Board Members

Cathy Griffith

Cathy Griffith

President

Cathy is a graduate of Unicoi County High School and East Tennessee State University. She has more than 30 years of library administration experience and has served on various non-profit boards of directors. Cathy received her Library Trustee Certification from the Tennessee State Library and Archives in 2020. She and her husband Ed are active in their church, and both are avid backyard gardeners.

Jan Bowden

Vice President

Jan is a self-employed artist, who has honed her craft for over 30 years. She and her husband, Vince, own Union Street Gallery in Erwin, TN. She has lived in multiple states around the country and juried numerous art shows over the past 20 years. Jan has a unique eye and a love for her community. She has been a big part of getting First Friday started in Erwin.

Travis Bishop

Travis Bishop

Treasurer

Travis is a Finance & Accounting Consultant with the University of TN, MTAS. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting and a Master of Science – Accounting. He is currently a licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee. Prior to joining MTAS, Travis was the City Recorder for the Town of Erwin and was as an audit manager for a regional accounting firm working mostly with governmental entities and nonprofit organizations.

Andy Frazier

Andy Frazier

Secretary

Andy Frazier lives in Erwin with his wife and four kids. He works at First Christian Church in Erwin as the Associate Minister as well as doing some freelance web design and seasonal work at Appalachian Christian Camp. He considers the library to be a vital resource for his family and the community and he is grateful for the opportunity to serve them through involvement on the Board of Trustees.

Chris Privette

Board Member

Chris is from the Tri-cities, has lived all over the country, and now resides in Unicoi County. A Marine and retired Air Marshal, Chris devotes his days to raising and homeschooling his lovely daughter, Elyn, and running a homestead. He is dedicated to the education and well-being of Unicoi County youths. Serving on the UCPL Board is one of many ways he aims to make a difference in our community.

Gail Snodgrass

Gail Snodgrass

Board Member

Gail Snodgrass grew up in Jonesborough, Tennessee and spent every afternoon after school in the local downtown library. Living in a small town with a library at the center of the community and intertwined with her hometown history shaped her belief that a library is much more than a lending institution. After moving back to the region three years ago to start her architectural practice in Erwin, Gail has had the chance experience living in a small town again with a library that serves its patrons while representing the history of the town. It is her goal to support the efforts of the library staff and to protect the legacy of the library as a vital part of Erwin.

Jenna Lafever

Board Member

Jenna is the Director of Development for ETSU’s Martin Center for the Arts. She’s a native of Greer, SC but has lived in Northeast Tennessee for nearly a decade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Service from Lipscomb University. Before joining ETSU, Jenna worked in the tourism industry developing and implementing sales and public relations strategies for Visit Johnson City. Jenna has a passion for her community and the people that make it so special.  She and her husband, Mark, have two dogs, Tommy and Lucy. They enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Board of Directors Meetings

(Coming Soon)