Reid Barker and Beverly Morton, both of Chester County, were recently honored for completing the WestStar Leadership Program sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin.
In its 24th year, UT Martin’s WestStar program, created in 1989 to serve the 21 counties of West Tennessee by providing leadership development and training for selected participants, now has 680 graduates. The program identifies and educates people to assume leadership responsibilities in the economic and social development of West Tennessee. Class members participate in a series of seminars designed to provide information about major issues facing West Tennessee. Seminars feature different speakers who focus on subjects that go hand-in-hand with leadership and community progress issues such as education, health care, community and resource development and leadership skills. WestStar graduates already hold key leadership positions throughout the state in every West Tennessee county.
Barker is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) business services representative for the Southwest Human Resource Agency. He is currently involved with the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies (TAHRA) Public Relations Board.
Morton is the property assessor for Chester County. She is treasurer of the Henderson Civitan Club and a Relay for Life team captain. She is also a member of the Henderson Lions Club, the West Tennessee Assessor’s Association, the Imagination Library and other community organizations. Morton has won numerous awards including the Chamber of Commerce Bobby King Award, the Henderson Civitan Club Volunteer of the Year and Civitan of the Year, and the West Tennessee Assessor of the Year.