NCEL Staff

NCEL STAFF

 

 

Macel Ely Macel Ely, Executive Director
1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-9830 | macel.ely@tennessee.edu
Serves as Director of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service. Prior to coming to serve in this role, Dr. Macel Ely, served as training manager for the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). During that time, Dr. Ely oversaw multiple training programs including the Municipal Court Clerk Program, Elected Officials Academy, Municipal Management Academy, Municipal Administration Program and the Certified Municipal Finance Officer programs. Dr. Ely has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lee University and Kentucky Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in public administration and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification through the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and also has professional certificates in the areas of coaching, leadership program development and training management. Recently awarded the 2015 Robert S. Hutchison Outstanding Public Service Professional Award, Dr. Ely has also authored a book entitled Ain’t No Grave which has been featured in such media outlets as CNN Headline News, National Public Radio, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. This literary work was nominated for best historical research by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections. Dr. Macel Ely also serves on several charitable boards across the country. He and his wife, Jamie, reside in Walland with their son, Silas and daughter, Elizabeth.
Jeff Stiles, Leadership Programs Manager
1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-8625 | jeff.stiles@tennessee.edu 
Jeff Stiles serves as the Leadership Programs Manager of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service. Jeff Stiles served the citizens of Knoxville as an officer with the Knoxville Police Department for 28 years, retiring as a Captain. During his career, he served as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, police academy instructor, supervisor of the Field Training Program, Organized Crime Unit supervisor, Training Director, and Commander of Tennessee’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. He also served as a member of the Department’s Special Operations Squad (SWAT) for 20 years. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He is also a graduate of the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (Class 256). He completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2014. For nearly 25 years, Jeff has facilitated and managed training sessions for local, state, and federal government employees, as well as numerous private companies across the nation. In his free time, he enjoys camping and hiking. He is married to Amy and has three children and two grandchildren.
Trent Clagg, Training Specialist
1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-6621 | tclagg@tennessee.edu
Trent Clagg serves as a Training Specialist of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service. Originally from Idaho, Trent Clagg has been involved in service and leadership for several years. He is the product of three generations of leaders and speakers. He is a graduate of Lee University earning a degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Telecommunications. Later on he received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. He married Mary Hamilton in 2000, and they moved to Lenoir City, TN. In 2002, he accepted the position as the Manager of the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. After serving almost ten years, Trent accepted a position at Lincoln Memorial University to work in the Assessment department and successfully aided the Carter and Moyers School of Education in attaining the honorable National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Accreditation (NCATE). Trent has served in multiple leadership capacities in his career including a local non-profit where he has served as a motivational speaker since 2006. He has been a featured speaker at several camps in the Pacific Northwest as well as many venues in East Tennessee. He enjoys spending time with his family, discovering the outdoors, and horseback riding. Trent and his wife Mary have three beautiful daughters, Abby, Annabeth, & Amelia.
Patrick Mills, Training Coordinator
1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-6624 | patrick.mills@tennessee.edu
Patrick Mills serves as Training Coordinator of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service. Before coming to NCEL, Patrick Mills served as Training Coordinator for University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). While at MTAS, Mills coordinated events statewide for the many programs MTAS offers. Mills has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. He is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Patrick Mills is from Maryville, Tennessee; he is an active member in the community and in his free time, loves being outdoors, traveling and playing golf.
Will Porter, Training Specialist
226 Capitol Boulevard, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 253-6386 | william.porter@tennessee.edu
Will Porter serves as a Training Specialist of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service. Prior to joining NCEL, Will worked in Training & Development and Human Resources roles at both Encompass Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In these roles, Will coordinated training activities, assisted with leadership development programs, and served as a resource in employee development and coaching. Will received a bachelor of Business Administration from Auburn University and obtained a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In his free time, Will enjoys spending time outdoors, tennis, and reading.
Tanya Washington, Training Specialist
226 Capitol Boulevard, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 532-3731 | tanya.washington@tennessee.edu
Tanya Washington serves as a Training Specialist of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service. She has served the State of Tennessee since 2004 in the Departments of Health, Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities, and Correction.  Most recently, Tanya served as Director of Decision Support: Research & Planning within the Department of Correction.  Tanya has earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Electronics, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a graduate certificate in Public Administration/Executive Leadership from Tennessee State University.  She is a member of the Junior League of Nashville and has recently been appointed to its Needs of Nashville committee.  This committee exists to oversee and evaluate the league’s community partnerships and achievement of desired outcomes.  A native of Nashville – Tanya resides there with her husband, Andrayus, and their four children: Sophia, Robert, Bruce, and Olivia.
Bethany Tozzi, Administrative Specialist
226 1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-6621 | bethany.weiner@tennessee.edu
Bethany Tozzi serves as an Administrative Specialist of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) and the Administrative Office (IPS Admin) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service. Before coming to NCEL, Bethany served as an Administrative Support Assistant for University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). While in this previous role, she learned the ins and outs of the entire department from the front lines. Bethany grew up in Davie, FL and then moved to Tallahassee, FL in 2014 to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications from Flagler College. Before moving to Knoxville in 2018, Bethany worked at an advertising agency for two years specializing in Account Management and Office Management in Tallahassee, FL. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog finding trails, discovering great restaurants, and doing arts & crafts.