Meet The Board

Hal Baker,

 President

Occupation: Retired from Orange Grove Center

Education: BA, Loyola University, MEd. Univ. Florida.

Family: Married, Cheryl Edgerton Baker, two children, six grandchildren.

How Autism has affected you

Twin nephews with Aspergers, a great niece on the spectrum.

Favorite Quote: “Anything learned can be unlearned” Skinner, B. F.

Occupation: Retired from Orange Grove Center

Education: BA, Loyola University, MEd. Univ. Florida.

Family: Married, Cheryl Edgerton Baker, two children, six grandchildren.

How Autism has affected you: 

Twin nephews with Aspergers, a great niece on the spectrum.

Favorite Quote: “Anything learned can be unlearned” Skinner, B. F.

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Occupation: I am a homemaker. I am lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of time helping out at school.

Education: I have a B.S. in Life Science from the University of Missouri – Rolla. I also studied Environmental Engineering in graduate school at Iowa State University

Family: I have been married to Peter Zimmerman for nearly 20 years. We have three kids, 16, 14 and 8 years old. We also have 23 fish and 2 dogs..

How Autism has affected you

I have a child with autism; I have a sibling with autism; ASD winds its way up my family tree. I have lived with individuals on the spectrum my entire life — even before we knew what to call it.

Favorite Quote: “Autism is not a demon to be battled and overcome. It is a difference that can cripple or render extraordinary. Most autistics are disabled as children because our sensory apparatus is different, our communication skills are weak, and we have not yet learned coping strategies, or found our gifts.” -John Elder Robison

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Barry Blevins, Vice President

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Dr. Kenneth Pittman, Board Member​

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Dr. Kenneth Pittman, Board Member​

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Occupation: Accountant, Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough

Education: B.S. Business: Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Family:  I have been married to my wife, Kelsey, since 2012 and we have two sons, Blake and Cayden. We also have two dogs, Jaxton and Patch.

How Autism has affected you:  

Seeing everything that my aunt and he have gone through has really opened my eyes to the struggle that it can be finding the right support system. I think what the CAC does is great and my hope is to help folks find their support system.

Favorite quote: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”

Weston Porter,

 Treasurer

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Meet The Board

Hal Baker,

 President

Occupation: Retired from Orange Grove Center

Education: BA, Loyola University, MEd. Univ. Florida.

Family: Married, Cheryl Edgerton Baker, two children, six grandchildren.

How Autism has affected you

Twin nephews with Aspergers, a great niece on the spectrum.

Favorite Quote: “Anything learned can be unlearned” Skinner, B. F.

Occupation: Retired from Orange Grove Center

Education: BA, Loyola University, MEd. Univ. Florida.

Family: Married, Cheryl Edgerton Baker, two children, six grandchildren.

How Autism has affected you: 

Twin nephews with Aspergers, a great niece on the spectrum.

Favorite Quote: “Anything learned can be unlearned” Skinner, B. F.

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Occupation: I am a homemaker. I am lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of time helping out at school.

Education: I have a B.S. in Life Science from the University of Missouri – Rolla. I also studied Environmental Engineering in graduate school at Iowa State University

Family: I have been married to Peter Zimmerman for nearly 20 years. We have three kids, 16, 14 and 8 years old. We also have 23 fish and 2 dogs..

How Autism has affected you

I have a child with autism; I have a sibling with autism; ASD winds its way up my family tree. I have lived with individuals on the spectrum my entire life — even before we knew what to call it.

Favorite Quote: “Autism is not a demon to be battled and overcome. It is a difference that can cripple or render extraordinary. Most autistics are disabled as children because our sensory apparatus is different, our communication skills are weak, and we have not yet learned coping strategies, or found our gifts.” -John Elder Robison

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

Occupation: 20 years at BlueCross

Education:BA, Bryan College – MA English Literature at UTC

Family: Married for 41 years to a legal alien (Canadian) we have 3 grown daughters and 7 grandchildren – all local 

How Autism has affected you:  

The Autism gene pool runs through my father’s side of our family.  Our grandson, Evan, is on the spectrum – both Autism and Asperger’s.​

Favorite quote: “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” Lewis Carroll

Mary Robertson, Board Member​

Barry Blevins, Vice President

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Dr. Kenneth Pittman, Board Member​

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Dr. Kenneth Pittman, Board Member​

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Molly Ruth Skiles, Board Member​

Occupation: Student

Education:Senior at Dalton State College, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology.

Family: I am the oldest of my parents’ 6 children. 

How Autism has affected you:  

As an Aspergian, I am on the spectrum, so Autism has impacted my life from the very beginning. In addition, my role as facilitator for Greater Chattanooga Aspies regularly brings me in touch with many other people on the spectrum. 

Favorite quote: “Advice is a dangerous gift, even to the wise.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Occupation: Accountant, Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough

Education: B.S. Business: Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Family:  I have been married to my wife, Kelsey, since 2012 and we have two sons, Blake and Cayden. We also have two dogs, Jaxton and Patch.

How Autism has affected you:  

Seeing everything that my aunt and he have gone through has really opened my eyes to the struggle that it can be finding the right support system. I think what the CAC does is great and my hope is to help folks find their support system.

Favorite quote: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”

Weston Porter,

 Treasurer

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

D. Eric Setterlund, Board Member​

Anne Hill,

 Secretary

OccupationVice President Cohutta Banking Company

Education: B.S. Industrial Operations Management

Family:  My wife is Holly and I have 9-year old son, Brodie, and a 7-year old son, Tyler.

How Autism has affected you:  

My oldest son, Brodie, has Aspergers & Sensory Processing Disorder

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not, there is no try.”  -Yoda in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back

Occupation: Student

Education:Senior at Dalton State College, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology.

Family: I am the oldest of my parents’ 6 children. 

How Autism has affected you:  

As an Aspergian, I am on the spectrum, so Autism has impacted my life from the very beginning. In addition, my role as facilitator for Greater Chattanooga Aspies regularly brings me in touch with many other people on the spectrum. 

Favorite quote: “Advice is a dangerous gift, even to the wise.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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