Our Staff

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Jim joined the staff of The Generosity Trust in January 2000 after many years in ministry service with Samaritan’s Purse and The Moody Bible Institute. He attends Calvary Chapel Northside in Hixson, where he serves on the board. He has volunteered as a baseball, softball, basketball and football coach, and has also been involved in missions outreaches in Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, Jamaica and Ecuador. He is a graduate of Cedarville College (now University), with a double major in Psychology and Behavioral Science. Jim and his wife, Tammy, who is the Assistant Principal for Academics (Middle School) at The McCallie School, have been married for 37 years, have two sons and a daughter, two daughters-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.

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Director of Finance, Accounting & Administration

Jennifer joined the staff of The Generosity Trust in October, 2014, as the Director of Finance, Accounting and Administration.  She spent the 15 years prior to this as the Assistant Director of Camp DeSoto, a privately owned, residential girls camp in Mentone, Alabama.  A graduate of the University of Mississippi (Accounting), Jennifer has also worked in the field of Finance and Banking in Tennessee and Texas.  She is married to Carl Sheffield. They attend church at NorthShore Presbyterian Church.

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Director of Generosity & Donor Relations

Maria Kain Matthews joined The Generosity Trust in July 2018, as Director of Generosity and Donor Relations.  A native of Chattanooga, she has worked in the non-profit field for 35+years, including 29 years in various development and fund-raising roles with Girls Preparatory School, her alma mater. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she received a B.S in Art History. In her free time she enjoys painting in various media, including oils and encaustic. She and her husband Dennis attend City Church of Chattanooga, where they serve as elders.

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Staff Accountant

Sarah joined the TGT family in February, 2018.  She graduated from UTC in December, 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  She, her husband, Scott, and their son, Elijah, attend Brainerd Baptist Church.

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Office Manager

Marsha joined TGT Team in July 2022, bringing with her over 40 years of office management experience. She has worked with churches, ministries, and non-profits in metro-Atlanta, central Florida, and Chattanooga. Marsha gained valuable experience while working with another local foundation and was extremely excited to put her giftings to work at TGT. A Florida native, Marsha and her family have called Chattanooga home since 2003; she and her husband Dave recently moved back to Hixson from Possum Creek; while their grown son, Matt, lives in North Chattanooga. Spending time with family, playing with Kramer (The Wonder Dog), cooking, and reading fill her time when not at work. However, when fall rolls around her favorite pastime is college football – FSU – GO NOLES!

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Sarah joined TGT in December 2015. A Florida native, Sarah moved to Chattanooga to attend UTC and enjoyed our city so much that she has stayed. She and her husband David were married in April 2017, and since then they have been blessed with 2 beautiful baby girls, Eleanor and Georgia. The Gribbles reside in Hixson with their beloved dog, Doc. After spending 10 months at home with family, Sarah has returned to TGT as a part-time assistant. Her 3 years of TGT experience as Office Manager have come in handy as she fits in whenever she is needed. Sarah and her family are active members of Calvary Chapel Northside.

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Staff Accountant

Hillary joined the TGT family in August, 2022 as a part-time staff accountant.  She graduated from UTC in December, 2014, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  She and her son Thomas, attend Calvary Chapel Northside. 

Our Board

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Mr. Glenn is the President of Elder’s Ace Hardware, with 19 stores throughout Chattanooga, Cleveland, Knoxville and northwest Georgia. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia (BA) and Duke University (MBA). Tom serves on several boards including The United Way, Bible in the Schools, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, the National Center for Youth Issues, and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Brainerd Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and has served on several committees. He and his wife, Darlene, are the proud parents of two children, Lauren and Garrett.

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Mr. Monroe is Co-Founder and CEO of Card-Monroe Corp. He is the past Chairman of the Chattanooga Area Leadership Prayer Breakfast Sponsoring Committee, serves on the Board of Directors of Christian Network Team, and is a member of the Chattanooga Metro Board of the Christian Businessmen’s Connection (CBMC). Charles is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (BS), and is a member of Eastwood Church. Together he and his wife, Myra, have seven children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Mr. Zeiser serves as Executive Vice President of Southern Champion Tray, L.P. As a third generation family-owned company, SCT has been manufacturing quality paperboard packaging products for over 85 years. Mr. Zeiser directs all the personnel-related areas of the company. A graduate of Tennessee Tech University, Mr. Zeiser has been with the family business virtually his entire life. He and his wife, Regina, are members of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, and are the proud parents of two children. Mr. Zeiser serves on several boards, including the board of Signal Mountain Christian School and The United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

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Mrs. Welborn began her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. After graduating from the University of Alabama School Of Law, she shifted her focus to the practice of business, real estate and estate planning law in the Tuscaloosa, AL area. After relocating to the Chattanooga area in 2000, she and her husband, Miller, began Foresight Holdings, LP, a family partnership where she manages real estate holdings and securities. She has served on a variety of boards in the Chattanooga area, including the AIM Center, Girls Preparatory School, and the Lula Lake Land Trust, and also serves on the Women’s Leadership Committee of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. She and Miller have three daughters and one son-in-law.

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Betsy Blunt Brown

Mrs. Brown is President of Pendleton Square Trust Company and also serves as a Director of the Trust Company. Prior to joining Pendleton Square, Betsy worked at Cumberland Trust and JPMorgan Private Bank serving affluent families throughout the Southeast. She was a Director in the Fixed Income Origination team within SunTrust Debt Capital Markets, where she gained considerable transaction experience. Betsy is a partner in The JumpFund, an angel investment fund dedicated to investing in female-led businesses in the Southeast. Betsy earned a BS in Business Administration and a BA in East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She also holds an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Betsy serves as a Trustee of Girls Preparatory School, her alma mater. Betsy is also a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, and the Endowment Committee for The Generosity Trust. Betsy lives on Signal Mountain with her husband and 3 active children.

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John Gandy

Mr. Gandy is an investment management professional with over a decade of sales, trading, research, and risk management experience across several asset classes including foreign exchange, interest rates, commodities, equities, and credit.

In his current role as Director of Investment Strategy at Unum, John manages derivatives strategy and trading, assists with overall portfolio investment strategy, and leads macroeconomic research. Prior to joining Unum, John was a crude oil derivatives trader at Chevron in Houston, TX and a senior analyst on the foreign exchange desk at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (now Truist) in Atlanta, GA.

John received a BSBA in Economics from the University of Florida. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Chartered Market Technician designation. John is a member of the Investment Committee at The Generosity Trust and previously led the Finance Team at Sojourn Community Church for three years. John and his wife, Jourdan, have two children (twins) and he enjoys golfing in his spare time.

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Reggie Madison

Mr. Madison is the Program Director for First Things First, a national non-profit based in Chattanooga whose mission is to strengthen families and relationships. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Divinity. He and his wife, Erika are the proud parents of seven children. He serves as the youth Pastor at Greater Tucker Baptist Church.

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Bart Rolen

Mr. Rolen serves as CEO of Southeastern Trust Company, an independent, boutique trust and investment firm headquartered in Chattanooga. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia (BBA) and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (MBA). Bart is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga (PCA) where he serves as a deacon and Treasurer. He and his wife, Kate, have two girls.

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Eric Youngblood

Rev. Eric Youngblood is the Senior Pastor of Rock Creek Fellowship (PCA) on Lookout Mountain. He serves as the Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Presbytery Mercy Committee while also overseeing the Lookout Mountain Mercy Fund. A graduate of the The McCallie School, he received a BS in Finance at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After working at both a software and an insurance company in the 90’s, he completed his M.Div at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Following seminary, during which he was grateful to be named a Dora Maclellan Brown Ministry Scholar, he was privileged to become the founding pastor at Rock Creek where he has served since 2001. He and his wife, Cathy, have two teenage sons and live on Lookout Mountain.



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