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Our Leadership Team and Board Members

Our Leadership Team

Rhoni Basden,

Executive Director

“Work Hard. Stay Humble. Smile Often. Be Honest. Stay Loyal. Never Stop Learning.”

Alanna Hunsaker-Kosier,

Director of Programs

“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

Tracy Crossno,

Director of Athletics

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible!”
―Audrey Hepburn

Kirby Deal,

Director of Development

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

― Maya Angelou

Meghan Byrge,

Outreach Director

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Meade

Kyla Black,

Program Supervisor

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
― Stacey Bendet

Erin Douglas,

Operations Manager

Whitley Myers,

Development Associate

“The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.”
― Aung San Suu Kyi

Abby Ridenour,

Community Impact Coordinator

Maya Thompson,

Program Staff

April Hicks,

Outreach Staff

“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
― Rita Pierson

Amyre Cain,

Program Staff

2019 Corporate Board of Directors

Sheryl Houston (President), Consolidated Nuclear Security

Mike Beck, Consolidated Nuclear Security

Katy Brown, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Melanie Fillauer, Community Adovocate

Laurie Macnair, R3 Consulting

Dr. Mary Palmer, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Melissa McMahan, Elavon

Donna Reat, Community Advocate

Chad Vander Wert, Discovery

2019 Knoxville Board of Trustees

Deb Crouse (President), Metro Drug Coalition

Dustin Crouse, Knoxville Elder Law

Lindsay Elsten, VIEO Design

Nicole Harman, Community Advocate

Stephanie Haynes, LHP Capital

Tanya Hockett, Discovery

Jon Leonard, Capital Financial Group

Tiffani Mensch, Alliance for Better Nonprofits

Quineka Moten, Knoxville Area Urban League

Mendy Moseley, Sanmar

Emily Norris, Dance Tonight

Abby Pensky, Community Advocate

Lisa Pierson, Subaru International

Tommy Smith, Ackermann PR

Alicia Verlinde, Knox County Government

2019 Oak Ridge Board of Trustees

Trish Polfus (President), Methodist Medical Center

Steve Cates, Community Advocate

Bob Cook, Community Advocate

Melissa Creasey, Enrichment Federal Credit Union

Terry Domm, CNS Y12

Jane Grossbeck, Community Advocate

Dr. Lyndon Hurt, Hurt Lyndon DDS

Mona Leake, Community Advocate

Dot Jones, Community Advocate

Rachel Moses, Cookeville Legal Aid

Deb Schenk, Regions Bank

Eleanor Stevens, Community Advocate

Patti Shelton, Community Advocate

Charlyne Thompson, Community Advocate

Lorie Wilson, TN Bank

2019 Blount County Board of Trustees

Betsy Cunningham, Y-12 Federal Credit Union

Caroline Fontinell, Community Advocate

Jackie Mills, Realty Executives Associates

Libby Klatt, Community Advocate

Cristina Boone, Standard Aero

Lindsay Elsten, VIEO Design

Regina Jennings, Pinnacle Bank