123 W. Jackson Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Main Office: (865) 637.4561
Fax: (865) 546.2213

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Dogwood Arts :: Staff

Executive Director: Tom Cervone

Direct phone: 865.246.4397

Cervone has dedicated most of his life and career to the advancement of the arts and culture industry, as well as the nonprofit sector. He recently served as the Managing Director of the College of Business Administration Professional Executive MBA Program. Cervone previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. Prior to that, he spent twenty-three years managing UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Cervone serves on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the advisory board for the College of Business at Maryville College, the board of the WordPlayers and River and Rail Theatre Companies.  He also is the incoming chair of the curriculum committee for Leadership Knoxville. Cervone received his undergraduate degree in speech and English with an emphasis in theatre from West Liberty University in West Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts and an MBA from UT. He is a graduate of and was selected as the Class Representative of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2011.

Alaine McBee

 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.

Katharine Torbett

 Marketing Manager: Katharine Torbett

Direct phone: 865.246.4392

After working on a contract basis in 2013 for Dogwood Arts & the Knoxville Film Festival, Katharine signed on as a full-time employee in November 2013 as a Project Manager.  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.


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.



KarenHeadshotSponsorship & Grants Manager: Karen Wooten

Phone: 865.637.4561

Karen has been with the Dogwood Arts team since 2013, focusing primarily on sponsorships and grants. She enjoys creating new relationships both professionally and personally, and is thrilled to be a part of fostering community support around Dogwood Arts. She loves to support local businesses and initiatives. Karen is from Knoxville and being a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a B.A in English, she likes to write in her spare time.


 Program Manager: Garrett Thomson

Direct phone: 865.246.4393

Garrett signed on with Dogwood Arts in December of 2014.  The Knoxville native graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a  B.S. in Mass Communications and went on to build a career history in the music industry.  He brings a depth of experience to the Dogwood Arts team including: live entertainment, concert promotion, digital marketing, web development, event management, and product development.  He also enjoys supporting and enjoying local arts and music.


Kate Creason

 Program Manager: Kate Creason

Phone: 865.637.4561

Kate loves connecting artists to opportunity. As Dogwood Arts’ newest Project Manager, she coordinates our arts programming. Kate studied fine art at the University of Tennessee before going on to study architecture at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining us in Knoxville, Kate served as executive director of MakeWork, an initiative that empowers artists with financial support, resources and showcase opportunities in Chattanooga, and she has also worked on creative placemaking initiatives in Detroit and Cincinnati.

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 Program Manager: Vicki Williams Baumgartner

Phone: 865.637.4561

A great lover of all things botanical, Vicki joined the Dogwood Arts team in September 2015 as Project Manager, coordinating the outdoor component of our programming. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Vicki has long enjoyed springtime in Knoxville, the many activities of Dogwood and the magical beauty of the miles of dogwood trails. She has served on the Dogwood Arts board and volunteered on several committees including Bazillion Blooms, Dogwood After Dark, the Market Square Art Fair [now Dogwood Arts Festival] and co-chair of the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show. Her recent work includes the position of Interim Director at The Knoxville Botanical Garden, where she enjoyed expanding their special events program to include several festive outdoor garden parties. She has also served on the board of Random Acts of Flowers, and The French Broad Preservation Association.

Fall 2016 Interns


Lucas Cooper

Lucas was brought on as an intern in the fall of 2016. He is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee studying Journalism and Film and originally resided in Nashville. He brings a wide variety of experience with him such as event planning, promotions, marketing, film production and communications. Lucas has grown up with an excitement for arts of all types. Through his experience working with the local music industry in Nashville, Lucas has built a drive and passion to advance local music, specifically. He hopes that working at Dogwood can grow his knowledge and excitement for an awesome art scene in the city of Knoxville. Go Vols!





Erin Gruetzmerin-gacher

Erin began her internship with us in November. Growing up in the Knoxville area, she has learned a lot about the city and has gained an appreciation for local art, music, and events. Having previously worked at Walt Disney World, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and currently at Blackberry Farm, Erin brings with her a strong background and knowledge of hospitality, event planning and customer service. She is currently studying Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, along with Business Administration and Music Business at the University of Tennessee.