Board of Directors & Staff

    President

  1. H. Lee Martin, PhD
    Lee Martin bioLee is a Professor of Practice of Engineering Entrepreneurship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He serves on the board of directors of Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Global Media Outreach, Knoxville Christian Foundation, and is an active member of Two Rivers Church. He served on the Baptist/Mercy board for seven years, and currently serves as President of the Trinity Foundation.   He and his wife, Carla, have three children. He enjoys tennis, travel and playing the hammered dulcimer.
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    Board of Directors

  1. Reverend Daryl W. Arnold
    Daryl is the Senior Pastor of Overcoming Believers Church. He is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended Knoxville College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing. In his last few years of undergrad, Daryl was called to ministry. He held para church ministry positions and later transitioned into full-time pastoral ministry serving as Executive Pastor at Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Daryl was led to come back to Knoxville in 2003 to plant the Overcoming Believers church which now has an approximate membership of 2,500. Daryl is heavily involved in the Knoxville community and currently serves on the advisory board for Eli’s Escape Inc., Youth Chair of the National Action Network, host of Trinity Broadcast Network and Iron Sharpens Iron TV Broadcast, member of the T.L. Lowery Global Foundation Eldership, Knox County Disparities in Educational Outcomes and Save Our Sons Task Forces, co-chair of Change Center Board, and initiated the Knoxville Stop the Violence Initiative. Daryl is also a 2016 Knoxville Leadership graduate. Daryl and his wife, Carmeisha, have four children.

  2. J. Kay Clayton

    Kay Clayton HeadshotKay is originally from Johnson City, Tennessee where she attended East Tennessee State University and holds a Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee.  She is active in our community and serves on the board for Knoxville Opera Guild, Live Five Foundation and Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.  Kay also serves as an Advisory Council member for Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs.  She formerly served on both Baptist Health System Foundation and Mercy Health System Foundation Boards.  Kay is an active member of the Church of the Ascension.

  3. James L. Decker, DHA, FACHE

    Jim Decker HeadshotJames (Jim) is Chief Executive Officer of MEDIC Regional Blood Center.  He is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Microbiology.  In addition, Jim holds a Master of Science in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Before joining MEDIC, Jim served as Senior Vice President of the Baptist Health System of East Tennessee for six years.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Rotary Club of Knoxville, Community Blood Centers Exchange and Curae Health.  He is member of the First Baptist Church of Knoxville, a 2004 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and a 2016 Graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership.  Jim and wife, Michelle, have three children.  Michelle is a Registered Nurse at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

  4. J. Mark DeNicola
    Mark DeNicola bioMark has a long association with Baptist, Mercy and now Trinity.  Mark graduated from Thiel College with majors in Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Mark is the CFO and Executive Director of Sales/Marketing for Thermocopy and the founder of Clarityworks.  He created the concept of GoGreenET.com, a resource to help businesses implement environmentally sustainable business practices.  An avid tennis player, he has served as President of the Greater Knoxville Tennis Association and as Vice President of the Tennessee Tennis Association and founded “Game-Set-Match,” a charity that advances the cause of the disabled and raises funds for the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.  Other board service includes the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, Knoxville Football Club and Keep Knoxville Beautiful.  He and his wife, Connie, enjoy supporting their daughter’s educational, athletic and musical interests.
  5. Robert C. DeNovo, III

    Robert serves as Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at Pinnacle Asset Management.  He is a Knoxville native and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Business. His past community service includes serving as a board member and Finance Committee Chair at Volunteer Ministry Center. Robert and his wife, Jamie, have three children. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, running, cycling and reading.

     

  6. Michael Dillon, PhD

    Michael serves as the Dean for the School of Business & Technology at Tusculum College.  He was born and raised in Ohio and relocated to Knoxville in 2003. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Kenyon College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University, and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Cincinnati.  His career in academics includes seven years at Lincoln Memorial University School of Business, where he served as Assistant Dean, Director of MBA Programs, Department Chair, and Associate Professor of Business. He also taught finance classes at the University of Cincinnati for six years.   Prior to his career in academics, Dillon has extensive private sector experience including sales, sales management, purchasing management, and he has been the owner of a private consulting firm assisting physicians with their financial issues.  Michael teaches both finance and economic classes at Tusculum College where he engages and challenges students to develop their critical thinking and decision-making skills.  His finance research interests are primarily with IPOs, agency issues, and corporate governance, healthcare, and behavioral finance.  He is married to Mary Dillon, Medical Director at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.  They are proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Sarah.

  7. Robin L. Gibson
    Robin Gibson bioRobin is a dedicated community volunteer with a heart for people with special needs.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  She serves on the boards of Disability Ministry through Camp Celebrate, The Restoration House of East Tennessee and Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.  She enjoys scuba, skiing and reading.  She and her husband, Randy, have two sons, a daughter and granddaughter.

     

     

  8. Kelly L. Headden
    Kelly HeaddenKelly is Senior Vice President at Barber McMurry architects. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. He is President of the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee and on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architecture Tennessee. He is an alumnus of Leadership Knoxville and on the board of directors of the Episcopal School of Knoxville and the Sevier County Economic Development Council. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of Tennessee College of Architect and Design and on the championship Committee of the Knoxville Open Golf Championship. In his history with Baptist/Mercy Foundation, he has chaired special events, as well as serving on the Foundation board.  He is active in area youth athletics. He and his wife, Dana, have two sons and enjoy the outdoors.

  9. Anthony L. Ingram

    Anthony is Senior District Director for the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, Chehote District. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Theatre and minor in Spanish. He is involved in a number of community activities including: Reach Them To Teach Them Board Member, Kiwanis Club of Knoxville Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member, Knox Area Chamber Partnership Dignitary, and Partners in Education Advisory Board Member.  He and wife, Joy, have two children. Joy is a nurse at Parkwest Hospital.  They are members of Redemption Church International and serve in various ministry teams including choir and youth.

  10. Joseph L. Johnson
    Joseph L. Johnson bioJoseph (Joe) is the owner of A&W Office Supply. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a board member of the Pellissippi State Foundation, and the Downtown Rotary.  In addition, Joe has held many offices at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, including Adult Sunday School Director. He has a 25+ year history of leadership with the former Baptist Health System Foundation, serving as chair during the transition from Baptist to Mercy. He and his wife, Judy, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They travel extensively and his love of history adds to the enjoyment of these experiences.

  11. Becky F. Little
    Becky has dedicated her career to education.   She worked at the State Department of Education, the Knox County Department of Education and The University of Tennessee.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles with a minor in Secondary Education and graduate work in Science Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  As an educator, she served as President of the Farragut PTA (receiving the Life Time Award) and a teacher at Farragut Middle School (receiving the FMS Teacher of the Year, the Knox County Teacher of the Year, the Regional Teacher of the Year and the Tennessee Middle School Teacher of the Year Awards).  Becky was the educator chosen to be in the Inaugural Class of Leadership Knoxville.  She was a Finalist in the Education Category for the Tribute to Women. Becky has served on numerous Boards including the Dogwood Arts Festival, Cancer Support Community, and Imagination Library.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Visitors for The UT College of Education. Becky and her husband, Joe, enjoy the activities of their seven grandchildren (as of fall 2014, the oldest is a fourth generation The University of Tennessee, Knoxville attendee).
  12. Dena L. Mashburn, APN
    Dena Mashburn HeadshotDena is the Clinical Services Manager for the Knox County Health Department. She attended the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Dena also holds a Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas Women’s University. Before joining East Tennessee Regional Health Department, Dena served in the Community Benefit Department at Mercy Health Partners. She was also a member of the Baptist Health System Foundation staff as the Parish Nurse Coordinator and Community Health Partnerships Director with many years of prior clinical experience. As a member of the East Tennessee Association of Nurse Practitioners and Tennessee Public Health Association, Dena is very involved in our community. She has been an active member of Second Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder and Missions Chair from 2008-2012. Dena and husband, Willis, have one son.
  13. J. Daniel Pressley
    Danny Pressley bio

    Daniel (Danny) is a Partner with RidgePath Capital Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He serves as a board member of Legacy Parks Foundation and Zoo Knoxville and is an alumni and former Secretary/Treasurer of Leadership Knoxville. Danny also served as chair of UT Chancellors Associates and the East Tennessee Foundation as well as Treasurer of the YMCA. In addition to his community service, he is involved in many church activities. In his spare time, Danny can be found on the golf course.  He and his wife, Allison, have a son and daughter-in-law and enjoy trips to the beach. 

  14. Avice E. Reid

    49954ed1ae4d43d6a513adcd92391db3Avice is the Senior Director of Community Relations for the City of Knoxville.  She is a Knoxville, TN native and earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Knoxville College and Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry at Covington Theological Seminary. In addition, Avice has earned the Professional Project Management certification and is a certified 21st Century Leadership Facilitator with Leadership Knoxville.   She is very active in the Knoxville community and serves on several boards including:  Community Television of Knoxville, East Tennessee Foundation, Home Federal Bank, Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee and Women’s Fund of East Tennessee. Other past and current community involvement includes The United Way of Greater Knoxville, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Alpha Pi Omega Chapter), Alpha Pi Omega Foundation, University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Leadership Knoxville Introduction Knoxville Committee, Covenant Health System Quality Improvement and Professional Relations Committee, Executive Women’s Association, Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, YWCA of Knoxville, American Red Cross. Avice has received recognition for her outstanding work in the community by the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council as a 2009 Women of Achievement Honoree, and by the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated as the Bronze Woman of the Year (2001-2002). In 2016, Avice was selected by the YWCA to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Tribute to Women awards. She and her husband, Gary, have two daughters, three grandsons, and one granddaughter.

  15. The Very Reverend John C. Ross

    John is the Senior Pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. St. John’s is very active in many inner city ministries and has a robust life of study, prayer and worship. He is a graduate of Memphis State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. He received his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Sewanee in 1980 and moved to Knoxville in 1985. John’s involvement in the community includes currently serving on the University of Tennessee Medical Center Pastoral Care Oversight Committee, Jane Pettway Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank. Other past involvement includes: West High School Foundation Board, Federal District Court Merit Selection Panel, Leadership Knoxville Board, Nine Counties, One Vision Downtown Taskforce, Alcoa Aluminum Advisory Board, and YMCA Board. John and his wife, Lois, a school counselor, have two sons and are proud grandparents of one grandchild, Andi. John is an avid hiker and golfer with interest in fly-fishing, exercise, reading and travel.

  16. Father Ragan D. Schriver

    Ragan Schriver is the Director of the Master of Social Work Program and Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work.  In addition, he also serves as social work consultant at Catholic Charities USA, providing support for their health care integration and support services to veteran’s initiatives.  He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation and a Master of Social Work form Washington University in St. Louis.  He was ordained a Priest in 1995 and has served in pastoral roles as well as executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Inc. for 15 years.  Ragan has also served as Chair of the Knox County Homeless Coalition.  He currently serves on the board of Community Alternative Prison Program, DLIA and is Vice President of the state chapter of Association of Social Workers.

  17. Suzanne T. Schriver
    Suzanne Schriver bio

    Suzanne is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Suzanne has enjoyed a twenty- year career in the financial services industry. She earned her BA, MA and MBA, from Tennessee Tech University, where she is a member of the College of Business Board of Trustees. She also serves on the board of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Joni and Friends, and Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.  Recent past involvements include the Public Building Authority Board, American Heart Association, Public Trust PAC, and the Knox County Industrial Development Board, which she chaired. Born at St. Mary’s Hospital and leading the Baptist Health System Foundation as chair for three years, her experiences have well served the merger of Baptist, Mercy and now Trinity.  She and her husband, David Rechter, have two daughters, Juliana and Amelia.

  18. Benét Theiss, Esq.

    Benét is an Attorney with Young Williams Law Firm.  Originally from Columbia, Tennessee, she received her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law.  She is a member of Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations and Knoxville Estate Planning Council. Benét is active in her community and serves as a mentor for the Roane county Robotics team, volunteers for Boys Scout Troop 101, and was formerly President of Naval Academy Parents’ Club of Eastern Tennessee. Benét and her husband, Tim, have two sons and a daughter.

  19. Twuanna Munroe Ward


    Twuanna is Vice President of Transaction Accounting at Scripps Networks.  She received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University in Accounting and MBA from Georgia State University.  Twuanna currently serves as a board member for Knoxville Museum of Art and FAMU Foundation.  She is heavily involved in the community and is a member of FAMU National Alumni Association, National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications, Women in Cable Telecommunications, National Association of Black Accountants, Scripps Mentoring Program, The Links Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  She is married to Derick Ward.

  20. John T. Worden

    John Worden

    John is a partner in the financial services firm Worden, Rechenbach & Brooke.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Tennessee.  John is a Knoxville native and is very involved in the community and currently serves as a Commissioner of the Knoxville Utilities Board and as Area Vice-President covering Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi for the Boy Scouts of America.  He also serves on the University of Tennessee’s Economics Advisory Council.  John’s past community leadership includes board service and officer roles with the East Tennessee Foundation, Arts and Culture Alliance, YMCA of East Tennessee, Grace Presbyterian Church and the Community School of the Arts.  He has also received outstanding recognition as a 40 Under 40: Knoxville’s Rising Stars, General Motors Volunteer Spirit Award winner, Chancellor’s Citation for Leadership and Service, and is an Eagle Scout.  John and wife, Meridith, are parents of a daughter and son.

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Staff

  1. Eunice T. Goodwin
    Eunice Goodwin bioEunice is the Foundation Coordinator for Trinity.  She was formerly with the Baptist Health System and Mercy Health Partners Foundations.  During those years she provided administrative support for capital campaigns, wrote grants, worked on special events and supported the staff in many areas of the foundations’ work.  A self-professed “jack of all trades,” her years of experience have given her a broad knowledge of the workings of a foundation.  She and her husband, Dan, have four children and six grandchildren.

    egoodwin@trinityfound.org

  2. Erin B. Upshaw
    Erin Upshaw bioErin is the Finance and Funds Manager and oversees the budget, investments, and operating funds of Trinity.  She is a Knoxville native and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Business Administration.  She formerly worked at the Baptist and Mercy Foundations.  She and her husband, Victor, have two daughters.

    eupshaw@trinityfound.org