Tau Beta Pi Headquarters Team
The Headquarters team is made up of 17 (12 full time and 5 part time) employees. While most team members are located at the Headquarters office on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Sherry Jennings-King works remotely from the Minneapolis, MN, area. Curt Gomulinski, MI E '01, Andrey Karnauch, TN A '18, and Sherry Jennings-King, TN A '93, are members of the Association.
The team is further broken into smaller groups focused on different key areas of focus for the Association. These teams include Development, Finance and Operations, Marketing and Communications, and Member & Chapter Services. Each team has a lead who collaborates with the Executive Director and Executive Assistant as the Headquarters Lead Team.
|Roxanne Bachert||Finance & Operations||Bookkeeper|
|Angie R. Boles||Executive Team||Executive Assistant|
|Matthew Brissette||Finance & Operations||Systems Programmer Associate|
|Michael A. Brown||Finance & Operations||Director of Finance & Operations|
|Christian A. Cross||Member & Chapter Services||Director of Member & Chapter Programs|
|Rebecca M. Davis||Member & Chapter Services||Chapter Program Representative|
|Bill Dickson||Finance & Operations||Systems Administrator|
|Connor Dubrule||Member & Chapter Services||Chapter Services Representative|
|Curtis D. Gomulinski||Executive Team||Executive Director|
|Wilhelmina Hill-Bearhs||Marketing & Communications||Marketing & Communications Specialist|
|Sherry D. Jennings-King||Development||Director of Development|
|Sherry L. King||Member & Chapter Services||Chapter Program Representative|
|Dylan S. Lane||Marketing & Communications||Assistant Editor|
|Sarah E. Lane||Data||Data Entry Specialist|
|Patricia B. McDaniel||Marketing & Communications||Director of Marketing & Communications|
Roxanne Bachert is originally from the mountains in Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Florida when she was still young. While in college, she married and had a child. Her husband insisted, so she left school. She moved to Knoxville in 1993.
The end of the 20th century was a new beginning for Roxanne, and she became single mom. In order to keep the same lifestyle her child was used to, she worked multiple jobs. She joined Tau Beta Pi in March 2022 as the bookkeeper. Roxanne enjoys accounting and administrative positions the most and one of the best times working was during the six years she was with the Knoxville Zoo.
As kids do; her's grew up and moved away. Finally the time and resources were available to go back to school. Roxanne attended a local Knoxville college and received a degree, graduating with honors, while working as the Assistant Controller at a major General Contracting company. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, puzzles, and traveling.
Angie Boles attended Gibbs High School. After graduation, she started work at Miller's Department Store in special events, fashion, and public relations.
She has been with Tau Beta Pi since 1989, starting out processing address changes, name changes, and class year changes. Several years later, she became administrative assistant to then Secretary-Treasurer Jim Froula. Her duties included processing insignia orders, proofing The Bent, The Bulletin, and other correspondence. She started attending the annual Convention in 1998 to assist with registration, insignia sales, and minutes. She currently serves as the executive assistant to Executive Director Gomulinski.
Angie has a son Weston, a clinical manager at Becton Dickinson. He and his wife Olivia currently reside in California. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for friends and family, shopping, and decorating.
Matthew Brissette grew up in Mount Juliet, TN, before attending Tennessee Tech University and graduating with a degree in computer science.
He now resides in Spring Hill and works with Tau Beta Pi remotely. After working data entry for a company in Nashville shortly after graduation, in 2020 he began working under Bill Dickson as a systems programmer.
Matthew's affinity for puzzles helps in his work to maintain and expand the software used by Tau Beta Pi. His hobbies include tabletop gaming and indulging in campy horror.
Michael Brown is a lifelong resident of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mike received a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1993. Prior to arriving at Tau Beta Pi, Mike held both Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses and worked as a marketing and operations specialist for a regional brokerage firm. Mike also spent more than 10 years in the energy and utility sectors, serving in a variety of functions, including senior financial analyst. More recently, he worked as business manager and DOE contract administrator for a biotechnology startup in the Knoxville area.
Mike began working for TBP in August 2013 and currently serves as Director of Finance & Operations, where he oversees all daily accounting and information technology activities, including budgeting, compliance with IRS and state regulations, audit oversight, and
human resource functions.
Mike and his wife Paula have been married for 29 years with two children, Wyatt, 23, and Alivia, 17. Aside from spending time with his family, Mike is a passionate Tennessee fan, enjoys reading WWII histories and biographies, and is an avid scale model builder.
Christian "Alex" Cross is originally from Bristol, Virginia. He moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee where he earned his B.A. degree in Political Science, graduating summa cum laude. In 2018, he earned his master's of public policy & administration from UT with a focus in nonprofit and city management. He was the 2017 recipient of UT's Cunningham Award for Service & Professional Promise.
Alex started at Tau Beta Pi as an office assistant in August 2014. During his time at Headquarters, he has worked on various projects including the coordination of insignia delivery as well as service to the Executive Council and its committees. He now serves as the Director of Member & Chapter Programs and is responsible for overseeing a team tasked with chapter development, order fulfillment, data collection, among a variety of other services the Association provides. He hopes to encourage a new wave of efficiency among HQ duties and cultivate fresh ideas to push the organization forward.
In addition to his interest in local politics, Alex enjoys competitive gaming, watching college sports, traveling, and trying new foods around the country. He enjoys conducting music, a result of his time as drum major in his high school band and tenure in UT's Pride of the Southland Band. He invites any member to challenge him at a game of Super Smash Bros. anytime, anywhere.
Rebecca Davis has been with Tau Beta Pi since 1989. She started out as a temp for someone who was out sick and was then hired fulltime.
At first, she worked on correspondence. Currently, she works on going through previous correspondence and reports to preserve needed records. She also answers the phone and assists with some of the chapter reports.
She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Tennessee. She taught elementary school until her son was born. When he started school, she volunteered in his classroom and eventually became a teacher's aide.
She enjoys working with the Tau Beta Pi students and being "Mom." A lot of volunteers who were student officers know that "Mom" wants to hear about their families and see pictures of their children.
Bill Dickson was born in Newburgh, NY, and moved to Raleigh, NC, graduating from Needham Broughton High School. After graduation, Bill attended Wake Technical College and received an associate degree in computer science.
Bill has worked in the Information Technology field for over 30 years. After six years at Carolina Power & Light, he followed his then fiancée to Knoxville and began work at Knox County Information Technology Department. Ten years later, he joined Q Systems - a startup IT company - as Director of Software Development.
Following the closing of Q Systems, Bill was employed as a business systems analyst at Scripps Networks Interactive. In April 2016, he replaced Ray Thompson as Tau Beta Pi's Systems Administrator.
Married for 29 years to his wife Karren, he has a daughter Katlin and son Kyle.
Connor Dubrule grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he attended Knoxville Catholic High School and then went on to earn his business degree from the University of Tennessee.
Connor started working at Tau Beta Pi as a part-time employee in 2021 and was thrilled to be brought on as a full-time member services representative that same year.
In his free time, he enjoys being active, cheering on the Vols, playing video games, learning to cook different meals, and spending time with his family.
Curtis Gomulinski was born and raised in southeast Michigan. He graduated from Fraser High School in 1996 and attended Wayne State University where he majored in electrical engineering and minored in computer science. Upon graduation, he went to the University of Michigan where he earned a master's degree in computer science and engineering. He worked for nine years in Michigan's Plant Operations department serving as a system administrator, database administrator, project engineer, and two terms as interim manager of his department.
Curt was initiated into the Michigan Epsilon Chapter in 1998. He served as the chapter's cataloger and president, president of the Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter, District 7 Director, and advisor to Michigan Gamma. Curt was hired as Tau Beta Pi's fourth Executive Director in 2011 to lead the Association's day-to-day operations including supervising a staff of over 15 full and part-time employees, managing the overall finances of Tau Beta Pi, coordinating or collaborating with volunteers to oversee the Association's programs, and initially serving as the Association's Editor.
Most of his extended family still lives in Michigan, but his younger brother lives in Columbus, OH. He married fellow Tau Bate Tricia Schwaller in 2010 after meeting her through their mutual involvement as District Directors and proposed to her at a District Conference. In his spare time, he enjoys playing computer and board games, traveling, hiking, and learning to play the piano. One thing not everyone knows is that he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon for his 30th and 40th birthdays and did a rim-to-river hike and back in a single in 2020.
Wilhelmina Hill-Bearhs grew up in Maryville, Tennessee and has lived in the Knoxville area for most of her life. She attended the Memphis College of Art where she graduated cum laude in design arts and minored in art history.
She has a passion for marketing and helping people create their own unique brand. She also holds dual citizenship with the Netherlands and is super proud of her Dutch roots. Wil lives with her husband, Anthony and their small zoo of two cats and a Great Pyrenees and Cowboy Corgi. The six of them can often be found watching horror movies on the couch or watching Anthony cook on weekends.
Sherry Jennings-King, Tau Beta Pi has been a major part of Sherry's life for over a quarter of a century.
As juniors at the University of Tennessee studying chemical engineering, she and her twin sister (Christina Harrison, TN A '93, District 11 Director) accepted invitations to join.
A former process/project engineer for Rohm & Haas, Inc., Sherry made a career change into development serving as the Associate Director for a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area followed by ten years as a development professional at Augsburg University (formerly Augsburg College) in Minneapolis, MN.
Sherry served as an Association Official, primarily as a District Director, for 20 years and then for the past 9 years has been a member of the Headquarters staff as our Major Gifts Officer where she has focused her efforts on spearheading the Chapter Endowment Initiative (CEI) which is the Association's effort to endow all our student chapters by 2030. In June 2020, she became the Association's Director of Development.
Sherry King is from Knoxville, TN, and is currently processing all chapter reports for all 250 chapters of Tau Beta Pi. She has served as the Engineering Futures Program Coordinator and Convention Coordinator at TBP Headquarters since 2000.
She received the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) certificate in 1986. Before joining Tau Beta Pi, she was a marketing assistant at Southeast Service Solutions and worked at Lockheed Martin as a secretary.
Sherry enjoys volunteering at the local Corryton Pantry, traveling (especially to the beach), and spending time with her six grandchildren.
Dylan Lane was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated with a B.A. in English, with minors in French and Psychology, from The University of the South—Sewanee. He completed all coursework for his master's in journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee.
Dylan joined Tau Beta Pi in 2008 after working for the Knoxville Utilities Board and as a news intern at WUOT-NPR radio station. His two primary roles with TBP have been as communications specialist and as director of the K-12 MindSET program. In August 2019, he transitioned into editor of The Bent magazine. He also continues to support communications objectives, including the front end of the website. Two highlights of his work have been learning to write code to handle the front-end of the Association's website and organizing & running TBP's participation in the USA Science & Engineering Festivals.
He is married and has a daughter (Lilah). Dylan played soccer collegiately, is a licensed soccer coach, and coached for a competitive travel soccer club in Maryville, TN, for 14 years.
Sarah Lane was born and raised in Tecumseh, Michigan. She graduated from Walter's State Community College (TN) with an associate of science degree in social work. She is currently completing a bachelor's of science in human services at East Tennessee State University.
Sarah joined Tau Beta Pi in 2020 as a part time Data Entry Specialist. She is also a Special Education Paraprofessional through Knox County Schools.
She is married to Dylan Lane and they have a daughter (Lilah). During her free time, she enjoys baking, puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends.
Pat McDaniel grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, and later as a "trailing spouse," moved to the mountains of Western PA; then on to Ventura County, CA; Memphis, TN; and finally landed in Knoxville in 1993. Relocating offered the chance to hold a variety of positions in county government agencies, hospitals, social service non-profits, and higher education. In 2000, she joined Tau Beta Pi as Director of Communications and Development.
After graduating from Bucknell University with a B.A. degree in Psychology, Pat's career involved care for the mentally ill following the national de-institutionalization mandates. She helped interpret and implement the regulations of mental health legislation for a county agency while serving as coordinator of a 24-hour mobile crisis team and arranging for involuntary emergency and court commitments. For Ventura County, Pat managed the legal care and finances of 90 patients as a Deputy Public Guardian while completing an MBA (with a focus on marketing) from California Lutheran University. After moving to Knoxville, Pat's career path turned to fundraising, serving as Director of Annual Giving for St. Mary's Hospital and Director of Development at Knoxville College before coming to Tau Beta Pi.
Pat loves to cook, garden, ski, hike, go to the beach, and help her husband work the family vineyard and restore 100-yr. old houses. She has two daughters, two grandchildren, and one Irish Setter.