Russ Dixon
Title: Chairman
Date of Appointment: 2015
Spouse: Mrs. Dawn Dixon
Vice President/Managing Partner for Centric Consulting, LLC’s Energy & Utilities practice

Mr. Dixon grew up in rural Minnesota before moving to east Tennessee with his family in 1987. He graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1992 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science/Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1997. His career has centered on the utility industry, focusing on areas of customer information and billing systems for large electric and gas utilities throughout the U.S. Since 2001, Mr. Dixon has been employed with Centric Consulting, LLC where he currently serves as Vice-President and managing partner for Centric’s Energy and Utilities practice. The Dixons moved back to Fayetteville, where his wife Dawn grew up, in 2004 to raise their family. Mr. Dixon is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville where he is involved in working with the church youth and a number of mission projects. He has also served as a coach for AYSO, Upward Basketball, and the Fayetteville Area Swim Team.

Amy Harwell
Title: Vice-Chairwoman
Date of Appointment: 2017
Justin Harwell
Profession: Governmental Sector

Amy Harwell is a native to Lincoln County, Tennessee.  Mrs. Harwell graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1990.  She began her work career at Fayetteville Electric System while attending Motlow State Community College. Mrs. Harwell has over 26 years of experience in the areas of customer service, operations, government contracting, legal services, and financial management with an emphasis on portfolio management and budgeting.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management & Human Relations and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Mrs. Harwell currently works in the government sector. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Fayetteville. Mrs. Harwell resides in Fayetteville with her family and enjoys spending her free time at home on the farm.

Glenn Oldham
Title: Secretary/Treasurer
Date of Appointment: 2007
Mrs. Celia Oldham (deceased)
Profession: Insurance Agent/Business Owner

Glenn Oldham grew up in Sumner County, and after receiving his Masters in Education in 1976, he taught in the Wilson County school system for four years. There he met and married his wife, Celia Lancaster Oldham, of Lebanon, TN. They moved to Lincoln County in Feb. 1977, and Glenn began working at the Lincoln County Farm Bureau. Glenn has worked in the insurance business for over 30 years. He has four daughters, Katie, Lizzie, Maggie and Emily. He also has nine grandchildren. Glenn is a member of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville and he loves spending time with his family.

Paul Richardson
Title: Board Member
Date of Appointment: 2008
Mrs. Jana Richardson
Profession: Real Estate & Insurance Agent for J. Paul Richardson & Sons

He is a native of Lincoln County, graduating from LCHS in 1993. He earned a degree in animal science and economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He and Jana married in 2001 and have one daughter and one son. Mr. Richardson is a member of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville. He is also an active member and past president of the Fayetteville Rotary Club.

William Hurd
Title: Board Member
Date of Appointment: 2009
Spouse: Mrs. Brenda Hurd
Profession: Store Keeper (retired), Stone Mason Carpenter, and Baptist Minister

Mr. Hurd is a native of Bedford County where he graduated from Central High School in 1969. He attended college at Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Education. He worked for 33 years at the Aerospace Testing Alliance, a division of Arnold Engineering as their store keeper. He also has spent the last 38 years as a stone mason carpenter, an art and skill he learned from his father-in-law. Mr. Hurd is also a minister at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Fayetteville. Mr. Hurd and his wife, Brenda, have been married for 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Deborah Woodward
Title: Board Member
Date of Appointment: 2017
Profession: School Teacher (retired)

A native of Lincoln County, Deborah is an alumnus from Central High School. Shortly after graduation, she went on to achieve her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Mississippi. She then received her Master’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and has a +45 from Tennessee State University.

Woodward is a retired teacher having taught at Eighth District, Central High School and Ninth Grade Academy. She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She is currently the Treasurer at First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

Jeff Alder
Title: Board Member
Date of Appointment: 2018
Spouse: Mrs. Brooke Browning Alder
Profession: Bank Manager

Jeff Alder is a native of Lincoln County, Tennessee.  Mr. Alder graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1990. He went on to the University of Tennessee where he received his business degree in 1994. Upon graduation he went into the banking field. He currently manages the Fayetteville branch of First National Bank. Jeff was recently elected to the Fayetteville City Board of Alderman and was appointed to serve on FPU’s board as the representative from the City Board. In the past he has served on both the Industrial Board and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Jeff is married to Brooke Browning Alder and they have two children. The Alders are members of The First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.
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Mayor Michael Whisenant
Title: Ex-Officio Board Member
Date of Appointment: 2012
Mrs. Paula Whitaker Whisenant
Profession: Project Manager at G-Squared

Michael Whisenant grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from Samford University. He’s currently employed as a Project Manager at G-Squared, an engineering firm that provides aerial photography, airborne and ground GPS survey, digital orthophotography, topographic mapping, image processing and GIS services for clients throughout the southeastern United States. He’s a member of the Fayetteville Lions Club and Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. He’s a 2002 graduate of Leadership Lincoln. Mr. Whisenant was elected to the Fayetteville City Board of Aldermen in 2012 and was voted in as the Mayor of Fayetteville in 2018. He is currently the Ex-Officio Board Member appointed to serve on FPU’s board. Mr. Whisenant and his wife Paula have one son, Andrew