Welcome to our Talent Search webpage!  My name is Jeanne Stokes and I am the Director of the TRIO Programs which includes two Talent Search and two Upward Bound Programs.  I am a graduate of Western Carolina University where I received my Master of Arts in Education, and Warren Wilson College where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education. I have been a part of the TRIO family for 22 years, originally beginning my tenure as a Coordinator for Middle School Talent Search before becoming Director in 1991. I have two grown, married, sons- one living and working in Asheville, North Carolina and the other a Captain in the US Marine Corps living in Swansboro, North Carolina. Please contact me at if you have questions concerning the TRIO Programs at Tusculum College.


Welcome to the Talent Search webpage!  My name is Heather Tunnell and I am one of the Assistant Directors for the program.  I joined the Talent Search staff in October 1999 and enjoy helping students map out their career and educational plans.  I am the advisor at part of the Greene County elementary/middle schools and they are listed below.   I received my Bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and completed my Master’s degree right here at Tusculum College.  My husband and I live in Tusculum and we have one son named Grant.  If you ever have questions or need additional information feel free to contact me and I will be happy to assist you.  I look forward to working with you in the future!

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wes Hello Talent Search Parents, my name is Wesley Greear and I am the Assistant Director of the Talent Search West program. I currently serve Unicoi County High School, David Crokett High School and Cocke County High School. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia's College at Wise and my graduate degree from East Tennessee State University. Thank you for allowing your students to participate in our program. Sincerely, Wes Greear.
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As a life-long resident of Northeast Tennessee, I am excited to have an opportunity to work with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Carter County as their Talent Search Advisor. I graduated from ETSU in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and again in 2002 with a Master's degree in Teaching. I love the mountains and the people in this region.  I feel blessed to work in such a beautiful area and to work with outstanding students who are on the path to continuing their education after high school.
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Hi, my name is Melissa Dixon.  I have been an educational advisor for Talent Search since November 2002.  I am currently a middle school advisor.  I have two Bachelor Degrees: one in English and one in History and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.  I have taught the following grades: 3rd, 6th, and 7th plus 11th English.  In addition I currently teach several classes for Walters State Community College.  I am a native of Greeneville along with my husband, Johnny, my son, Alex, and my daughter, Brianna.  I look forward to being a part of your child’s educational experience.
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Hello, I am Jordan Reams. I am a middle school Talent Search Advisor for Cocke and Unicoi counties. I am from the small town of Butler, TN on Watauga Lake. I recently graduated from Tusculum College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, trying new foods, and spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to assist your students with planning their futures while in and beyond middle school. I believe these years are most important as they set the path for their lives.

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Thanks for your interest in the Talent Search Program. My name is Stephen and I am a middle school Educational Advisor in Cocke County. I serve Bridgeport Elementary, Del Rio Elementary, Grassy Fork Elementary , Parrottsville Elementary, and Smoky Mountain Elementary schools. I am relatively new to the TRiO program, but I have previously been employed by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Campus Employment here at Tusculum College. I have experience in assisting students, as well as finding ways to pay for their post-secondary education. I was born and raised in Greeneville, TN and graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management. I also hold a Master of Arts in Education. I enjoy music and have a degree in audio engineering from The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH. I enjoy helping students and helping them map their educational future. I feel that the support, information, and opportunities Talent Search provides is invaluable in assisting students to reach their educational goals.


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g Hi and welcome to Talent Search. I am a high school Talent Search Advisor/Counselor and have worked in the TRIO Program since August 1997. I graduated from ETSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1993 and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1995. I am married, have two daughters, and live in Greene County. I love working with the Talent Search students: it is one of the most rewarding things I do. When I finished my degrees, I began working in Bristol for a counseling center dealing with young people. After two years the hour drive and the pressure from dealing with troubled youth made looking for a job in Greene County seem like the wisest thing to do and that is how I discovered the Talent Search Program. I believe in this program because I have seen how much it encourages our youth to pursue education past high school. Some of the success stories are just incredible and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the adults who came out of this program. We guide them, but they make the hard choices!
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sandi Welcome to the Talent Search Web page. I am a high school Educational Advisor in Greene and Carter counties. I have worked in the TRIO programs in various positions since 1999 and I also serve as an academic advisor here at Tusculum. I am a native of Greene County and a graduate of Tusculum College where I received a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts in Education.  I feel blessed to work with outstanding high school students as they plan their educational journey toward a post-secondary area of study. I believe the encouragement, opportunities, and information students receive from being a participant in Talent Search will help them realize their full educational and career potential.
If you have questions feel free to email me at
f HI, my name is Lyn Britton and I am the newest member of the Talent Search staff. I have been in the TRIO program since September of 2004 but just recently made my way onto the Talent Search Staff. I received my Associate’s Degree in accounting right after high school and went back to school at Tusculum in January of 2006. In 2007 I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. Most recently I have recieved my Master's Degree. I was raised in Batavia, NY and have been in Greeneville for twenty-six years. I am married to Billy and I have two daughters, Katie and Jessica. We live on a farm in the Tusculum Community not far from the college. I enjoy working with students and I’m looking forward to helping them with their college plans.
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april I am the Administrative Assistant for Upward Bound & Talent Search.  I joined the program in June of 2008.  I graduated from South Greene High School in 1999 and received my Associates Degree in Business Administration-Management in 2006 from Walters State Community College.  I am a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. 
When not working, I enjoy photography, traveling, scrapbooking and cooking.  I am married to Daniel Lane and we reside in Greeneville, TN.  We have 3 cats, 2 dogs and a lizard.
I am dedicated to the TRIO programs and welcome your interest in our Upward Bound and Talent Search programs. Please email me at: for further information or questions regarding our program. I can also be reached by calling our office at 423-636-7325.
I look forward to talking with you at any time.