2017 Board of Directors


Dave Penegar, Chair
Term: 2017 – 2019

Outdoor Industry Professional looking for the next adventure…
1992 Bachelor of Arts, UT Knoxville


Chris Bottoms, Vice Chair
Term: 2015 – 2017

Certified Nurse Midwife. Baby+Company. 2016 – Present.
B.A., English Literature, University of Tennessee, 2000.
B.S., Nursing, Emory University, 2005.
M.S., Nursing, Emory University, 2007.


Drew Thurman, Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2015 – 2017

Compliance Manager. Knox County Engineering and Public Works, Division of Solid Waste Management. November 2009-present.
BA, Sociology, Minor Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 1999.
MS, Planning, Specialization Community Development, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 2002.


Gabrielle Boudreau, Director
Term: 2016 – 2018

User Facility Analyst, Neutron Sciences. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 2013 – present
B.A., Well College, 1980.
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991.


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Amy Brooks, Director
Term: 2016 – 2018

Integrated Planning Manager. Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission. 2007 – present
B.A., Maryville College , 2000.
M.U.P., University of Michigan, 2002.


Graciela Cabana, Director
Term: 2015 – 2017

Associate Professor of Anthropology. University of Tennessee. 2007 – Present.
B.A., UC Berkeley, 1990.
M.A./Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002.


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Christa Cuccaro, Director
Term: 2017 – 2019

Staff Attorney. City of Knoxville Law Department. 2013 – present
B.A., University of North Carolina, 2008.
J.D., University of Tennessee, College of Law, 2013.


Nina Gregg, Director
Term: 2017 – 2019

Consulting Practice. 1993-present.
A.B., Princeton University, 1977.
M.A., McGill University, 1979.
Ph.D., McGill University, 1991.


Jennifer Weisent, Director
Term: 2016 – 2018

Supervising Veterinarian. People Promoting Animal Welfare. 2013-present.
B.S., Animal Science, Cornell University, 1995.
D.V.M., Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2002.
Ph.D., Department of Comparative and Experimental Medicine, University of Tennessee, 2013.

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