We had a strong turnout for our 2016 Cooper-Young Community Association elections for president and treasurer. All members in good standing with the association were eligible to vote, and we collected a grand total of 62 votes. Thank you to all who voted in person, over the phone, and via email and thank you very much to all of our candidates.
We are pleased to announce our official results and wish to extend a hearty welcome and good luck to our new officers:
Mark Morrison, CYCA President: Mark is a native Memphian who grew up in the suburbs and then moved to Knoxville to attend The University of Tennessee. After living in Knoxville for 10 years, brief stints living in Ireland and Japan, and completing a Ph.D., a job offer from Smith & Nephew brought him back to Memphis.
He and his wife, Leslie, knew they wanted to live in the city and quickly zeroed in on Cooper-Young because of the great location in Midtown, the historic housing stock, and the lively, walk-able commercial center that remained in the neighborhood. Since buying their house in Cooper-Young in 2005, their initial attraction has only grown stronger due to the sense of community, the involvement of the residents and the fantastic events and projects sponsored by the CYCA.
Mark has been involved in the Festival 4-miler race, the Cooper-Young festival and, more recently, the Cooper-Young Beerfest prior to joining the CYCA board in 2012. When not involved with the CYCA, Mark enjoys traveling, kayaking, and photography.
Caroline Smart, CYCA Treasurer: Caroline loves people, puppies, sunshine, and crafting new cocktails and thinks Cooper-Young is the perfect spot for all of the above. She sees the CYCA as an important part of making the community thrive and is interested in helping keep Cooper-Young growing in a positive direction.
The Smarts are new transplants to the Bluff City but are quickly growing roots and love for their new hometown. Caroline’s husband, Blake, is the men’s golf coach at the University of Memphis. Caroline grew up in Greenville, SC, and graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA. In the 9-5 world, Caroline has run her own company, helping small businesses with their finances, business strategies, and community engagement, as well as launching new ventures. She took that entrepreneurial spirit to corporate America as an analyst at Chesapeake Energy and a position in in large account sales at Paycom. Now, she fights for a cure everyday with the American Cancer Society in Midtown Memphis. After hours, you can catch her on a run around CY or grabbing drinks at Next Door. — Kristen Schebler