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Our Board & Staff



Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors

Officers – Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews (Chair), Dale Keasling (Vice Chair), Nancy Daves (Secretary), Meridith Elliott Powell (Treasurer), Mark Williams (Chair Emeritus)

Jenny Boyd, David Colquitt, Luke Hyde, Jake Ogle, Chase Pickering, Sharon Miller Pryse, Ken Stamps, Justice Gary Wade, Laura Webb, Marilyn Wright

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2019 Board of Directors

Officers - Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews (Chair), Dale Keasling (Vice Chair), Nancy Daves (Secretary), Meridith Elliott Powell (Treasurer), Mark Williams (Chair Emeritus)

Jenny Boyd, David Colquitt, Luke Hyde, Jake Ogle, Chase Pickering, Sharon Miller Pryse, Ken Stamps, Justice Gary Wade, Laura Webb, Marilyn Wright

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

Our Staff

  • 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 Chandler

    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 Jones

    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 Gass

    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.

  • Brent McDaniel

    Brent is the Director of Marketing. He has worked with Friends of the Smokies for four 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 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

    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 Hemphill

    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 DeJong

    Marielle is the North Carolina Communications & Operations Coordinator. 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

    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.