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Yvonne Culbreath Wood

Yvonne Culbreath Wood, American state health administrator. Certified professional secretary.


  • Wood, Yvonne Culbreath was born on March 18, 1938 in Portland, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Sherman Lee and Amanda (Kelley) Culbreath.

  • Education

    • Student, Watkins Business Institute, 1958. Bachelor in Political Science, University Tennessee, 1982. Master of Education, Vanderbilt University, 1987.


    • Assistant to president Dobson & Johnson Mortgage Bankers, Nashville, 1965-1966. Assistant to governor Office of Governor, 1966-1970. Administrative assistant to executive director Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 1970-1977, assistant director for government relations, 1977-1979, associate director government relations, 1979-1986.

      Director division quality control Department Health and Environmental, 1986-1993. Director managed care Bureau TennCare, since 1994. Teacher Draughton's Junior College, 1982.

      Executive director Tennessee Student Assitance Corporation, 1983-1984. Presenter in field.

    Major achievements

    • Certified professional secretary.


    • Author: The Importance and Impact of Three Significant Political Decisions Upon Higher Education in Tennessee, 1982, The Volunteer State: Readings in Tennesee Politics, 1983. Author chapters in books and reports.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member National Association Directors Quality Control, National Women's Political Caucus, National Association SURS Officials (president 1993-1994), National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, Tennessee Public Health Association (vice president for legislation 1993-1994), Nashville Women's Political Caucus (president 1994-1995), Vanderbilt Institute Public Policy, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (vice Commander 1990-1994, Commander 1991-1993).



    Boating, travel, collecting music boxes.


    • Married Ishmael Murphy Wood, November 17, 1956. Children: Deborah Gayle, George Andrew, Lee Anne, Marc Alan.
    • father: Sherman Lee Culbreath
    • mother: Amanda (Kelley) Culbreath
    • spouse: Ishmael Murphy Wood
    • children: Deborah Gayle Wood
    • George Andrew Wood
    • Lee Anne Wood
    • Marc Alan Wood
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    • 1958
      Watkins Business Institute
    • 1982
      University Tennessee
    • 1987
      Vanderbilt University
    • 1965 - 1966
      Assistant, to president Dobson & Johnson Mortgage Bankers
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    • 1966 - 1970
      assistant, to governor Office of Governor
    • 1986 - 1993
      director, division quality control Department Health and Environmental
    • 1994
      director, managed care Bureau TennCare
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