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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.


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, Nashville, 1966-1970;administrative assistant to executive director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, 1970-1977;assistant director for government relations, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, 1977-1979;associate director government relations, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, 1979-1986;director division quality control, Department Health and Environmental, Nashville, 1986-1993;director managed care, Bureau TennCare, since 1994. Teacher Draughton's Junior College, 1982. Executive director Tennessee Student AssitanceCorp., 1983-1984.

Presenter in field.


  • Certified professional secretary.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: boating, travel, collecting music boxes.


Married Ishmael Murphy Wood, November 17, 1956. Children: Deborah Gayle, George Andrew, Lee Anne, Marc Alan.

Sherman Lee Culbreath

Amanda (Kelley) Culbreath

Ishmael Murphy Wood

Deborah Gayle Wood

George Andrew Wood

Lee Anne Wood

Marc Alan Wood