For release: July 11, 2013
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Melissa “Missy” Marshall has assumed the position of executive director of Keep Tennessee
Marshall comes to Keep Tennessee Beautiful with more than 20 years of experience in
public service. She began her career in state government as a public health educator
for the Tennessee Department of Health.
Since 1995 she has held several executive positions, serving as legislative liaison
for eight state departments, nine commissioners and on the teams of three governors.
Prior to her recent appointment, Marshall served nine years as director of Communications
and External Affairs for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Development
Disabilities (DIDD) and worked on the transition team that assisted the legislature
with establishing the DIDD.
“I am honored to be selected to lead the KTnB organization,” Marshall said. “I am
looking forward to meeting with and hearing from the state affiliates and local communities
on how we can better assist them. I am grateful to be working with such dedicated
and knowledgeable staff, board members and local affiliates. I feel privileged to
be able to serve the citizens of Tennessee in this capacity.”
A Maryville native, she received a bachelor of science in communication from Middle
Tennessee State University, where she focused on public relations and minored in business
administration. She is also a graduate of LEAD Tennessee, the state government’s premier
leadership training initiative.
Marshall lives in Collierville with her husband, Barry. They have four children: Alex,
Blake, Addy and Barrett.
Keep Tennessee Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., and
is part of Extended Programs at the University of Memphis. The initiative, funded
by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, is a statewide public
service program to educate and encourage Tennesseans to take responsibility for improving
their community environment. For more information, visit www.keeptnbeautiful.org.