Phil Garner 

2017-2018 TNCO President


One of my favorite authors is M. Scott Peck M.D. He said in the first line of his long time best seller, The Road Less Traveled, that “Life is difficult”.  It can be. And Dr. Peck isn’t the first person to have made that revelation.  We all encounter some challenges in life to one degree or another whether in personal issues, health, finances or even work/ career. What we are left with is choices.  We can choose to let those difficulties get us down or we can choose to engage and to keep trying.

I find that when I start choosing to not give in and to not give up, that somehow good people, good things and good engagements begin to be available to me.  And in my own chosen career, I have found TNCO to be full of those good people, good things and good actions. Over my 28 years of working in the developmental disability arena, I  would not have been able to accomplish as much as I have without the help and involvement of TNCO.  In fact, and I mean this, I am not sure that I would have survived it this long.

The other members of TNCO have all the assets and resources of a fine, professional team of staff members at their disposal. TNCO has great processes and procedures that are inclusive of all the member organizations. Each provider organization can choose to be as involved as much as each wishes to be. This includes, making use of all the email groups,  signing up to work for a variety of committees and even being a member of the board of directors.  By attending the committee meetings and the board of director meetings, I find that my life is made much easier because the shared wealth of knowledge is, frankly, prodigious.

I have enjoyed working with many, many exceptional executive directors over the years. I have learned a lot from each and everyone of them. Together, the board of directors, can plan and build strategic responses to our present day and future challenges. The gathering of minds is essential as we support each other and then also the entire membership. All of our board members perform this volunteer job with advocacy and service in mind for each provider member organization.

I am proud to be the President for TNCO in this 2017-2018 year.  I hope each of you will reach out to me and let me know what I can do to assist you and the wonderful people that you support. We have much to do this year. Make your life less difficult, be an active member of TNCO.  And we shall collectively move forward into our future making our own path straight and true. For ours is a mission that must be wrought with strength and passion.



TNCO Past Presidents

1978-1979 – Harvey Arnold

1979-1980 – Harry Gramann

1980-1981 – Eileen Harris

1981-1982 – Fred Waddle

1982-1983 – Evelyn Blythe

1983-1985 – Charles McLeroy

1985-1986 – Mike Carney

1986-1987 – John Theobald

1987-1988 – Larry Durbin

1988-1989 – Don Redden

1989-1990 – Jim Warchol

1990-1991 – Harry Adcock

1991-1992 – Betty McNeely

1992-1993 – Gayle Feltner

1993-1994 – Lee Chase

1994-1995 – Wanda Black

1995-1996 – Kyle Hauth

1996-1997 – Tony Roberts

1997-1998 – Jennifer Krahenbill

1998-1999 – Allen Hendry

1999-2000 – Jeffrie Bruton

2000-2001 – Cathy Cate

2001-2001 – Eric Thompson

2001-2003 – Walt Hunt

2003-2004 – Mike Cook

2004-2005 – Betty McNeely

2005-2006 – Lee Chase

2006-2007 – Paula York

2007-2008 – Tonya Copeland

2008-2009 – Donna Goodaker

2009-2010 – Jeffrie Bruton

2010-2011 – Luke Queen

2011-2011 – Becky Massey

2012-2013 – Randy Fulton

2013-2014 – Bill Brewer

2014-2015 – Mike McElhinney

2015-2016 – Tyler Hampton

2016-2017 – Jennifer Enderson