602 South Gay Street, Mezzanine Level
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

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

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Dogwood Arts :: Staff

Tom CervoneExecutive 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 is currently 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 McBeeDirector 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 TorbettMarketing 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.


Katie-GreeneFinance 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.




Karen J. WootenSponsor & Grants Administrator: Karen J. Wooten

Phone: 865.637.4561

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.


GarrettProject 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 CreasonProject 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.


Vicki BProject 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.


 Dogwood Arts Fall Interns

Elizabeth Reyes
After attending several Dogwood Arts Events, Elizabeth signed on as an intern in July of 2015. A Nashville native, Elizabeth is currently finishing her senior year at the University of Tennessee Knoxville majoring in Marketing with a minor in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism. Elizabeth enjoys attending and being behind the scenes of music festivals and social events. As the newest member of the team, Elizabeth is excited to work with Dogwood Arts and eager to learn!




EliseElissa Hellestrae
Elissa signed onto Dogwood Arts as a fall intern in August 2015. While originally from Chicago, Illinois, she is currently studying at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is majoring in Communication Studies as well as minoring in Music Business. Elissa enjoys attending local shows and festivals in addition to numerous Dogwood Arts productions.  With a passion for music and event planning, Elissa is excited to be part of the team!