Our Board & Staff



Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors

Officers – Dan Matthews (Chair), Dale Keasling (Vice Chair), Nancy Daves (Secretary), Meridith Elliott Powell & Mark Williams (Co-Treasurers)

Tim Chandler, Cindi DeBusk, Jake Ogle, Chase Pickering, Sharon Miller Pryse, Heath Shuler, Wyatt Stevens, Justice Gary R. Wade, Laura Webb, Mark Williams, Luke Hyde

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2018 Board of Directors

Officers - Dan Matthews (Chair), Dale Keasling (Vice Chair), Nancy Daves (Secretary), Meridith Elliott Powell & Mark Williams (Co-Treasurers)

Tim Chandler, Cindi DeBusk, Jake Ogle, Chase Pickering, Sharon Miller Pryse, Heath Shuler, Wyatt Stevens, Justice Gary R. Wade, Laura Webb, Mark Williams, Luke Hyde

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 Woody, Asheville, NC
*Deceased- Dr. Myron “Barney” Coulter, Leon Jones, Wilma Dykeman Stokely, Lindsay Young, Kathryn McNeil, John B. Waters, Jr.
Honorary Board Members
Sandy Beall, Maryville, TN
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
John Mason, Asheville, NC
*Deceased- Wilma Maples, Mimi Cecil

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.

  • Sarah Weeks

    Sarah has been the Director of Development at Friends of the Smokies for 10 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 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.

  • 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.