Don worked for Beaunit Fibers as a quality engineer which took the family, Don, Nancy, Patrick, Gordon and Vicki, to the Research Triangle Park in Cary NC. The Shells would stay there until after all the children had graduated high school. Returning to East TN in the early 80’s Pat decided to follow his passion for music, becoming the lead singer and front man for the touring band Mercy.  Pat came off the road just prior to his parents passing in 1988 to work in the new family business, commercial printing. Like his parents, he had a philanthropic heart.

Over the years he has been involved in the support of many great organizations including the one his parents formed, The Melting Pot, now located within Muncey United Methodist Church. Other charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Foundation, Washington County Humane Society, The Blue Plum Festival, the Umoja Festival have also enjoyed his involvement. Semi retiring in 2013 Pat enjoys owning and competing in NASCAR as well as building and riding motorcycles. He enjoys spending time with his wife Tagen, his 4 children and 4 almost 5 grandchildren. 

Pat’s current entrepreneurial endeavor is as a sign fabricator and vehicle wrap installer at Shell Signs in Johnson City. 

Nathan Jackson President | Jackson Jones Construction

Kingsport TN has always been home to Nathan; it is where he grew up, met his wife, started his business and is raising his kids. East Tennessee is home.

Growing up surrounded by professionals in the construction industry gave young Nathan the passion and desire to build at a very young age; his first project was a towel rack built at age 4- still on display at his office today. In 1998 Nathan approached JR Jones whom he was working for at the time about starting an excavation company. Thus, Jackson Jones Construction was born. Today JJC is the premier hardscape company in the greater tri-cities area specializing in retaining walls, pavers and outdoor entertaining spaces. JJC has performed projects in 7 states and completed a variety of projects ranging from large commercial to extravagant dream backyards.

Not only was Nathan passionate about construction and building but he also loved music- playing drums and singing. This passion led him to playing drums and leading worship at a local church. You may have been blessed to hear him sing or play drums at local men’s events, church services or patriotic cantatas. Currently Nathan enjoys singing with the worship team at Christ Fellowship Church in Kingsport, TN.

The highlight of Nathan’s life was meeting his wife, Jamie Jackson. At 15 he told a good friend she was the one he would marry one day.  And in 1996, that’s just what he did. Today they have 3 kids, Titus- 15, Rock- 13 and (Queen) Esther- 10.

Dr. Mailien Reed Rogers, D.O. Medical Oncologist | James H. Quillen VA Medical Center

Mailien Reed Rogers is a native of Johnson City, TN. She married her high school sweetheart, Michael Steven Rogers in 1994 and has one child, Meryck Anthony Rogers.

A two-time graduate of East Tennessee State University: she earned her Associate of Applied Sciences followed by a Bachelor of Science. She graduated medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006. She returned to East Tennessee State University where she completed her Internship and Residency followed by Medical Oncology fellowship training.

Due to her love of family, teaching our future physicians, and repayment for our veterans’ services, she remains at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a Medical Oncologist as well as adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine for ETSU.

She served one year as Associate Program Director for the Medical Oncology Fellowship program. She is an active member of Mountain View Baptist Church where she serves on the Ordinance committee, youth Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teacher.

Outside of her dedication to continue the fight against cancer, she also has been an annual participant of Relay for Life and Mountain States Dragon Boat race fundraiser, Dr. Rogers remains active within the community.

In her spare time, she earned her First degree Level 2 Blackbelt in TaeKwonDo along with her son in 2014 and now relaxes with swimming, golf, and Zumba.

Tracy Fleenor COO and Development Partner | Mitch Cox Companies

Tracy grew up as a “military brat”, traveling all over the world. She ended up in the Tri Cities in in 1992 and it has been her home ever since. She served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Mitch Cox Companies between 1992 and 2017. Currently, she serves as both the COO of Mitch Cox Companies and manager of Mitch Cox Construction, Inc.

Before she joined with Mitch Cox, Tracy worked as an internal auditor, a compliance officer, and the CFO of a mortgage and financial services company.

Tracy holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Weber State University.

Tracy has three grown children and five grandchildren that keep her very busy. She loves to travel the world and also enjoys hiking, biking and the water.

Tracy Solomon Founder and President | TEVET

With more than 25 years of electronic Test & Measurement experience, TEVET founder and president, Tracy Solomon has created a small business and culture built around integrity, service dedication, and community advocacy – all characteristics of his own identity.

From the start, the commitment of service was instilled through his family’s military heritage of service and the family farm that they all worked to ensure their survival. His family’s military heritage includes numerous branches of service since WWII – most notably his father who was a Vietnam Purple Heart recipient from the TET Offensive and his grandfather who was a WWII Purple Heart recipient from the Pacific Theater.

After graduating from South Greene High School, Tracy continued the tradition of serving our nation through enlisting with the Navy for the first Gulf War. During his service as an Aviation Electronics Technician, Tracy developed a fascination for test and measurement equipment. Upon his honorable discharge, he took this fascination and made it into a career.

With industry experience and the commitment to service as his driving motivation, he founded TEVET in 2004, a small business in Greeneville, Tennessee that is a trusted source for technology products and services for the government, military, and universities. From a humble home office, the award-winning business has grown exponentially to over 30 employees that are both headquartered in Greeneville but also work remotely across the United States.

Along the way, Tracy has made sure that any success that he or TEVET realizes is shared with our community – both in East Tennessee and across the United States. Locally, Tracy has participated and actively supported the Holston Home for Children, Greeneville High School JROTC program, local DAV chapter, and other organizations on a consistent basis. He is also an advocate for the revitalization of historic downtown Greeneville through the purchase, remodeling, and utilization of the Capitol Theater which has become a beacon for community activities, concerts, plays, and gatherings over the past few years.

In his spare time, Tracy with his wife Patty and their two dogs can be found boating, traveling, and taking on new adventures.

For Tracy, the tradition of service is only kept alive through practice. He is thrilled to participate in Dancing with the Tri-City Stars and help raise awareness for our community.

Selected Achievements:

2014 – Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration

2014 – Nunn-Perry Award for superior Mentor-Protégé Program performance in the US Department of Defense

2015 – National Defense Industrial Association’s Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year

Paige Peters Human Resource Manager | American Greetings

Paige Peters, Human Resources Manager for American Greetings was born and raised in East Tennessee.  She is a graduate of Greeneville High School and earned her BS in Business from Tusculum College.  She has spent the last 18 years in the Human Resources field including serving several years as the Human Resources Manager for SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services.  She is a member of the Greene County Human Resources Association. 

 Giving back to the community has always been important to Paige.    She has volunteered and served on various boards over the last several years including;  American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Small Business Chair for United Way of Greene County, Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville/Greene County, Asbury Child Enrichment Center, Greene Coat Ambassador, Leadership Greene County and Keep Greene Beautiful. 

Paige is a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she serves as the Children’s Committee Chair.   She is a cervical cancer survivor.   Her interest include spending time with family and friends, camping and decorating cakes.   Aside from her faith, her family is her world.  Paige and her husband Brad have three children, Madison, Jackson and McKinley. 

Paige states, “For me, participating in this event is very personal.  I’ve been there, I’ve seen the faces, heard the stories and seen broken hearts get healed.  I’ve witnessed staff give all they have to change a life and make a difference.  I know with all my heart when I raise funds for SteppenStone, the money raised will be used to help improve the life of a youth in our community.”   Being a former employee of SteppenStone and the 2013-2015 Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars Steering Committee Chair, Paige is very excited and honored to participate and help raise funds and bring awareness to the center.  

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