FOTL Welcomes New Board Members
Kathleen Bradley, West Tennessee
Kathleen Bradley lives in Collierville, where she handles
the Friends’ bookstore’s bank account and serves on the
town’s library board. She appreciates and applauds the work
of Friends throughout the state, and is pleased to have the
opportunity to contribute to this important effort.
Editor’s note: See Kathleen’s article on Jennifer Henderson Cowan’s hobby on page 8 of this issue.
Jim Bronow, West Tennessee
His birth certificate says William James Bronow, but
everyone calls him Jim. He was born April 14, 1945, at the
Puget Sound Naval Hospital in Bremerton, WA. He grew up
on Puget Sound as far south as Kalama, WA, and north as
far as Sequim, WA. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran
high school at Portland, OR, in 1963. He graduated from the
University of Nebraska with a BS in elementary education in
1976, thanks, he says, to his wife’s encouraging and prodding.
He spent 25 years in the Air Force off and on between
1965-2003. During the Cold War he was a computer systems
analyst. From 1990-2004 he was a cargo handler on the flight
line. From 1982-2006 he worked for civil service at Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA, primarily in the
In 1972 he and Luanne were married, and in 1980 their
son John was born. In 2007 they brought Clay Price to live
In 2004 Luanne found (online) a house the Bronows
purchased in Milan, TN, and in 2006, when Jim retired, they
moved there. Luanne enjoys genealogy research, reading and
slots. Jim enjoys reading and civic activities.
Whitney Kimball Coe, East Tennessee
Whitney Kimball Coe is director of national programs at
the Center for Rural Strategies. Her primary focus is coordinating the activities of the National Rural Assembly, a rural movement made up of activities and partnerships geared
toward building better policy and more opportunity across the
country. Whitney directs national gatherings of the Assembly, which bring together
rural leaders and advocates from every
region with national policy-makers, Cabinet members, and White House officials.
Whitney also coordinates Congressional
briefings for policy-makers, funders, and
their staff on pressing rural issues. Over the
years, Whitney has built partnerships with
national public-interest organizations,
funders, and grassroots organizers in ways
that have informed public policy and private
investment in rural people and places.
Before joining the Rural Strategies staff, Whitney served
as assistant editor of Appalachian Journal, an academic
regional journal based in Boone, NC. She has a master’s
degree in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and an undergraduate degree from
Queens University of Charlotte.
Friends of Tennessee
Standing, from left, are Jacque Jenkins, Jim Bronow, Mike Dodd, Cora WillisKing; seated, Kathleen Bradley, Chris Dodd, and Chelsea Gifford.
Whitney lives in her hometown of Athens with her husband Matt and two young daughters, Lucy (5) and Susannah
(2). She serves on the boards of the Friends of E.G. Fisher
Public Library, the Athens Main Street Project, and the Council Advisory Board to the City of Athens. She also directs and
performs in productions of the Athens Community Theatre.
Mike and Chris Dodd, Middle Tennessee
Mike and Chris Dodd, who share a seat as divisional
representative for Middle Tennessee, also share a passion
for the written word. Both retired journalists, they live near
Mulberry, TN, and serve on the board of the Friends of the
Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library.
Mike’s career as a newspaper reporter spanned 43
years, primarily as a sportswriter, from the Buffalo News (formerly the Buffalo Evening News) and Cincinnati Enquirer to
USA Today. While at “The Nation’s Newspaper,” he covered
10 Olympics and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for an
investigative series that led to the resignation of the U.S.
Olympic Committee president.
Chris pursued a career in freelance writing while their
two daughters were young, and also enjoyed stints at Writer’s
Digest magazine in Cincinnati and the Air Line Pilots Association in Washington, DC, where she was speech writer for the
They joined the local Friends group in 2013. Mike currently serves as treasurer, and Chris as secretary.
Editor’s note: Please see Chris’s article on Little Free
Libraries in White County on page 4.
Chelsea Gifford, Middle Tennessee
Originally from the little city of Wauseon, OH, Chelsea
Gifford made the big move to Monterey, TN, with her mother
in 2007. One of the first things she did upon moving was
visit the local library and get her library card. Her trips to the
library helped her stay connected with friends and family and
provided her with resources she didn’t have access to right
away at her new residence.
After working in child care for a year in Cookeville, TN,
she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Tennessee Technological University.
She received a graduate assistant position in the Learning
See New Board Members, p. 11