Leadership

Kintaro’s leadership team consists of accomplished local professionals who support the organization’s work and provide ongoing expertise toward fulfilling its mission and goals.

E.G. Souder – Executive Director

E.G. Souder founded Kintaro Inc. in 2011 because he believes the responsibility of preparing our youth to face the global challenges of the new millennium is one of the most important we face. Souder’s background includes 30 years of working in the executive search/human resources arena – during which time he recruited talent for literally hundreds of privately held and Fortune 50 companies around the world. Souder was often involved in the training of professional and executive-level managers – which led to his current passion for education and the economic power it provides to individuals and communities.

Souder currently serves as president of GoSource, a South Carolina-based human resources firm that provides manpower and talent solutions nationally. He is a graduate of James Madison University, where he earned a bachelor of business administration. Always active in community affairs, Souder has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit entities, always with a strong interest in how organizations can reach more people and deliver stronger, more measured, quantitative outcomes.

Jack M. Raines

Jack M. Raines is a Professional Educator and has spent his entire career in education. He has a B.S. Degree in Business Administration-Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Masters of Education in Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Administration from James Madison University, He spent 21 years as a high school teacher and then spent the next 21 years in Administration, Curriculum Development, and Supervision. Jack has made presentations with Harry Wong (Author of “The First Days of School”) in Atlanta and New Orleans at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conferences. He has been trained by Gallup in “Teacher Perceiver” and “Principal Perceiver” processes. Jack now spends his time as an Education Consultant working with parents, teachers, administrators, and school superintendents in the improvement of effective instruction. Jack lives in Virginia with his wife Leona, and they both love to travel and have visited multiple European countries.

Vivian Crymble

Vivian Crymble lives in Kingsport, Tenn., and currently serves as foundation coordinator for Indian Path Medical Center, also in Kingsport. Crymble holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from East Tennessee State University and, during her career, has served in many management roles, including working as marketing executive in the fields of construction services, energy resources, technology and health care. She also has extensive experience in education and corporate training.

Active in her community, Crymble has worked with many local organizations, including United Way, Junior Achievement, Junior League, Rotary, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and numerous other community and church-related boards. She currently serves as co-chair of the City of Kingsport Gateway Commission and is treasurer of the Emergency Communications (911) board. She has been recognized as one of 25 Women of Influence by Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA and is a YWCA Bristol (TN) Tribute to Women recipient.

Jane Hillhouse

Jane Hillhouse has been president and creative director of Hillhouse Graphic Design LLC, based in Kingsport, Tenn., since 1984. She is a thinking designer with a problem-solving approach. Her background includes extensive experience in design and coordination of print, web and video projects, including 10 years as art director of Storytelling Magazine. She is the recipient of the American Advertising Silver Medal Award (2005) and Hillhouse Graphic Design was recognized with the Kingsport Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) Business Excellence Award (2011); and KOSBE Steady Performer Award (2013).

Hillhouse is a graduate of Central Missouri State University, an active community volunteer and an avocational musician. Her subsidiary company, Hillhouse Video Works, is producing a documentary called “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection,” which will premiere in February 2014.

Jill Oxendine

Jill Oxendine is a writer and editor with more than 30 years experience in the fields of journalism, public relations and marketing. A graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Oxendine has been a reporter for the Kingsport Times News in Kingsport, Tenn., and worked for many years as managing editor of Storytelling Magazine, a regular publication of the National Storytelling Network. She also worked as a free-lance writer serving numerous local businesses, including Eastman Chemical Company and Mountain States Health Alliance.

In 1998, she took the position of managing editor for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, a major reference work compiled by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University and published by University of Tennessee Press in 2006. The work took six years to produce and received the Most Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature award in 2006 and the Weatherford Award in 2007.