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Deborah Phillips, Carolyn Schwenn, Terry Morgan, Leanna Brackett, Anna Whitener, Sherry Williams
: Precy Sturgeon, Jan Elston, Mike McClamroch, Sherri Alley, Beth Heller, Susan Blair, Jeanette Kelleher, Trudy Hughes, Jackie Lane, Adam Waller, Patrick Wade
Karen Davis, Mary Amber Dunn, Dan Foltz-Gray
East Tennessee Foundation Staff
Sherri Alley, J.D., Vice President for Advancement
Sherri is responsible for the development and donor services functions of the Foundation. She works with donors and their professional advisors on a regional basis to connect donors with the power of philanthropic giving and provide them with personalized service to support their philanthropy. Sherri works to develop the institutional resources that sustain the organizational strength of the Foundation over the long term and the program resources to fund present and future grantmaking initiatives. Prior to joining the ETF team, Sherri practiced law with the firm of Kizer and Black with an emphasis in estates and probate.
Susan Blair serves as administrative support to the staff and Board of Directors. Prior to joining the ETF staff, Susan completed a distinguished military career, retiring as a Lt. Colonel, and worked in banking.
Leanna Brackett, Director of Operations & Fund Administration
Leanna serves as the Foundation’s daily operations manager, overseeing a wide range of areas. Leanna produces all fund reports to donors and is a resource for fundholders in their fund administration. She works on the financial team in audit, 990, and other report preparation. She reconciles, posts, and reports on gifts, grants, investments, and fund balances and oversees the gift acknowledgment processes. She troubleshoots technology problems and works with our computer consultants to support the Foundation’s technology needs. Leanna is a deft problem-solver and frequently serves as a resource to both the staff and donors.
Karen Davis, Executive Assistant for Public School Forum
Karen provides operational and administrative support to the advisory
board of the Public School Forum of East Tennessee Fund, which serves as
a catalyst for educational improvement in East Tennessee by supporting
initiatives that create passion for excellence, community support and
positive change within the school systems.
Jan Elston, Director of Competitive Grant Programs
Jan is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs, such as the Arts Fund of East Tennessee, Mount Rest Fund, and the Youth Endowment and helps to coordinate the grantmaking activity of all the regional affiliates. Jan develops grant applications and guidelines, provides technical assistance to potential applicants, supports the volunteers who serve on grants panels to evaluate proposals, and works with grantees to ensure the successful completion of their funded project. Prior to joining ETF, Jan worked as an urban planner and later as a nonprofit program director.
Dan Foltz-Gray, Coordinator for Coffey Memorial Scholarship Fund
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While a full-time faculty member at Roane State Community College, Dan works part-time as the on-site coordinator and mentor to student recipients of the Steven L. Coffey Memorial Scholarship Fund for Anderson County students.
Beth Heller, Scholarship & Program Officer
Beth, who has extensive experience in college financial aid and in social work, oversees the Foundation’s scholarship program. She works with donors in establishing scholarship guidelines, coordinates all aspects of the application and selection process for the Foundation’s 40+ scholarship funds, works with guidance counselors and administrators to create awareness of ETF scholarship opportunities, and tracks the academic progress of scholarship recipients.
Trudy Hughes, Director of Regional Advancement
Trudy leads the Foundation's efforts to grow local philanthropy, encouraging residents throughout our 25-county service area to "Give Where You Live." She works with leaders from communities throughout our region to create geographically-focused affiliate funds that build permanent resources to benefit those communities. Prior to joining East Tennessee Foundation, Trudy served as Executive Director of New Hope, Blount County Children's Advocacy Center. She brings a strong background in social services and program development to her work with ETF's regional affiliate funds.
Jeanette Kelleher, Director of Research & Policy Development
Jeanette manages the grantmaking of the Foundation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Jeanette’s other responsibilities include: working with senior management on research, analysis, policy development, and special projects; providing assistance to the Foundation’s supporting organizations on policies, accounting, and reporting, and assisting with financial reporting and data management. She works on the financial team in audit, 990, and other report preparation. Prior to joining the ETF staff, Jeanette managed the City of Knoxville’s community development programs.
Jackie Lane, Vice President for Communications
Jackie oversees the Foundation’s public relations and marketing efforts. She produces ETF’s newsletters, marketing materials, and press releases, hosts our show on community television, manages our website, coordinates our use of social media, and acts as staff liaison for special events. In addition to her creative skills, Jackie brings extensive experience in education and program direction to her management of the Foundation’s communications function.
Michael McClamroch, President & CEO
A Knoxville native, Mike has been East Tennessee Foundation’s chief executive since 2001. With his constant emphasis on excellent stewardship of the resources entrusted to the Foundation and on top-notch constituent services, Mike has overseen dramatic growth in the asset-size and grantmaking of ETF. Prior to leading ETF, Mike practiced law with the firm of Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis and was an active volunteer with a variety of charitable organizations in the Knoxville area.
Terry Morgan, CFRE, Director of Women's Fund of East Tennessee
Terry provides oversight for all operations of the Women's Fund of East Tennessee, which is a catalyst for transforming the lives of low-income women and girls in East Tennessee. Prior to joining East Tennessee Foundation, Terry served as National Foundations Director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and as President & CEO of Baptist Health System Foundation. A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Terry brings to the Women's Fund a wealth of experience in advancement, nonprofit management, and leadership development.
Deborah Phillips, Administrative Assistant
For many callers and visitors, Deborah is the first point of contact with East Tennessee Foundation. She provides administrative support to the CEO, the staff, and is the main administrative support for the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the ETF team, Deborah worked and volunteered for several nonprofit organizations.
Carolyn Schwenn, Executive Vice President & Secretary
Since shortly after the formation of East Tennessee Foundation, Carolyn has been responsible for overseeing the organization’s daily activity and operations. From payroll to preparation of tax returns to implementing the Foundation’s investment management plan, Carolyn oversees all of the administrative and financial activity. Carolyn has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the accounting and data management systems that ensure complete and accurate corporate records. She has implemented policies and procedures to safeguard the Foundation’s assets and guide its staff. With her encyclopedic knowledge of the Foundation’s operations, Carolyn frequently serves as a resource to donors, board members, and staff.
Precy Sturgeon, Financial & Administrative Officer
Precy plays a vital role in the financial operation of the Foundation. Precy’s responsibilities include processing grant payments and accounts payable, reconciling bank statements, maintaining records on contributions and donors, managing supply orders, and processing our investment pools. She works on the financial team in audit, 990, and other report preparation.
Patrick Wade, Director of Pat Summitt Foundation
Patrick provides oversight for all operations of The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund and is responsible for leading its fundraising campaign. Prior to joining East Tennessee Foundation he worked in higher education, most recently in Advancement at the University of Tennessee.
Adam Waller, Director of Community Relations, Pat Summitt Foundation
Adam provides operational, administrative, and development support for the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Anna Whitener, Financial & Administrative Associate
Anna supports the financial and administrative team by processing gifts, preparing gift acknowledgement letters and other correspondence. She also provides administrative and technical assistance when needed. Prior to joining ETF, Anna received her Master’s in City and Regional Planning with a research focus on microfinance and practical experience creating community master plans.
Sherry Williams, Advancement Associate
Sherry supports the advancement team and coordinates ETF's donor advised grantmaking process. She also helps to administer the Foundation's database. Born, raised, and educated in Maryville, TN, Sherry received her Master's in Social Justice. She has returned home to East Tennessee after seven years in the nonprofit field in Richmond, VA.