Board of Directors

Marie AlcornMarie Fowler Alcorn joined United Way of Greater Knoxville in August, 2010, as vice-president of Community Engagement & Mobilization. She worked previously as aging services manager for CAC Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging and, previous to that, as public information officer for the City of Knoxville during the Victor Ashe administration. She and her husband Bob have lived downtown since 2006. In addition to her professional commitment with social services agencies, she stays active with various arts organizations as well as her church.

Whitfield BaileyWhitfield Bailey is a Knoxville native who graduated from Webb High School in 1997. Bailey went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee in 2002. Together with wife Brittany, he has a young daughter Kennerly. In his free time, Whitfield enjoys coaching, playing golf, hiking, camping, running, and various other outdoor activities.

Lynn CharlesLynn Charles is a retired elementary school teacher who also taught ESL and GED for adults. The Christian Education Director for churches Cleveland, Princeton, Collierville, and Knoxville. Lynn volunteered in city schools in Cleveland and Trenton and has volunteered with Emerald Youth in Knoxville.

brooks clarkBrooks Clark is project manager for alumni communications at the University of Tennessee. In addition the CSA board, he serves on the boards of the UT Clarence Brown Theatre, the UT Library Society and the Knoxville Opera. A native of Nashville, Brooks grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978. He was a writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated in New York for 10 years, an editor at Whittle Communications for five years, and an executive speechwriter at TVA for 18. Over the years he has written articles for many magazines, including Metro Pulse, Cityview, and Knoxville magazine. Brooks and his wife, Karen, have two grown daughters.

Mert Cowsert is a native of Columbia, Tennessee. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he is a retired research pharmacologist. Cowsert presently works part time for Financial Services Inc helping seniors through the Medicare maze. He has two daughters and four grandchildren. He was married to Nancy Paul Cowsert, also from Columbia, who passed away in 2001.

Brandon Hackett currently serves as Treasurer of the CSA board. A graduate of The University of the South (Sewanee) with a BA in Economics, he lettered in football for four years and was team captain in 2003. A charter member of Grace Presbyterian Church, he currently serves as director of client services with CapitalMark Bank & Trust. A volunteer with United Way and Rotary Club of Farragut, he was Ambassador of the Year for the Blount County Chamber in 2010. He and his wife have three daughters.


Chris McAdoo is a painter, printmaker, and designer living in East Tennessee. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for over fifteen years. The owner and creative director of leading design & branding agency, Best Behavior Creative Club, Chris also serves on the board of the Community School of the Arts and non-profit radio station WDVX.

Diana SamplesDiana Samples is a Knoxville native and one of the first women to graduate in Accounting from the University of Tennessee in 1968. She sold residential real estate for more than 32 years and served on various local and state community and professional boards. Coming from a family of artists, she says her passion is seeing young people of all backgrounds being introduced to many art forms and watching their lives change.

Jennifer Sepaniak is chief financial officer of Schaad Companies in Knoxville, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received both her BS in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy, she is a member of and is currently serving as Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Knoxville in addition to being on the board of Community School of the Arts. Jennifer is an active volunteer at her church and at her daughters’ school. Jennifer and her husband, Matt Sepaniak, and their three daughters reside in Knoxville.


Alan Carmichael

Barbara Clark

Amy Gilbert

Lane Hays

Connie Hutchins

Angelia Jones

Rosa Mar

Dough McKamey

Trish Mitchell

Amy Morton

Jim Nichols

Kallee Pittenger

Nathan Rowell, Board President

Rosalyn Tillman

Alice Torbett