602 South Gay Street, Mezzanine Level
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Main Office: [865] 637.4561
Fax: [865] 546.2213

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Dogwood Arts Festival :: Staff

lisa duncan 004Executive Director: Lisa Duncan

Direct phone: 865.246.4397

Lisa was hired as ED in June 2008 after spending 30 years in the publishing business with the EW Scripps Company.  Previously the Director of Marketing for the Knoxville News Sentinel and Publisher of skirt! Magazine, Knoxville Magazine, and Metro Pulse, she is well-known for her leadership, strategic planning, business development, budgeting, project management, media and community relations.  Lisa has been an influential leader and community volunteer for Knoxville for over 30 years.  As a longtime supporter of the Dogwood Arts, she has served in a variety of positions including volunteer, marketing and communications committee member, media and presenting sponsor, board advisor, and member.

alaineDirector of Programs: Alaine S. McBee

Direct phone: 865.246.4398

Alaine joined Dogwood Arts in July 2008, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience managing a variety of community-wide events.  Serving ten years as Events Manager at the largest local media company, Alaine executed the highly successful Women Today Expo, drawing more than 40,000 attendees every year.  Other events she managed include the News Sentinel Auto Show and semi-annual Job Fair.  Prior to joining the News Sentinel, Alaine worked in the marketing department at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center where she managed a variety of community health events.  She has broad experience in budget management, sponsorships, program development, quality control, vendor, and exhibitor relations.

Erin SlocumMarketing Manager: Erin Slocum

Direct phone: 865.246.4392

Erin joined the Dogwood Arts team in March 2010. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in Marketing before moving to Knoxville.  Having worked for several years as a Marketing Manager for a local advertising/marketing agency, as well as the Knoxville News Sentinel, she joined the group with a diverse background including: community relations, event management, brand management, media buying, and social media.  Also an avid CrossFitter, Erin’s married to Ben and they have a young daughter, Teigan.


Katharine TorbettProject Manager: Katharine Torbett

Direct phone: 865.637.4561 

After working on a contract basis for the 2013 Dogwood Arts Festival & Knoxville Film Festival, Katharine signed on as a full-time employee in November and is the newest member of the Dogwood Arts family.  An East Tennessee native, Kat graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA with a B.A. in Psychology.  With a background primarily in radio, both commercial and non-commercial, just a few of the skills she brings to Dogwood Arts team include event planning, marketing, brand management, web development, and social media.  Kat enjoys pilates, traveling, and seeing live music with her husband, Russ.

Katie Greene

Finance Manager: Katie Greene

Direct phone: 865.342.6059 

Katie joined Dogwood Arts in December 2011.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2004 with a B.S. in Service Management.  She has a passion for accounting and brings with her history of six years in various accounting positions.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Katie is married to Ashley and they have a daughter, Ella.


Spring 2014 Interns

Mady BurnettMady Burnett is Franklin, TN native and student at the University of Tennessee studying Sociology and graduating in May 2014.  In her future, she hopes to work in an environment that is exciting, uplifting, and engaging.  The things that makes her most happy in life are giving to other people – whether that is my services, gifts, or time.  In her spare time she loves to paint, travel, and spend time with her family.





Sam CollettSam Collett is a senior at the University of Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management with a concentration in Marketing. He one day hopes to one day work in an environment that promotes and uses sustainable practices to improve the way we consume and discard products. Sam also enjoys traveling, listening to music, and reading in his free time.



Rosie ColmanRosie Colman is a Franklin, TN native and a senior at the University of Tennessee, studying Advertising.  She has been a marketing intern with companies such as S.T.A.R. and spent two summers with Scripps Interactive.  This summer Rosie plans to move to England in hopes of working with an advertising agency.  Ironically, Rosie is a dual citizen of both the USA and the United Kingdom; so, traveling is in her blood.  Her passions are driven by her love for her family and more importantly her mother, who is her rock.


Will FowlerWill Fowler is a junior at the University of Tennessee and will graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Business.  Upon graduating, Will hopes to move to Los Angeles to reunite with family and work in the field of public relations.  He loves traveling, photography, and social media.



Jenna MillerJenna Miller is a senior at the University of Tennessee and will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business.  After graduation, she hopes to find a job in Chicago with a non-profit organization.  She enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with friends and family.





Briannaca SaulsberryMemphis, TN native, Briannaca Saulsberry, is a student of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration.  With a fervent love for communication, people, and the ever-changing business world, Briannaca plans to establish a career as a public relations practitioner after graduation in December of 2015.  She affirms, “It is my desire to ensure uncompromised quality and innovative work as a public relations practitioner and to ensure optimum customer service as a business professional.”  As a lover of fashion, music, and great food, she enjoys modeling, runway training, live music, and fine dining.