When Leadership Blount County was formed in 1990, community leadership programming in America was a relatively new concept. Unlike corporate management training, the idea of training 36 individuals about every aspect of the community in order to build involvement was untried in Blount County, the agency stated in a press release.

Today, with more than 900 graduates, Leadership Blount has grown to be a recognized body of dedicated and committed citizens to the welfare of Blount County, the agency says.

By selecting participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences, Leadership Blount seeks to strengthen the community by educating and inspiring current and emerging leaders to engage in active, lifelong service.

Leadership Blount has announced its Class of 2020, its 28th class.

Arlene Anderson

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Arlene Anderson

Arlene Anderson

Company: Cirrus Aircraft

Position: manager of flight training and ownership

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Education: master’s of science degree in psychology from Western Illinois University, bachelor’s in social work from University of Wisconsin

Community/professional affiliations: Center City Housing, The Salvation Army, American Society for Training and Development, Show Up for Racial Justice

Jared Anderson



Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Company: Jared T. Anderson, Attorney, PLLC

Position: attorney

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Maryville High School, Vanderbilt University, Emory University School of Law

Community/professional affiliations: Pleasant Grove at College Street, Blount County Board of Commissioners, Blount Community Fund Advisory Board, ETF Affiliate Fund, Alcoa Kiwanis Club, Blount County Bar Association, Blount County Republican Party Executive Committee, Blount County Young Republicans Club

Emily Astor



Emily Astor

Emily Astor

Organization: Blount County Schools

Position: Teacher, Walland Elementary

Hometown: Dundee, Illinois

Education: Harry D. Jacobs High School, bachelor of arts from Pomona College, master of arts from National-Louis University, doctorate in education from Middle Tennessee State University

Community/professional affiliations: Blount County Schools, English as a Second Language adult instructor, Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Blount County Get Out the Vote Initiative

Jeannette Beaverson



Jeanette Beaverson

Jeanette Beaverson

Company: Massey Group

Position: director of operations

Hometown: Gatlinburg

Education: bachelor of science in communications, UT Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: Hellen Ross McNabb Big BBQ Bash Committee, Friends of the Smokies, Fellowship Church, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Discover Blount, Women in Construction, volunteer gymnastic teacher, volunteer flute instructor, Rotary Club, Gatlinburg Chili Cook-off, Gatlinburg Festival of Trees, Gatlinburg Ribfest; Sevier County Pioneer Day, Sevier County Heritage Day, Gatlinburg Fourth of July Parade, Gatlinburg Veterans Day Service, Gatlinburg Christmas Parade, Gatlinburg Music Festival, Cherokee Heritage Parade, Memory Walk

Anjanae Brueland



Anjanae Brueland

Anjanae Brueland

Organization: Blount County Public Library

Position: deputy director

Hometown: Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Education: bachelor of science in management from UNC Greensboro, management information system degree from UT Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: City and County Commission meetings, Recovery Court Life Skills Program, Community Justice Initiative, Maryville Downtown Association, Tenn-Share, Chilhowee Club, Sky City Initiative, American Library Association, Public Library Association

Brad Butler



Brad Butler

Brad Butler

Organization: Blount County Sheriff’s Office

Position: sergeant

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Heritage High School, Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Community/professional affiliations: Citizen Academy through BCSO, Shop with a Cop, 2018 Sheriff’s campaign; Fraternal Order of Police, Blount County Commission meetings, Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission midget assistant football coach, 360 Camp

Christine Clanton



Christine Clanton

Christine Clanton

Company: Pinnacle Bank

Position: client service specialist

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Education: Lawrenceburg High School

Community/professional affiliations: Maryville Rotary Club, tnAchieves Mentor Program, Junior Achievement volunteer; Kingdom Design Ministry

David Dawson



David Dawson

David Dawson

Company: Pilot Flying J

Position: senior manager of retail technology

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Maryville High School, Maryville College, Professional MBA from UT Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center, Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission youth soccer coach, Foothills Church Maryville, Maryville City Schools

Caroline Fontinell



Caroline Fontinell

Company: Express Strategic Services

Position: business development specialist

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Maryville High School, BS in Communications from UT Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: Susan G. Komen, Blount County Chamber of Commerce ambassador, United Way of Blount County, Maryville Downtown Association, Junior Service League, Kiwanis Alcoa 3-2-1 charter member, Habitat for Humanity, Empty Panty Fund, John Sevier Elementary PTO, Brown Food Panty donor, Cystic Fibrosis Stride Walk

Ryan Goddard



Ryan Goddard

Ryan Goddard

Company: Kizer & Black Attorneys, LLC

Position: attorney

Hometown: Maryville

Education: William Blount High School, BA in political science from UT Knoxville, juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law

Community/professional affiliations: Mission trips serving Panama in Central America, 50 for 50 Community Service through Kizer & Black, pro-bono and indigent defense work, Wills for Heroes, Blount County Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Law Review, Student Bar Association senator and Judicial Committee chairman, College and Career Youth Praise and Worship Team, Odyssey of the Mind

Jessica Hahn



Jessica Hahn

Organization: Blount Partnership

Position: director of membership

Hometown: Knoxville

Education: Bearden High School, UT Knoxville, ABC certified, ServeSafe certified

Community/professional affiliations: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Buddy’s Race Against Cancer/Thompson Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, Second Harvest, Harbor’s Gate, United Way of Blount County, Special Growers, UT Alumni Association, National Restaurant Association

Laura Hall



Laura Hall

Company: Realty Executive Associates

Title/Position: real estate agent

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Maryville High School, Carson-Newman College, master’s degree in education from Nova Southeastern University

Community/professional affiliations: Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School PTC, Foothills Church, Junior Service League of Blount County, Masterminds Group — Small Business Owners — Pinnacle Bank, Knox Area Association of Realtors, Blount United Soccer Club, Empty Food Pantry

Jessica Hannah



Jessica Hannah

Company: Vienna Coffee House

Position: territory sales representative

Hometown: Atlanta

Education: Heritage High School, Pellissippi State Community College, background in Biblical counseling

Community/professional affiliations: CASA, New Hope, Haven House, The Women’s Fund, Second Chance Prom Ministries, Helping Hands, Downtown Maryville Association, Joshua Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Celebrate Recovery, America Reads, Toastmasters, Ronald McDonald House, Firewise

Ray Hightower



Ray Hightower

Company: State Farm

Position: agency owner

Hometown: Lewisburg, Tennessee

Education: Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, BS from Carson Newman University, MBA from Lincoln Memorial University

Community/professional affiliations: Religion-On Leadership Team, TCAK, Rotary, Parks & Rec soccer coach, Second Harvest, Blount County Schools, Accelerated Candidate Training program, Discover Blount, Blount Partnership Ambassador Club

Sharon Jean-Philippe



Sharon Jean-Philippe

Sharon Jean-Philippe

Organization: University of Tennessee

Position: associate professor of urban forestry

Hometown: Atlanta

Education: Benjamin E. Mays High School, BS in biology from Tennessee State University, MS in botany from UT Knoxville, doctorate in natural resources from UT Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: Municipal Forestry Institute, Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, International Society of Arboriculture, Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources & Related Sciences, Sisters of the Academy, Society of American Forester, East Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, Gamma Sigma Delta Society of Agriculture, Xi Sigma Phi Forestry Honor Society, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Golden Key National Honor Society, Xi Phi Lamba Pre-Professional Honor Society

Denise Johns



Denise Johns

Company/Organization: First United Methodist Church

Position: children’s ministry director

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

Education: Orion High School, Western Illinois University

Community/professional affiliations: First United Methodist, Foothills Striders, Organization for the Education of Young Children, Maryville City Schools

Missy Johnson



Missy Johnson

Organization: Kingdom Design Ministries

Position: founder and executive director

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Alcoa High School, Maryville College, Pellissippi State Community College

Community/professional affiliations: Central Point Baptist Church, Interior Design Advisory Board at Pellissippi State Community College, Emerald Youth Foundation, Foothills Church, International Interior Design Association, American Society of Interior Designers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mane Support, Fantasy of Trees’ Family Promise, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Stella’s Voice, Compassion International, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Blount County United Way, Boys & Girls Club of Blount County and of Vestal, Maryville City Schools Foundation

Jeremy LaDuke



Jeremy LaDuke

Company: Epic Nine

Position: owner/web developer

Hometown: TriCities, Tennessee

Education: Sullivan Central High School, BA philosophy from East Tennessee State University, master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary

Community/professional affiliations: Sky City Initiative, Maryville Downtown Association, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, DIY marketing workshops, Family Promise, United Way of Blount County, United Way of Sevier County, Robert F Thomas Foundation

Dianne Lashmit



Diane Lashmit

Organization: Blount County Juvenile Court

Position: magistrate judge

Hometown: Celina, Ohio

Education: Celina (Ohio) Senior High School, BS from Miami University, JD from UT College of Law

Community/professional affiliations: New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, CASA of East Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association’s Juvenile and Children’s Law Executive Committee, New Providence Presbyterian Church

Emily Mantooth



Emily Mantooth

Organization: United Way of Blount County

Position: resource development manager

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Maryville High School, BBA from Mercer University

Community/professional affiliations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Leadership Macon, Tradewinds Fair Trade Store, Maryville Kiwanis, Middle Georgia Concert Band, Orchestra at Maryville College, Junior League of Knoxville, Junior League of Macon

Monique Maples



Monique Maples

Organization: Alcoa City Schools

Position: principal

Hometown: Madisonville

Education: bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT Knoxville, EdS from Lincoln Memorial University

Community/Professional Affiliations: Alcoa City Schools, Little League baseball, Upward Basketball at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, grasshopper football at Eagleton, Blount BEneFITs with Blount County Health Initiative, University of Tennessee Masterminds Group

Jan McCoy



Jan McCoy

Jan McCoy

Organization: community volunteer

Hometown: Louisville, Tennessee

Education: Harry S. Truman High School in Taylor, Michigan; associate’s degree from Oakland (Michigan) Community College

Community/professional affiliations: Celebrate Recovery Maryville Leadership TEAM, Family Promise, Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team board member, Maryville City Schools Athletic Booster Club, volunteer bookkeeper

Mark Moses



Mark Moses

Company: DENSO Manufacturing

Position: director

Hometown: Madisonville

Education: Madisonville High School, AA from Hiwassee College, BS in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech University

Community/professional affiliations: Friendship Baptist Church

Dustin Park



Dustin Park

Dustin Park

Company: Jupiter Entertainment

Position: lead video editor

Hometown: Maryville

Education: La Salle High School (Milwaukie, Oregon), BA in English and film from the University of Notre Dame

Community/professional affiliations: disability advocate within Maryville City Schools, Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee, Cub Scout leader of Pack 81, Showing Up for Racial Justice Blount County, ARC of the Great Smoky Mountains, Watchdogs Sam Houston Elementary, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, After School Book Club for Middle Aged Readers, Welcoming our Immigrant Neighbors Blount County

Renee Poole



Renee Poole

Organization: New Hope Blount County

Position: development director

Hometown: Maryville

Education: North Bend (Oregon) High School, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Oregon State University

Community/professional affiliations: United Way of Blount County, Maryville City Schools, Blount Chamber ambassador, Fairview United Methodist Church, Sky City Initiative, Association of Fundraising Professionals

Roger Robinson



Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson

Organization: City of Alcoa

Position: fire chief

Hometown: Alcoa

Education: Alcoa High School, associate’s degree from Columbia Southern University

Community/professional affiliations: Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association, East Tennessee Regional Fire Chiefs Council, Tennessee Firemen’s Association, International Fire Chiefs Association, Blount County Rescue Squad board of directors, Blount County Sheriff’s Office Merit Board, Maryville/Alcoa/Blount County 911 board of directors, Alcoa City Schools Safety Committee, Blount County Fire Chiefs Association, Alcoa Youth Baseball Association, Alcoa High School Football Booster Club

Donna Russell



Donna Russell

Organization: Blount County Schools

Position: principal

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Maryville High School, BS from East Tennessee State University, master’s in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, Cumberland University, instructional leadership license from Bethel University

Community/professional affiliations: Blount County Schools, Fairview Methodist Church, Blount County Administrators Association, Upward cheerleading coach at Fairview Methodist Church, Kappa Delta, Wesley Day School, Learning Tree Preschool

James Saniger



James Saniger

Company: PCS Inc.

Position: vice president of project engineering

Hometown: Russellville, Arkansas

Education: Russellville High School, BS in information technology from Western Governors University

Community/professional affiliations: church youth leader, Scouts, manager of project engineering, Technology Workforce Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, Toys for Blount

Lane Shuler



Lane Shuler

Company: LeConte Realty

Position: broker/owner

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Heritage High School, BS from East Tennessee State University, National Student Exchange at University of South Carolina, broker’s license from Tennessee Real Estate Commission

Community/professional affiliations: SGA senator at East Tennessee State University, Young Life leader, Knoxville Poetry Slam, Blount Business Professionals, Knoxville Ultimate Disc League, LeConte Realty Foundation, Good Guy Collective, Knoxville Association of Realtors, Downtown Maryville Association, Sky City Initiative, Blount County United Way

Vanessa Sparks



Vanessa Sparks

Organization: Blount County Habitat for Humanity

Position: development director

Hometown: Estill Springs, Tennessee

Education: William Blount High School, AS from Roane State Community College, CISR designation

Community/professional affiliations: Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Junior Service League of Maryville, Experience Your Smokies, Blount Young Leadership Development, B&B Book Club

Don Stallions



Don Stallions

Organization: Blount County Government

Position: general services director

Hometown: Oak Ridge

Education: Oak Ridge High School, BS in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University

Community/professional affiliations: Bethel Baptist Church, Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department

Barbara Taylor



Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor

Organization: Maryville City Schools

Position: STEM teacher/director of student leadership

Hometown: Maryville

Education: William Blount High School, BA in education from Maryville College, MEd and education specialist from Lincoln Memorial University

Community/professional affiliations: Youth Court, United Way of Blount County, Adverse Childhood Experience, Maryville City Schools Foundation, Maryville First Baptist, Friendsville First Baptist, Mane Support, Young Life

Chase Whitmire



Chase Whitmire

Organization: Alliance for Better Nonprofits

Position: director of membership

Hometown: Chattanooga

Education: McCallie High School, Furman University, graduate classes at Reformed Theological Seminary, certificate of spiritual direction

Community/professional affiliations: Young Life leader at Maryville High School, tnAchieves, St. Brendan’s Anglican Church

Bart Wilder



Bart Wilder

Organization: Tennessee Air National Guard

Position: 134th Maintenance Squadron commander

Hometown: Maryville

Education: Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy, BS in business organizational management from Covenant College, MS in military operational art & science from The Air University

Community/Professional Affiliations: East Maryville Baptist Church, Boy Scouts of America Troop 800, Maryville Little League

Stacey Wilner



Stacey Wilner

Organization: Maryville College

Position: senior lecturer in music, director of choral activities

Hometown: St. Albans, West Virginia

Education: St. Albans High School, BS in music education from Concord College, master’s in music and choral conducting from UT Knoxville

Community/professional affiliations: Boys & Girls Club of Blount County, Joy of Music School, Officer Moats Foundation, Blount Allegiance for Suicide Prevention, Harmony Family Center at Camp Montvale and Africa-Eli, Clayton Center for the Arts, American Choral Directors Association, East Tennessee Vocal Association, Blount County Commission for Music Advocacy, Tennessee ACDA college representative, Tennessee Music Educators Association, New Providence Presbyterian Church, Upper Bay Bassets Hunt Club, Tennessee Valley Hunt Club, Blount Humane Society, United Way of Blount County

Jack Wood



Jack Wood

Company: Glenstone Galleries & Gifts

Position: owner

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Education: Daytona Beach Community College

Community/professional affiliations: Boy Scouts of America Troop 81, Friends of Scouting, Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, Blount Memorial Foundation, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Business Networking International

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