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!
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!
Terry Morgan, Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, Director
Terry’s proven success in fundraising, development, marketing, and managing foundations prepared her well to serve as the first Women’s Fund Director. She oversees daily operations, grantmaking, advocacy and advancement for the Fund and works closely with the Women’s Fund Advisory Board and committees and ETF staff to transform the lives of low-income women and girls in East Tennessee. Meet Terry!
Katie Peck, Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, Coordinator
Katie is a Knoxville native who graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2014 with two B.A. degrees—one in English and another in Linguistics. She joined ETF as Coordinator for the East Tennessee Women’s Fund and brings experience as a professional copyeditor as well as a strong background in writing and community relations. She is passionate about working with human rights issues, and is excited to increase nonprofit collaboration across the region. Katie is passionate about foreign languages and cross-cultural communication, has a zeal for traveling, and she loves the outdoors.
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!