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Dr. Izetta Slade, Ed.D.

Executive Director, HR/Employee & Organizational Development

Izetta is currently the Executive Director for Employee and Organizational Development with University of Tennessee (UT) System Human Resources. Immediately preceding her move to UT System HR she served as Executive Director of Human Resources at UT Knoxville. Other positions held at UT include; Associate Director for Equity and Diversity, Interim Department Head for UT Extension Evaluation and Staff Development, Interim Human Resource Officer for UT Institute of Agriculture, and Training Program Manager at the Institute for Public Service.

Izetta has over 20 years of work experience with higher education institutions. She also has experience in working with business, non-profit, and local, county, and state government agencies to provide human resources, customer service, strategic planning, program facilitation, event planning, leadership coaching and development, performance and organizational consulting, and professional development services.

Izetta received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, her M.S. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, and doctorate in Learning and Leadership through UT, Chattanooga.

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Jeannie Tennant

Assistant Director

Jeannie joined Employee and Organizational Development in June 2021. Prior to joining the EOD team, she served the UTK campus as a Learning and Organizational Development Consultant. Trained as an educator and coach, Jeannie has a diverse background in public education, healthcare, and higher education focused on leadership and staff development, professional coaching, and program facilitation.

She has a passion for life-long learning! Her focus is on meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities. Jeannie has experience in providing inclusive leadership development, strategic planning, differentiated learning, and organizational consulting.

Jeannie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and Human Learning from Tennessee Technological University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management.

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Sharon Couch

Sr. Learning Consultant & Business Partner

Sharon Couch joined Employee and Organizational Development in August 2021. Prior to joining the EOD team, she served the UTK Campus for 11 years in various leadership roles, first as an assistant track and field coach for the Lady Vols track team, a graduate teaching assistant, an academic coach for the UT LEAD program in the Division of Academic Success, an academic advisor for the College of Education Health and Human Sciences, and a student life and diversity and inclusion coordinator for the Herbert College of Agriculture. During her successive leadership roles at UTK, Sharon also earned a Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology and began her pursuit of a PhD in Kinesiology. Sharon’s experiences as a corporate trainer/facilitator and a mental performance coach allows her to bring her diverse background in professional and NCAA athletics, corporate America, and higher education to the field of employee learning and organizational development. Sharon is a sought-after speaker and inspirator across many fields of interest.

Sharon is enthusiastic, passionate and loves to empower individuals through engaging presentations and inspiring motivational learning opportunities. Sharon has experience in providing consulting in the areas of: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive leadership; professional development; mentoring; and coaching to student leaders and employees.

Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Rhetoric from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Sharon is currently in dissertation phase of a PhD in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Sarah Crichton

Learning and Development Coordinator

Sarah joined Employee and Organizational Development in January 2022. She is a recent graduate of UTK where she held a variety of extracurricular leadership roles. Most notably, she was the vice president of membership development for the UTK SHRM chapter, as well as a founding member and the vice president of hospitality for the Women of Haslam organization. Sarah is eager to share her passion for leadership, education, and learning with staff and faculty all across the state!

As the Learning and Development Coordinator, Sarah’s focus is on providing system-wide consulting, assistance, and support for designing and implementing synchronous and asynchronous learning. She is responsible for event planning for major conferences, certificate programs, and the UT Leadership Institute, as well as providing support for in-person and online learning opportunities.

Sarah holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resource Management and International Business from the University of Tennessee.

Kortney Jarman

LMS Administrator & eLearning Consultant

Kortney joined Employee and Organizational Development in February 2022. Prior to joining the EOD, he served the UTK Campus for 20 years in various roles, first as a Computer Support Specialist for the Haslam College of Business, an IT Specialist and Systems Admin for the Center for Career Development, and a Learning Technology Specialist for the Instructional Support and Training team in the Office of Information Technology. Kortney has a diverse background in technology support and training and strives to use technology as a tool for growth, collaboration and development.

He has a passion for learning and providing learning opportunities. His focus is to provide employee development and compliance training initiatives via the K@TE learning management system for statewide internal employees, UT departments and campuses. He advises on eLearning best practices that adhere to high quality standards and aids in training and support for campus learning administrators.

Kortney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.