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Board of Directors


Jennifer Knight, Board Chair

Jennifer R. Knight, Ph. D.

Title: Attorney, Law Office of Jennifer Knight, PLLC
Previous: Senior Attorney, Eastman Chemical Company
Education: JD, University of Tennessee College of Law; Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts
Community involvement: Holston Medical Group Board of Directors
Metro area: Johnson City

Nancy Johnson, Vice Chair

Nancy Johnson

Title: Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army; retired VP, Y-12 National Security Complex
Education: BA, University of Central Florida
Community involvement: School board member, St. Mary's School; East Tennessee Economic Council Board of Directors, and Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Board of Directors
Metro area: Knoxville

Courtney Jones, Vice Chair
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
Metro area: Chattanooga

Cecelia Petersen, Treasurer

Cecilia Peterson

Title: Financial Management Consultant
Previous: Chief Financial Officer, Pershing Yoakley & Associates
Education: BA, University of Virginia, High Distinction in both Economics and Spanish; General Electric Financial Management Program   
Community involvement: Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012, Legacy Parks Foundation Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of East Tennessee Board of Directors, Bluff Point Homeowners Association President, United Way of Greater Knoxville Outcome Based Investment Committee Chair, and University of Tennessee Career Transition Program Mentor
Metro area: Knoxville


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: Knoxville

Kimberly Billings

Kimberly Billings

Title: General Merchandise Category Manager, Pilot Flying J
Previous: Pilot Flying J
Education: BS, Retail and Consumer Science, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Metro area:

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

Tamara Boyer

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

Rachel Edwards
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

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson

Title: Owner, Strategic Priorities Consulting
Previous: State of Franklin Savings Bank
Education: Duquesne University, The University of Tennessee
Community involvement: Johnson City Morning Rotary Club, The Monday Club, and The General Federal of Women’s Clubs.
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

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

Cara Neighbors

Cara Neighbors

Title: CPA, Elliot Davis Decosimo
Previous: Manager, 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
Metro area: Chattanooga

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: Johnson City

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
Metro area: Knoxville

Latisha Stubblefield