Dogwood Arts is excited to announce Ashleigh Christian and Clarence L. Vaughn, III as the 2019 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs. Since 1961, Dogwood Arts has been represented by two prominent community leaders who are selected annually to act as ambassadors of our organization. Dogwood Arts Co-chairs are proud of our East Tennessee community and committed to helping further the mission of Dogwood Arts.

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. Clarence L. Vaughn, III served in the Financial Industry for over 13 years, with positions of management and leadership in various industries. Through the appointment of Mayor Madeline Rogero, Mr. Vaughn now serves as the Executive Director of the Police Advisory and Review Committee for the City of Knoxville.

“The Dogwood Arts staff is thrilled to have Ashleigh and Clarence as part of our team for the 2018/19 season. Our co-chairs bring new passion to the organization each year and do the important work of representing Dogwood Arts in the community, connecting us to new and different individuals and groups. We’re excited to see what the year brings with Ashleigh and Clarence leading the way.” – Sherry Jenkins, Dogwood Arts Executive Director

 As Co-Chairs, Ashleigh and Clarence will champion the organization as official community ambassadors for 18 programs and events that Dogwood Arts produces throughout the year. Regarding her appointment, Ashleigh remarks “Dogwood Arts is such a wonderful part of our community. Knoxville is so blessed to have an organization dedicated to its ongoing beautification, and I am honored to be a part of helping the tradition continue.” Clarence adds, “This organization provides a reflection of Knoxville’s collective group of individuals, talent, and ingenuity. The pulse of the City of Knoxville is showcased throughout the series of events and activities held during the annual Dogwood Arts Festival. I am honored to have been given an opportunity to serve alongside such a celebrated 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.

More about the 2019 Co-Chairs:

Ashleigh Christian 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.

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