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Dr. Ed Bolden

Dr. Ed Bolden

President/CEO

“Psoas I was saying…I make knotty people cry!”

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I don’t have any bad news. I have been called a Pollyanna, sugarcoated idealist. I like to think of myself as more optimistic than that.  I like Bananas and Cheeseburgers!  I’m the illegitimate love child of Strategy and Creativity. Now neither admits to having me…

I’m a native of East Tennessee and the founder of the Bolden Group.  Many years ago, I went to “the Forum,” an organization that facilitates the life change process for people who want to impact the world.  At the Forum, I established my life’s mission “to improve the human condition.”  My faith in God, my Progressive Christian ideology, and my father’s insight into life and living have all been foundational in shaping my desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

In my private life, I reside in KnoxVegas with my partner Jeryd, and I get to enjoy the role of father, son, brother, friend, and social activist.  I’ve been called an extrovert’s-extrovert and a geek all in the same breath and was flattered.  One of my best talents is binge-watching science and quasi-science documentaries like Ancient Aliens or Planet Earth.  I love playing Dungeons and Dragons, riding my longboard, watching Tik Tok’s, and sitting by a bond fire.

I always like to leave ya with some “good” life advice.

  1. Always give 100% unless you’re donating blood.
  2. Time is precious, so waste it wisely.
  3. Don’t blindly follow the masses. Most time, the M is silent.
  4. Your life doesn’t get better by chance. It gets better by change.
  5. The hardest part of business is minding your own.
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Jeryd Greer

Jeryd Greer

Director of Continuing Education

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” —Albert Einstein

Raised all over the United States, we Moved cross country every few years and houses or apartments even more often than that.  Growing up and making new friends every time you get comfortable with the old ones gives a person lots of experience with all the best parts of humanity. I acquired a diverse group of Friends. I have developed an eclectic set of passions and hobbies that help me connect with the people around me  From the rich tones of Bach to the heartfelt bass of Johnny Cash, to the deliberate and decisive playing of TOOL to the thumping rhythms of House and Trance, I love all kinds of music.  I spent my early childhood learning to play Cello, and after that, I was physically big enough to play the Upright bass. While I played the electric bass in the Jazz band that the school had started, When we moved to a school district that didn’t have an orchestra program, I split my interests singing in chorus and learning to play the Tuba and sousaphone in the marching band.

I love games!  Videogames, both classic and new, and board games of most varieties.  My favorite is Dungeons & Dragons, but Settlers of Catan and Parcheesi have a special place in my heart too. I eagerly await my chance to get a PS5 as soon as the stores can hold onto one for more than a moment.  I love card games like Pitch, Hands and Feet, War, all the way down to the simplest of games, Go Fish.

I passionately love to dance, especially the ballroom style s like Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Bolero, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Rumba, Samba, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing. I can be found practicing my heel lead in the grocery store as I push the cart or practicing as I try to determine which style of dance best suits the pop song that’s playing.

Wherever I am, I do my best to entertain others and keep myself entertained while enjoying the diverse company of my close friends.

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Clint Hyde

Clint Hyde

Director of Operations

I grew up in McMinn county and recently moved to Knoxville in 2019 to be with my partner Brian. We have two Shar-peis (Grayson & Tyr), a cat (Alice), and five freshwater aquariums full of fish! I have many hobbies, but some of my favorites are going to the movies, hiking, kayaking, yoga, doing puzzles, and reading. I have spent most of my career working in healthcare, over ten years of which was as a unit clerk/technician in an emergency room, where I witnessed some very interesting people and situations!  I hope to one day have my own self-sustaining farm where I can have a greenhouse, gardens, chickens, a beehive, and many other farm animals. I joined the Bolden Group in 2020 in the role of a Guest Services Concierge and immersed myself in the organization’s warm, inviting culture while also trying to learn everything I could about its many facets. I now serve as the Director of Operations for the Bolden Group, where I work to expand my knowledge of the massage industry and use my own experience to enhance our organization.

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Donna Funk

Donna Funk

Director of Education

Keep your eyes open cause life always throws curveballs.

I was born in the Sunshine State, but all that year-round heat, humidity, and traffic had me longing for a quieter, more simple life.  Having retired from nursing, I moved to the countryside of East Tennessee, where I was pursuing my love of horses with a barn filled with five Morgan horses.  One of my beloved horses was an athletic jumper, so I looked into equine massage programs, but all of the programs wanted you first to be a human therapist.  I thought what the heck and entered a massage program in Knoxville, Tennessee.  After graduating from massage school, I went into business with Ed.   While there are no more horses, I am grateful that they were in my life as the vehicle to get me where I am today. When the school opened, Ed kind of pushed me headlong into the classroom.  I guess he saw something in me I didn’t know was there.  I quickly found myself teaching and loving it! And here I am!  My mantra: Keep your eyes open cause life always throws curveballs.

Passions:          Disco Dancing, Bowling,

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Phone: (865) 851-216

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Paul Justice

Paul Justice

Director of Human Resource Services

My name is Paul Edward Justice. I was named after my father. I am the Director of Human Resources for the organization.  I grew up in the small town of Harrogate, located in Claiborne County, Tennessee.  Harrogate’s claim to fame is Lincoln Memorial University, where I met my best friend of 37 years, Ed Bolden.   I love all things culinary, although I would never want to do it for a living. I’ve walked an unsual path to get to where I am now.  During my early 20’s I lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I worked at the West End YMCA teaching water aerobics.  I eventually started working in the travel industry and loved that for about 15-years.  I love to travel.  So far, I’ve traveled all over the United States and  Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, and Mexico.  I left Knoxville and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, for several years.    I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where I adopted my three children from the foster care system.  I now have four adorable grandchildren.  I left the travel industry and moved into retail management, specifically Human Resources for both the Target Corporation and Walmart.  After many years of the corporate grind, I decided to make a big life change and become a massage therapist.  Ed had told me for years that I would be an exceptional massage therapist, so I enrolled at Arbor College-School of Massage and have never looked back.  I have been a part of the Bolden Group since it began; however, being a therapist now, I can clearly see Ed’s vision for the organization.  I honestly believe that TBG is the best place for a therapist to work, grow, and thrive.  Helping people to live their best life by using healing touch through massage is my calling.

Benita Hamby

Benita Hamby

Executive Assistant

I was called Chiquita for most of my life, but my real name is Benita Faye Hamby, and I am the Executive Assistant to the President at TBG.  It’s probably no surprise that I’m also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Registered Certified Reflexologist.

I am a true adventurer.  I love the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, and skydiving.  I love bowling with my heavy pink ball with hearts all over it and playing competitive Bingo.  I love to spend quality time with my three grandkids. I enjoy attending their sporting events and seeing how wonderful they are.

In the warm months, you can find me cooking out, camping, boating, hiking, four-wheeling, or fishing.  In the cooler months, I focus on a lot of arts and crafts and cooking. I’m an excellent cook…far better than Paul Justice.  I guess cooking and baking are year-round hobbies… even tho I would prefer not to have to clean up the dishes after myself.

I love TikTok!  I’m always trying to tell my co-workers the jokes I hear on TikTok, but I always flub them up!  They laugh and smile anyway, and that makes me happy.  That’s what I want… to make the world smile.

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Jon McCurdy

Jon McCurdy

Lead Massage Therapist

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” –Robert Frost

Hailing from the deep dark woods, my name is Jon McCurdy. Born on October 8th, 1995, in the quaint surroundings of a bathtub situated in the middle of Washington’s Northeastern forest, I came into the world ready to take over through quick wit and reality checks.   My family of five (me, being the youngest and brightest) relocated to the mountains of East Tennessee that we now call home, and this is where my journey formally began.  From video games that transport me into their world to Dungeons & Dragons that act as the perfect medium for roleplaying such interests, I am captivated by high fantasy and magic.  I live nature. Spending a good amount of time hiking, biking, and gardening is necessary to maintain my sanity. Don’t let any of this fool you. I sound a lot more intriguing on paper than I actually am in person.  I graduated from Arbor and obtained my license in 2019, and I’ve never left. I’ve been employed with TBG my entire career, and I know this is the only place for me.  Massage school was just a stepping stone into my career, and I plan to move forward and upward to be the best therapist I can be to best help, my patients.

Sarah Schubert

Sarah Schubert

Student Clinic Coordinator
Stephanie Yester

Stephanie Yester

Lead GSC
Grace Bryant

Grace Bryant

Guest Services Concierge
Steven Hicks

Steven Hicks

Licensed Massage Therapist
Melanie McCarter

Melanie McCarter

Licensed Massage Therapist
Megan Hamm

Megan Hamm

Licensed Massage Therapist

If you didn’t know I was thirty years old, you would think I was a 90-year-old woman with the last name Carba’dashian.  All I do is bake and cook (especially sweets & bread 😊).  I’m in bed by 9:00 p.m., and my favorite store is Walmart.  I never leave the house, except to go to work, unless it is Saturday.  On Saturdays, you won’t find me doing chores that I’ve put off all week or catching up on “serial killer” documentaries. Nope, Saturdays are for All-Star breakfasts, hiking a trail to a waterfall, being a river rat, or taking our RZR up mud trails through the mountains with my “All-Star family.” We love to explore new places, even as the kids bicker with each other the whole ride there. As long as I’m out in nature…in the mountains… with my family (and of course snacks), I’m a happy camper.

Alyssa Peterpaul,

Alyssa Peterpaul,

Instructor | Evening Coordinator

My dad was a meteorologist in the Air Force, so I was packing my own moving boxes by the time I was 2, ready to go to the next location where horrible weather was guaranteed. My mother grew up in Knoxville, so that’s where we settled once dad retired.

I sang in concert choir and did musical theater in high school, and I was the lead singer of a band called “Your Other Left.” We didn’t play any gigs, but we had fun practicing. I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in English/Writing and a minor in Native American Culture, but I wasn’t happy sitting behind a desk, so I listened to my heart.

I felt drawn to the healing arts because I wanted to help people, so packed my little Mazda with everything it could carry, and set off for Salt Lake City to attend Utah College of Massage Therapy. I finished 750 hours of the 1000-hour program before I got sick and had to come home, but I completed my studies at Alpha Health Institute here in Knoxville, where I later became an instructor.

In June of 2005, two weeks before my first wedding anniversary, I was diagnosed with a massive inoperable brain tumor. My prognosis was bad, but I knew it wasn’t going to beat me. I was bedridden for 2 years, I went through 28 targeted radiation treatments, and I was on chemotherapy for 7 & ½ years, but to my doctors’ collective amazement, I’m still alive, the tumor’s gone, I’m still as sassy as ever, and I’m grateful to be doing what I love again.

I’m a certified bookworm, rock hound, and music freak. I enjoy remodeling, decorating and building things, including Lego sets. I used to own a business where I made gemstone jewelry, and I still enjoy doing it for fun. I love British comedy, road trips, and spending time in the Smoky Mountains, especially Cherokee, NC, my home away from home.

I support organizations like Friends of Literacy, the American Indian College Fund, and The Elephant Sanctuary. I’m an ally for environmental protection, ending human trafficking, and equal rights for everyone, no matter what their race, gender, religion, or sexual identity may be.

I believe that everything is connected and my purpose in life can be summed up by lines from a song by Vince Ebo, “Make it Work”:

“We can make it work for the better. We can make it work, you and I. Someday I believe we’ll get together if we give it a try.”