Four Students Selected for Summer Internship Program 

Four Students Selected for Summer Internship Program

Student Interns Nikolas Heath, Jameson Cluver, Juan Henriquez-Hernandez, and Martha Jane (MJ) Hooper

Four collegiate students have been selected for summer internships with L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS). For the duration of the summer, they will complete internships in the Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, and Marketing fields.  

The students represent the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) and Lipscomb University (LU). This will be the first time LIS has offered internships at its branch office located in Nashville.  

“By expanding the internship program to Nashville, we have had the opportunity to hire not only three impressive students from West Tennessee, but an additional student from Middle Tennessee, as well,” stated Ashley Horn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “I look forward to working with these students and discovering the skills and knowledge they have learned from their respective universities.” 

Jameson (Maluke) Cluver and Juan Henriquez-Hernandez are each new additions to the LIS team. Henriquez-Hernandez will be the first student intern to work full-time in LIS’ Nashville branch office, while Cluver will join returning interns Nikolas Heath and Martha (MJ) Hooper at the Paris office.  

“While I am here at LIS, I am excited to learn more about the engineering and surveying field and how they correlate,” stated Cluver. “I was drawn to this industry because I was born in Haiti and there was bad earthquake, so I want to build safer houses and infrastructures for people.” 

Civil Engineering Intern, Cluver (UTM), will assist the engineering team with projects in a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to land development projects with major tasks such as stormwater management, environmental permitting, and utility design.  

Henriquez-Hernandez (LU) and Heath (UTM) will each complete land survey internships, in which they will spend the majority of their time working on survey crews with an experienced Party Chief. The pair will also spend time in the office performing general design and clerical survey duties and will gain experience in AutoCAD drafting. 

Henriquez-Hernandez commented, “I became interested in LIS when they visited my school and the tools and gadgets they presented to me piqued my curiosity. I knew immediately that my internship at this organization would help me reach my goals.” 

Marketing and Communications Intern, Hooper, will also be returning to the Paris office for the summer term, after working remotely for the fall and spring semesters. She will resume administration of the staff photo content and continue her role in managing LIS’ social media presence.  

LIS President Patrick Smith commented, “The internship program provides energy and inspiration for our staff. I have truly been thrilled with the use of interns. This is largely due to the quality of interns and our staff’s diligence.” 

The LIS student internship program was launched in the fall of 2021, with this year’s group being the first to work in the company’s branch office in Nashville. The students will learn from experienced industry professionals while gaining hands-on experience in their chosen fields of study. Vice President, Chris Conrad, Professional Engineer, Nathan Grasfeder, and Professional Land Surveyor, Mason Peale, along with Horn will serve as staff mentors in the internship program. 

The internships are paid positions, but also provide the option for students to receive college credit upon completion. For more information about the LIS internship program, visit our website at or contact Horn at 

Debbie Kinsland Reaches 15 Year Milestone

Debbie Kinsland Reaches 15 Year Milestone

Henry County local, Debbie Kinsland, has achieved 15 years of service with L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS). This milestone solidifies both the work ethic and dedication displayed by Kinsland throughout her time with the company.  

“Director of Human Resources is one of the most critical roles for a company to fill. It can be a thankless position for some.  However, Debbie is a person that can see rainbows where others see waste. We are so thankful for Debbie and all of her hard work over these 15 years,” LIS President Patrick Smith stated.  

Hired by Lucile Smith in 2008, she has worked alongside three generations of the Smith family. Kinsland began her career with LIS as a Payroll Clerk. As LIS grew over the years, her role within the company grew alongside it. While working as Payroll Clerk, she helped to build LIS’ Human Resource Department, creating new policies and procedures as needed.  

“Working in human resources (HR) has given me the chance to create meaningful and lasting relationships,” said Kinsland. “I extremely enjoy working with our employees and having the opportunity to help them is very fulfilling for me.” 

Kinsland was promoted to her current role as Human Resource Officer in 2022. As Human Resource Officer, Kinsland is responsible for onboarding new hires, maintaining employee files, processing payroll, and offboarding staff members, among other responsibilities. She also played a key role in the development of the company’s newly improved onboarding process and benefits package.  

“I have enjoyed my time with LIS so far. We have a talented, young workforce, and I look forward to future opportunities to continue growing alongside them.” commented Kinsland. 

Kinsland is no stranger to small businesses. She is co-owner of K & K Paving Company, along with her husband Tom.  K & K Paving, located in Paris, Tenn., has been in business for 30 years and specializes in asphalt paving, curbing, sealing, and striping. 


Tommy Young Promoted to Vice President of Surveying  

Tommy Young Promoted to Vice President of Surveying

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is proud to announce the promotion of Tommy Young to the position of Vice President of Surveying, effective May 1. Young is an experienced leader in the surveying industry with more than 25 years of experience, 21 of which have been spent with LIS.  

Throughout his lengthy and impressive career, Young has played a key role in land survey projects throughout the Central and Southeast regions of the United States. From this diverse experience, he has developed an immensely broad awareness of industry standards, which makes him an invaluable asset. Currently, Young holds surveying licenses in 10 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

Young commented, “I am thankful to the company for this promotion, and I am thankful to have a great team working with me that is more than capable of handling some of my current responsibilities.  This promotion certainly wouldn’t be possible without them.” 

The role of Vice President of Surveying will provide an opportunity for Young to spread his extensive knowledge across a vast array of projects. Separation from the day-to-day project management duties will grant him the mobility to travel as needed, while also allowing him to implement his technical skills and knowledge across multiple office locations. This distribution of knowledge and technical skill will be essential to further advancing both the survey department and the company as a whole.  

“This is long overdue,” remarked LIS President Patrick Smith. “Tommy is a tremendous asset and is the very foundation that LIS’ survey department is built upon. I’m confident that he will excel in this new role, and the company will be more successful because of it.” 

Young has a proven track record of industry expertise and high-quality work. In the past, he has overseen and played a key role in various projects for the State of Tennessee, United States Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the former Fort McClellan, urgent care clinics, and pharmacies in multiple states 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in survey and mapping from East Tennessee State University and a second bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Tennessee Technological University.   

Ashley Horn Named Vice President of Marketing and Communications 

Ashley Horn Named Vice President of Marketing and Communications

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is proud to announce the promotion of Ashley Horn to Vice President of Marketing and Communications, effective May 1. Previously Marketing Coordinator, Horn, has been with LIS for just over two years. During this time, she has been integral to the expansion of LIS’ marketing and recruitment efforts, as well as an immense growth in company culture. 

LIS President Patrick Smith remarked, “Ashley has been incredibly successful in her time here. We have seen great incomes in outreach and our internship programs, largely due to the increase in corporate communications. She has my full trust as she continues to build the marketing department and enhance our brand and company culture.” 

As Vice President, Horn has been tasked with the continuous responsibility of building LIS’ vision and voice, while protecting and growing the company’s brand and reputation. In addition, she will continue to manage all internal staff communications and engagement, public relations, business development, and recruitment initiatives.  

“I am thrilled to take on this new role and to continue telling LIS’ story,” said Horn. “This is truly an exciting time for the company, as we have a talented group of diverse staff members and are continuing to grow across the board. I look forward to this new chapter.” 

The experienced marketer has a diverse background in communications, with an emphasis in higher education and nonprofit fields, which assisted her greatly as she laid the foundation for LIS’ internship program. The program launched in 2022 and provides a hands-on learning opportunity for students studying within the civil engineering, surveying, communications, or marketing fields. In its first year, two collegiate summer interns and one high school intern were hired. Now, in its second year, the program has doubled in size.  

Marketing and Communications Intern Martha Jane Hooper stated, “Ashley has made a big impact on not only the marketing department, but LIS as well. Through her guidance, I have been able to learn so much about the marketing industry and I am beyond excited to see what else she will accomplish in this role.” 

Hooper, along with fellow Intern Katie Bullion, now work directly with Horn in the marketing department. Prior to their onboarding, Horn was the only staff member in the field, managing all marketing tasks on her own. Thanks to the success of the internship program, what began as a department of one has now grown into a successful and fully independent marketing department. 

“MJ and Katie have been detrimental to our department’s growth, and I am very proud of them. Mentoring those two has truly been a rewarding experience thus far, and I know they will continue to have a positive impact at LIS,” Horn commented.  

Horn is currently a doctoral student at Regent University and holds a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), serves as a board member for the American Advertising Federation (AAF), a volunteer for the Paris-Henry County Arts Council (PHCAC), and is a graduate of Leadership Henry County (LHC). 

HCHS Seniors Receive the LIS Innovation Scholarship  

HCHS Seniors Receive the LIS Innovation Scholarship 

Henry County High School (HCHS) Seniors, Kathryn (Katie) Bullion and Mason Elliott, were the first recipients of the LIS Innovation Scholarship. The scholarship, presented by L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), recognizes students who have completed internships with the company and is designed to promote continued academic excellence and innovative thinking as students pursue higher education. 

“Henry County High School is so thankful to L.I. Smith for providing this internship opportunity to our students. This real-world experience goes beyond what we can teach them from books. Not only do the students learn more about their career of interest, but they learn the procedures and expectations of a professional work environment. Professional connections are made, and resumes are boosted,” Rebecca Bullion, HCHS Guidance Counselor, stated. 

The new scholarship originated from LIS President Patrick Smith’s commitment to giving back to the Henry County community. Through the implementation of this scholarship, Smith hopes to help encourage students to apply their skills and talents in the workplace and to contribute to innovation, both locally and across the world.  

Smith stated, “Seeing the capabilities of Katie and Mason has rejuvenated my excitement in our business and what we do in our day-to-day processes. By providing this scholarship, I am reminded that it is the youth that teach us the true reason we do what we do.” 

As interns, Bullion and Elliott have gained real-world experience, grown their academic talents, and furthered their leadership skills, all while learning about the civil engineering and surveying field. For nearly a year, Bullion has held a great number of responsibilities as the Administrative Intern. She works with the Administrative and Marketing Departments on various projects, including reporting, data entry, developing marketing communications, and acting as a brand ambassador at external events. Bullion has continuously proven that she can excel, both in academics and in the professional realm.  

As a Land Survey Intern, Elliott works closely with both the Survey and Administrative Departments. Over the past semester, he has learned to conduct deed research, create description templates for boundary surveys, and research flood map documents. Elliott always has a positive mindset and is willing to assist the LIS team with any and all projects that are thrown his way. 

“Mason and Katie have been a tremendous asset to our team. They are both eager to learn and bring a great attitude and a sense of excitement to our officewhich has been contagious for our staff,” remarked Ashley Horn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “While we will miss having them on our team, we wish them the very best in their next chapters!” 

This one-time gift of $250 can be used to cover any education-related expenses, such as tuition, textbooks, housing, and other fees at a college, university, or technical school. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be a senior at HCHS with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a current intern at LIS, and have worked as an intern continuously for a minimum of one semester.  

“The company gains a fresh, youthful perspective and possible future employees. It is just a win-win for both parties. This scholarship will recognize and help these students to cover the rising costs of essential secondary education. Thank you to L.I. Smith for supporting our seniors,” Bullion added. 

For more information about LIS internship program, please contact Horn at 

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