Catherine Via is Director-at-Large on the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Board representing production agriculture from Mountain City to Memphis. She is the local chair of the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Foundation. She is an Alternate Member of the Cotton Board, and in 2013 served on the Steering Committee for Agriculture and Forestry, the “Governor’s Rural Challenge”, a 10 Year Strategic Plan. She currently serves on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Advisory Council for West Tennessee. She and her family are fifth generation row crop, timber and livestock producers.
She retired in 2012 as supervisor of Adult and Continuing Education, leading her program through the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Commitment Level. From 2010 – 2014, she served as Tennessee’s grant reader for Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education” Council.
She is a retired member of the Board of Trustees, Union University, Jackson, Tenn., and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention from 1998-2004. She is pianist for her local church and is regional coordinator for Youth Bible Drills for the TBC.
She holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tennessee.