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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.

Foundation By-Laws
2020 Annual Report (PDF)

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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.

The Foundation Board of Trustees meets on a quarterly basis from 7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. on the second Friday of the month. The majority of board meetings are held on the Hardin Valley Campus, but other campus locations are included as well. Virtual option participation is available for board members.

September 10, 2021
December 10, 2021
March 11, 2022
June 10, 2022


2021-23 Board of Trustees Officers

Chair of the Board
Andy White

Vice-Chair of the Board
Christy Newman

Dennis Upton

Jonathan Hayes

Dulcie Peccolo

Membership Committee Chair
Anita Lane

Finance Committee Chair
Jonathan Hayes

Development Committee Chair
Bryan Harper

President of the College
L. Anthony Wise, Jr.

Past Chair of the Board
Chuck Griffin


Board Emeritus

Learn more about Board Emeritus members.

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Board Members

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Thomas B. Ballard

Chief Alliance Officer
Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

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Patrick Birmingham

Vice President, Philanthropy and Government Relations
Covenant Health

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Chris Chandler

Radio Systems Corporation

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Vrondelia (Ronni) Chandler

Executive Director
Project Grad Knoxville

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Whitney Erickson


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Ronald D. Fuchs

Communications Consultant

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Chuck Griffin

President & CEO
BarberMcMurry Architects

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Derwin Hagood

Senior Vice-President of Operations

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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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Dr. Mohammad (Moe) A Khaleel

Associate Laboratory Director

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Anita Lane

Regional Director of Operations
Gibson Hotel Management, Inc.

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Anne LeZotte

Director of Communications
Pilot Company

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Hercules P. Ligdis

Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending
Southeast Bank

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David Luhn

Norton & Luhn, P.C.

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Rosa M. Mar

Community Leader

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Reed Mullins

Senior Director, Production Operations
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC

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Christy Newman

Manager, Communications and Community Relations
Arconic Tennessee Operations

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Heather Overton

Director of Administration
Johnson Architecture, Inc.

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Heetesh Patel

Neves Investments LLC,

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Dr. Dulcie Peccolo

Community Leader

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Lezah Pinnell

Community Leader

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Damon Rawls

Principal Strategist
The Innovation Digital Agency

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Lisa Hood Skinner

Community Leader

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Paul Sponcia

The IT Company

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Rosalyn Tillman

Community Volunteer
Retired Dean of Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus

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William McDonald (Don) Tracy

Vice President

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Terry Turner

All Occasions Party Rentals

Darris Upton

Darris Upton

Diversity Development Manager
Knox County Mayor's Office

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Dennis R. Upton

Community Leader

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Erin Wakefield

The Wakefield Corporation

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Harley (Andy) White

Vice President

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Dr. L. Anthony Wise, Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College