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
(877) 524-1223

ASHLEY SIFERD BUTLER, PROGRAM OFFICER

X126, abutler@etf.org

Photo of Ashley ButlerAshley 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.

BETH HELLER, VICE PRESIDENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

X111, bheller@etf.org

Beth Heller photoBeth, 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.

BRYCE WALDEN, RECEPTIONIST

x100, bwalden@etf.org

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.

CAROLYN SCHWENN, SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS + SPECIAL ADVISOR

X116, cschwenn@etf.org

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.

DEANENE CATANI, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

X107, dcatani@etf.org

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.

DEBORAH PHILLIPS, BOARD LIAISON

X125, dphillips@etf.org

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.

Edna Gibson, Financial + Administrative Officer

egibson@etf.org
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.

JACKIE SLAGLE, SENIOR FINANCIAL + ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

X124, jslagle@etf.org

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.

JAN ELSTON, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAMS

X110, jelston@etf.org

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.

JEANETTE KELLEHER, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

X109, jkelleher@etf.org

Jeanette is responsible for operations, including technology, software selection and deployment, database administration, and policy development. She provides primary support to the Foundation’s Investment Committee, serves as a resource for the Foundation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and coordinates staff efforts on strategic planning, process improvement, fundholder services, and special projects. She serves on the advisory board for the City of Knoxville's new Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Prior to joining ETF in 2004, Jeanette managed the City of Knoxville’s affordable housing and community development programs for more than a decade. Jeanette earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard University and a Master's in economics from Columbia University. 

JESSICA RENFRO, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

X122, jrenfro@etf.org

Jessica improves ETF’s internal processes, implements technology, and serves as a resource to all staff. Jessica is responsible for reviewing gift entry and acknowledgement letters and supports the finance team in preparation of our annual audit, federal tax returns, and other required reporting. Born and raised in Knoxville, Jessica attended the University of Tennessee where she earned a degree in Spanish and International Business. She returned to Knoxville from El Paso, Texas where she participated in the Border Fellows program, a work and service leadership development program on the U.S.-Mexico border.

JILL MURPHY, REGIONAL ADVANCEMENT OFFICER

jmurphy@etf.org
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. 

JOHN JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE + ADMINISTRATION

X123, jjohnson@etf.org

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.

Melissa Tschanz, Chief Financial Officer

mtschanz@etf.org

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. 

MICHAEL MCCLAMROCH, PRESIDENT + CEO

X115, mmcclamroch@etf.org

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.

PRECY STURGEON, FINANCIAL + ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

X106, psturgeon@etf.org

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.

THE PAT SUMMITT FOUNDATION, ADAM WALLER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

X114, awaller@patsummitt.org

Photo of Adam WallerAdam provides operational, administrative, and development support for the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

THE PAT SUMMITT FOUNDATION, MORGAN VANCE, DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

x119 mvance@patsummitt.org

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. Previously, she worked in development with the University of Tennessee Athletic Department and the Tennessee Fund, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and East Tennessee Children's Hospital. 

TRACI SISSON, FUNDHOLDER RELATIONSHIP ASSOCIATE

tsisson@etf.org
Traci serves as the primary point of contact for our fundholders and fund advisors as Fundholder Relationship Associate. She is the lead for processing donor advised grants and administers our online fundholder portal. During her career, she has gained experience in customer service, training, event planning, quality assurance, and youth mentoring within the nonprofit, performing arts, and restaurant sectors. Traci has called East Tennessee home for most of her life, apart from time spent at Berea College where she received a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts. She is an active volunteer with Knox Pride.