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Nancy C. Miller-Herron
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Robert Hibbett
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Bill Shults

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Nancy Miller-Herron
Nancy Miller-Herron
Dresden, Tennessee

Nancy Carol Miller-Herron was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1956 and grew up in Memphis and Jackson. Miller-Herron graduated from Lambuth University in 1978 with a B.A. in religion. She received her M.Div and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1983.

Since 1991, Miller-Herron has had a general civil practice in Dresden, Tennessee and is an approved mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court. She was appointed Commissioner of Claims for the Western Division effective March 1, 2003.

Miller-Herron serves on the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association and on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion. For six years beginning in 1994, Miller-Herron chaired the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, a wholesale bank for Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio and has served on its board for nine years. She also is a founding member of the board of her local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Miller-Herron was one of the first graduates of Vanderbilt's joint law-divinity program. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey and taught law and divinity students as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University.

Miller-Herron and her husband, Roy Herron, have three sons, John, Rick and Benjamin. They live in Weakley County.

Robert Hibbett
Robert Hibbett
Nashville, Tennessee

Robert (Bobby) Hibbett was raised and still lives in Mount Juliet Tennessee.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1985.  He was in private practice in Knoxville Tennessee for three years.   In 1989, he was appointed Assistant District Attorney General for the Fifteenth Judicial District of Tennessee.  In 2009, he was named Deputy District Attorney General (Criminal Division).  He was appointed Commissioner of Claims for the Middle Division effective July 1, 2011.

Hibbett is a former president of the Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association and a member of the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Bar Association.

He retired from the Army National Guard as a Colonel after 30 years of commissioned service. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he commanded the 130th Rear Area Operations Center and was Deputy Base Commander for Camp Bucca, Iraq.

He and his wife Kelly have two children, Carver and Caroline.


Willilam O. Shults

William O. Shults
Newport, Tennessee

William O. Shults was born in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. Mr. Shults graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1967 and from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 1971 with honors. He received his J.D. Degree from the University of Memphis in 1975 and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1977.

From 1977 through 1985, Shults had a general civil and criminal practice with the firm of Campbell and Hooper in Newport. In 1985, he joined the staff of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. for one year. From 1986 through July of 1991, Shults was a member of the Legal Department of the United Mine Workers of America in Washington D.C.

Following his work with the United Mine Workers, Commissioner Shults returned to Newport, Tennessee, where he has practiced civil law until his appointment to the Commission. Shults has been a member of various civic organizations through the years including being a board member with the East Tennessee Foundation in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He is also a former Board member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.

Shults is licensed to practice by the Tennessee Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits.

Mr. Shults and his wife, Odette B. Shults, make their home in Newport, Tennessee.