The award recognizes administrative and physician leaders, within Mountain States or its subsidiaries, who exemplify outstanding leadership by inspiring, encouraging, challenging and empowering others to pursue quality, compassion and service.
Storey has served as a member of the Mountain States board of directors since 2011 and is recently retired as senior vice president of Citizens Bank, where he worked for more than 10 years. He also serves as a Washington County commissioner and is president of the Appalachian Fair Board, among many other leadership roles.
The award was created in honor of the late Don Jeanes, former Milligan College president and chairman of the Mountain States board, who passed away unexpectedly in 2012. Storey was presented the award during the annual Mountain States Quality Awards Banquet on Feb. 9 at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.
“Rick is so deserving of this award,” said Alan Levine, Mountain States president and CEO. “He leads by example, he inspires others and he makes the world a better place to live and work.”
Storey served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was wounded in combat in 1968 and received a Purple Heart. Upon returning home, he began a long career of leadership and service to the community.
Storey has served as a member of the board of Girls Inc., the Northeast Tennessee Economic Development Board, the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association and the East Tennessee State University Foundation. He served as chairman of the Johnson City Development Authority, the Gray Ruritan Club and the Washington County Library, and is an advising board member for the ETSU Center for Banking.
“The legacy of Don Jeanes is integrity, inspiration and compassion,” Levine said, “and Rick certainly lives up to that. He has made such a positive impact on people through his service both in this community and abroad.”
Jeanes, the award’s namesake, was an ordained minister and served as senior minister at First Christian Church before being selected as the 14th president of Milligan College, a position he held from 1997 until retiring in 2011. Upon retirement, he was named chancellor of the college. He was on numerous community boards, including serving as president of the Rotary Club of Johnson City.
Jeanes was a volunteer chaplain at Johnson City Medical Center for many years and became a member of the hospital’s board of directors. He was instrumental in the formation of Mountain States Health Alliance, serving on the Mountain States board — including as its chairman — and was also on the Johnston Memorial Hospital board where he was instrumental in the integration of Southwest Virginia hospitals into Mountain States. Jeanes was given Mountain States’ 2011 Spirit Award for his tireless and unselfish community service.
A plaque recognizing the Don Jeanes Award recipients is displayed in the lobby at the Mountain States corporate headquarters in Johnson City.