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Polly Ailor Tullock is a deep rooted, lifelong Knoxvillian with an extensive history in community service. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a BA in human services/social work, she received her certification from the National Center for Paralegal Studies, and proceeded to pioneer the paralegal profession as the first paralegal in Knoxville. She was a founding member, and president of the local paralegal organization as well as a member of NALA. She worked as a paralegal in public, private and judicial legal environments throughout her career.
Mid-career and while raising a family, she became a full-time caregiver for two aging parents suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Eleven years of care-giving led her to an acute awareness and understanding of the needs of caregivers. She became active with the Alzheimer’s Tennessee organization and became a member of the Public Policy Committee that worked with local, state and federal officials to strengthen awareness and advocacy for both patients and family members seeking support during times of caregiver crisis.
She has continued to build on both her knowledge and relationships in the community to be an advocate for the aged and their caregivers. She acquired new skills specifically to serve those populations, including a culinary degree and a teaching certificate as a yoga instructor, with specialties in Yoga for Healthy Aging and Yoga and Stress Management. She has worked at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as a yoga instructor for five years. She is also an active member of the Knoxville League of Women Voters.