Deanna Ward is Connected Tennessee’s State Operations Manager for the West Tennessee region. In this position, Deanna manages Tennessee’s Trail to Innovation, a statewide strategy that enhances the supply of available technology and broadband through mapping and research and mobilizes local technology planning groups called eCommunity Leadership Teams. In this role, Deanna is responsible for determining each West Tennessee County’s current utilization of technology, and making plans for the best way to utilize technology in order to improve local government services and provide better healthcare and education, ultimately helping Tennessee communities remain economically strong.
Deanna previously worked for Mark IV Automotive, where she served for 13 years as Education and Training and Helpdesk Manager for all of Mark IV North American Divisions. In this position, Deanna provided education and training in Information Systems Applications to 21 sites and more than 2,000 employees. Prior to her position with Mark IV, Deanna performed as Juvenile Court Clerk for Henderson County, where she logged and managed over 500 Juvenile and General Sessions Child Support Cases per year. Deanna holds a B.S. in Business Management from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee.