J. Mark Hutchins

Chairman of IMPACT Leadership

J. Mark Hutchins is President and CEO of Hutchins Strategies, an executive management and business consulting firm, and President of ĒKAMOR, one of the first true waste to product companies.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in Organizational Psychology specializing in human relations and supervision at Louisiana Tech University.  Over the last 30 years, he served Louisiana Tech University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Mississippi State University, and as associate vice president, vice president and interim president at Wood College (MS), Murray State University (KY) and Tennessee Tech University.  A certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, Hutchins has presented on a variety of topics across the country, and he currently serves as Chairman of Impact Leadership.

Phone: 931.239.7004                      


Andrea V. Burckhard

IMPACT Leadership – Vice Chariman

Andrea began her career in sales and marketing throughout Europe in the office equipment and office supply industry. She operated, owned, and set up successful distribution channels in thirty five countries. 

A resident of Cookeville, Tennessee, since 2007, Andrea is an award-winning professional with New York Life.  She owns and operates the Andrea V. Burckhard Financial Professional and New York Life Insurance Company. Her practice services the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky markets.

Andrea and her husband, Terry, were married in 2000. They have twin sons, Grant and Blake.  Andrea and her family enjoy the outdoors, hiking, cooking, traveling, culture and spending time together. 

Andrea is very active in the community and serves on several boards, including IMPACT Leadership, Cookeville Regional Medical Foundation as Vice-Chair, CityScape, WCTE, and the Chair of TTU Friends of the Library.

Phone: 931-525-5433 


Jessica Foley

Jessica Estrella Foley is a Vice President and manager for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Business Resiliency Client Communication Team and is a successful, dedicated employee of 30 years.  Her career with SunTrust started in Miami as an auditor. In 2003 Jessica relocated to Cookeville for a better quality of life for her family and transferring to the newly opened Call Center of SunTrust where she was responsible for Operations.

She worked on the team that started the Client Communications function in 2013, which is a 24/7 team responding to critical impacting events that affect clients relationship with the Bank. Ms. Foley now manages the team, which is also responsible for being an advocate for clients and handles client outreach, along with Executive Leadership and teammate communications.

Jessica has been a Tennessee Achieves Mentor for the past three years and is member of the inaugural I.M.P.A.C.T. Leadership class. She is now an officer with IMPACT Leadership. 

Jessica has her Bachelors in Business Administration from Florida International University and has completed her Six Sigma Yellow Belt.   


Cindy Schueman

IMPACT Leadership – Executive Director

Ms. Schueman had worked in Chicago for 30 years prior to moving to Tennessee. She had the great fortune to be a consultant for six art galleries that were privately owned by one investor. While educating a particular art collector, a career opportunity was presented that took a dramatic professional change from the art world to the age of technology through automation and industrial engineering firm. 

Ms. Schueman moved to Tennessee in 2011.  As she became assimilated into the Cookeville culture she recognized a need for building relationships and making connections for diversity and the benefits of diversity awareness. “There is a need for growth in the Upper Cumberland region to attract and retain the multinational and under-represented talents necessary for economic development and diversity representation”, according to Ms. Schueman.  “Helping others to experience personal success, achieve their potential, and have opportunity for leadership is important to me.”

Currently she serves on the Board of Trustee’s for Motlow Community College, the Friends of the TTU Library, Tennessee Association of Community Leadership, and as Executive Director for IMPACT Leadership.

IMPACT Leadership: 931-246-6655 or cell: 630-890-4181



Alejandra Cisneros-Conohan

Alejandra Cisneros-Conohan is a full time mom, a bilingual Human Resource Generalist, a Model, Beachbody Coach, and an entrepreneur. She is committed and passionate about contributing to community development initiatives in various capacities and is a child and healthy living advocate.

Alejandra graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and completed several engineering courses at Tennessee Technological University. As Vice President of Alpha mu Gamma, she participated in different events to promote cultural diversity and enrichment.

Alejandra is a life-long learner and strongly believes that education is a key component to building strong communities. She is also serving as a mentor to others in areas such as STEM fields, foreign languages, parenting skills, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

A former participant of IMPACT Leadership and Leadership DeKalb, Alejandra is expanding her community awareness and is currently an active member of the IMPACT Leadership board.  She also serves as the Treasurer for YP Highlands. Her goal is to leave a positive footprint on the lives of everyone she encounters directly or indirectly.  

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Sarah Olson

IMPACT Leadership – Treasurer

Sarah Olson is originally from the Chicago Suburbs where she had the opportunity to build a career in Finance.  After graduating from Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri, she has continued to aggressively pursue leadership and management because of her strong interpersonal people skills. 

Upon relocating to Cookeville, Tennessee she took the Sr. Accounting Analyst position with Chartwells at TTU.  Sarah’s entrepreneurial drive motivated her to open a candy, popcorn, confectionary and ice cream shop called Pops and Gumdrops in the west end business district of Cookeville.  She has enjoyed engaging with the community on a new and more personal level.

Although her business strengths are with finance and analytical thinking she enjoys photography and volleyball as her creative outlets.  Together, with her husband, Shane Olson, they started a volleyball training academy in Cookeville and provided quality volleyball training to the youth in this area as well as expand the knowledge and love of the sport. 


Dr. Robert Owens

IMPACT Leadership - Community and Programming Affairs

Dr. Owens currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech University, this after serving for approximately eight years as Director of Minority Affairs.  He received all of his post-secondary credentials at TTU, from undergraduate to the Ph.D. 

Dr. Owens enjoys being involved in the community, as is evidenced by his service on various local boards.  Of note, is his service to and through Cookeville IMPACT, which he co-founded and now serves as the President Emeritus.  Dr. Owens is also an ordained minister and the Pastor of Kainos Church in Cookeville, TN.

He has also become a fixture at local baseball fields and basketball gyms in his role as a coach of youth sports teams.   He is the husband of Dana Mason-Owens and father to their five wonderful children. 


Sarah Scoles

Ms. Scoles works for Cummins Filtration as a Global Continuing Improvement Leader for Corporate Quality.  She joined Cummins Filtration as a Test Engineer in 2011.  Along with her daily work, she also volunteered as the Community Improvement Team (CIT) Leader at Cummins Filtration for 3 years. 

Sarah moved from Illinois to Tennessee in 2006 with her husband and baby. In 2008, she decided to go back to school and pursue her degree.  Sarah received her Associates Degree from Volunteer State Community College in 2009.  She went on to obtain her B.S. degree from TTU in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics in 2011.  She commuted from Lebanon for 2 years while she was attending TTU.  In 2014, Sarah moved to Cookeville with her husband (Adam) and 3 children.

Sarah is very active in the community.  She graduated the IMPACT Leadership Program of 2018.  She joined the IMPACT Leadership Board after completion of the program.  She is an active member of the Sycamore Church of Christ.  She continues to be an active member on CIT Education Team and the iAm Club Leader for the 3 Putnam County High Schools. 


Chris Shah

IMPACT Leadership - Marketing 

Chirag (Chris) Shah is a well-known businessman in the Cookeville community operating, Happy Hour Wine and Liquor, and Diamond Impact since 2002.  Chris owns and operates several other businesses and real estate ventures in Cookeville, the Upper Cumberland, and Tennessee with his family and business partners. 

Chris came to United States in 2001 and planted his roots in Cookeville in 2002.  Chris received a BS in Chemistry in Ahmadabad, India and a MBA in Business Operations Management from the University of Western Sydney in 2001. He also has a diamond grading degree that he received from the Gemological Institute of America in 2002. He is very active in the Cookeville community and serves on several boards including: the TTU Friends of the Library board; Cookeville Looking Forward; IMPACT Leadership; and a member of the Cookeville Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. Nameste!         


Dr. Bharat Soni

IMPACT Leadership - Past Chairman

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development provides leadership of research efforts in strategic alignment with regional economic development efforts. He directs the Office of Research and oversees the Millard Oakley STEM Center, Tech-REDI Regional Economic Development Institute, and the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources.

Dr. Soni has a long history of contributions in cross-disciplinary research and education with strategic focus on research to build technologies to address 21st Century engineering grand challenges. Dr. Soni led the establishment of the immersive visualization and Virtual Reality environment at UAB with applications to medical, health-care and general education and training, rehabilitation, engineering design, analysis, evaluation and marketing, and homeland security.

Phone: (931) 372-6074    

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Dr. Michael Torrence

IMPACT Leadership - Past Chairman

Dr. Torrence was nominated and seated as the 7th President of Motlow State Community College on May 1, 2018.  He is a successful leader, life-long learner, innovator, collaborator, academician, and administrator.  Dr. Torrence is passionate about the role of the community college and its mission.

His higher education career spans more than 23 years and represents a demonstrated love of the teaching and learning process, working both as faculty and as an administrator in Student Affairs as well as Academic Affairs.

 Dr. Torrence earned a Ph.D. from Tennessee Technological University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University. He serves on local, state, and international boards. Additionally, he served four years in the US Air Force.

Married to Dr. Jamie Torrence, also an educator who works as a high school guidance counselor, and their two children, Anna, a freshman at Tennessee Tech, and Jack, a 10 year old, rising basketball star, the Torrence family stays very active. 

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Felix Villa

IMPACT Leadership – Marketing

Felix is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  After college Felix grew in the business world in radio advertisement sales.  He achieved recognition, promotion and financial success and through his introduction to events, musicians and record labels he branched out on his own.  He first bought an event planning business marketing Regional Mexican Musicians and developing his own record label, recording studio and entertainment venues.  As he continued to diversify into night clubs, all stemming from the music scene, his love and need for automobiles resurfaced.  As transportation dovetailed into his music industry he invested in automobile sales.  Geographically Felix has investments all over the United States.

Felix moved to Tennessee in 2004 because Cookeville was as a quieter and more moderate environment to raise his children.  He is always expending energy on a new endeavors, as well as spending time running the businesses he currently owns.  He is an investor in diverse business opportunities, real estate, and commercial property, and constantly collaborating on the next new business venture.