Board of Directors


Judy Barker (Union City)

Elaine Christian (Jackson)
Retired | Workforce Development Professional

Tonya Dyson (Memphis)
Executive Director | Memphis Slim Collabora

John Talbott (Henderson)
Attorney and Publisher


Caroline Bradshaw (Nashville)
Senior VP & Managing Director of Trust Administration | Cumberland Trust

Mark Dudney (Cookeville)
Public Historian | Upper Cumberland Development District

Courtney Gregg (Nashville)
Owner | Blue Sky Management

Bonnie Grzeszczak (Spring Hill)
DEI Communications Manager | HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health

Angie Davis Jones (Columbia)
Owner | One Woman Show Design

Carol McCoy (Nashville)
Retired Chancellor | Davidson County Chancery Court

Allison Stansberry (Nashville)
Program Coordinator | HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health


Barry Allen (Jasper)
President & CEO | Tower Community Bank

Daryl A. Carter, Immed. Past Chair (Johnson City)
Director/Africana Studies & Professor of History | East TN State University

Mary Pom Claiborne, Chair (Knoxville)
Director, Marketing, Development & Communications | Knox Co. Public Library System

Amy Elias (Knoxville)
Director, Humanities Center | UT Knoxville

Julie Forkner (Oak Ridge)
Director | Oak Ridge Public Library


Mary Kennedy Hendershot (Sweetwater)
Community Arts Leader

Heather Hoover (Johnson City)
George Arnold Chair of Humanities; Professor of English and Composition; Director of Writing | Milligan University

Pablo Mazariegos (Chattanooga)
Narrative Filmmaker & Youth Intervention Specialist | Resilient Story

James McKissic, Vice Chair (Chattanooga)
President | ArtsBuild

Chandra Ward (Chattanooga)
Assistant Professor of Sociology | University of Tennessee at Chattanooga