Board of Directors
Member at Large
Executive Director Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce
Joy McCray is a native of East Tennessee, a seventh generation Carter Countian and a Born Again Cyclone. Joy attended Memphis College of Art and University of Memphis for both undergraduate degrees. Joy later returned to Elizabethton TN to complete both Masters at Appalachian State University-GO MOUNTAINEERS! You may know her from her previous 15 years of hard time at Frontier Health as the Director of Development and Public Relations, or from when she brought dead bodies to Hands On when she was working with Donate Life to promote organ donation. Joy took the leap to serve her hometown as the Executive Director of the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce June 1, 2020 and is happy to report the building is still standing. When Joy isn’t working she spends her time on the lake with her family, driving her dogs around in the jeep they think she bought for them, and gardening. She’s also an avid early morning power walker with her friends that walk at the pace of pissed off, plays in the adult soccer league on Pitch Please and Orange You Glad We aren’t the Passholes and tries to stay upright at spin twice a week.
Kelly Kitchens is the Programming and Special Events Coordinator for the City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation. She has worked for the City for 20 years, previously serving as Administrative Assistant for the department before receiving her promotion into a newly formed role in 2017. She works to offer community programs and events to the citizens of Elizabethton that highlights the benefits of recreation as a means of boosting physical and mental health.
Elizabeth Carpenter is a Senior at Homelife Academy. Elizabeth joined RISE: Healthy for Life Peer Sexuality Educators, Carter County Drug Prevention’s Youth Coalition and SADD in hopes of creating awareness amongst her peers to live a safer and healthier lifestyle. She has served on the Carter County Drug Prevention Youth Coalition for the last six years. During this time she has participated in a peaceful protest, talked with city officials and spread awareness about drugs, alcohol and tobacco to the youth in Carter County. Her love for Carter County Drug Prevention arose from the fact that she wanted to help her peers as well as the future that could become reality. On top of her commitment to Carter County Drug Prevention ‘s Board of Directors, she is also the President of Carter County Drug Prevention Youth Coalition.
Jill Stott is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for the
State of Tennessee. Jill also serves on the Boards of Families Free and the Dawn of Hope. Jill graduated with a degree in Public Health from East Tennessee State University.
Member at Large
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Residential Specialist – Acute High Needs (Frontier Health @ Turning Point)
Northeast State – Associate Degree in Business Management with concentration in Accounting