Jon Hall, PhD, President
Jon is proud to be a product of Simpson County’s public schools and is life-long resident of Simpson County. He holds advanced degrees from Western Kentucky University and a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville. After a 30-year career in education working with students at the middle school, high school, and post-secondary level, he last served in a seven year stint as Human Resources Director working with adults to improve our services to Simpson County students. He also holds SPHR certification through HRCI, which is the professional certification arm of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) association in which he is an active member and leader. He is currently a Senior Consultant for Human Resources Consulting in Gallatin, Tennessee, helping organizations with employee selection as well as educational training and leadership development training. He and his wife, Debbie, are very involved in the Franklin-Simpson community and live in the Gold City community of northeast Simpson County.
Jan Murphree, Vice President
Jan is a lifelong resident of Simpson County and lives on her father’s farm which is the oldest family owned farm in Simpson County. She graduated from FSHS in 1975 and attended Western Kentucky University. She was employed with the Simpson Circuit Court Clerk’s Office after unification of the Judicial System in January, 1978. Jan was elected Circuit Court Clerk in 1996–a position she held until her retirement in December, 2012. Jan served as secretary for the 1986 Simpson County Bicentennial Committee. Has been a member and past-president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She has also served on numerous committees for the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Association. Jan has two children–Jim and Katy–both FSHS alumni. Katy is pursuing her Master’s Degree and Western Kentucky University while Jim is working on dual undergraduate degrees at WKU and graduated in May, 2014. Jan feels fortunate and proud to serve the residents of Simpson County as a public servant and holds the utmost respect for our school system and those that work for higher education for the betterment of our youth and community.
Lisa Grow, Secretary/Treasurer
Roger was born in Franklin and raised on a small farm. Following graduation from FSHS in 1962, he worked in a local business while enrolling at WKU in night classes. After only a year, he decided to “see the world” and enlisted in the US Navy. During those years, he decided to get serious about finishing his college degree, and immediately enrolled in WKU upon military discharge. Working a full time job, attending Western as a full-time student, and being married with a child was no easy task, but he graduated with his class on schedule in 1971, with a degree in agriculture education. What followed was a 37 year career in the dairy industry, for a regional, then national cooperative, living in numerous states, and serving in nearly every role of management. This culminated with the final 10 years of his career being the nation’s top dairy lobbyist in Washington, DC representing all dairy cooperatives as Vice President of Government Relations for the National Milk Producers Federation. Throughout the years , and particularly since retirement, Eldridge has always had an interest in acting and performance, starting with high school productions.
John graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1967. He is married to Cary Bowen, and they have three sons and six granddaughters. He is the former owner of Bowen Tire Company. Presently, John is Chairman of the Board of Franklin Bank & Trust Company. During his eight years on the Simpson County Board of Education, John served as Chairman of the Board for three years. John understands the importance of an education and the importance of parents and citizen of a community to provide a quality education. He is honored to be serving as a member of the FSEEF team.
James comes to FSEEF after a lifetime of board involvement. He is a 1958 graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School after which he enlisted in the Army with active duty 1958-1961 followed by reserve duty 1961-64. He also attended the Career Academy of Broadcasting. For 15 years, James served as a KHSAA official in basketball, football, and baseball. He was selected to referee 3 state championship football games and to umpire in the state baseball tournament. He has served as President of the Lions Club, PTA, F-S Arts Council and Western Kentucky Football Officials Association. He has also served on other local, regional and state boards including the Kentucky Jailers Association, Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Athletic Foundation, Gallery on the Square, and F-S Renaissance. Presently, he is in his second term on the Kentucky Corrections Commission–appointed by Governor Beshear and is a member of the Simpson County Election Commission. After many terms as Simpson County Jailer, James serves as the Sports Director at WFKN and has been the play-by-play announcer for F-S Wildcat sports (and WFKN) since 1985. James has a true Wildcat connection and spirit and is excited to help FSEEF develop its Alumni Association for the betterment of our community.
Debbie Wyatt, EdS
Debbie is a recent Franklin transplant., moving here from the Atlanta area in 2012 after her retirement as an elementary school assistant principal. She also worked at Shorter University where she taught in the education department and supervised student teachers. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and has her EdS in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Georgia. Since moving to Kentucky, she has become involved with Camp Habitat, where she served on the Executive Board. She also is president of the Franklin Garden Club, helps deliver food for Feeding America, and is an elder at Franklin Presbyterian Church. When she is not volunteering, she loves to read, quilt, and garden. After 26 years in the hectic world of Atlanta, she is thoroughly enjoying small town living and is amazed at the friendly and caring atmosphere of the Franklin-Simpson community. She and her husband live in the Hickory Flat community.
Karen is a native of Franklin and graduated from Franklin Simpson High School and Western Kentucky University. Upon graduation from WKU, she moved to the Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD area where she was a Statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Karen’s interest gradually navigated toward computers and she spent several years as a Computer Network Engineer doing consulting work in Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Washington, and Annapolis. Karen has two children in the Franklin-Simpson school system and returned to the area so they could attend school in a small town and be near their grandparents. Karen has volunteered with several programs within the schools and her favorite is the reading buddies program at Simpson Elementary. Karen believes the parent is truly the one that benefits most when they volunteer within the schools. She has learned so much about her daughters’ education from being on committees, especially the Site Based Decision Making boards. When not working, Karen enjoys traveling, live music, and NFL football.
Mary Ann Mathews
Dr. Steve Compton (incoming Board Member)
Hal Toomey, CPA
Hal is the Managing Member and operator of Evergreen Tax Service and Hal W. Toomey CPA. His focus is Small Business Accounting and Income Tax Preparation. He is a graduate of Western KY University 1981 and became a Certified Public Accountant 1983. Hal was employed as Controller of Jr. Food Stores, Inc. and Keystops, LLC from 1987-2008. Locally, Hal served as City Commissioner for five years and City Manager for one year. He lead the Housing Authority of Franklin 2009-2012. Hall is married to Nina Toomey, and they have two daughters Jessica Shadowens and Rachel Toomey and three grandchildren. Hal is an active member of First Baptist Church and is currently President of Habitat for Humanity of Simpson County. In his role with FSEEF, Hal is both bookkeeper and tax preparer and monitors the budget and funds within the organization.
Janeen Grohsmeyer, Website
Janeen Grohsmeyer moved to Franklin in 2013 after her husband retired. She has undergraduate degrees in physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering, and has worked for the Army, the Navy, and ManTech International Corporation. She is a member of the Franklin Garden Club and enjoys music, reading, and puzzles.