Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs

As Co-Chairs, Robin Wilhoit and Mike C. Berry will champion the organization as official community ambassadors for 18 programs and events that Dogwood Arts produces throughout the year. We feel honored to have Robin Wilhoit and Mike C. Berry as Dogwood Arts Co-chairs for the 2020 season. Each year, we rely on our co-chairs to be a source of energy, enthusiasm, and new perspectives. With Mike’s involvement in the art community as an artist and gallery manager and Robin’s undeniable popularity as one of our area’s most-loved television personalities and community supporters, we are certain that our 2020 Co-chairs will inspire us with energy and enthusiasm,said Sherry Jenkins, Dogwood Arts Executive Director.


2020 Co-Chairs:

Robin was born and raised in North Carolina but has been proud to call East Tennessee home for the last 20 years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Just a few days after receiving her diploma, she started her reporting career at WJHL-TV In Johnson City, Tennessee. In 1992, Robin joined the WBIR news team as a reporter and joined  long-time Channel 10 Anchor Bill Williams at the news desk in 1998. The same year, she helped launch the Buddy Check 10 program to promote breast cancer awareness and has been sharing the stories of women and men who have so bravely battled this disease ever since.

 

 

 

Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Mike C. Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. He credits the work of Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper, and Knoxville artist, Joseph Delaney for encouraging his use color, line and the cityscape as subject matter. Mike was the 2007 Dogwood Arts Festival Limited Edition Print Artist and was awarded Best Visual Artist in Knoxville by the Knoxville News Sentinel Readers Poll in 2009. He has exhibited his work in numerous group exhibitions and a solo exhibition; Something Blue, in September 2017.

Recently, he illustrated a children’s book, “The Curious Adventures of Wickl Wackl and his Friends” written by his friend Renee D’Elia-Zunino. Mike is originally from the Midwest and earned a MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design. See more of his work at http://www.mikecberry.com/

 

 

 

2019 Co-Chairs:


Ashleigh Christian is the Director of Membership Development at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, where she has worked since 2005. She is a nationally recognized sales executive who has won the bronze, silver, platinum, and most recently million-dollar award for chamber sales. Ashleigh has lived in Knoxville for 22 years and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She started with the chamber of commerce in 2005 and has since had 3 promotions. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the sales team, premier membership sales, sponsorship sales, public speaking, and sales training. Currently ranked 4th in the nation for chamber sales, Ashleigh travels all over the country to train sales people at other chambers. In 2014, she was named “Knoxville’s Rising Star” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

Clarence L. Vaughn, III is a graduate of Florida A & M University with a B.A. in Business Administration, School of Business Industry. In addition, Mr. Vaughn received a Master’s of Business Administration from Syracuse University, with a concentration in Organizational Management. Mr. Vaughn was recognized as a “40 under 40” recipient by the Knoxville Business Journal, and he was a graduate of the Introduction Knoxville Class of 2017. He is a member of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement which is focused on improving relationships between law enforcement and citizens. In addition, Mr. Vaughn has taken part in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen’s Academy, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Inaugural Citizen’s Academy, the Knox County District Attorney’s Inaugural Citizen’s Academy, and the Knoxville Police Department Citizen’s Academy.

Mr. Vaughn serves in several leadership roles among professional groups and organizations in Knoxville. A true passion for service and philanthropic activities derive from his involvement in each organization.

Previous Dogwood Arts co-chairs include Dino Cartwright, Jennifer Holder, Janet Testerman-Crossley, Joan Cronan, Ken Lowe, Bob Thomas, Erin Donovan, Alvin Nance, Eddie Mannis, and many more.