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Emerald Youth Foundation relies on a robust governance structure comprised of Knoxville leaders and influencers who are committed to our mission of supporting urban youth. We are continuously grateful for their dedication and hard work.

All members are appointed to one-year terms. The following members are serving 1/1/2018-12/31/2018.

Board of Trustees

Mr. Rick Barnes, Head Coach - Men's Basketball, University of Tennessee
Mr. Mike Campbell, Director and Chairman Emeritus, Regal Entertainment Group
Mr. Steve Diggs, President & CEO, Emerald Youth Foundation
Ms. Kathryn Eggleston, Vice President - Marketing, The H.T. Hackney Co.
Dr. Keith Gray, Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Tennessee Medical Center
Mr. Doug Harris, Owner, Harris Restaurant Group
Ms. Dee Haslam, CEO, RIVR Media
Mr. Richard Johnson, CEO, Governor's Foundation for Health & Wellness
Mr. Doug Kennedy (Chair), CEO, Johnson & Galyon
Mr. Jon Lawler, Executive Vice President, Johnson & Galyon
Mr. Tim McLemore (Vice Chair), Attorney & President, Gentry, Tipton, & McLemore, PC
Mr. Byron Williamson, Owner, Cruze Computer Systems

Gov. Bill Haslam (Honorary Member), Governor, State of Tennessee
Mr. Larry Martin (Honorary Member), Commissioner of Finance & Administration, State of Tennessee
Mr. James Swanson, Sr. (Honorary Member), Bishop, Mississippi Annual Conference, United Methodist Church


Board of Advisors

Mr. Kent Bristow, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Team Health
Mr. Ray Clift, Retired, Rohm & Haas
Mr. Larry Cox, President & Owner, Homestead, Inc.
Mr. Ned DeLozier, Marketing & Business Development Director, PME Communications
Mr. Steve Diggs, President & CEO, Emerald Youth Foundation
Ms. Vanessa Draper, Practice Director, Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic
Rev. Walter Ghosten, President & CEO, Work Force 2000 Staffing, Inc.
Mr. Roger Goins, CPA, Boring & Goins, PC
Mr. Jeff Hall, Rather & Kittrell
Mr. Matt Hinkin, Chief Meteorologist, WATE-TV 6
Mr. Doug Kennedy (Chair), CEO, Johnson & Galyon
Mr. Jonathan Mayfield, Vice President, Home Federal Bank
Mr. Greg Meadows, Attorney, Gentry, Tipton, & McLemore, PC
Mr. Wardell Milan, Sr., Retired, Family Investment Foundation, KCDC
Mr. Bill Myers, Director of Operations/CFO, Management Solutions
Mr. Scott Overholt, Chief Marketing Officer, Vyne™
Ms. Mary Rimer, Retired, Mercy Health Partners
Mr. Mike Roberts, Manager, Consequence Analysis Services, ABS Consulting
Ms. Mary Frances Tucker, Retired, Corporate Interiors, Inc.
Mr. Dennis Upton, Retired, Knoxville Utilities Board
Mr. Buddy Warwick, Agent, Furrow, Strickland Real Estate Services
Rev. Bob Bean, Lifetime Member
Ms. Jean Reese, Honorary Member