Bob Freudenthal

Executive Director

Bob Freudenthal (BobFreudenthal@taud.org)

Bob Freudenthal has been appointed Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts effective June, 2008. Mr. Freudenthal recently served as Deputy General Manager for the Hendersonville Utility District. Prior to his appointment as Deputy GM Bob served over twenty years as a Public Works Director for the cities of Hendersonville, TN and Paducah, KY. Mr. Freudenthal was responsible for the successful delivery of water and wastewater services to approximately 38,000 residents within the HUD region. Included in his duties were operational management, personnel management, budgeting, and capital project management. HUD serves an area within middle Tennessee that is experiencing rapid growth. Current projections indicate the current population of the region could double within ten years thus creating a significant demand on existing infrastructure. Since 1999 HUD has allocated over $30 million toward improved service and is projecting a similar investment over the next five years. Mr. Freudenthal has served on the APWA Board of Directors for eight years serving as President in 2006. During his service on the Board of Directors Mr. Freudenthal served as Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Executive Committee member, and Nominating Committee member. He has also served on numerous charitable, civic, and community boards in the Hendersonville and Paducah areas. Bob currently serves as Chairman of the Hendersonville Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Freudenthal has BS in Business Management from Mid-Continent University.

(615) 896-9022

Penny Funk

Office Manager

Penny Funk (PennyFunk@taud.org)

Penny Funk serves as TAUD’s Office Manager. Responsible for overall management of office and administrative functions of the Association, oversees all conference and meeting planning, financial monitoring, maintaining relationships with outside interested parties, vendors and all public relations and problem solving associated with membership, and oversight of Board of Directors meetings. Also assist Executive Director with special projects. She is a Dekalb County native and resides in Alexandria Tennessee. Penny has been employed with TAUD since 1988 and the first employee in TAUD’s history to reach 20 years of service.

(615) 896-9022

Beth Blackwell

Member Services

Beth Blackwell (BethBlackwell@taud.org)

Beth Hardiman serves as Member Services/Meeting Planner for TAUD. She is a Rutherford County native and resides in Murfreesboro. Beth is responsible for member services, public relations, event planning, Commissioner Training, TAP training, conferences, and basic office tasks. She has been with the Association since 2002.

(615) 896-9022

Carol Mims

Accountant/Bookkeeper

Carol Mims (CarolMims@taud.org)

Carol Mims is the Accountant/Bookkeeper for Tennessee Association of Utility Districts and has been employed by TAUD since 2006. Carol is a Los Angeles, California native and has lived in Williamson County since 1995.

(615) 896-9022

Vanessa Solis

Vanessa Solis (VanessaSolis@taud.org)

Vanessa Solis is TAUD's Publications & Advertising Coordinator and has been with the Association since 2012. She is the Managing Editor & Art Director of TAUD's quarterly magazine, the Tennessee Utility News, the annual TAUD Membership Directory and Training Station Wall Calendar. In addition, Vanessa is responsible for the design & publication of various promotional and conference materials. She also serves as the Administrative Assistant of the Cross Connection Control Management Program for Tennessee Utility Assistance (TUA), LLC.
Vanessa was raised in the Navy and has lived in a number of states across the US, as well as in Bermuda. In 2006, she moved from the Washington, DC metro area to Tennessee to be closer to her family. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys hiking, fishing, photography, and collecting vintage National Geographic magazines.

(615) 896-9022

Ali Stephens

Education Assistant

Ali Stephens (AliStephens@taud.org)

Ali Stephens is the Education Assistant at TAUD and has been apart of the family since May of 2015. She is in charge of keeping up with the training classes and is your main contact for class registration/ training questions. Ali is from Mt. Juliet, TN and lives in Hermitage now after graduating from Tennessee Tech University in May 2015.

(615) 896-9022

Tony Wyatt

West Tennessee Circuit Rider/Field Supervisor

Tony Wyatt (TonyWyatt@taud.org)

Tony has been the Water Circuit Rider for TAUD since 1991. He also serves as the Field Supervisor for the association. Prior to joining TAUD, Tony worked with the Huntingdon Utility Department for 10 years. As circuit rider, he provides technical assistance and training to water systems in West TN and the western portion of Middle TN that includes water treatment, distribution, compliance issues, computer skills, certification and other related areas.

(731) 415-9101

John Shadwick

Training Specialist

John Shadwick (JohnShadwick@taud.org)

John Shadwick is Training Specialist for TAUD. John is responsible for the NRWA/EPA Training Program, Technology Conference, Board Basics Conference, and has oversight of TAUD's Certification Cram Sessions. He is a Certified Instructional Technologist and Certified Environmental Trainer. He is a native of Chattanooga and a resident of Rutherford County for over thirty years. He has served TAUD since 1989.

(615) 804-4069

Brent Ogles

Education Manager

Brent Ogles (BrentOgles@taud.org)

Brent is Education Manager with the Association. He is responsible for developing and coordinating the technical training and assistance activities. Before coming to the Association in August 2008, Brent was Director of Tennessee’s Fleming Training Center and was responsible for water and wastewater operator certification and the training conducted by the State.

(615) 556-6002

Steve Roberts

East Tennessee Circuit Rider

Steve Roberts (SteveRoberts@taud.org)

21 years of experience
  • Since 1990, Field Office Manager of the Division of Water Supply
  • Grade 4 Water Treatment License
  • Started work with TAUD in January 2011

(865) 256-5383

Dewayne Culpepper

Wastewater Circuit Rider

Dewayne Culpepper (DewayneCulpepper@taud.org)

Dewayne Culpepper has been employed by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) since 1990 as a wastewater technician providing on-site assistance for wastewater operators and managers. Dewayne was awarded the Wastewater Technician of the year from the National Rural Water Association in 1992. Prior to TAUD, Dewayne was the General Manager of Monteagle Utilities. Dewayne was also employed by Tullahoma Utilities Board as a Grade IV wastewater operator and then promoted to Water and Wastewater System Engineering Aid. Dewayne is a native of Tullahoma and resides in Estill Springs.

(931) 607-6981

Larry Lewis

Source Water Specialist

Larry Lewis (LarryLewis@taud.org)

Larry Lewis is the Source Water Protection Specialist for the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts and has been employed by TAUD since 1997. Larry is a native of Jackson, Tennessee and he currently resides there.

(731) 234-0360

Greg Baker

Information Systems Technician

Greg Baker (GregBaker@taud.org)

Greg has worked for TAUD since 1997. Prior to that, he worked 8 years for the Town of Huntingdon Water and Wastewater System. As a IT person for the association, he assists in designing and coordinating the development of integrated information system databases. He maintains the association website and assists other staff with computer issues. He also assists utility systems with computer issues and with the experience of working at a water and wastewater system can assist them with any related issues.

(731) 225-5240

Kevin

Middle Tennessee Circuit Rider

Kevin Gilliam (KevinGilliam@taud.org)

Kevin is a native and resides in Sewanee, Tennessee, located in Franklin County. A graduate of Franklin County High School, Kevin began his career in 1986 at the Sewanee Utility District as a water treatment plant operator and progressed to General Manager before leaving in 2006. As the General Manager of the Sewanee Utility District he was responsible for the finances, water treatment, distribution, collection and wastewater treatment for the customers of the District. From 2006 to October 2008, he was the Utility Supervisor for the Town of Monteagle where he later became the Utility Director. Kevin joined the Sewanee Fire Department in 1981. He currently is a Captain and assists with the training of the Fire Department personnel with fire, vehicle extrication and high angle rescue. Kevin has been a licensed emergency medical technician with IV therapy (EMT-IV) in Tennessee since 1992.

Kevin enjoys spending as much time as possible with his children.

(931) 636-1671

Kirk

Director of Business Development

Kirk Smith (KirkSmith@taud.org)

Kirk Smith serves as the Director of Business Development for TAUD and TUA, LLC. A Hendersonville Tennessee native with a diverse and extensive business background in both the marine and agriculture retail industry. Kirk served as Managing Principal Partner of Sumner County Tractor Inc., a John Deere Ag & Consumer Products Dealership in Hendersonville for 19 years. After college, Kirk spent 2 years with Nashville Boat Manufacture Hydra Sports and later founded SCT Marine. Prior to joining TAUD, Kirk worked for a pipe, valves and fittings distributor and an Insurance Pool Program. Kirk holds a Tennessee Insurance License.

Kirk has served on numerous boards and committees in and around the State of Tennessee. A past President of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, a founding Member of the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club, a past Vol State College Trustee and served on the Sumner Regional Hospital Foundation. Currently, Kirk serves as a Vol Rep. and District Chairman for the UTK Tennessee Fund Scholarship Program. In his spare time, Kirk serves as the Public Address Announcer for Football and Basketball for Hendersonville High School. Married for 30 years, Kirk and his wife Janet have 2 children, Bailey & Jake.

(615) 243-6490

Mark Butler

Mark Butler (MarkLButler@taud.org)

No Bio Available

(615) 557-5780