TOP PHOTO: Cousins April Ray-Berry (left) and Lynn Ray (right) completed the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association program on Tuesday. 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Cousins Lynn Ray and April Ray-Berry completed the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association program on Tuesday. 

The East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association includes all sixteen counties of the East Tennessee Development District.  The purpose of the leadership program is to provide a regional approach to addressing key issues vital to East Tennessee; while discovering and promoting the available resources that are actively working to improve the region. Thus, creating a network of concerned leaders working toward the common goal of resolving needs in the East Tennessee region.  ETRLA’s mission statement states that the goal of the ten-month program is to “unite existing and emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to increase their understanding of community issues, broaden their vision, and enhance their individual and collective ability to lead, while at all times championing its values of service, diversity, inclusion, and openness to change.”  Participants of the ETRLA program have previously completed their local county leadership programs. 

Lynn Ray is the pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church and is a local State Farm Agent.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Education Administration, and an Eds in Education Administration and Supervision.  He and his wife Shan have two daughters Ashlyn and Olivia and live in LaFollette. 

April Ray-Berry resides in Duff with her husband Tracy and their children Raylee and Gavin.  She will receive a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in February 2023.  She also holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration. 

If you are interested in learning more about Campbell County’s Leadership program, please contact the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce at 423-566-0329.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/11/2022-6AM)

2 Replies to “Ray cousins complete East Tennessee Regional Leadership Program”

  1. April is my daughter, she has always had a kind & loving heart. She loves helping people. Lynn is my 1st cousin once removed. I’ve been close to him all his life, he also has a servant’s heart. Both have strong Christian ethics. I’m very proud of both of them.

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