Board of Directors & Staff


  1. H. Lee Martin, PhD

    Lee is a Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee where he directs the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from UT and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  He has served on the Knox Area Rescue Ministries Board for the past 20 years and has had numerous other board affiliations including Knoxville Christian Foundation, Global Media Outreach, UT College of Engineering Advisory Board, and the MTSU Honors College Advisory Board.  He was the first Executive Director of the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (now known as Launch Tennessee) and founded TeleRobotics International, Inc. after working as a development engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He served on the Baptist and Mercy Health Foundation Boards prior to the start of the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee.  Lee and his wife, Carla, have three children. He enjoys tennis, pickleball, and playing the hammered dulcimer.

    Board of Directors

  1. Jerry L. Bodie

    Jerry serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of White Realty & Service Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jerry received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 1980 and earned his Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation in 1995 and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 1996. Jerry entered the commercial real estate industry in 1989 after the sale of the operating assets of White Stores, Inc., (now White Realty) a regional grocery chain based in Knoxville where he has been employed since 1974. Jerry has served as a board member of Leadership Knoxville, The Community School of the Arts, Chair of The Smoky Mountain Boy Scouts Friends of Scouting Campaign, and The National Advisory Council to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Jerry is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2005. In 2012, Jerry was the recipient of the Impact Award and the Deal of the Year Award given by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal, East Tennessee CCIM Chapter, and Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley for his work in the development of the Dowell Springs Business Parle Jerry also served as the Building Committee Chairman for the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He is married to the former Ann McCabe and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

  2. Sharon Bosse

    Sharon is involved in the community and her church in a variety of roles. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Chair-elect of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, a mentor for tnAchieves, and involved in various roles at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Knoxville and a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2005.  Previously, Sharon was Chairman of the Zoofari fundraiser at the Knoxville Zoo, Chairman of the Annual Dinner of Catholic Charities, and has served multiple times on the Campaign Cabinet of United Way of Greater Knoxville.  Sharon and her husband, Bruce, have two sons.  They love to travel, entertain and enjoy time on the lake.

  3. Robert C. DeNovo, III
    Robert is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ serving as senior vice president and financial consultant with Pinnacle Asset Management, a division of Pinnacle Bank. He and his team focus on creating customized and comprehensive solutions for stewards of business and family wealth that incorporate both the personal and financial aspects of planning. He is a Knoxville native and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2002 with a dual major in Supply Chain and Marketing. After spending 6 years in Nashville he and his wife Jamie moved back to Knoxville in 2008 and have since had three children; Charlie, Eve, and Barnes. Their family is active at Resurrection Presbyterian Church and has been since its beginning in October of 2017. Robert enjoys community involvement and has also served as Treasurer and board member at the Volunteer Ministry Center. Robert enjoys running, fly fishing, and spending as much time as possible on the lake with family and friends.

  4. Michael Dillon, PhD
    Michael serves as the Dean for the School of Business & Technology at Tusculum College.  He was born and raised in Ohio and relocated to Knoxville in 2003. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Kenyon College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University, and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Cincinnati.  His career in academics includes seven years at Lincoln Memorial University School of Business, where he served as Assistant Dean, Director of MBA Programs, Department Chair, and Associate Professor of Business. He also taught finance classes at the University of Cincinnati for six years.   Prior to his career in academics, Dillon has extensive private sector experience including sales, sales management, purchasing management, and he has been the owner of a private consulting firm assisting physicians with their financial issues.  Michael teaches both finance and economic classes at Tusculum College where he engages and challenges students to develop their critical thinking and decision-making skills.  His finance research interests are primarily with IPOs, agency issues, and corporate governance, healthcare, and behavioral finance.  He is married to Mary Dillon, Medical Director at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.  They are proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Sarah.

  5. David Goodson, CPA, CFA

    As President and Chief Investment Officer for Proffitt & Goodson Inc., David has over 35 years of experience working with corporations, pension plans, and non-profit organizations on a broad range of investment issues, including security selection, portfolio design, and implementation of investment management best practices.  David earned B.S. and M.B.A degrees in economics and finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a member of the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals who hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. David currently serves on the City of Knoxville Industrial Development Board, as a board member and treasurer of Scenic Knoxville Inc., and as chair of the Church Street UMC Foundation. He is a current board member, previous investment committee chair, and past president of the Board of Directors of the Holston Conference Foundation of the United Methodist Church. He previously served as a board member of the Holston Home for Children Foundation.

  6. Reico Hopewell

    Reico Hopewell, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Mend House Sober Living Community for Men. The Mend House focuses on mending lives via education, employment, accountability, mentoring, and spiritual guidance. The Mend House has decreased recidivism and relapse rates for many of its residents and has supported the Knoxville community’s health and economics. Reico is also the founder and owner of Hopewell A&D Counseling LLC, a private practice in which he facilitates alcohol and drug counseling for individuals, groups, families, DCS, DHS, DOT, the FAA, and the judicial system. He is the founder and CEO of Hopewell Helping Hands Inc., and he has 11 years of clinical experience and holds an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor license from The Tennessee Department of Mental Health. Additionally, Reico holds a National Certified Addictions Counselor certification from the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals, a Substance Abuse Professional certification from The Association of Addictions Professionals, and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist certification from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. His faith in God and passion for helping others has earned him the “Community Champion Award” presented by the Metro Drug Coalition and the Overcomer Believers Church’s “OBC Heroes” award. He has served as Vice Chairman and Chairman for the Metro Drug Coalition and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the E.M. Jellinek Center, and a member of Leadership Knoxville’s Class of 2021. Reico graduated from Bearden High School and attended Maryville College on a basketball scholarship. His most valued treasure is his standard poodle, King Zaevion.

  7. Connie Hutchins

    Connie Hutchins bioConnie Henderson Hutchins is a native of Knoxville, attended Hollins College, and graduated from the University of Tennessee. She started the residential design firm, Temptations Inc., in 1985, and serves as both president and interior designer for the firm. Connie works closely with her husband, Ron, who also graduated from the University of Tennessee in the School of Architecture. They have one son, Blair, and daughter-in-law, Jayne, and recently welcomed a granddaughter to their family.
    Having served the nonprofit community in many leadership roles throughout her life, Connie was acutely aware of the need for methods to build better performing teams. While serving as president of the Knoxville Junior League, she became a part of a Leadership Knoxville class that was offered the opportunity to study ways to facilitate groups into more effective organizations. She has been a part of the Leadership Knoxville Facilitation Committee since its inception, has pursued additional training, and has used her skills to help many nonprofit and professional organizations improve their efficiency and success, as well as, to create a more pleasant working environment for their teams.
    Having served in leadership roles on many diverse regional boards, from social services to art galleries, and the founding of the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, Connie is proud to continue to work with organizations that serve to improve our wonderful East Tennessee community.

  8. Katharine Killen
    Katharine Killen is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Knox County Health Department. In this role, she oversees the agency’s Organizational Planning and Development, Community Health, and Communications divisions, with approximately 60 employees. She’s also tasked with advancing strategic partnerships to build an integrated and effective system that leads to healthier communities. With nearly 20 years of experience in community relations, her background includes work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. A 2019 Leadership Knoxville graduate, Killen previously served on the boards of the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, Knox County Imagination Library, and News Sentinel Charities, Inc. She is a Knoxville native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She lives in Knoxville with her husband Roger and son Anthony.

  9. Becky F. Little
    Becky is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science degree and additional graduate courses completed for the Tennessee Department of Education – Career Ladder Level III.  She has dedicated her career to education and worked as the Assistant State Supervisor at the Tennessee Department of Education, an 8th Grade Teacher for Knox County Schools, and the System Director of Alumni Programs for Educational & Scholarship Programs at the University of Tennessee. Her incredible work as an educator earned her several awards including being recognized as “Teacher of the Year” for not only Farragut Middle School but at the Knox County Middle School, Regional TN Middle School, and TN Middle School levels as well.  She was selected as a WBIR Educator of the Week, UT “Educator’s Hall of Honor” and a Finalist for the YWCA “Educator of the Year”.  Becky has also served our community in a number of ways.  She was a member of Leadership Knoxville’s Inaugural Class, served as a board member for the Cancer Support Community Board, the Imagination Library Board, and Treasurer and Women’s Council Chair for the UT National Alumni Association.  In addition, Becky is a Bible Study Facilitator for Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and Bible Study Teacher at Hardin Valley Church of Christ.  Becky and her husband, Joe Little, a retired Nuclear Engineer, have three children and seven grandchildren.
  10. Jennifer Little
    A native of Cookeville, Jennifer earned her accounting degree from Lipscomb University. After earning her MBA from the University of Memphis, she worked as a CPA for Ernst and Young and Inmar Enterprises. While living in Knoxville, Jennifer served on the board of Christian Academy of Knoxville for six years, has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations, and is currently serving on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board for Lipscomb University. A member of Hardin Valley Church of Christ, she enjoys working with the youth program and women’s ministry. She also enjoys working with Health Talents International in Guatemala where she has participated in several medical mission trips with her husband John and their three children.

  11. Jordan Mollenhour
    Jordan Mollenhour is a 7th generation Tennessean, an entrepreneur, a business executive, and an investor. Jordan and business partner, Dustin Gross, founded the privately-held investment firm Mollenhour Gross, LLC in 2004, and together, they have since started, bought, or invested in dozens of businesses throughout the United States (some of which have been relocated to Knoxville). He began his working career at age 12, started his first business at age 16, attended the University of Tennessee full-time while growing his companies, and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a full-time MBA, and a law degree (all from UT-Knoxville). He most recently graduated from The Wharton School in Philadelphia, earning an executive MBA with honors and receiving the Benjamin Franklin Award, an elected distinction given to one member of each graduating class. Jordan attributes his most salient season of personal and professional growth to the period following the financial crisis of 2008. During that time, Jordan and Dustin experienced complete financial loss. In the years following the crisis, the firm recovered, but the experience forever changed their perspectives and it continues to inform their decisions – both remain grateful for the experience and for the incredible people who have joined their team since. Jordan, Christina, and their four children remain actively involved in the Knoxville community, their church, a variety of social impact initiatives, and in the lives of the many fine friends and family who are a part of their journey.

  12. Chuck Morris

    Founder and Principal of Morris Creative Group LLC in Knoxville and serial entrepreneur (The Jackson Avenue Tea Company and Cirkel LLC), Chuck Morris has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design, publishing, public relations, marketing, branding, and advertising. Morris graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Pride of the Southland Band. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design, in 1989 he went to work for former Knoxville publishing phenom Chris Whittle at Whittle Communications, L.P. He started his own firm in 1991. In 2005, he was inducted into the Knoxville Advertising Federation Hall of Fame, and in 2013, he was awarded the American Advertising Federation’s Robert McCabe, Silver Medal, for lifetime achievement.
    An appointee of former Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Morris currently serves his second term on the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee. He has also served as chairman of The Bijou Theatre and the East Tennessee Community Design Center. Additionally, he has served in various roles on the boards of Metro Drug Coalition, Knoxville Family Justice Center, Volunteer Ministry Center, Blount Mansion, Knoxville Opera Company, and the Knoxville Chamber. Morris is a graduate of Halls High School and a lifelong Knoxvillian. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2003 and a former member of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

  13. Avice E. Reid

    Avice is the Senior Director of Community Relations for the City of Knoxville.  She is a Knoxville, TN native, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Knoxville College and Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry at Covington Theological Seminary. In addition, Avice has earned the Professional Project Management certification and is a certified 21st Century Leadership Facilitator with Leadership Knoxville.   She is very active in the Knoxville community and serves on several boards including Community Television of Knoxville, East Tennessee Foundation, Home Federal Bank, Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, and Women’s Fund of East Tennessee. Other past and current community involvement include The United Way of Greater Knoxville, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Alpha Pi Omega Chapter), Alpha Pi Omega Foundation, University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Leadership Knoxville Introduction Knoxville Committee, Covenant Health System Quality Improvement, and Professional Relations Committee, Executive Women’s Association, Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, YWCA of Knoxville, American Red Cross. Avice has received recognition for her outstanding work in the community by the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council as a 2009 Women of Achievement Honoree, and by the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated as the Bronze Woman of the Year (2001-2002). In 2016, Avice was selected by the YWCA to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Tribute to Women awards. She and her husband, Gary, have two daughters, three grandsons, and one granddaughter.

  14. Brandon Ross
    Originally from Bolivar, Tennessee, Brandon is the youngest of 3 siblings. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he studied Marketing & Business Analytics. Brandon currently works at Turner Homes as a Community Sales Manager and the Lead Property Manager for Woody Creek Realty. Brandon manages over 200 properties throughout Knoxville, Birmingham, and Atlanta. He is married to the beautiful and talented Pinky Ross of Knoxville Tennessee. They both serve faithfully in the community centered around Overcoming Believers Church & Austin East High School. Brandon believes “How many people you bless is how you measure success.” Therefore, Pinky and Brandon have dedicated their lives to serving everyone they encounter. Together, they have a very talented daughter & an amazing grandson! He truly loves to make people happy, and his goal is to make any day a good one.

  15. Grant Standefer
    Grant serves as the Corporate Chaplain for Dominion Senior Living and as Executive Director – Emeritus with Compassion Coalition.  He received a Doctorate of Ministry from Lipscomb University.  He served in pastoral ministry for 24 years in Texas, New Mexico, and Tennessee.  His heart for people is evident in his continued involvement in our community by serving on the Mayor’s Roundtable on Homelessness, FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Global Seeds Board of Directors, The Restoration House Board of Directors, and Knoxville Marriage Initiative Board of Directors.  Grant and Rhoni, his wife of 42 years, are parents to two daughters and one son.  They are also proud grandparents to seven grandchildren.

  16. Steve Sexton
    Steve is the Director of Pastoral Care at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The Pastoral Care Department provides compassionate care and spiritual support to patients, families, and staff while respecting their beliefs, culture, traditions, and values. Steve received his undergraduate from William Carey University and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also completed post-graduate work in Bowen Family Systems Theory. Steve continues to be involved in the community through The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee and The Dream Connection. He has previously served on the Metropolitan Drug Commission, Leadership Knoxville, and Interfaith Health Clinic Board. He and his wife Sheila live in Seymour, Tennessee and he enjoys fishing, golf, and antiques.
  17. Laurens Tullock
    Laurens Tullock served as the President of Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville, philanthropy that focused on helping Knoxville reach its full potential. With a background of two law degrees, and leadership results as an Air Force officer, a white-collar fraud prosecutor with the Justice Department, and a City official, he focused on his passion for Knoxville and Tennessee in 1997 to start Cornerstone for the private sector funder and was President for the entire 20-year history. Laurens was recognized as a change agent in Tennessee through selection for the inaugural class of Leadership Tennessee in 2013. He is also a multi-term board member of Leadership Knoxville, the opening speaker for each Introduction Knoxville class, the annual graduation speaker for Leadership Knoxville, and a founder of the Knoxville Fellows. He is the past Chair of the Board of Project GRAD USA, a national education reform effort, and was the original champion of Project GRAD Knoxville, a public-private partnership that has dramatically improved inner-city graduation rates. He was the original organizer of the Great Schools Partnership in Knox County and was an organizing partner of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education. Both organizations are collective impact initiatives that have been catalysts for Tennessee becoming the fastest improving state in the nation on education outcomes, and Knox County becoming the only large school system ever named an Exemplary System in Tennessee. He was an early champion of downtown Knoxville revitalization, and over the years led numerous City of Knoxville, private sector, and philanthropic efforts to help bring that revitalization to a tipping point. Over those years that vitality was returning to downtown, he was the City point person on the development of Volunteer Landing, and later the real estate developer on behalf of Cornerstone Foundation of 4 Market Square – housing Cafe 4, Square Room, and the Knoxville Fellows. It has been and continues to be Laurens’ life’s work to see Knoxville reach its full potential and inspire others to do the same.

  18. Benét Theiss, Esq.
    Benét is an Attorney with Young Williams Law Firm.  Originally from Columbia, Tennessee, she received her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law.  She is a member of Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, and Knoxville Estate Planning Council. Benét is active in her community and serves as a mentor for the Roane county Robotics team, volunteers for Boys Scout Troop 101, and was formerly President of Naval Academy Parents’ Club of Eastern Tennessee. Benét and her husband, Tim, have two sons and a daughter.

  19. Lisa Wagoner

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  20. Twuanna Munroe-Ward

    Twuanna is Vice President of Transaction Accounting at Scripps Networks.  She received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University in Accounting and MBA from Georgia State University.  Twuanna currently serves as a board member for the Knoxville Museum of Art and FAMU Foundation.  She is heavily involved in the community and is a member of the FAMU National Alumni Association, National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications, Women in Cable Telecommunications, National Association of Black Accountants, Scripps Mentoring Program, The Links Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  She is married to Derick Ward.

  21. Wendy Wortham

    Wendy is originally from Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  She attended the University of Kentucky and California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco.  Wendy moved to Knoxville in 1994 via Houston, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Washington, D.C.  Her husband, Dale, retired after a 20-year career as an interventional cardiologist in the Army and recently after 24 years at University Cardiology, U.T. Knoxville.  Wendy currently serves on the advisory board for The UT College of Nursing and The Clarence Brown Theatre.  Past board involvements include Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, The American Heart Association, Knoxville Opera, The Florence Crittenton Agency, and Leadership Knoxville.  She and Dale have two sons.  The eldest, Keller, is a physician and actor in Los Angeles.  Their son, Taylor, a financial advisor with Patriot Investment Management, and his wife, Simonne, lives in Knoxville with their two grandchildren, SiSi, age 6, and William, age 4.


  1. Lynn Metler
    Lynn is the Foundation Coordinator for Trinity.  She served as an executive administrative assistant in private education and in retail management.  As a pastor’s daughter and pastor’s wife, Lynn has enjoyed many opportunities to volunteer and serve.   Her experiences in numerous ministry roles have equipped her to serve at Trinity.  She enjoys the details of planning and organizing special events.  Her passion for serving and supporting others is evident in her work.  She and her husband, Paul, reside in Knoxville and have one son, Nick.

  2. Ashley Sartelle
    Ashley is the Finance and Funds Manager and oversees the budget, investments, and operating funds of Trinity.  She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Master’s in Accounting.  Ashley and her family moved to Knoxville in 2015.  She has worked in both public and private accounting.  She and her husband, John, are proud parents to three children.