Posted on March 10, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced that his Tri-Cities office is up and running and has named Mary Virginia "Gina" Parkerson as constituent services representative and Jon Grayson as his field representative. "Gina and Jon will be outstanding representatives for me in the Tri-Cities," Alexander said. "They will serve the people of Tennessee well, and I am glad to have the office open for business." Parkerson, 56, has over 20 years of private sector experience working in product management and planning. Before joining Alexander's staff, Parkerson worked as a performance technician for Horizon PCS. She served ten years as a product specialist for Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, where she was responsible for contract coordination, customer accounts, certification needs and health and safety inquiries. "I am very honored to be a part of Senator Alexander's staff, and I look forward to serving the people of the Tri-Cities." Parkerson said. Parkerson earned her bachelor of science in business education from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. She has lived in the Tri-Cities for more than 30 years and currently resides in Kingsport. She has a daughter, Diana, and a granddaughter, Lauryn. Grayson, 30, previously worked for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) as program management director where he served as the governor's alternate to the Appalachian Regional Commission and policy advisor for grant and loan funds. Prior to that, he served as ECD's director of small business initiatives and worked as the public building authority liaison for Johnson City. "I look forward to representing Senator Alexander's goals and initiatives for Tennessee to the communities throughout this region." Grayson said. A Mountain City native, Grayson earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master of city management from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He is a member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Council for Johnson City and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, as well as committee member of the American Heart Association of Nashville. Grayson currently lives in Johnson City. The contact information for the Tri-Cities office is: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's Office Terminal Building, Suite 101 Tri-Cities Regional Airport Blountville, TN 37663 Phone: 423-325-6240 Fax: 423-325-6236 Grayson assumed his post today. Parkerson will begin Monday, March 17.