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Our Leadership Team and Board Members

Our Leadership Team

Kirby Deal

Executive Director

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

― Maya Angelou

Alanna Hunsaker-Kosier

Vice President of Programs & Operations

“One of the great things about young people is that they do question, that they do care about justice, and that they have open minds.”
― Zack de la Rocha

Haley Reeves

Development Associate

“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.”

― Luna Lovegood

Ashley Ivnes

Program Supervisor

“She was not fragile like a flower but she was fragile like a bomb.”

― Rahul Singh

Hailey Kraft

STEM Coordinator

“She remembered who she was and the game changed.”

― Lalah Delia

Octavia Lenoir

Social Justice & Advocacy Coordinator

“A closed mind don’t get fed, and without soul food there is no growing.”

― Reyna Biddy

Amy Phillips

Athletic Coordinator


Yasmin Simpson

Program Facilitator

Jessica Wallace

Program Facilitator

Ray Thornton


2021 Corporate Board of Directors

Sheryl Houston, President

Doug Freund

Bob Cook

Dr. Mary Palmer

Trish Polfus, Oak Ridge Representative

Stephanie Haynes, Knoxville Representative

Melissa McMahan

Donna Reat

Chad Vander Wert

2021 Knoxville Board of Trustees

Deb Crouse, President

Dustin Crouse

Julie Gause

Nicole Harman

Stephanie Haynes

Abby Pensky, Secretary

Tiffani Mensch

Mendy Moseley

Abby Tinsley

Megan Chafin

Heather Beck, Treasurer

Lisa Pierson

Erika Nadaud

Torrie Boggs

Lauren Sterritt

2021 Oak Ridge Board of Trustees

Trish Polfus, President

Terry Domm

Nikki Adkisson

Dot Jones

Rachel Moses, Vice President

Jane Grossbeck

Mona Leake



Deb Schenk, Treasurer

Jan Stoutland

Lorie Wilson

Amanda Hurley

2021 Blount County Board of Trustees

Angela Tillman

Brooke Henisohn

Brooke Nix

Jackie Mills

Jessica Hannah

Dr. Julia Wood

Luke Wood

Megan Seaton

Tina Tipton

Whitney LaDage