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

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.

Katharine TorbettMarketing Manager: Katharine Torbett

Direct phone: 865.246.4392

After working on a contract basis in 2013 for Dogwood Arts Festival & 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 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.






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.