James M. Hart
Jim is President and CEO of Friends of the Smokies and has been with the organization for 15 years. He is currently involved with the Knoxville community through Home Federal Bank, Friends of Young Williams Animal Shelter, and East Tennessee Historical Society. He has been married to his wife Jan for 50 years and has three children and three grandchildren.
Tim is the Executive Director and COO of Friends of the Smokies and joined the organization in 2018. Tim enjoys camping and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains with his wife of 25 years, Katie, and their two children Nathan and Katherine.
Nan is Friends of the Smokies Chief Financial Officer. She has worked with the organization for 16 years and attended Carson-Newman University and Walter State Community College.
Lauren is the Special Projects Director and has worked at Friends of the Smokies for 15 years. She graduated from Samford University. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Jim and sons Anderson and Link.
Sarah manages communications for Friends of the Smokies. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Journalism. Sarah was a reporter and columnist, but has spent the past 15 years in digital media. She and her husband are raising their two sons in Maryville, both are Boy Scouts in Troop 87 and play several sports for their school, Clayton-Bradley Academy.
Anna Lee Zanetti
Anna Lee is the North Carolina Director. She has worked with Friends of the Smokies for four years, first as Outreach & Development Associate in the North Carolina office. Anna Lee earned her Bachelors degree in sustainable development from Appalachian State University.
Libby Derting is the Development Director and joined Friends in 2019. Libby holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and an MA in English and a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee. She enjoys hiking, fly fishing, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Penny, exploring the region’s parks and urban wilderness trails.
Kathryn is Director of Park Projects and rejoined the FOTS staff in 2019 after spending five years in New York. She was the Office/Special Projects Coordinator for Friends of the Smokies from 2009-2013. She received a BS in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee and an MS in Childhood Education from Hofstra University.
Marielle is the North Carolina Event Manager. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from University of North Carolina in 2015. Marielle enjoys spending her free time outdoors and is an avid hiker.
Krista Partin is the Office/Special Projects Coordinator and joined FOTS in 2018. She earned her BA in Piano Performance from Carson Newman University. Krista enjoys trail running and cycling in the Smoky Mountains.