Board of Directors & Staff

    President

  1. H. Lee Martin, PhD

    Lee is a Research Assistant Professor 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 Missions Outreach, Lazarus Ventures, Knoxville Christian Foundation, TECH 2020 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 trombone.

    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. Sharon Bosse

    Sharon is involved in the community and her church in a variety of roles. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Chair-elect of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, a mentor for tnAchieves and involved in various roles at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Knoxville and a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2005.  Previously, Sharon was Chairman of the Zoofari fundraiser at the Knoxville Zoo, Chairman of the Annual Dinner of Catholic Charities and has served multiple times on the Campaign Cabinet of United Way of Greater Knoxville.  Sharon and her husband, Bruce, have two sons.  They love to travel, entertain and enjoy time on the lake.

  3. William Burkhart, MD

    William is a third generation family physician.  He has remained in private practice since 1985 and currently practices at the Summit Medical Group.  He is a former Medical Chief of staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and also served on the St. Mary’s Foundation Board.  He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Medicine with the University of Tennessee Medical Center and at Lincoln Memorial University Medical School.  William’s community involvement includes serving at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Alumni Council; Medical Director Camellia Home Health of East Tennessee; KARM Board of Directors; the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board; the University of Tennessee Chet Hedgecoth Percussion Scholarship Committee as Co-Chairman and the Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries Board of Directors.  He is an active member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church where he enjoys teaching and participating in the church orchestra.  William brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience based on his years of service and leadership in the Knoxville community.  He and his wife, Jeannine, are proud parents to four sons, William, Matthew, James and John.

  4. J. Kay Clayton

    Kay 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.

  5. James L. Decker, DHA, FACHE

    James (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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. David Dewhirst

    David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Science degree from Southern Methodist University. He began his career with the General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas as an Aerodynamics Engineer.  He began Dewhirst Properties LLC in 2003.  Since his return to Knoxville, David has taken an active interest in historic downtown redevelopment. He is currently a downtown resident and one of the major property owners in the central business district. He is responsible for recruiting many businesses and new residents to downtown Knoxville.  David’s community involvement includes service on the boards of the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Downtown YMCA, the Central Business Improvement District, Nine Counties One Vision, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of East Tennessee, the SPE Scholarship Foundation,  Nucleus Knoxville, Young Entrepreneurs Organization, Historic Tennessee Theatre, the Children’s Discovery Center, Knox Heritage, Leadership Knoxville, The Tennessee Preservation Trust and the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates.  He and his wife, Tracy, a Veterinarian, have two young children whom they raise in both downtown Knoxville, and on their family farm.

  9. 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.

  10. David Goodson, CPA, CFA

    As President and Chief Investment Officer for Proffitt & Goodson Inc., David has over 35 years of experience working with corporations, pension plans, and non-profit organizations on a broad range of investment issues, including security selection, portfolio design, and implementation of investment management best practices.  David earned B.S. and M.B.A degrees in economics and finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a member of the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals who hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. David currently serves on the City of Knoxville Industrial Development Board, as board member and treasurer of Scenic Knoxville Inc., and as chair of the Church Street UMC Foundation. He is a current board member, previous investment committee chair, and past president of the Board of Directors of the Holston Conference Foundation of the United Methodist Church. He previously served as board member of the Holston Home for Children Foundation.

  11. Becky F. Little
    Becky is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science degree and additional graduate courses completed for the Tennessee Department of Education – Career Ladder Level III.  She has dedicated her career to education and worked as the Assistant State Supervisor at the Tennessee Department of Education, an 8th Grade Teacher for Knox County Schools, and the System Director of Alumni Programs for Educational & Scholarship Programs at the University of Tennessee. Her incredible work as an educator earned her several awards including being recognized as “Teacher of the Year” for not only Farragut Middle School but at the Knox County Middle School, Regional TN Middle School and TN Middle School levels as well.  She was selected as a WBIR Educator of the Week, UT “Educator’s Hall of Honor” and a Finalist for the YWCA “Educator of the Year”.  Becky has also served our community in a number of ways.  She was a member of Leadership Knoxville’s Inaugural Class, served as a board member for the Cancer Support Community Board, the Imagination Library Board, and Treasurer and Women’s Council Chair for the UT National Alumni Association.  In addition, Becky is a Bible Study Facilitator for Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and Bible Study Teacher at Hardin Valley Church of Christ.  Becky and her husband, Joe Little, a retired Nuclear Engineer, have three children and seven grandchildren.
  12. Dena L. Mashburn, MS, RN, 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. Avice E. Reid

    Avice 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Suzanne T. Schriver
    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.

  17. Grant Standefer
    Grant serves as the Corporate Chaplain for Dominion Senior Living and as Executive Director – Emeritus with Compassion Coalition.  He received a Doctorate of Ministry from Lipscomb University.  He served in pastoral ministry for 24 years in Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee.  His heart for people is evident in his continued involvement in our community by serving on the Mayor’s Roundtable on Homelessness, FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Global Seeds Board of Directors, The Restoration House Board of Directors and Knoxville Marriage Initiative Board of Directors.  Grant and Rhoni, his wife of 42 years, are parents to two daughters and one son.  They are also proud grandparents to seven grandchildren.
  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 WordenJohn 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.

  21. Wendy Wortham

    Wendy is originally from Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  She attended the University of Kentucky and California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco.  Wendy moved to Knoxville in 1994 via Houston, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Washington, D.C.  Her husband, Dale, retired after a 20 year career as an interventional cardiologist in the Army and recently after 24 years at University Cardiology, U.T. Knoxville.  Wendy currently serves on the advisory board for The UT College of Nursing and The Clarence Brown Theatre.  Past board involvements include: Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, The American Heart Association, Knoxville Opera, The Florence Crittenton Agency and Leadership Knoxville.  She and Dale have two sons.  The eldest, Keller, is a physician and actor in Los Angeles.  Their son, Taylor, a financial advisor with Patriot Investment Management and his wife, Simonne, live in Knoxville with their two grandchildren, SiSi, age 6 and William, age 4.

Staff

  1. Lynn Metler
    Lynn is the Foundation Coordinator for Trinity.  She served as an executive administrative assistant in private education and in retail management.  As a pastor’s daughter and pastor’s wife, Lynn has enjoyed many opportunities to volunteer and serve.   Her experiences in numerous ministry roles have equipped her to serve at Trinity.  She enjoys the details of planning and organizing special events.  Her passion for serving and supporting others is evident in her work.  She and her husband, Paul, reside in Knoxville and have one son, Nick.

    lmetler@trinityfound.org

  2. Ashley Sartelle
    Ashley is the Finance and Funds Manager and oversees the budget, investments, and operating funds of Trinity.  She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Master’s of Accounting.  Ashley and her family moved to Knoxville in 2015.  She has worked in both public and private accounting.  She and her husband, John, are proud parents to three children.

    asartelle@trinityfound.org