Board & Staff

Tools for Helping Teams Reunite After a Furlough

Tools for Helping Teams Reunite After a Furlough

Many in the media have likened the fight against COVID-19 to a war against an invisible enemy.  Team members in a wide variety of industries have had to step up and make personal sacrifices to best serve our community and the mission of their organization.  They have truly served on the frontlines of this battle.
With this metaphor in mind, we reached out to Lieutenant Colonel Scott Jeffress (Army – Retired), Director of the Roan Scholars Program at ETSU.  He shared his thoughts with Summit Leadership regarding the similarities between military deployment and the return of furloughed employees.

summitlifeTools for Helping Teams Reunite After a Furlough
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Q&A with Danielle Pitsenbarger

What is your favorite book on leadership?
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

What is your favorite leadership quote?
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

What is your favorite self-care activity?
A silent stroll through Target with a decaf latte of some sort from Starbucks.

summitlifeQ&A with Danielle Pitsenbarger
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Welcome Constance!

If you stopped by the Summit facility in the last month, you probably saw a new face! We are thrilled to welcome Constance Gray as Summit’s Facility Hospitality Lead & Communications Assistant. Constance joins the team with over 12 years of experience in retail management and legal administration. We think Constance is a rockstar already and we want our partners to know the newest Summit team member.

Chloe PerryWelcome Constance!
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Video Post: Dave McAuley introduces Matt Overby

It is hard to believe Matt Overby has been a part of the Summit Leadership Foundation Staff for nearly one month now, but he has and we are already reaping the benefits of having one more team member. As many of you know, Matt came on board as Executive Director due to an increase in the need for our services (Connecting, Consulting, Coaching & Caring).

Watch this video from the first of January for Dave McAuley & Matt Overby to explain a bit further:

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Dave McAuleyVideo Post: Dave McAuley introduces Matt Overby
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Welcome Matt Overby to the Summit Staff

Summit Leadership Foundation Responds to Increased Demand for Services; Adds Executive Director Matt Overby

(Johnson City, Tenn.)  Summit Leadership Foundation’s mission of connecting, consulting and caring is taking a leap forward in the New Year with the addition of Executive Director, Matt Overby, a seasoned operations manager with 14 years of experience in hospitality and customer service.

“This move is a response to the demand for our services,” says Dave McAuley, Founder and President of Summit Leadership Foundation. “Hiring Matt to oversee the day to day operations here will enable me to dedicate more time to my passion of training leaders to better serve our community. Everything rises and falls on leadership.”  McAuley, who was certified as a John Maxwell team leader in 2011 says the addition of Overby is part of Summit’s “holistic leadership development plan that includes mentoring and coming alongside leaders.”

Overby comes to Summit Leadership Foundation with extensive experience at Chick-fil-A Johnson City Crossing where he served on the core leadership team.  That Chick-fil-A is one of the most awarded and highest performing stores in the chain. Prior to that he was Store Manager for Starbucks in Johnson City where he provided coaching and direction to the store team in order to accomplish their operational goals.

“I’m looking forward to leading the team here on site and providing day to day hospitality to the several hundred people per week who use Summit’s facilities,” says Overby.  He says his relationship with McAuley extends over several years having partnered together on several ventures in the past. Overby has already played an active role with Summit Leadership Foundation as a member of its Board of Directors.

The move has the blessing of Chick-fil-A’s owner Tim Burchfield. “God put the right people in the right place. Matt will be a great fit at Summit Leadership Foundation. I think it’s where his talent and giftedness is. I look forward to working closely with him in his new role as I’ve been a business partner with Summit since they started and want to see it continue to succeed and thrive.” Burchfield adds that he and McAuley befriended Overby during his time as Store Manager at Starbucks.

Overby is a 1995 graduate of Science Hill high school. He attended Florida State where he studied business and marine biology. He began his career in customer service and operations initially with Sprint and later worked at BellSouth and Target.

“I think Matt’s a perfect fit for that position and much needed because of the growing demand for Summit’s services and their growing influence,” says Tom Seaton, owner of The Firehouse Restaurant and Incoming Chair of the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce. McAuley will serve as vice-chair of the Chamber’s newly created Non-Profit Council.

McAuley is the Founder, President and CEO of Summit Leadership Foundation as well as a Founding Member and an Independent Certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer of the John Maxwell Team. Summit Leadership Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christian ministry located in Johnson City, TN.   Summit exists to holistically equip and empower leaders by connecting them to the right people and the right resources to best fulfill their mission and help them better serve their community.   For more information please visit www.summitlife.


We want to say a big Thank You to Marketing MEL for partnering with Summit in spreading the word on this addition!




Dave McAuleyWelcome Matt Overby to the Summit Staff
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Welcome New Summit Board Members

Summit Leadership Foundation has been very blessed with a wonderful Board of Directors over the past 7 years! We are very thankful for all of the hard work, wisdom, guidance & dedication each member has provided to the Summit Community. We are even more thankful we have the opportunity to welcome NEW Board Members to our little family.

For a more complete list of the Summit Board of Directors, visit us at

Nick Clay – BCS Wealth Management

Leslie Huff – Cumberland Marketing

Leighton Hart – TriSummit Bank

Dave Christian – Oasis Life Ministries

Dave McAuleyWelcome New Summit Board Members
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Summit Facility Host

Jessica Trivette, Summit Facility Host

Jessica Trivette, Summit Facility Host

I have been serving with Summit Leadership Foundation as the Facility Host since the beginning of 2009. I am originally from a small town north of Nashville, TN. I graduated in May ’07 from ETSU with my Bachelor’s in Speech Communication. I then married my husband, Tim, and made East Tennessee my home. I am so excited to be apart of the Summit team and get to serve so many wonderful people. In the short time I have been with Summit, I am already amazed at their ability in guiding people, businesses, and ministries to serve where their passion is. I cannot wait to witness what the Lord presents to Summit during my journey here.

Dave McAuleySummit Facility Host
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