President - Kim Lauth:
more than 20 years working as a nonprofit Executive Director, Director of Development, COO, and Consultant. Kim has held the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive since 2002. She is past president of both the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council and the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Great Smoky Mountain Chapter and has served on the board of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She is a sought after speaker and trainer and has been published in the Journal of Healthcare Philanthropy. Currently she is owner of Kim Lauth Consulting. Kim focuses her consulting practice on nonprofit strategic planning, board and staff development and fundraising. Kim is board member emeritus of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association and has recently joined the the East Tennessee Woman's Leadership Council. Kim has been married to Kent Lauth for 23 years. Their combined family includes 6 children + ranging in age from 17 to 34, as well as 4 grandchildren.
1st Vice-president - Judy Barnette:
a long serving member of the local League of Women Voters Observer Corps. She has a special interest in the issues of homelessness, mental illness and incarceration, as well as personal finance and budgeting. Before her retirement, Judy served as the Family Services Director and then as the Business Director at Knoxville Habitat for Humanity where she worked from 1994 -2007. In addition to her service with the League, she serves as a volunteer mentor with Knoxville Leadership Foundation's Amachi Program for the past five years.
2nd Vice-president - Rynn Dupes:
began on the board in 2010 as the newsletter editor and also served as the Interim First Vice President from January 2012 until May 2012. She has co-chaired the League's popular Citizens Academy since it began in 2012. Rynn currently works full time as the Advancement Assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs in the University of Tennessee College of Law. She anticipates completing her Master's degree in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information in the fall of 2014. She will have a concentration in public relations.
Secretary - Vivian Shipe:
an advocate for the homeless and the mentally ill is a native Knoxvillian and 2nd generation postal worker. Her 29 years as a public servant , union president and member of her church evangelism team has well equipped her for serving the League and the citizens of Knoxville. She has always proudly promoted the importance of voting and has always been especially interested in getting young people to realize their right and responsibility as a citizen to use their voting rights. She has always pushed for voter rights, equal opportunities for all citizens and education opportunities which she feels can be gained by a fair voting system. Vivian is currently in the research phase in the pursuit of her doctorate in Organizational Leadership and will complete her studies in 2014. She currently holds the position of secretary on the board of directors.
Treasurer - Stephanie Matheny:
the attorney for the Tennessee Clean Water Network, a statewide environmental advocacy organization based in Knoxville. At TCWN, Stephanie oversees a range of Clean Water Act citizen suits, administrative appeals, permit reviews, and other advocacy efforts. Before joining TCWN, Stephanie served as a staff attorney for the Boston-based National Environmental Law Center. Prior to becoming an attorney, Stephanie developed housing for low-income and homeless people throughout the state of Washington for eleven years. In 2011, Stephanie co-chaired Compassion Knoxville, a comprehensive effort to develop community-based recommendations about homelessness, and currently serves as Board Chair of Redeeming Hope Ministries. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Washington.
has lived in Knoxville since 1969. She worked for Oak Ridge Associated Universities, managing a variety of technical training, research, and information programs and directing a national network of trainers for the U.S. Department of Energy. As a volunteer she has tutored children in state custody; led docent tours for school children and adults at the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA); and, through the Community Mediation Center (CMC), mediated in Knox County Juvenile Court, chiefly parenting plans and juvenile first offender cases.
This is Lisa's second term on the LWVKKC board. She has served on the boards of several other local nonprofits. At KMA her nine years as a Trustee included a term as development chair. Over the last decade she has held various positions on the KMA Guild Board, chairing fundraisers and serving two years as president. Lisa also chaired the CMC Board of Directors for three years and has led several CMC development activities. She has served on the board of the University of Tennessee University Women's Club, including a year as president, and on the board of the Kingston Pike-Sequoyah Hills Association, chairing the membership committee this year.
Crista Cuccaro: a 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Although not a native, Crista is proud to call Knoxville home and she is involved and committed to making our community an even better place. Before attending law school, Crista worked as an advocate for sexual assault victims and at Three Rivers Market, Knoxville's community food cooperative. While at the College of Law, she served as the President of Law Women, Coordinator of Saturday Bar, Secretary for the Environmental Law Organization, and Co-Coordinator for the Voter Rights Restoration Project. Crista now works in the Knoxville City Law Department on zoning and land use issues. Crista is passionate about the Observer Corps program, and the League as a whole; she believes that the League cultivates greater government accountability and a more informed, democratic citizenry.
immediate past president of the League after serving two terms as president and additional service as Board member, Social Policy Chair, Citizen Education Chair, and Land Use committee member. Jamey completed a Master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Tennessee, and specializes in schools and their impact on growth and community. During 24 years in Knoxville, she has been active in programs to strengthen childcare, community transportation, and full-service community schools. Jamey is married to Gary McCracken, ecologist at U.T. She is mother and stepmother of four grown daughters, ages 19-26. She plays tennis, loves adventure travel, and all kinds of music, and "fixing up the house" with her husband.
Susanne D. Dupes:
CEO of the Dalton Dupes Agency, Susanne is an award-winning public relations strategist who works with small businesses and emerging women leaders to increase their visibility and credibility. Prior to opening Dalton Dupes, she was Media Relations Director for then Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and served as his media liaison to the White House during his tenure as President of County Executives of America. Prior to the Mayor's office, she served as communications director for Information International Associates in Oak Ridge. She serves on the board of the Tennessee Women's Economic Council Foundation. She hosts a monthly Women's Leadership Salon in West Knoxville. Her work in public relations received a Superior Award from the National Association of County Information Officers and multiple "Excellence" Awards from the Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, including a 2013 Excellence Award for the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit. She holds an MS in information science from the University of Tennessee. She is a graduate of the the FBI Citizens Academy and the Knox County Sheriff's Citizens Academy.
a Fellow for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In July 2010, she retired from her position as an ISSE Research Leader. A social scientist, English's career has focused on energy and environmental policy issues. She has served on the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board and on a number of committees of the National Research Council (NRC). She also has served on the Board on Radioactive Management and Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the NRC, as well as the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in American Literature from Brown University.
began a career as a professional musician at the age of 12. While performing on tour as a musician, she also attended schools of higher education in Europe, Canada and the United States to earn degrees in philosophy, political science, international relations, engineering, French and Russian. She has been interested in activism for social justice and welfare since the late sixties--especially from her experiences in Paris in the May 1968 student protests and in the American South with the SNCC and in Washington DC. In 1982 she came to the University of Tennessee on fellowship and obtained a Masters in library and information science, thereafter joining the faculty of the University Library as Engineering Librarian and then Systems Librarian. She recently ended her 30 years at UT where she was last a writer, researcher and major grants project manager on-contract with the Science Alliance. Theresa has run several of her own businesses and assisted in non-profit start-ups over the years. In 2010, she was chosen to travel with 700 college students and 100 faculty by ship around the world for nearly five months on a Semester at Sea program offered through the University of Virginia--an opportunity to see first-hand the immense challenges of developing countries and struggling democracies.
born overseas into a military family and was able to travel the world before she was 16. She then returned to her parents home, Knoxville, and studied at the University of Tennessee. She continued to travel after collage but found that Knoxville was home. She has 18 years of experience with non-profits and her desires in life are to give back and to make a difference in her community, town, and in what ever work she does. She is an advocate of any group that is vulnerable. Currently she works with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and she volunteers with several organizations that support South Knoxville.
40 year member of the League who a League on St. Simons Island, Georgia and served two as League President. While living on the island I was a bank manager. I moved to Knoxville as a banker but within a year was hired to be Executive Director of the Knoxville Women's Center. During this time I served as local and state president of the Women's Political Caucus. I worked at Child & Family as Director of four programs to help women support their families in various ways. I was offered the position of president and CEO of Consumer Credit Counseling of East TN, a non-profit that helped families solve their financial problems throughout 49 counties of East TN and got the agency accredited. I was appointed to the Women's Economic Council by Governor Don Sundquist. I merged our agency with the CCCS agencies in Atlanta, Florida and Mississippi. I retired five years ago at age 55 and now own a small business I run in my home. I am originally from Lake Forest, Illinois and went to Lambuth College in Jackson, TN. I am also a cancer survivor, having fought three different kinds of cancer.
Citizen's Academy - Rynn Dupes
Communications - Susanne D. Dupes
Development - Lisa Carroll
Education - Tammy Sommers
Land Use & Environment- Mary English
Membership - Faith Yandell, Jamey Dobbs
Observer Corps - Crista Cuccaro and Barbara Nicodemus
Special Events - Debbie Sharp
Voter Services - Theresa Pepin
Child Care Position Review - Jamey Dobbs
Preventive Health - Kristen Slusher
LWV rep on CAC board: Judy Poulson
Liaison to TN Conservation Voters: Sandra Goss
Liaison to Dow Citizen Advisory Council: Nancy Stewart
Naturalization Ceremony: Lisa Mixon
Database: Rachel Craig
Website: Cathy McCaughan
Nominating Committee 2014: Jamey Dobbs, Casey Self