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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: Andy Oakes, UBS

  • Treasurer: Celia Winchester, Winchester Consulting

  • Secretary: Susanne Hauk, The Trust Company of Tennessee



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



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

  • Carson Dailey, Knox County Commissioner, Ninth District

  • Sharon Davis, Representative, 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 & Recreation

  • Tommy Smith, Vice-Mayor and City Council Commissioner, First District, City of Knoxville



  • Jodie Birdwell, TVA

  • Samma Bromley, Harper Auto Square

  • Ashley Capps, Big Ears Festival

  • Ramsey Cohen, Clayton

  • Oly Cumpian, Body Liberation with Oly

  • Mike Glover, M.D., Retired

  • Matthew Kellogg, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

  • Anna Kern, InsideTrack

  • Martha Kern, Strong Stock Farm

  • Anabel Lino, Apex Bank

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

  • Brandon Pace, Sanders Pace Architecture

  • David Reynolds, Home Federal Bank of Tennessee

  • Doug Snover, Messer Construction

  • Andrew Spatz, Hedstrom Landscape Architecture

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

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