602 South Gay Street, Mezzanine Level
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Main Office:  637.4561
Fax:  546.2213
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Dogwood Arts :: Staff
Executive 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.
Director 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.
Marketing 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 two young daughters, Teigan and Piper.
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.
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 2013. 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, and young son, Carter.
Direct phone: 865.382.2288
Buddy joined Dogwood Arts in July 2014. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1981 where he earned B.S. in Education. Buddy has a long history of working in both non-profit and commercial industry. Young Life Ministries and Echo Resources are two of the non-profit organizations where Buddy has been able to connect with others in a meaningful way and spreading his impact through fundraising, organization, and developing strong relationships and networks. Buddy’s gathered expertise will surely be as impactful for Dogwood Arts.
After contracting with Dogwood Arts following an internship in 2013, Karen became a part-time employee in December 2014. A Knoxville native, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English and focuses primarily on sponsorships and grants. She also brings with her a passion for photography and enjoys capturing photos of Dogwood Arts’ events and programs. Married to Jimmy, they enjoy spending their free time outdoors and traveling with their Chiweenie, Pablo.
Spring 2015 Interns
Rebecca Bass is a senior at the University of Tennessee majoring in Advertising with a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduating in the spring of 2015 she hopes to pursue a masters in Business at the University of Tennessee. Rebecca grew up in Maryland but now calls East Tennessee home. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and UT athletics.
Sydney Deaver is a junior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Art History at the University of Tennessee. Upon graduating in 2016 she wishes to move back home to Nashville and pursue a career in Marketing. She loves hiking, traveling, and UT football.