602 South Gay Street, Mezzanine Level
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Main Office:  637.4561
Fax:  546.2213
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Dogwood Arts Festival :: 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 a young daughter, Teigan.
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.
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.
Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Intern
In her final year at the University of Tennessee, Julie Sommerfelt plans to attain her Bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in International Business in May. Recently returned from an exchange study abroad program in the South of France, she hopes to one day have the opportunity to travel further while working for a company with international locations. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and in her spare times enjoys spending time with her friends and family.