2018-2019 Board Members

The Skyuka Hall board of trustees is committed to the school mission of  providing individualized learning experiences within a community that enables students with learning differences to develop academically, physically, spiritually, and socially with confidence, courage, and conviction.

Thomas H. Jones

Board Chair

Tom, a Chattanooga native, graduated from the University of Chattanooga in 1980 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he worked for a family business, Southern Products Company, until 1998 when the business was sold. Afterwards, he became an owner and President of Tennessee Southern Maintenance Company, JJG Sales Company, and TJR Company, LLC. All businesses were related to industrial cleaning chemical sales and Quick Service Restaurant services. Tom retired in 2015 and his hobbies include, golf, fishing, hunting and raising grandchildren. Tom has a passion for children who struggle to learn in a traditional classroom environment.

Tom has been a member of Skyuka Hall’s Board of Trustees since 2008. 

Beaumont Covert

Vice Chair

Beaumont, grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in History in 1990. She then graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1995. Beaumont practiced law, most recently as Assistant General Counsel for SCANA Corporation, in South Carolina until she and her family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2004. Since that time, Beaumont has focused her time on her family and volunteering for organizations like Make A Wish and Baylor and St. Nicholas Schools. She enjoys family, friends and traveling. Beaumont and her husband, Jabo, have two daughters. She knows first-hand what it is like to rear two children who learn differently and is a passionate advocate for finding an appropriate, supportive environment for each child. She has been a member of Skyuka Hall’s Board of Trustees since 2016.

Laurie Eck


Laurie grew up in Pennsylvania and studied biology at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Upon graduation, she worked in medical administration and eventually at the post of Practice Administrator for a Cancer Center in New Jersey. After the birth of her second daughter, she left the workplace to be a stay at home mom. She moved to Chattanooga with her husband, Jason, and two daughters in 2013. She has sat on multiple boards including Shrewsbury Montessori School, Applewild School, Make A Wish East Tennessee, and the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Alliance. 

Laurie personally knows about the challenges of having a child with a language-based learning disorder and the difficulties in finding appropriate tutoring and schooling. She is an advocate for giving all children the tools they need to become happy, confident and successful life-long learners. In her spare time, Laurie likes to stay active, loves to travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

Mimi Grine


Mimi Grine moved to Chattanooga in 2000 with her husband Jeff. Mimi graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1993, with a Bachelors Degree in Government. She then completed her Masters Degree in Accountancy from the University of Memphis and became a CPA. For almost seven years, Mimi worked in public accounting as a Tax Manager for local firm Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough. She then decided to head into the world of education and non-profits and went to work as the CFO for Girls Preparatory School. 

After her son was born in 2010, Mimi left to workplace to stay home for awhile. She stays busy with her love of animals, Children and education by sitting on the Board of both the Humane Educational Society and Skyuka Hall. Mimi, Jeff and son Henry still live in Chattanooga and share their home with their critters, Otis, Buster, Emily, Hank, Bobo, Fritz and Fern.

Dr. Allen Coffman

Dr. Allen Coffman is a Skyuka Hall parent and a primary care pediatrician with Highland Pediatrics in Hixson and president of the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley.  He was recently awarded Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee American Academy of Pediatrics for his work in the Chattanooga area and across the state. 

Dr. Coffman was a founding member of the board and first president the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition.  "This coalition is working to build partnerships between all community groups invested in the health and well-being of children and is currently leading the development of a Tennessee Valley school-based health partnership," officials said.

Dr. Coffman volunteers at pediatric organizations including the Tennessee AAP where he has served as president, vice president and legislative chair.  He developed and launched the TN AAP Pediatric Health Improvement Initiative in Tennessee (PHiiT), a network involving state Medicaid leaders, payer representatives, the Department of Health, academic medicine, schools of public health and practice leaders.  Dr. Coffman currently serves as the PHiiT medical director.

Dr. Coffman graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Medical College of Georgia.  He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati.  Dr. Coffman also serves on the clinical faculty of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and is on the board of Beacon Health Alliance and the board of LifeSpring Community Health in Chattanooga Tennessee.   

Marc Barclay

In addition to being a proud Skyuka Hall parent, Marc currently serves as Vice President, Provider Contracting and Networks for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Marc, his wife Krissa, and their three children, Molly, Delaney and Landon, moved to Chattanooga in 2015 from St. Louis, MO. Marc graduated from Belmont University in 1992 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and received a Masters in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in 2006.

Marc currently serves as a board member for Signal Centers, Inc. and Tennessee Charitable Care Network and past board member for Mending Hearts, Inc. in Nashville, TN and Institute for Family Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Marc is honored to serve on Skyuka Hall’s board of trustees in order to be a better advocate for kids with learning disabilities and special needs.

When not working or participating in his kid’s busy school schedules, you can find Marc and his family spending quality time boating on Chickamauga Lake.

Sarah Ross

Sarah is a CPA with 12 years of experience working extensively with non-profits and high net worth individuals. Currently, she is the assistant controller at Baylor School after working in public accounting for 8 years. In addition to serving as Treasurer of the board for Skyuka Hall, she serves as Treasurer for A Step Ahead Foundation of Chattanooga.  Sarah received a Bachelors of Business Administration from Auburn University and a Masters in Accountancy from UTC. Married to Jeff Ross, she is the mother of two boys, Hudson and Camden.

Shawn M. Arrington

A native of Marydel, Delaware, Shawn earned his BS in physics and mathematics from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. He pursued graduate studies at Wake Forest University and received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  Shawn moved to Chattanooga in 2009 and oversees all technology and its implementation as Chief Information Officer at Baylor School.  He has taught and worked at a variety of independent schools throughout the southeast and spent time as an educational specialist for NASA in Huntsville.  His previous board experience includes St. Peter’s Episcopal School in Chattanooga.  Shawn sees the opportunities that technology can provide Skyuka Hall students and wants to strategically identify and obtain mission appropriate 21st century learning tools.

Shawn has been a member of Skyuka Hall’s Board of Trustees since 2015.

Dr. Valerie Rutledge

Valerie, a Chattanooga native, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1974 and 1979 with her BS and Med degrees. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee in 1996. After teaching English, Drama, and Latin in the Hamilton County Schools, Valerie moved to UTC in 1995. Her roles there have included Professor in the School of Education, Director of the School of Education, and, most recently, Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. Her career continues to provide her with the opportunity to work closely to mentor and support educators who can make a difference for all children.

Valerie and her husband Jack have three children, four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. They enjoy traveling and all things related to UTC Mocs athletics.

Valerie has been a member of Skyuka Hall’s Board of Trustees since 2014.