Jeanne Stokes - Director of TRIO Programs



Welcome to our Upward Bound 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.

Deborah Bible - Associate Director of the Cocke/Hawkins Upward Bound Program

I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organizational Management from Tusculum College.  I have been a part of TRIO programs here at Tusculum for the past twenty-four years, and was previously the Assistant Director of the Talent Search program before rejoining Upward Bound in 1999.

Currently, I serve high school students at Cherokee and Volunteer High Schools in Hawkins County, TN.  During my time working at Tusculum College I have taught classes as an adjunct faculty member and served as an educational advisor. 

I am dedicated to the mission of TRIO programs and welcome your interest in our Upward Bound program. Please email me @ for further information or questions regarding our program.




Karen Hartman, Upward Bound Associate Director
I joined the Upward Bound program in 1999, first as a Counseling Specialist and currently as an Associate Director. Here at Tusculum, I also serve as an academic advisor and an adjunct instructor of Tusculum Experience. The most wonderful aspect of my job is that I get to be a part of encouraging students to realize their potential, and often I am fortunate enough to see the results of their work when the students come back to visit after their college graduation! On a more personal note, I am a native of Greene County, and I attended Carson-Newman College where I received a bachelor's degree in psychology. I also attended the University of Tennessee and received a master's degree in clinical social work.  I live in Greeneville with my two amazing blessings that I am fortunate enough to call my son and daughter.  In my spare time, I love spending time with family and friends, playing games, reading and watching movies!   I currently serve students at South Greene, Morristown East and Morristown West High Schools. If you have questions or would like further information about the program, please contact me at
Stacey McGill - Math/Science Specialist
My name is Stacey McGill and I am the Math/Science Specialist for the Upward Bound Program. I coordinate the freshmen Math/Science component as well as serve students at Greeneville High School, North Greene High School and West Greene High School. I joined the Upward Bound staff in September of 2001.  I graduated from East Tennessee State University in May of 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Health.  I also received my Master’s Degree in Education from Tusculum College in 2006.  In my spare time, I enjoy photography, scrapbooking, watching football and basketball and spending time with my beautiful son, Isaac.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (423)636-7300 ext 5218 or by email at
Charles Sutton - Counselor

Originally from Jacksonville, FL I graduated from Jean Ribault High School in 1992. I then attended the University of Virginia at Wise for one year, but transferred to East Tennessee State University after being  awarded a four year football scholarship. I graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1997 earning a Bachelor of Science. After graduation I moved back to my hometown of Jacksonville, FL  where I began my career as a Group Treatment Leader and educator. After marrying my wife , Barbara,  I returned here to her hometown to raise our family of two handsome boys, Trey and Justus. I worked  in the Johnson City school system as a special education assistant until coming on board here at Tusculum College. During my free time I most enjoy spending time with my family, working out, sports, and occasionally reading a good book. Contact me at


Tonya Ridley - Counselor

I am the Upward Bound counselor for Cocke County and Cosby High Schools. I received my Bachelor of Arts in psychology and criminal justice from East Tennessee State University in a year that should only be disclosed under torture. I also obtained my Masters of Arts in counseling from there. For the first seven years of my career I worked as a child therapist and a school counselor and have been a part of the TRIO program for the last five and a half years. In my not so spare time, I'm obsessed with reading, torture myself by writing works of fiction and scripts no one has yet to realize the genius of, and do a fairly decent impersonation of a mom to one beautiful eight year old girl, a black Labrador, a lazy cat, and an auspicious guinea pig.  I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students from beautiful East Tennessee and feel honored to be a member of the Tusculum College family. If you would like to know more about the TRIO program you can reach me at I will be looking forward to hearing from you!

April Lane - Administrative Assistant for Upward Bound & Talent Search

I am the Administrative Assistant for Upward Bound & Talent Search.  I joined the the TRiO staff in June of 2008.

I graduated from South Greene High School in 1999, received my Associates Degree in Business Administration-Management in 2006 from Walters State Community College, and received my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Financial Management from Tusculum College in 2014.  I am also a Notary.

When not working, I enjoy photography, traveling, scrapbooking, playing with my pets, and cooking.  I am married to Daniel Lane and we reside in Greeneville, TN.  We have 3 cats, 3 dogs, a White Eyed Conure (parrot), and a Mali Uromastyx (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.