East Tennessee Foundation is managed by a volunteer board of directors who are very knowledgeable about their communities and broadly representative of the East Tennessee region.

Photo produced by Charles Brooks Photography and Jill Knight Design

2022 East Tennessee Foundation Board of Directors

Seated: L to R – Cassandra McGee Stuart, Kay Clayton, Stephen Rosen, Donde Plowman, and Lisa Bingham

Standing: L to R – Ben Lewis, Richard Dapaah, Harry Gross, Denise Dean, Kris Yarlett, Kiran Singh Sirah, Logan Hickman, Susanna Hoskins, Nathaniel Shelso, Rick Fox, Bruce Hartmann, Patsy Carson, Sharon Hannum, Cate Biggs, Butch Peccolo, David Martin, Rocio Huet, Diondre Jackson, Karen Walker, Drocella Mugorewera, and Sam Albritton

Not Pictured: David Bradshaw, Steve Darden, Keith Gray, Jim Harlan, Gene Patterson, and Richard Roberts

2023 Officers

Chair: Bruce Hartmann, Sr. Vice President and Chief Community Relations Officer, University of Tennessee Medical Center

Vice Chair: Karen Walker, Chief Financial Officer, The Trust Company of Tennessee

Treasurer: Sam Albritton, Wealth Management Community Group, National Sales Manager / Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank

Ex-Officio: Keith Barber, East Tennessee Foundation, President + CEO

Ex-Officio: Jeanette Kelleher, East Tennessee Foundation, Executive Vice President + Secretary

2023 Board of Directors

  • Patsy Carson, Community Volunteer
  • Kay Clayton, Community Volunteer
  • Richard Dapaah, Head of Business and Corporate Development, SPARKZ Inc.
  • Steve Darden, Managing Partner, Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP
  • Denise Dean, Executive Director, East Tennessee Freedom Schools 
  • Rick Fox, President, Fox Management Company
  • Harry Gross, Greater Knoxville Market President and Commercial Lending Leader Knoxville/Tri-cities, Truist Bank
  • Sharon Hannum, Retired Executive, Alcoa, Inc. 
  • Logan Hickman, Executive Vice President, Peoples Bank of the South
  • Susanna Hoskins, Supervising Producer, RIVR Media
  • Rocio Huet, MD, Director of Integrative Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Diondre Jackson, Founder, Penultimate Development
  • Rev. Ben Lewis, Jr., Senior Staff Chaplain, University of Tennessee Medical Center and Founder/CEO, Genesis Diversity Solutions
  • Drocella Mugorewera, Consultant, The Diversity Trust Builder 
  • Gene Patterson, Community and Public Affairs, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), LLC
  • Butch Peccolo, Retired CFO, University of Tennessee
  • Donde Plowman, Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Richard Roberts, Former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue
  • Stephen Rosen, Managing Director in Fixed Income Capital Markets, Raymond James and Company 
  • Nathaniel Shelso, Relationship Manager, Private Banking, FirstBank
  • Kiran Singh Sirah, President, International Storytelling Center
  • Kris Yarlett, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones 

Honorary Lifetime Members

  • Bobbie Y. Congleton*
  • Sam Fowler, Jr., Esq.*
  • Natalie L. Haslam, Community Volunteer
  • A. David Martin, Retired Founder, Martin & Company
  • Col. William M. Slayden*
  • David V. White, Community Volunteer
  • Stuart R. Worden, Worden, Rechenbach & Brooke
  • Lindsay Young, Esq.*



1986                            David V. White
1987 – 1988             Natalie L. Haslam
1989 – 1990             John R. Cooper
1991 – 1992              Bobbie Y. Congleton*
1993                             Gregg K. Jones
1994 – 1995              Larry D. Mauldin
1996 – 1997              A. David Martin
1998 – 1999              Joan D. Allen
2000 – 2002             Lloyd L. Montgomery, III
2003                              James A. Begalla*
2004                             Ann H. Hansen
2005                              J. Daniel Pressley
2006 – 2007             Mark K. Williams
2008 – 2009             Larry B. Martin
2010                              Peyton T. Hairston, Jr.*
2011                               Jenny L. Hines
2012 – 2013               Dr. Alice Mercer
2014                              Gen. Fred D. Womack
2015                              Keith D. Goodwin
2016                              Dr. Jeffrey M. Becker
2017 – 2018                Paul G. Willson
2019 – 2020               Amy Cathey
2021                               Cate Biggs