Beginning July 1st, the Board of Directors at PCAT is growing, adding four new members. Read more about each of the newest board members below.

MAry Beth West, public relations STRATEGIST

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Tell us about what you do: I help organizations manage their brand communications for stronger financial results.

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? I cherish practically every memory from growing up on my family’s farm in Maury County, TN – and our family Christmas memories, the most. My brother and I were so lucky to go through our entire childhoods not only with fantastic parents but also having all four of our grandparents living close-by and being involved in our lives. We even knew several of our great-grandparents.

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What are some ways you are involved in your community? I’ve lived for the past 21 years in East Tennessee, in Blount County (Maryville). My husband’s and my three daughters are ages 9, 14 and 16 in Maryville City Schools, and we love being with other families in supporting our school system. I serve locally on the Blount Memorial Hospital Foundation, Pellissippi State Community College Foundation and on the East Tennessee Foundation Blount Community Fund, which promotes a “Give Where You Live” campaign to encourage local philanthropy.

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? If we can make any child’s formative years more stable, healthy, positive and nurturing, then we’ve given a true gift to our society’s future.


MArk Tinsey, SVP Team Member Experience & Communications, Magellan Health


Tell us about what you do: I’m responsible for helping our 10,000+ team members achieve our Purpose of leading humanity to healthy, vibrant lives, through clarity of communication, education that empowers the team, and engagement at all levels of the organization.

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? I grew up in Michigan, and was very fortunate to have a family that loved the outdoors. I have many fond memories of camping, fishing, making smores, and playing euchre into the night.

What are some ways you are involved in your community? I’ve lived in Nashville for nearly 15 years, and my three kids have helped get me involved in the community because of school-related activities and commitments. Second Harvest Foodbank is a favorite, along with Room in the Inn, which our local parish, Christ the King, is actively involved.

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? I truly believe that many issues that face our society and our world are created or exacerbated through lack of knowledge and educational opportunity. PCAT proves the same is true when it comes to helping children get off to a great start in life. It makes so much sense and has such a positive impact on so many lives – I want to help it continue to grow and help more families!


Charlane Oliver, Community Liasion and Communication Staff,
Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper

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Tell us about what you do?

I represent Rep. Jim Cooper at community events, meet with constituents on his behalf, give presentations to community groups on issues related to civic participation, and collaborate with the communications team on media inquiries, newsletters, tweets, press statements, and op-eds. I also led a nonpartisan community initiative called Project Register that collaborated with 215 participating Middle Tennessee companies to encourage their employees to register to vote online.

Can you share a favorite childhood memory?

I am a lifelong, die-hard softball player. I have been playing since I was 6 years old and have won numerous trophies and awards for playing on competitive travel teams. When I was a teenager, I was recruited to play on a travel tournament team called The Naturals, in which we traveled to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the 1999 USSSA World Series. It is one of my proudest moments as an athlete because we placed 3rd in the country among numerous teams from around the United States. I still have the championship ring with my name on it.

What are some ways you are involved in your community?

I am the Co-Founder and Board President of The Equity Alliance—a nonprofit organization focused on nonpartisan civic engagement in communities of color. I am also a freelance writer, graphic designer, and public relations strategist for political campaigns, nonprofits, and small businesses. In addition to PCAT, I serve on the board of the Metro Nashville Emergency 911 Communications District Board and Purpose Preparatory Academy (a K-4 public charter school). I've served on various task forces, including the Ending The Epidemic HIV Task Force for Metro Nashville and an Education Equity Coalition led by the Nashville Public Education Foundation. I am a member of the Nashville Branch of the NAACP, Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee, Nashville Women of Color in Communications, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  

Why do you serve at PCAT?

Children who are in vulnerable situations are near and dear to my heart. I've seen it first-hand as someone who grew up with foster children in my home and as a victim of abuse myself. No child deserves to be taken advantage of by an adult. Every child deserves a healthy start at life.

Eric Bacon, President, AGA Insurance Roane County

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Tell us about what you do?

I am President of AGA Insurance in Kingston, TN.  We are an independent agency representing many of the top insurance companies in the nation.  I am responsible for overseeing and managing our company in all aspects of the business.

Can you share a favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memories include traveling to our family home in Ocala, FL several times a year to stay in our lake home.  I learned to ski, fish for shell cracker and bass, and harvest oranges.  Each of these experiences helped contribute to my interest and love for the outdoors.  In addition, I enjoyed playing travel baseball for several years, and later played in college at FMU in Florence, SC.  I lived in Charleston with my family for 15 years where I managed a large heavy equipment rental business.  I also developed a love for saltwater fishing and hunting.

What are some ways you are involved in your community?

I am very involved in my community through several organizations including the Roane County Education Foundation, Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Roane County, and the Roane County St. Jude’s Hospital committee.  It is very important to me to contribute my time and service to these organizations to help foster a growing and thriving community for our future generations.

Why do you serve at PCAT?

I am happy to have the opportunity to serve at PCAT because I want to contribute to the growth of healthy communities in our area through the prevention of child neglect and abuse. I firmly believe that educating families will promote child well-being and will eliminate negative consequences for our future generations. I want to be supportive of a mission to reduce the stress that might ultimately have a negative effect on our community