Excluding the administrators of local colleges and universities, the highest-paid nonprofit executive in the Tri-Cities region is Dr. David L. Stevens.
Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, made $197,587 in the CMDA’s 2014-15 fiscal year. That figure combines his salary and other compensation, such as benefits.
Booth Kammann, former CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians, claims the No. 2 spot. Kamman made $167,939 during the organization’s 2015-16 fiscal year.
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|King University||Dr. Gregory D. Jordan||former president||597998||27775||625773|
|Emory and Henry College||Jake B. Schrum||president||295207||77104||372311|
|Emory and Henry College||Joseph Taylor||vp for advancement||167520||81066||248586|
|Christian Medical and Dental Associations||Dr. David L. Stevens||CEO||155271||42316||197587|
|King University||James P. Donahue||VP for business operations, CFO||141046||32920||173966|
|Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians||Booth Kamman||past CEO (term 11-19-2015)||158729||9210||167939|
|Emory and Henry College||David Haney||vp for academic affairs||133733||34101||167834|
|Emory and Henry College||Dirk Wilmoth||vp for operations||109701||48871||158572|
|Christian Medical and Dental Associations||Dr. Gene Rudd||senior vice president||122095||27868||149963|
|King University||Dr. Richard A. Ray||interim president||132023||17500||149523|
|Boy Scouts of America - Sequoyah Council||W. David Page||Scout executive||123513||21003||144516|
|Emory and Henry College||David Voskuil||vp of enrollment||100164||34363||134527|
|Christian Medical and Dental Associations||Jeffrey Scott Ries||VP for campus and community ministries||107421||23950||131371|
|Kingsway Charities||Mary Ann Blessing||president||125774||0||125774|
|King University||Amber Roache||associate professor of nursing||104353||15315||119668|
|King University||Randall C. Blevins||dean of school of business||114025||4509||118534|
|Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians||Suzette Lacy||CFO||114737||3146||117883|
|King University||Matt Roberts||VP for academic affairs||85522||25496||111018|
|King University||John W. King||VP for enrollment management/CDO||85297||25496||110793|
|King University||Robert A. Littleton||VP for student affairs||81499||26078||107577|
|Christian Medical and Dental Associations||Michael Oldham||CFO||77573||20835||98408|
|United Way of SW Virginia||Travis Staton||CEO||96706||0||96706|
|Second Harvest Food Bank of NE Tennessee||Rhonda Chafin||executive director||87030||8827||95857|
|Kingsway Charities||Albert Hester||director of operations||93991||0||93991|
|Goodwill of Tenneva||Robert Miller||CEO||75876||16715||92591|
|YMCA of Bristol||John C. Ayers||CEO||90223||0||90223|
|Bristol Chamber of Commerce||Paula Hurt||interim president/VP of finance||80634||4084||84718|
|United Way of TN-VA||Lisa Cofer||executive director||83232||0||83232|
|Christian Medical and Dental Associations||Connie Fox||Controller||61028||19847||80875|
|Birthplace of Country Music Museum||Leah Ross||executive director||73048||2290||75338|
|Healing Hands Health Center||Helen Scott||executive director||69106||0||69106|
|Crossroads Medical Mission||Cindy Rockett||executive director||62844||0||62844|
|Bristol Humane Society||Dr. Jennifer McCall Ketron||executive director||61499||0||61499|
|Goodwill of Tenneva||Anita Williams||director of human resources||49190||11134||60324|
|Bristol Chamber of Commerce||Beth Rhinehart||president and CEO||55732||2594||58326|
|Bristol Chamber of Commerce||Joy Madison||president and CEO||53630||2625||56255|
|Crossroads Medical Mission||Katie Johnson||secretary||53472||0||53472|
|Girls Inc. of Bristol||Amy Barker Phillips||president and CEO||50360||0||50360|
|Goodwill of Tenneva||Audrea Nelson||director of finance||48883||1413||50296|
|YMCA of Bristol||John T. Mack||COO||45007||0||45007|
|King University||Leann Hughes||VP for marketing and development||39137||5600||44737|
|Goodwill of Tenneva||Erin Starnes||director of workforce development||40402||1292||41694|
|YMCA of Bristol||Aileen K. Frazier||CFO||40651||0||40651|
|Casa for Kids||Mary Kilpatrick||executive director||39846||0||39846|
|Family Promise of Greater Johnson City||Bob Hall||executive director||39254||0||39254|
|Bristol Faith in Action||Tyler Franklin||executive director||33800||0||33800|
|Bristol Humane Society||Susan Taylor||development director||29482||0||29482|
|Bristol Faith in Action||Toni Nohre||program director||28600||0||28600|
|Goodwill of Tenneva||Phyllis Miller||director of contract services (retired May 2015)||25496||484||25980|
|Crossroads Medical Mission||Paul Derden||president||19633||0||19633|
|Haven of Rest Rescue Mission||C. Dwayne Baird||executive director||19520||0||19520|
|Bristol Life Saving Crew||Penni Glass||director||18414||0||18414|
|Crossroads Medical Mission||Tim Schwob||vice president||15783||0||15783|
|Bristol Life Saving Crew||Mark Blankenship||captain||10400||0||10400|
|Bristol Emergency Food Pantry||Ernie Chapman||stocking coordinator||3000||0||3000|
|Bristol Emergency Food Pantry||William Oliver||stocking coordinator||3000||0||3000|
|Bristol Emergency Food Pantry||James White||staff coordinator||600||0||600|
Stevens and Kammann are among seven area nonprofit executives who recently brought in $100,000 or more in combined compensation. If administrators of higher education institutions are included, that number jumps to 20 executives.
As 501(c)(3) organizations — those deemed not-for-profit by the IRS — these groups enjoy valuable tax exemptions. The Bristol Herald Courier used federal tax records of nonprofit organizations, which are available online, to determine which have the highest-paid executives.
David Warren, a certified public accountant in Bristol, Tennessee, who has provided service to a number of local nonprofits, said the reason the public has access to nonprofits’ tax filings is to allow citizens to see the efficiency of an organization and to track where their donations go.
Essentially, these documents let the public know “if it’s worthwhile to donate to that nonprofit,” Warren said.
The Top 7
Of the seven local executives who made $100,000 or more and are not at the helm of a college or university, three of them, including Stevens, work for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, which has 18,000 members and is headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee. The CMDA’s revenue during 2014-15 was about $11.5 million.
Of the remaining five executives, two, including Kammann, work for the Girls Scouts of Southern Appalachians, which serves more than 9,000 girls in 46 counties across Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and northern Georgia; one works for the Boy Scouts of America’s Sequoyah Council, which is based in Johnson City, Tennessee, and serves 15 counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia; and one works for Kingsway Charities, a Bristol, Virginia-based group that has provided medications and supplies to more than 11,000 mission teams serving in 145 countries since 1994.
Here’s how the salaries of those seven executives rank:
1. Dr. David L. Stevens, CEO, CMDA: $197,587;
2. Booth Kammann, past CEO, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians: $167,939;
3. Dr. Gene Rudd, senior vice president, CMDA: $149,963;
4. W. David Page, scout executive, Boy Scouts of America Sequoyah Council: $144,516;
5. Jeffrey Scott Ries, vice president for campus and community ministries, CMDA: $131,371;
6. Mary Ann Blessing, president, Kingsway Charities: $125,774;
7. Suzette Lacy, CFO, Girl Scouts: $117,883.
Compared to the average Bristol resident, nonprofit work is lucrative. On the Virginia side, the median household income is $35,368, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. That figure is about $3,000 less than the Bristol, Tennessee, median income.
But the salaries generally fall into the national average range and are tied to revenue and industry standards. According to a 2014 report from The Nonprofit Times, a business publication, those in nonprofit work with the title of “CEO, president or executive director” made an average of $188,678.
And the organizations with the highest-earning leadership also generally have high revenue. The Girl Scouts garnered $4.5 million in 2015-16; the Boy Scouts, $2.5 million.
Not all nonprofits listed salaries on their tax forms. The form itself asks for salaries higher than $100,000, but some organizations list lower salaries anyway.
The nonprofits that either don’t pay employees or didn’t list salaries are: Appalachian Sustainable Development, Barter Foundation, Believe in Bristol, Family Promise of Bristol, Paramount Foundation, SBK Animal Control and Theatre Bristol.
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|Emory and Henry College||50516187||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|King University||50088195||June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015|
|Second Harvest Food Bank of NE Tennessee||16161234||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|Christian Medical and Dental Associations||11579296||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|Barter Foundation, Inc.||6318872||2015|
|Goodwill of Tenneva||4954374||2015|
|Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians||4572951||Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016|
|Birthplace of Country Music, Inc.||3811706||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|Boy Scouts of America - Sequoyah Council||2548638||2015|
|United Way of SW Virginia||2524409||2015|
|Healing Hands Health Center||2106651||2014|
|YMCA of Bristol||2068785||2014|
|Appalachian Sustainable Development||1209508||2014|
|United Way of TN-VA||1099282||2015|
|Bristol Chamber of Commerce||1054019||2015|
|Haven of Rest Rescue Mission||1042024||2014|
|Bristol Life Saving Crew||854212||2014|
|SBK Animal Control Center||822770||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|Bristol Humane Society||714768||2014|
|Bristol Emergency Food Pantry||494982||2015|
|Paramount Foundation||478586||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|Family Promise of Greater Johnson City||471090||2015|
|Casa for Kids||406542||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
|Crossroads Medical Mission||396461||2015|
|Girls Inc. of Bristol||384265||2015|
|Bristol Faith in Action||311269||2015|
|Believe in Bristol||167951||July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016|
|Family Promise of Bristol||140720||2015|
|Theatre Bristol||71172||July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015|
As stated earlier, the top salaries listed previously do not include colleges and universities.
Three education executives brought in more than Stevens, the CMDA CEO, and all of them made more than $200,000 in combined compensation: Dr. Gregory Jordan, former president of King University, who earned $625,773; Jake Schrum, president of Emory & Henry College, who earned $372,311; and Joseph Taylor, vice president for institutional advancement at E&H, who earned $248,586.
All three of those salaries represent the 2014-15 year.
During the year that Jordan made more than $600,000, he resigned, after months of calls for his dismissal by many students and a vote of no confidence by two-thirds of the faculty.
The salary of the current president, Alexander W. Whitaker IV, will not be clear until King releases its latest tax form. Whitaker’s tenure began Aug. 1, 2016.
GuideStar is an organization that collects, organizes and presents information about a wide range of topics related to the nonprofit sector. It releases annual reports, provides information about organizations and uploads nonprofits’ federal tax forms, like the ones used for this story.
Chuck McLean, senior research fellow at GuideStar, said that when a nonprofit determines its salaries, the IRS has traditionally advised that an organization of similar size and scope in the private sector can be used for comparison.
He said the expertise required at nonprofit hospitals is an example of the need to pay salaries on par with for-profit hospitals.