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Ijams Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Ijams Nature Center exists to protect the public trust.

The Board’s duties are governance, including financial- and mission-related oversight and fund development. Board composition includes appointed members from the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Knoxville Garden Club, and Knox County Council of Garden Clubs. Members at large serve two, three-year terms. The Board meets at Ijams bi-monthly.


  • President: Celia Winchester, Winchester Consulting

  • Treasurer: Susanne Hauk, The Trust Company of Tennessee

  • Secretary: Gary McCracken, UT College of Arts & Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

  • Immediate Past President: Carl Hill, Clayton



  • Sherri Lee, Retired Chair of the Board, Southeast Service Corporation



  • Rachel Butzler, Deputy Director, City of Knoxville Public Service Department

  • Carson Dailey, Knox County Commission, Ninth District

  • Sharon Davis, Knox County Council of Garden Clubs

  • Sheryl Ely, Director, City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation

  • Tiffany Siler, Representative, Knoxville Garden Club

  • Joseph Mack, Senior Director, Knox County Parks and Recreation

  • Tommy Smith, City Council First District, City of Knoxville



  • Samma Bromley, Harper Auto Square

  • Ashley Capps, Big Ears Festival

  • Ramsey Cohen, Clayton

  • Oly Cumpian, Benehiits

  • Mike Glover, M.D., Retired

  • Matthew Kellogg, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

  • Anna Kern, InsideTrack

  • Martha Kern, Strong Stock Farm

  • Andy Oakes, Merrill Lynch

  • Brandon Pace, Sanders Pace Architecture

  • David Reynolds, Home Federal Bank of Tennessee

  • Andrew Spatz, Hedstrom Landscape Architecture

  • Bo Townsend, Retired

  • Carl Van Hoozier Jr., Retired, Vulcan Materials Company

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