Teresa Antle, Fundholder Relationship Associate
Teresa 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. She responds to inquiries from both donors and grantees. Teresa grew up in Missouri and Michigan, attended Albion College and Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Retail Management. She later completed an MBA with a concentration in finance at Illinois Institute of Technology. Teresa’s work history includes: retail management, paralegal experience, serving as a litigation legal assistant, and as a senior account manager in corporate services for Northern Trust.
Susan Blair, Receptionist and Assistant to the President
Susan Blair serves as the primary administrative support for the Foundation’s President and also provides 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. Susan is currently on an extended leave of absence.
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.
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 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.
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 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’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 regional development and grantmaking at East Tennessee Foundation. To do so, she works closely with the Foundation’s many regional affiliates to build grassroots philanthropy.
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 and press releases, hosts our show on community television, manages our website, and coordinates our use of social media. 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, 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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
Sherry Williams, Advancement Associate
Sherry provides support to the Vice President for Advancement and assists donor advised fundholders with our online giving portal, Donor Central, and other inquiries. She oversees the due diligence research process required for donor advised grants and helps process grant recommendations. Additionally, Sherry works on a number of special projects and assists with database management and training. Prior to joining the ETF staff, Sherry worked for a nursing home in Richmond, VA for 7 years.