Board of Directors

Juanita Del Pino, Board Chair is a retired principal from Hamilton County Department of Education. She retired from Barger Academy of Fine Arts which suited her well for the love of arts, all of the arts. Juanita graduated from Los Angeles High School where she was in the Jazz Club and Chorus. Prior to that, she attended McKinley Jr. High School in Pasadena, California where she and her twin sister were members of the Vanity Fair Choral Group. Vanity Fair received recognition for their musical talent, which won them an opportunity to attend the Finian’s Rainbow Debut. Juanita received her B.S. from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee and her Master’s Degree in Leadership from Travecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. Later, she received a mentor certification for administrators and teachers from the Leadership Immersion Institute from the National Association for School Elementary Principals. Juanita is currently working part-time as a Literacy Consultant and Academic Coach for Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Juanita is a well rounded person who lives with passion, dedication, grace for life, and with the arts!!!

Nicole Lewis, Co-Chair has been serving Glass Street since 2016, and now serves as Community Relations Manager for Glass House Collective. She has a background in corporate logistics, but feels a strong sense of commitment to connecting residents with resources, serving as a liaison between partners with residents, supporting and mentoring the neighborhood’s young residents, and modeling a sense of openness to new experiences.

David McCorkle, Treasurer has worked in finance across multiple industries since graduating from Presbyterian College and is currently the CFO of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. After spending most of his life in Winston-Salem, NC, David is now glad to call Chattanooga home. A music lover for all his life, David is proud to be a member of the CoPAC board.

Paul Brock, Member-at-large serves as an Investment Executive with Brown Associates as well as President of B&H Ventures. He has previously served as the President of the RiverCity Company and before that the Siskin Children’s Institute. Before joining Siskin, he served as the interim Executive Director for the Creative Discovery Museum. The first fifteen years of his business career were spent in the family business, Brock Candy Company, and with its successor, Brach and Brock Confections. Paul worked in the operations end of the business, rising to the position of Senior Vice President of Operations for Brach and Brock Confections. Paul serves on the boards of the Benwood Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center. He has a BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University. He and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Casey and a granddaughter, Hadley.  

Tim Chakwin, Member-at-large is the Dean of Students and teaches English at the McCallie School. He serves on the board at St. Peter’s Episcopal School and is a founding member of Chattanooga Lacrosse and The True Athlete Project. Tim earned a BS degree from Kutztown University and a MS in Teaching English from the University of New Hampshire. Tim and his wife, Melanie, live on campus at McCallie with their two sons, Whit and Jude.

Cary Garrett, Member-at-Large Chattanooga native educated at St.Francis (Elementary), Notre Dame (High school), Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) (Psychology) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Masters Degree (Education) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Worked at Provident Insurance company (Programmer/Analyst).  Educator with Hamilton County Schools (now retired).  Served on the APEX steering committee and currently on sub-committee for socio-economic and racial integration for Unifi-Ed.  Part of leadership team with Chattanooga Connected.  Member (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.). Currently part time Flight Director at the Challenger Center.

Thaddeus Taylor, Member-at-Large While working as an Tour Actor/Director for Missoula Children’s Theatre, Thaddeus learned he would only be fulfilled when working with children regularly. A move to Chattanooga resulted in a degree in Human Ecology from UTC, more than a decade as an informal science educator and marriage while still performing in community productions. Thaddeus is currently a Flight Director at the UTC Challenger STEM learning center and believes the richest learning follows curiosity.

Elizabeth Tallman, Secretary is the Director of Education at United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Elizabeth served with the National Office of Head Start, The Bethlehem Community Center, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she received her Masters in Nonprofit Management and her undergraduate in Communications. She has certifications from: the State of Tennessee as an ACEs Trainer (Adverse Childhood Experiences); The National Council for Behavioral Health in Youth Mental Health First Aid; The Forum For Youth Investment as a Youth Work Methods Trainer; The National Mentoring Partnership as an Essentials Trainer; she is an Outdoor Ambassador for the City of Chattanooga and on the APEX (Action Plan for Educational Excellence) Steering Committee for UnifiED as a supporter of public education. You can find her gardening or dancing with her daughters at her home in Brainerd Hills on any given day.