The Officers of the Blount County (TN) Democratic Party are elected by the Executive Committee and serve a 2-year term.


Robert Hanye
Bob retired as the President/CEO of a regional non-profit in upstate New York. During his 14 year leadership tenure, the organization underwent major improvement and expansion in its mission driven services, business operations, facilities, financial position and community standing. Prior to that, Bob provided support, training and technical assistance for a network of non-profit and state related organizations across the country. He served as an elected member of a school board, chaired the Board of an organization that provided housing for low income and disabled persons, and was the Vice-President of Public Policy for a national membership organization of non-profits. Bob is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has a MS from Hofstra University. He is married to Susan, has two adult children and 4 grandchildren.
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Sarah Herron
First Vice Chair
Sarah is President of The Herron Group, a digital marketing and consulting firm specializing in events, promotions and startups. She has more than a decade of experience managing digital platforms. Sarah managed online platforms for HGTV and the Great American Country network. She has managed digital operations for a variety of events, ranging from professional conferences and local fundraisers to film screenings and music festival installations. Sarah is a founding board member of Clayton-Bradley Academy. She launched the school's initial digital platforms and led the startup student recruitment campaign. Sarah served as the senior digital strategist at CMOco, a marketing outsourcing agency. She is the founder of Indivisible East Tennessee, a progressive platform with groups organized in three counties, coordinated across the state and rooted in the national Indivisible Guide movement.
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Nathan Higdon
Second Vice Chair
Phone: 865-268-9426
Nathan was born and raised in Maryville, TN. He is the Chairman and CFO of L'Espace Motorcoach, Inc. and principal for their consulting division. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from Maryville College, M.B.A. from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State. He actively volunteers time locally and serves on the Maryville College Alumni board. Nathan is Governor-elect and will serve as Governor for 2017-2018 of the Appalachian District of Civitan International. He loves world travel, yoga, and his dog, a black lab mix, Sam.
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Marte Lawrence
Marte Lawrence is a Paralegal for the law firm of O’Neil, Parker & Williamson. She began working in the legal field full time in 2003 and has experience working in civil rights defense, personal injury, estate, and probate matters. Marte has been politically active since working on Senator Al Gore’s first presidential bid in 1988. Her mother was a life-long Democrat and inspired Marte’s love of politics. Born in Middlesboro, Kentucky, Marte graduated from Hinds Community College and Belhaven College with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten at McLaurin Elementary in Star, Mississippi prior to returning to Tennessee in 1999. She obtained an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2008. Marte considers herself someone with a broad skill set and an excellent problem solver. Marte’s husband, Reginald Lawrence, serves as a Deputy/Corrections Officer for Blount County. He is also a retired Army National Guard officer who retired after 21+ years of service and two tours of duty overseas. Marte and Reggie have one son, Daniel, who has taken after his mother and grandmother and loves to cook.
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Mary Lynn Snyder
Mary Lynn is a native Kentuckian born in Harlan County and proudly claims being a coal miner’s daughter. She lived most of her life in Corbin, KY but has made Blount County her home since 2007. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and received her BS degree in Accounting from the University of the Cumberlands. She is a retired Certified Public Accountant and worked for a regional accounting firm before owning her own firm. Prior to that, Mary Lynn worked in the healthcare industry and was Controller and Chief Financial Officer of the local hospital. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and served as County Co-Chair of the March of Dimes. After moving to Maryville, Mary Lynn assisted her daughter, Dr. Rebecca Lucas, in establishing the local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). PFLAG Maryville is a support, education and advocacy organization for the LGBTQIA community. She served on the Board of Directors and held the office of Treasurer for four years. She continues to support PFLAG Maryville, its programs and objectives. Mary Lynn is widowed, has two daughters, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren.
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