Board of Directors and Advisory Council
Board of Directors
Jo Ann Barker
Laurence R. Alvarez
Linda A. Hutton
Founding Board Member
The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker – Board President
Jo Ann Barker is an Episcopal priest who retired to Sewanee after serving for twenty years in parish ministry for three churches in both Arkansas and Delaware, elected as deputy to General Convention from both. Jo Ann is on the board, serving as secretary of the Episcopal Women’s History Project. She is a graduate of The University of the South School of Theology. Her three children graduated from St. Andrew’s Sewanee School where Jo Ann was active in supporting them and the school. She has been an EfM mentor for thirty years, coordinator in DE, and a trainer of mentors since retirement. She is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Mary’s and other area churches where she regularly celebrates the Holy Eucharist. Jo Ann has volunteered and served on the CAC board and is vice-president of the Folks at Home board and development committee. Jo Ann is passionate about peace and justice issues and works tirelessly to enact positive change at all levels. She has been on the Board of Folks at Home since 2013.
Craig Stubblebine – Vice President
Craig Stubblebine served on the economics faculties of the University of Virginia, the University of Delaware, and Claremont McKenna College where he held the Von Tobel Chair, and Claremont Graduate School. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at CMC. Following retirement from the Claremont Colleges, he was elected treasurer of Claremont Presbyterian Church. Subsequently, he was elected to the Board of Pilgrim Place, a Claremont community of over 300 residents retired from careers in religious organizations. Pilgrim Place is a continuing care retirement community providing independent and assisted living, as well as skilled nursing for its residents. In his last two years on the Board, he served as Chairman of the Board. Carol and Craig were drawn from California to Sewanee to be with their daughter, Julia, and have been members of the Sewanee community since 2014. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since October 2016.
John Solomon– Board Secretary/Treasurer
John Solomon, who was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, came to the University of the South where he received a BA in Economics in 1971. After obtaining his Masters in International Management degree, he worked in the banking industry based in St. Louis, Missouri. His career in banking comprised International Banking, Commercial Lending, and Credit Risk Administration. His last few years in the industry where as the Senior Credit Officer at a Missouri-based savings bank. In 2008 he was offered the opportunity to return to Sewanee to re-start the Pastoral Spanish program at the School of Theology. He has enjoyed rebuilding the program and expanding the seminary’s Hispanic Ministry activities both in this country and in Cuba and Honduras. Sewanee will continue to be home for him and his wife Kathy, after he retires from teaching in June of 2017. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since 2017.
The Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hutton
Linda Hutton serves as the Vicar of St. James Episcopal Church, Sewanee, TN. She also serves the Nashville Diocese as the Diocesan Vocational Diaconate, Chair & Coordinator Boundaries Issues/Anti Sexual Misconduct Trainer. She has been on the Board of Folks at Home since 2011.
Pixie Dozier has been an active member of the community for over 50 years. She has been a Sunday School teacher, a music and pre school teacher, a guild member, twice the chairman of the CAC, and on the board of trustees of St. Andrews-Sewanee School. She has served on the Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital board and is currently on the Sewanee Community Council serving as the Project Funding Chairman. She is church organist and President of Daughters of the King Chapter at St. James and serves on the altar guild at All Saints Chapel. She was President of the Sewanee Woman’s Club and was named an Honorary member. She was the Sewanee Civic Association Service Award recipient in 2015. She has been on the Board of Folks at Home since 2017.
Laurence Alvarez retired after forty-one years at Sewanee-The University of the South where he was Associate Provost and Professor of Mathematics. As Associate Provost he was in charge of computing and in 1990 oversaw the installation of the University’s computing network. He served as President of the Sewanee Civic Association, Treasurer of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology, on the Vestry and Treasurer of Otey Parish, Chief Financial Officer of The Lemon Fair, and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Sewanee Tennis Association. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since 2010.
Marilyn Derden Phelps is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice for 14 years. Before then she was an employee of Vanderbilt University and Medical Center for almost 20 years. She and her husband Tom have lived and been an active part of the community in Sewanee for the last 6 years. She has been on the board of The Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation that supports a school outside of Kampala, Uganda. She has been a board member for Folks at Home since October 2017.