We invite you to meet our team of professionals. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with our donors, their advisors, volunteers, and our grant recipients. We know you have options for your charitable giving, and we want to be your first choice when it comes to philanthropy.
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
TAMARA BOYER, GENERAL COUNSEL + VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT
Tamara joins ETF after 26 years of experience in the finance industry as a corporate attorney, business executive, and wealth manager. She is a native of Sarasota, Florida and received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and went on to earn her law degree from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. Since moving to Knoxville shortly after graduation, she has been actively involved in East Tennessee's volunteer community. Currently she serves as Chair-Elect Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, Junior Achievement executive board, Webb School of Knoxville board of trustees, and is a Leadership Knoxville Class of 2016 graduate.
PRECY STURGEON, FINANCIAL + ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Precy plays a vital role in the financial operation of the Foundation including processing grant payments and accounts payable, reconciling and balancing bank statements and investment pool accounts, maintaining records on contributions and donors, managing supply orders. As a member of the finance team, she works with them on the audit, tax returns, and other report preparation.
MORGAN VANCE, THE PAT SUMMITT FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Morgan is responsible for all aspects of the giving process for The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. This includes gift planning, annual solicitations, and stewardship. She also assists with event planning and corporate partnerships.
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.
Melissa Tschanz, Chief Financial Officer
Melissa joins ETF after serving as Chief Financial Officer(CFO) for the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, based in Reno, Nevada. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both Tennessee and Nevada. She oversees the financial integrity of the Foundation, including all financial, accounting, and investment processes.
JOHN JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE + ADMINISTRATION
John is a member of the Finance & Administrative team and produces all fund reports to fundholders and is a resource for them in their fund administration. John also assists with preparation for the annual audit, tax reporting, charitable solicitation registration, and many other finance related functions of the Foundation. John also provides technology oversight and support for the Foundation. John has a B.S. in Accounting from Presbyterian College and has both professional and volunteer accounting experience, having served as the accounting manager for a privately held business and the treasurer of his church.
JILL MURPHY, REGIONAL ADVANCEMENT OFFICER
Jill is a member of our Regional Advancement team and provides support to the affiliate funds and their advisory boards across the region. Prior to joining ETF, she worked for the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Jill also worked for many years as a mental health therapist, worked as part of a local anti-drug coalition, and published her own magazine. Jill’s diverse background in social services, business ownership, volunteerism, and community-based activities for counties in our region serves her well in knowing grassroots philanthropy.
JESSICA RENFRO, FINANCIAL + ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Jessica is primarily responsible for processing and acknowledging the many generous gifts that ETF receives. She also maintains and updates our extensive database of donors and grantees. As a member of the finance team, she supports the preparation of our annual audit, federal tax returns, and other required reporting. Prior to joining ETF, Jessica worked at a startup company and volunteered with a community development nonprofit in El Paso, Texas.
JEANETTE KELLEHER, VICE PRESIDENT FOR OPERATIONS
Jeanette is responsible for technology planning, including software selection and deployment and database administration. She provides primary support to the Foundation’s Investment Committee and oversees policy development, research and analysis, and special projects. She is a member of the finance team and serves as a resource for the Foundation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Prior to joining the ETF staff, Jeanette managed the City of Knoxville’s community development programs.
JAN ELSTON, VICE PRESIDENT FOR 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.
JACKIE SLAGLE, FINANCIAL + ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Jackie provides critical support as a member of our finance team. Jackie is a graduate of Western Governors University with a bachelor's in business management. Her career includes twenty years as office manager/administrative assistant to the president of Cornerstone Foundation and seven years prior at the City of Knoxville.
Edna Gibson, Financial + Administrative Officer
Prior to joining ETF, Edna spent ten years in finance and management at local nonprofits. As a member of the finance team, she processes gifts, supports the preparation of our annual audit, generates required reports, and assists our supporting organizations.
DEBORAH PHILLIPS, BOARD LIAISON
Deborah serves as our Board Liaison and assists our CEO. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Education, and many years of experience working and volunteering with schools, churches, and food pantries.
DEANENE CATANI, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Deanene oversees all public relations and marketing efforts. She produces ETF’s newsletters and press releases, manages our website, coordinates use of social media, and acts as staff liaison for special events. She works closely with the entire ETF team to present the message and mission in every area of the Foundation's work. Deanene brings a wealth of marketing and fundraising experience from her work at US Cellular, Knoxville News Sentinel, News Sentinel Charities, University of Tennessee Medical Center, and the Diocese of Knoxville.
CAROLYN SCHWENN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT + SECRETARY
Since 1989, Carolyn has been responsible for overseeing East Tennessee Foundation’s daily activity and operations. From payroll to preparation of the audit and 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.
BRYCE WALDEN, RECEPTIONIST
Bryce is the first point of contact with visitors at ETF. He answers the office phones and directs callers to appropriate team members. He also coordinates scheduling of our training/meeting rooms for use by our nonprofit partners. Additionally, he sorts mail and distributes it to designated recipients and other administrative tasks as assigned. Bryce graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. He was born and raised in Loudon County.
BETH HELLER, VICE PRESIDENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
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 many scholarship funds, assists applicants, works with guidance counselors and administrators to create awareness of ETF scholarship opportunities.
ASHLEY SIFERD BUTLER, PROGRAM OFFICER
Ashley provides support as a member of the program team. She manages the competitive grant process for affiliate funds and assists the Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs with field-of-interest fund grantmaking. She also assists the Vice President for Scholarship Programs in the scholarship application process. Prior to joining the ETF team, Ashley worked in communications and special events with Cancer Support Community East Tennessee.
ADAM WALLER, THE PAT SUMMITT FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Adam provides operational, administrative, and development support for the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.