Service and Leadership Staff

Mandie Thacker Beeler

Mandie serves as the Associate Dean of Students over service and leadership at Tennessee Wesleyan College. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Mandie is currently pursuing her doctorate in Learning and Leadership at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.

Mandie joined the Tennessee Wesleyan staff in June 2010 to lead the implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan. She oversees the community engagement program, serves as the Greek Life advisor, works with student organizations, coordinates the TWC 101/102 First-Year Experience program, and assists faculty with the development of Service-Learning (SL) designated coursework. She strongly believes that leadership is a process, not a position, and that all students have the ability to grow and strengthen their leadership skills.

Contact Mandie at 423-746-5244 or

Joel Webb

Joel serves as the Audio/Visual and Community Engagement Coordinator at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Tennessee Temple University.

Joel joined the Tennessee Wesleyan staff in the fall of 2013 to lead and coordinate all of the audio/visual needs of the college in its many events and programs. He has close to thirty years of experience in the audio/video field. Experiences include: Concert production for large and small events; working with churches as a worship leader, sound engineer, and media director; retail sales, consultations, and installs; recording and studio sessions; and sound training classes for churches.

In the fall of 2015, Joel also became the Community Engagement Coordinator for Tennessee Wesleyan College. In this capacity, he works closely with local Community Partner Agencies to provide service opportunities for TWC students. He is also responsible for the planning and implementation of TWC’s Annual Day of Service.

Contact Joel at 423-746-5232 or

Tim Kukla, Jr.

Tim serves as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for the Love Thy Neighbor Project at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a double emphasis in General Management and International Management at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Tim plans to pursue his master’s degree in leadership.

Tim was sworn in as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in July of 2015, and he joined the TWC family to pursue a new division of Love Thy Neighbor Project: Mobile Food Pantries. He hopes that the mobile food pantry can reach remote communities facing food insecurity and serve individuals who lack the transportation necessary to visit the food bank on campus. He believes everyone should live life with the motto of “Pay it Forward.” Love Thy Neighbor Project is the perfect place for anyone to help make a difference in the community!

Contact Tim at 423-746-5273 or

Liza Day Penney

Liza is serving as an AmeriCorps *VISTA with the Love Thy Neighbor Project campus Food Bank and Back Sacks Programs at Tennessee Wesleyan College. A Tennessee Wesleyan College graduate, Liza received a Bachelor of Science degree in History with a minor in Art. Liza joined the Center for Service and Leadership staff as an AmeriCorps *VISTA in May 2015 upon her graduation.

As an AmeriCorps *VISTA based at her alma mater, Liza is working to progress the Love Thy Neighbor Project through identifying sustainability opportunities, volunteer management, marketing, community relations and more. She aspires to attend graduate school in the near future. However, she knows that wherever her life and career path may lead her, she will still continue to help those in need. Liza has a heart for giving back to her community and college through service with the belief that everyone can make a positive difference in the world.

Contact Liza at 423-746-5273 or