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About Us

The Pellissippi State Foundation was chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1982, and the Foundation gained tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 in 1983. A Board of Trustees — volunteer representatives from local industry, community leaders and donors — governs the Foundation.

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Board of Trustees

The Pellissippi State Foundation’s Board of Trustees comprises volunteers from local industry, community leaders and donors. The Board meets four times each year. Board committees meet an average of four times per year. The Executive Committee meets before every meeting of the full Board of Trustees.

All Board of Trustee meetings begin at 7:45 a.m. and are held in the Cafeteria Annex of the Goins Administration Building of the College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

September 11, 2018 - Blount County Campus
December 11, 2018
March 12, 2019 - Magnolia Avenue Campus
June 11, 2019


2018-19 Board of Trustees Officers

Chair of the Board
Andrew Lorenz

Vice-Chair of the Board
Chuck Griffin

Charles W. (Wes) Carruthers, Jr.

Rick Rushing

Bryan Harper

Membership Committee Chair
Heather Overton

Finance Committee Chair
Rick Rushing

Development Committee Chair
Sherri Gardner Howell

President of the College
L. Anthony Wise, Jr.

Past Chair of the Board
Tom Ballard

Board Members

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Thomas B. Ballard

Chief Alliance Officer, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Initiatives
Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

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Joy Bishop

Bishop Property Management

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John M. Blum

Operations Vice President
Messer Construction Company

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Charles W. (Wes) Carruthers, Jr.

Vice President
Downey Oil Company/KenJo Markets

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Vrondelia (Ronni) Chandler

Executive Director
Project Grad Knoxville

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David A. Clothier

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

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Chuck Griffin

BarberMcMurry Architects

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Sharon Yvonne Hannum


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Bryan L. Harper

Senior Vice President
Regions Bank

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Jonathan Hayes

Vice President, Business Development
Head Investment Partners

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Sherri Gardner Howell


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Joseph L. Johnson

A&W Office Supply

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Anita Lane

Director of Operations
The 9 Group

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Hercules P. Ligdis

Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending
Southeast Bank

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Andrew Lorenz

Vice President
Provision Health Partners

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Bobby Malone

Community Leader

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Peggy McCord

Community Leader

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Todd Moody

Hagood & Moody, PLLC

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Christy Newman

Manager, Communications and Community Relations
Arconic Tennessee Operations

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Heather Overton

Office Administration
Johnson Architecture, Inc.

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Lezah Pinnell

Community Leader

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Rick Rushing

Senior Vice President and Manager, Commercial Banking Department
First Tennessee Bank

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Lisa Hood Skinner

Director of Development
Sertoma Center

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Dennis R. Upton

Community Leader

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Mary Beth West

Public Relations Consultant

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Harley (Andy) White

Vice President

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L. Anthony Wise, Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College