ELIZABETHTON — Joy McCray has been selected to be the next executive director of the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. She will assume the directorship on June 1.
McCray is a native of Elizabethton and lives in the city with her son, Porter Cash, who attends T.A. Dugger Junior High School.
The Chamber’s board of directors announced the selection of McCray by a press release. In the announcement, the board cited McCray’s “exceptional background in marketing, networking, fundraising and events.” She has served for many years in the community, working with various nonprofits throughout the region.
Most recently, McCray served as the director of development for the Frontier Health Foundation. One of her roles was to raise awareness and break down the stigma associated with mental health. She helped spearhead Stigma Stops Now, a fundraiser hosted by the foundation that brought such celebrities as Ashley Judd and Ice T to the region to share their personal stories of dealing with mental health issues.
McCray holds a master’s degree in public health from Appalachian State University.
McCray has also served as the public education coordinator for Tennessee Donor Services, where she helped bring awareness for the importance of organ donation through education and community events. She was part of the team that brought the “Our Bodies, Our Universe” exhibit to the HandsOn! Regional Museum.
“I love this part of our region. The beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains that are the backdrop to our community are a great place to start when we talk about regionalism,” McCray said.
“Come hike our trails, fish our rivers and then stay awhile and enjoy all the highlights our town and county have to offer. Elizabethton and Carter County have been a ‘pass-through’ region for too long and it’s time we enhance all the wonderful things our community has to offer as we build tourism, industry, education and commerce. I am excited for the opportunity to be part of my hometown’s future in this role,” McCray said.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Joy into the executive director position for the Carter County/Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce,” Frankie Bailey, president of Main Street Elizabethton and a Chamber board member, said.
“Her enthusiasm, creativity and drive will be such an asset to our community. Joy's fresh perspectives and past experiences will, without a doubt, offer Carter County the gift of innovation and growth,” Bailey said.