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Board of Directors

Officers

Jennifer Knight, Board Chair

Jennifer R. Knight, Ph. D.

Title: Attorney, Law Office of Jennifer Knight, PLLC
Previous: Senior Council, Eastman Chemical Company
Education: JD, University of Tennessee College of Law; Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts
Community involvement: Washington County Free Legal Advice Clinic, Waterbrooke HOA Board Seretary, Holston Medical Group Board of Directors
Metro area: Johnson City

Tamara Boyer, Chair Elect

Tamara Boyer, JD

Title: Managing Director and Vice President, The Private Client Group at US Bank
Previous: Senior Director of Operations, CitiGroup
Education: Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Community involvement: Executive Board of Junior Achievement of Tennessee; East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; Board of Directors of McClung Museum; Webb School of Knoxville Board of Trustees, Presidential Search Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Chairman of Facilities Committee, Webb School Executive Committee, and Co-Chair of Senior Class Parent Action Committee.
Metro area: Knoxville

Latisha Stubblefield, Vice Chair

Latisha Stubblefield

Title: Associate General Counsel, Pilot Flying J
Previous: Associate Attorney, Baker, Donelson, Beaman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.; Associate Attorney, Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen, Carpenter, PLLC
Education: JD, University of Tennessee College of Law; BA, Carson Newman College
Community Involvement: Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians Board of Directors, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation Board of Directors
Region: Central

Elizabeth O'Brien, Secretary

Elizabeth R. O’Brien, Ph. D., LPC

Title: Professional Counselor and Counselor Educator, Counselor Education Program Director, University of Tennessee Chattanooga Counseling and Personal Development Center Interim Director, UC Foundation
Education: University of Central Florida
Community involvement: Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, national and international speaker, textbook co-editor, and published writer
Region: South
 

Cara Neighbors, Treasurer

Cara Neighbors

Title: Director of Financial Reporting; The McCallie School
Previous: CPA, Elliot Davis Decosimo
Education: BS, Business Administration, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Community involvement: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Little Debbie Ironman Chattanooga volunteer, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, ArtsBuild (aka Allied Arts) and WUTC Public Radio.
Region: South

Directors-At-Large

Julia Bentley

Julia A. Bentley

Title: VP-Investor Relations/Communications, Vera Bradley
Previous: Senior Vice President – Investor Relations/Communications, Saks Incorporated
Education: BS, Business Administration, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Community involvement: Executive Women’s Association, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum Board of Directors, YWCA Board of Directors, and Leadership Knoxville Class of 2002
Metro area: Central

Sandi Blalock

Sandi Blalock

Title: Girl Scout volunteer; advertising account manager, The Greeneville Sun newspaper.
Education: BBA, Belmont University; MBA, Mississippi College
Community involvement: Girl Scout Troop #00314 volunteer, Greene County service unit manager and Girl Scout council delegate, GSUSA volunteer, Badge Architecture task force; Greene County Veterans Memorial, Christian Self Help (Greeneville) board, Mobile Medical Missions Hospital board, Leadership Class of the Greene County Partnership, and First Baptist Church Greeneville media volunteer.
Metro area: Johnson City

Rachel Trump Buchanan

Rachel Trump Buchanan

Title: Director of Economic Development, Blount Partnership
Previous: VP Business Development/Industrial Engineer, Massey Group
Education: BS, Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Tennessee
Community involvement: Tennessee Economic Partnership Board of Directors, Nucleus Knoxville member, Blount County Salvation Army Advisory Committee member, Leadership Blount Class of 2012, Blount County United Way Campaign Industrial Committee chair
Metro area: Knoxville 

Kirby Collins

Kirby Collins

Community involvement: Knoxville Garden Club, Junior League of Knoxville, Town and Country Garden Club/former president, Knoxville Museum of Art volunteer, and the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee
Metro area: Knoxville 

Marvin Eichorn

Marvin Eichorn

Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Corporate Treasurer; Mountain States Health Alliance
Previous: Covenant Health/Fort Sanders Health System
Education: BS, Finance, University of West Florida; MS, Finance, Milligan College
Community involvement: American College of Healthcare Executives, Board of Directors of the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Northeast State Foundation, the ETSU Foundation, and Asbury Centers
Metro area: Johnson City

Ellen Fowler

Ellen Fowler

Title: Senior Estimator, Johnson & Galyon, Inc.
Education: BS, Computer Science, Louisiana State University; BS, Business Administration, University of Tennessee; LEED accredited
Community involvement: Family Promise, Friends of Literacy, CISV national board/volunteer, East Tennessee Foundation, Foundation for Culture Understanding treasurer, Knoxville Rotary Club, Executive Women's Association, and Girl Scout of Tanasi Council board member
Metro area: Knoxville

Leigh Hornsby

Leigh Hornsby

Title: Chief Advancement Officer, Northeast State Community College
Education: Ph.D., Public Affairs
Community involvement: Northeast State Foundation board member
Metro area: Johnson City

Ronna-Renee Jackson

Ronna-Renee Jackson

Title: Partner, Launch Point Leadership, LLC
Previous: Executive Director, Chattanooga Technology Council
Education: Coming soon
Community involvement: Million Women Mentor, Director of Strategic Development, Girls Preparatory School; Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, LAUNCH Chattanooga, Rotary Club, and Alpha Omicron Pi alumnae association.
Metro area: Chattanooga

Tammy Latture

Tammy Latture

Title: VP Member Services and Lending, Eastman Credit Union
Community involvement: Girl Scout volunteer, Fun Fest council and steering committee
Metro area: Johnson City 

Allison Fulmer Mahan

Allison Mahan

Title: Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Previous: Marketing Project Manager, BPV Capital Management
Education: BS, Communication, Public Relations, University of Tennessee Knoxville; MS, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Community involvement: National Agri-Marketing Association, Knox District/Tennessee State FFA, and Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association
Metro area: Knoxville

Megan Quinn

Megan Quinn

Title: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology East Tennessee State University
Previous: Research Assistant, East Tennessee State University
Education: BA, Psychology, Wesleyan College; MSc, Public Health Research, University of Edinburgh, UK; DrPH, Epidemiology, East Tennessee State University
Community involvement: American Public Health Association, Society for Epidemiologic Research, International Epidemiologic Association, American Association of University Women, and Tennessee Public Health Association.
Metro area: Johnson City

Karen Rowell

Karen H. Rowell

Title: Principle, 8X Consulting
Previous: Chief Improvement Officer, Holston Medical Group
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
Community involvement: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, Society for Natural Philosophy, Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, Junior Achievement, and Goodwill Industries
Metro area: North

Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith

Title: Regional Director, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
Previous: Manager of Economic Development Marketing, Knoxville Chamber
Education: BS, Public Relations, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Community involvement: United Way of Knoxville Young Leaders’ Society, tnAchieves mentor, Knoxville Area Marketing Association Board of Directors, Introduction Knoxville Fall 2015 Class, former Junior League of Knoxville
Region: Central

Kathryn Vinson

Kathryn Vinson

Title: Executive Oncology Specialist, Merck & Co. Inc.
Education: BS, Chemistry/Physics; Wesleyan College
Community involvement: Bearden Elementary PTSO, Leadership Knoxville Class of 2013, 40 under 40 2014, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2017 Women of the Year, American Cancer Society Hope Gala Committee, Junior League Community Advisory Board
Region: Central
 

Elaine Washington

Elaine Washington

Title: Director, Benefits Finance and Investments, Eastman Chemical Company
Previous: Director, Pension Investments, Resolute Forest Products
Education: MBA, Loyola University of Chicago; BA, Accounting and Finance, Loyola University of Chicago
Community involvement: Northeast State Community College Foundation Board of Directors Secretary, Kingsport Chamber Foundation Board of Directors, Kingsport Chamber Finance Committee, South Central Kingsport Community Development Board Member
Region: North
 

Kathi Grant Willis
Tracey Wright

Tracey Wright

Title: Assistant to the President for Community Relations and Special Programs, Cleveland State Community College
Previous: Director of Special Programs and Community Relations, Cleveland State Community College
Education: EdM. Administration and Supervision, Middle Tennessee State University; BS, Secondary Education and Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University
Community involvement: Appalachian Voices board member, Ocoee Regional Health Corporation board member, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce/vice chair of community development, Polk County Board of Directors member, Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region board member, and Girl Scout volunteer and Echota Service Unit team member and product manager.
Metro area: Chattanooga 

Board Development Committee

Cayce Smith

Cayce Smith

Title: Principal Architect and Vice President – Business Development, Cope Architecture
Previous: President and Principal Architect, Fusion Design Services, LLC
Education: BArch, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Community involvement: American Institute of Architects, Tennessee Economic Development Council, City of Knoxville’s Electrical Review Board, and Knox County Council Parent Teacher Association
Region: Central