Top row, from left to right: Beth Heller, Deborah Phillips, John Johnson, Sherri Alley, Susan Blair, Adam Waller, Jeanette Kelleher, Patrick Wade, Teresa Antle, Jan Elston, Trudy Hughes. Bottom row, from left to right: Samantha Amick, Precy Sturgeon, Michael McClamroch, Carolyn Schwenn, Anna Whitener, Jackie Lane
Sherri Alley, Vice President for Advancement
Sherri is responsible for the advancement 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. Meet Sherri!
Samantha Amick, Advancement Assistant
Sam provides a wide range of support to our Advancement team, helping with everything from scheduling meetings to developing marketing materials. With a B.S. in Film and Television and a minor in English, she brings strong writing and communication skills to her work at ETF. Prior to joining our team, Sam worked in television and radio production. Meet Sam!
Teresa Antle, Fundholder Relationship Associate
Teresa's MBA and work history, including retail management, paralegal experience, serving as a litigation legal assistant, and as a senior account manager in corporate services for Northern Trust have prepared her well to serve as ETF's Fundholder Relationship Associate. She provides support to the Vice President for Advancement and manages the daily operations of the Foundation’s numerous donor advised funds. Teresa completes the due diligence required for donor advised grants and processes grant recommendations and serves as a resource for donor and grantee inquiries. Meet Teresa!
Susan Blair, Administrative Assistant
Susan Blair serves as the primary administrative support for the Foundation’s Board of Directors and also provides support to the staff. Prior to joining the ETF staff, Susan completed a distinguished military career, retiring as a Lt. Colonel, and worked in banking. Meet Susan!
Karen Davis, Public School Forum of East Tennessee Fund
Karen provides operational and administrative support to the advisory board of the Public School Forum of East Tennessee, 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. Meet Jan!
Dan Foltz-Gray, Coordinator, 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 50+ scholarship funds, works with guidance counselors and administrators to create awareness of ETF scholarship opportunities, and tracks the academic progress of scholarship recipients. Meet Beth!
Trudy Hughes, Director of Regional Advancement
Trudy’s background in social service and program development and her past experience as the Executive Director of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center in Blount County have paved the way for her role as ETF’s Director for Regional Advancement. Trudy is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's regional development and grantmaking. To do so, she works closely with the Foundation’s many regional affiliates to build grassroots philanthropy. Meet Trudy!
John Johnson, Financial & Administrative Associate
John has primary responsibility for acknowledging the many gifts received by ETF. As a member of the Finance team, John also assists with preparation for the annual audit, tax reporting, and charitable solicitation registration and with maintaining our extensive database of donors and grantees. John has a B.S. in Accounting and has both professional and volunteer accounting experience, having served as the accounting manager of a privately held business and the treasurer of his church. Meet John!
Jeanette Kelleher, Director of Research & Policy Development
Jeanette provides primary support to the ETF Investment Committee; works with senior management on research, analysis, policy development, and special projects; provides assistance to the Foundation’s supporting organizations on policies, accounting, and reporting; and assists with financial reporting and data management. She works on the financial team in audit, 990, and other report preparation and is a resource for ETF's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Prior to joining the ETF staff, Jeanette managed the City of Knoxville’s community development programs. Meet Jeanette!
Jackie Lane, Vice President for Communications
Jackie oversees the Foundation’s public relations and marketing efforts. She produces ETF’s newsletters 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. Meet Jackie!
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. Meet Mike!
Deborah Phillips, Administrative Assistant
For many callers and visitors, Deborah is the first point of contact with East Tennessee Foundation. She provides primary administrative support to the CEO and also provides support to the staff and the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the ETF team, Deborah worked and volunteered for several nonprofit organizations. Meet Deborah!
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. Meet Carolyn!
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. Meet Precy!
Patrick Wade, Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, Director
Patrick oversees advancement activity and directs the major gifts campaign for the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund which fights against Alzheimer’s Disease. Meet Patrick!
Adam Waller, Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, Director for Community Relations
Adam provides operational, administrative and development support for the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Meet Adam!
Anna Whitener, Financial & Administrative Officer
Anna 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. Prior to joining ETF, Anna received her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University, where her research focus was on microfinance. Meet Anna!