We ARE Tipton County

JB Leverette, Chair

JB Leverette is a current resident of Covington, TN and has been a vocal advocate for the community for the last fifteen years. Holding a B.S. in Organizational Management and a M.A. in Human Resources Management, she has a vast knowledge of organizational structure and strategies. JB is very passionate about Covington and Tipton County and has raised two wonderful sons and two fur babies (Smokey and Mia) there. She has served as the past President for the Tipton County Community Advisory Board and the Melanin Book Club. Currently, Ms. Leverette, servers as the secretary for the Tipton County NAACP, and the Order of the Eastern Stars- Mayflower #92. She volunteers for the Arts Builds Communities Grant Panel each year with ArtsMemphis. Most recently, JB offered her skills to help with the 2020 grassroots campaign for Women’s History in Tennessee project that is spearheaded by Chick History, a 501 (c)3 organization to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of one of our nation’s defining events: the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which enfranchised millions of American women with the right to vote. This past year Ms. Leverette was given the prestige “Rising Star Award” from the Association of the Preservation of African American History in Tipton County.

JB􏰆􏰁 past employment includes Assistant Program Director with Tipton County Commission on Aging, Project Coordinator for Senior Community Employment Services Program, Case Manager for the Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Jobs Coordinator for the Department of Corrections, and most recently, Human Resources Analyst for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

JB Leverette is passionate about giving back to the community and revitalizing Covington and Tipton County for new Professionals and younger families to call home. Covington has a rich history with a very warm and hospitable spirit and that is the force that drives her to advocate for more development for Covington and the Tipton County area.

NacQuia Johnson, Vice-Chair

Col. Robbie Shears, Secretary 

Col. Robert Eugene Shears II, known as Robbie, was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1976 to R. E. Shears, Sr. (Bobby) and Donna Lee Kendall (Shears), a native of the Kingdom of Sweden. 


As a young child, Robbie was shown to be of exceptional intelligence and IQ tests placed him at above genius level.  He also showed an early and prodigious talent in music.  Robbie was accepted into the world-renown St. Mary’s Boys Choir at the age of six.

Throughout his high school years, Robbie would become involved in music on a daily basis, learning and performing both instrumentally and vocally, winning dozens of awards at state and national levels.  He was mentored by the Worship Leader of a large Charismatic church in Memphis and would go on to become involved with the recording of live “Praise and Worship” albums which featured collections of popular short songs sung by congregations in a modern form of worship.  Robbie would work with well-known personages known in the industry and the Integrity Music’s Hosanna! Music® series.

Robbie graduated from high school in 1994 and then went on to attend The Northeast Mississippi Community College and then the University of Memphis on full scholarships. He was eventually awarded his degree in music business administration.


After college, Robbie started working for Delta Air Lines at the Memphis international Airport and then, years later, decided to go into business for himself. He started several small businesses in Mississippi while raising a family. He  has one son Jordan, 16.

In 2009, Robbie moved back to his home state of Tennessee and became very involved in the local community of Memphis. He volunteered working with homeless teenagers and LGBTQ persons by way of counseling and mentoring.


In 2018, Robbie started working for Watson‘s Appliance: Sales, Service and Installation in Munford, Tennessee after having moved to Tipton County and served as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Marketing for that expanding firm. 

In 2019, he was elected as Secretary of the Tipton County Democratic Party,  He was re-elected in August of 2021.  Robbie is involved on a state-wide level in our state’s Democratic Party and politics, working closely with organizations that are near and dear to his heart. Robbie is the founder of the Tipton County Young Democrats Club and has begun a new committee for the Tennessee Equality Project for Tipton, Haywood, and Fayette Counties.  He spends the rest of his time peddling chicken at a local Zaxby's restaurant and reading.  

Kathryn Vaughn, Treasurer
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