2017-2018 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.

Becky English


Becky Cope English is a Chattanooga native and has worked as a Realtor in Tennessee and Georgia for over 18 years specializing in new home construction and development. Becky is married to Derek English, also a Realtor and Chattanooga native. Becky has served as Secretary of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors and currently serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee and as an RPAC Trustee. She is also a member of Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. Becky and Derek are raising their two nephews and have personally experienced the challenges associated with having a child with learning differences. 

Becky has been a member of the Skyuka Hall’s Board of Trustees since 2016.  

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 an 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.

Brian May

Brian May is the President and Senior Strategy Director for Maycreate, a marketing and brand communication agency, and is also the Executive Vice President of the Brushy Mountain Group, a land development and distilling company. With 20 plus years in the branding business, he has worked on advertising, marketing and sales promotion for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Black and Decker, Olan Mills, US Cellular, Sprint, Volvo and Hardee’s. He and his wife, Erin, hold several patents and have sold their products to Best Buy, Sears, MacAuthority, Frye’s, Red Bull, SAP, Merck, GSK/Novartis, and Budweiser to name a few. Prior to opening Maycreate, Brian worked as Chief Branding Officer for the Marlin Group, a $4 billion holding company started by the founder of the Home Shopping Network (HSN).

Brian is a past board member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, ArtsBuild, ReStart: Center for Adult Education, Chattanooga’s Public Library, Advertising Federation of Chattanooga and Junior Achievement Chattanooga. In addition, he has also served on the Mayor’s Library Task Force, chaired several events for the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, and the Public Library.

Brian has been a member of Skyuka Hall's Board of Trustees since 2016.

Shawn M. Arrington

A native of Marydel, Del., 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.

David Patten

David has more than 20 years of investment experience and has been with Raymond James since he entered the financial services industry in 1992. He is Senior Vice President, Investments.

David was educated at the Baylor School, the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He holds the Certified Investment Management Consultant and the Wealth Management Specialist designations, and is a 2009, 2010 and 2011 member of the Raymond James & Associates Chairman's Council*. Additionally, he is a 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 member of the Raymond James President's Club*.

Within the community, David is a board member of the Skyuka Hall School and a trustee at the Baylor School. He also donates his time to the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital and the Siskin Hospital with the help of Katie, a volunteer "pet therapy" dog. David attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church and is a former member of the vestry.

A native of Chattanooga, David continues to reside in his hometown with his wife, Libby. He enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf.

*Chairman’s Council and President’s Club membership is based mainly on assets under management, education, credentials, and fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually.

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.

Mimi Grine