Our Board & Staff



Board of Directors

2017 Board of Directors

Officers – Dan Matthews (Chair), Dale Keasling (Vice Chair), Nancy Daves (Secretary), Luke Hyde (Treasurer)

Cindi DeBusk, Julie Elliott, John Mason, Jake Ogle, Chase Pickering, Meridith Elliott Powell, Sharon Pryse, Heath Shuler, Justice Gary R. Wade, Laura Webb, Mark Williams, Wyatt Stevens

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2017 Board of Directors

Officers - Dan Matthews (Chair), Dale Keasling (Vice Chair), Nancy Daves (Secretary), Luke Hyde (Treasurer)

Cindi DeBusk, Julie Elliott, John Mason, Jake Ogle, Chase Pickering, Meridith Elliott Powell, Sharon Pryse, Heath Shuler, Justice Gary R. Wade, Laura Webb, Mark Williams, Wyatt Stevens

Emeritus Board Members
John Dickson, Asheville, NC
Natalie Haslam, Knoxville, TN
Mary Johnson, Shady Valley, TN
Julie Ann (Judy) Morton, Knoxville, TN
John B. Waters, Jr., Sevierville, TN
David White, Sevierville, TN
Stephen Woody, Asheville, NC
*Deceased- Dr. Myron “Barney” Coulter, Leon Jones, Wilma Dykeman Stokely, Lindsay Young, Kathryn McNeil
Honorary Board Members
Sandy Beall, Maryville, TN
Mimi Cecil, Asheville, NC
Kay Clayton, Knoxville, TN
Victoria (Vicky) Fulmer, Maryville, TN
Bruce Hartmann, Knoxville, TN
Diane Matthews (Deener), Waynesville, NC
Linda Ogle, Pigeon Forge, TN
Jack Williams, Knoxville, TN- Board Advisor
Jim Ogle, Sevierville, TN
*Deceased - Wilma Maples

Our Staff

  • James M. Hart

    Jim is President of Friends of the Smokies and has been with the organization for 13 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.

  • Nan Jones

    Nan is Friends of the Smokies Chief Financial Officer. She has worked with the organization for 14 years and attended Carson-Newman University and Walter State Community College.

  • Lauren Gass

    Lauren is the Special Projects Director and has worked at Friends of the Smokies for 13 years. She graduated from Samford University. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Jim and sons Anderson and Link.

  • Holly Scott Jones

    Holly is the Director of Community Outreach & Strategy and has been with Friends of the Smokies for 12 years. A lover of the outdoors, Holly enjoys kayaking and hiking with her husband Billy and dogs Annie Mae and Raylan.

  • Sarah Weeks

    Sarah has been the Director of Development at Friends of the Smokies for eight years. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tennessee and enjoys spending time with fiber arts.

  • Brent McDaniel

    Brent is the Director of Marketing. He has worked with Friends of the Smokies for two years, previously as AmeriCorps Outreach Associate in the North Carolina office. Brent earned his Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Georgia.

  • Anna Lee Zanetti

    Anna Lee is the North Carolina Director. She has worked with Friends of the Smokies for two years, first as Outreach & Development Associate in the North Carolina office. Anna Lee earned her Bachelors degree in sustainable development from Appalachian State University.

  • Kenna McCully

    Kenna is the Office and Special Projects Coordinator. She has worked with Friends of the Smokies for two years. Kenna earned her Bachelors degree in consumer services alongside minors in photography and business from Carson-Newman University.

  • Marielle DeJong

    Marielle is the Outreach & Development Associate in our North Carolina office. 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.