The Education Center Board

The Center is directed by a board which is representative of the community’s diversity. Three members of the Chattanooga faculty were trained at the The Georgetown Family Center; of which, two of the faculty trained with Dr. Murray Bowen himself. The BTEC Board of Directors will create a measuring tool to conduct an annual review, prior to each annual symposium, to determine how the symposium can improve its effectiveness in meeting our vision, mission, and goals.

Jean B. Blackburn MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-CS

Psychiatric - Mental Health Clinical Specialist
Licensed by States of Tennessee and Georgia
Certified by American Nurses Association
Postgraduate Training Bowen Theory and Psychotherapy
Bowen Center for the Study of Family, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Master of Science in Nursing
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida

Jean has been a practicing registered nurse for 52 years.  She prepared as an advanced practice nurse in 1972-73.  Enrolled in the postgraduate program at the Georgetown Family Center in 1975.  She began her career as a Bowen Theory therapist in 1975 and opened her private practice, "Family Systems Therapy" in 1978.  She has continued to study Bowen Theory and its application to the human condition since 1975.  She has frequently lectured on the topic of Bowen theory to various community groups, such as Vanderbilt University Graduate Students, Chattanooga Area Pastoral Care students, and centers that provide direct care to persons with psychiatric issues.  She has supervised graduate students in their field placement as they learned Bowen Theory.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Specialist
Licensed as a Physician in the State of Tennessee, MD 4071
Member American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Hamilton County Medical Society
Member of the American College of Surgeons
Board Certified in Surgery by the American College of Surgeons
Serves as Treasurer for the Bowen Archives Project of Leaders for Tomorrow

Dr. Bill Dwyer graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree and then attended Medical School at the University of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis. Following the granting of his Medical Degree in 1960, he interned in Chicago at Michael Reese Hospital. Finishing there, he served in the Army Medical Corps until 1963 when he entered the Surgery Residency Program at the City of Memphis Hospitals.  Upon completing his four year Residency in Surgery, he performed a Fellowship in Surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, and then moved to Chattanooga to establish a practice in General and Cancer Surgery. During this period of his life he came to know and admire the work of a fellow Physician, Dr. Murray Bowen, whose studies led to the theory of human behavior which bears his name. It was after retiring in 1997 that Dr. Dwyer decided to further his studies in Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Georgetown Family Center. This Post-graduate work continued for five years, and he began his practice in Family Systems Therapy in 2002. His office is located at 301 Belvoir Avenue in Chattanooga.

Scott is a graduate of Covenant College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His preparation for a career in massage therapy began at the Tennessee Institute of Healing Arts where he earned certification in Neuromuscular Therapy, granted by the International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapy.
Scott serves as a Certified Lay Minister for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He began his study of Bowen Family Systems Theory in 2011 and utilizes Bowen theory in his own family system and in the management of his clinical practice, Focus 4 Massage.
Scott has been on numerous non-profit Boards since 1986, including Hermosa Beach California Coordinating Council, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Southern California Regional Planning Council, and others.
In Chattanooga, Scott has served on the Boards of the Audubon Society, Hamilton Family YMCA, The Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and Christ United Methodist Church.

Scott is a Massage Therapist, Licensed in the State of Tennessee

Licensed Clinical Social Work in State of Tennessee

Dottie graduated with a B.S. from Covenant College and obtained a Masters of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

She has served as a social worker in a rehabilitation hospital; a Clinical Social Worker for Fort Wood Mental Health Center and Family and Children’s Services, and as Director of Social Work in a local home health care agency. Additionally, she has served as the Director of Senior Services (a long-term Medicaid program) in Chattanooga. For the past 15 years, she has been in private clinical practice with a specialty in trauma, working with children and adults. Dottie also specializes in working with adopted children with attachment issues and their families. Dottie completed her training in the Chattanooga Bowen Theory Education Center Training Program in 2012-13.

Board Members

President: Jean Blackburn
Vice President: Keith Munford
Secretary-Treasurer: Tanya Goodpasture
Bill Dwyer
Linda Dwyer
Scott Ingell
Jennifer A. Miller
Dottie Powell
Nena Powell

The Reverend Doctor David Keith Munford, Sr. serves as Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor with Hospice of Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Lee College (B.A., 1977) and the Church of God Graduate School of Christian Ministries (M.A, 1978). He received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1983 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in 2002. Keith was certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a Supervisor in November, 1990. He has served as a CPE Supervisor in Chattanooga, Tennessee since January, 1991. In addition, he is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern seeking licensure with the state of Tennessee. Keith is a native of Danville, Virginia. He has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Pam, for almost forty years. Keith and Pam are the parents of two adult children and the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.

Linda H. Dwyer, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-CS

Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Specialist
Licensed in the State of Tennessee
Certified by American Nurses Association

Linda graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical Units Memphis in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She formed and coordinated the Cancer Team at Erlanger Hospital in 1979, which led to the development of Hospice of Chattanooga. Her special interest in Cancer led to an interest in Family Systems and to Graduate School at Vanderbilt University where she completed a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing in 1981. She then became the Director of Nursing and later Director of the Adult Program at Valley Psychiatric Hospital.

She did 5 years of Post-graduate work at the Georgetown Family Center and has been in private clinical practice in Chattanooga for the past 25 years, with an office at 551 Oak Street, until recently when she moved her office to 301 Belvoir Avenue in Chattanooga.

Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Licensed in the State of Tennessee
Certified by the American Nurses Association

Jennifer began her experience in Bowen Theory after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and beginning work as a case manager assisting individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Jennifer gained her first exposure to the Bowen Theory through her work at Comprehensive Community Care in Chattanooga, TN, where she met Jean Blackburn and began attending Bowen training sessions.  Jennifer’s natural curiosity for knowledge led her to pursue another undergraduate degree in Nursing. She became a nurse and program director for Comprehensive Community Care. She has also worked as an RN for the Crisis Stabilization Unit in Chattanooga. In 2007, Jennifer applied to Vanderbilt School of Nursing to obtain her Masters of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Jennifer received her degree in 2009 and took a position at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. She worked as a nurse practitioner for the inpatient unit at the Stone Institute of Psychiatry for two years.  Jennifer’s southern roots brought her back home to Chattanooga, where she works for Mountain Valley Mental Health providing care to patients in an under-served rural community. Jennifer continued to demonstrate her interest in Bowen Theory by enrolling in and completing the Bowen Family Systems Theory training program in Chattanooga in 2012-13. Jennifer is excited to be a new Board Member and expects to continue her pursuit of knowledge and the application of Bowen Theory in her work and everyday life.

Certified Public Accountant

Nena is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University where she received a Bachelor of Music degree, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Arts degree.

Nena has diversified experience in tax services for small businesses and closely held businesses, as well as extensive experience with payroll. Nena currently works as a CPA with a regional accounting firm. She continues her education annually through ongoing continuing professional education programs offered by various professional groups. Nena is active in and continues to support the following civic and professional organizations, including:

  • Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
  • Optimist Club – President
  • Crown Financial Ministries - Budget Counselor
  • Lt. Governor for Tennessee District of Optimists
  • EWI Chattanooga Treasurer
Nena resides in Chattanooga with her family.