In addition to full-time Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee staff, our chapter benefits from the time, talents, and resources of volunteer community leaders responsible for strategic governance oversight, fundraising support, and advisory services that help ensure that we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Our chapter relies on the support of companies and individuals in the communities that we serve, so these individuals also ensure that Make-A-Wish East Tennessee remains connected to and active in business and civic arenas throughout our territory.
The Make-A-Wish East Tennessee Board of Directors ensures that we are operating according to the highest standards of brand and financial stewardship and that the chapter is focused on granting more and better wishes every year.
Our Board of Directors assumes a varied set of duties and responsibilities, including, but not limited to:
- Setting strategic governance priorities and monitoring chapter performance benchmarks
- Local policy setting
- Selection and evaluation of new board members and the chief executive
- Approving and monitoring budgets
- Fundraising support and fiscal stewardship
- Legal oversight
- Other duties as needed or established by the board
James is an entrepreneur and business owner in Knoxville and serves as President & CEO of The Apodaca Group Logistics, Inc.
Chris is the Senior VP of People & Culture at Discovery, Inc. in Knoxville. He currently serves as the board secretary.
Becca joined the board after volunteering for several years at the Grandstand Classic event. She is the VP of Human Resources for SmartBank in Knoxville.
Julia volunteered with Make-A-Wish while a Chi-O at UTC and is the Director of Operations & Special Projects for Chattanooga’s River City Company.
Randy is an active wish granting volunteer from Maryville where he works with COBE Enterprises. He is the current vice-chair of the board.
Richard is a president President of J.A. King, a Cross Company located in Knoxville. He brings his management expertise to the Make-A-Wish board.
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Brittany is the VP of Business Development at Base Camp Health. She is a former D1 athlete and lives in Signal Mountain with her husband and two children.
Jamie has volunteered for Make-A-Wish for more than a decade by granting wishes and fundraising. He works at UPS in Maryville and lives in Farragut.
Michelle is a community volunteer in Chattanooga. She has volunteered as a wish granter and fundraiser and is currently the chair of the board.
Steven is the Chief Operating Officer at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the board as well as an important medical provider perspective.
Jill is a professional recruiter and shareholder with BGT Recruiting & Consulting in Knoxville. She in involved with a number of business organizations and joined the board in 2019.
Jonathan is a partner at Patrick Beard Schulman & Jacoway, P.C. in Chattanooga. He specializes in commercial litigation, business law, construction law, and personal injury. His legal advise is valuable to the board.
Ken works with EdSouth in Knoxville, TN. His financial management and banking experience come in handy as he serves as the board treasurer.
Adam is the Senior Vice President, Trust Services Advisor, and Knoxville Office Lead at Pinnacle Financial Partners. He also has a J.D. and active law license in Tennessee.
Patti is the Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer at Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC in Oak Ridge. She also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Roane State Community College.
Hayley is a Buyer's Agent with Keller Williams in the Knoxville market. She is the past board secretary and current development committee chair where her sales experience and passion for Make-A-Wish make a difference.
Scottie is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He has a passion for making a difference and joined the board in 2020.
Bill is a partner and financial advisor with Lawson Winchester Wealth Management in Chattanooga, TN. He has served on the board for five years and is an active wish granter volunteer.