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Board of Directors

Board Directors for the Downtown Knoxville Alliance are elected for three-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms. Nominations can be made at any time by emailing the name and contact information of a nominee to [email protected].

Nominations for FY 2022-2023 will be accepted via email until May 5, 2022. Members will elect one (1) business representatives and one (1) resident representative at the June 20, 2022 Annual Meeting. To learn more, read the Policy of Nominations and Elections.

2021-2022 Board Directors

Matthew DeBardelaben, Chair
Stakeholder Representative

Rick Emmett
City of Knoxville
Appt by Mayor of the City of Knoxville

Vince Fusco 
Resident Representative

Lorie Matthews, Vice Chair
Resident Representative

Michael Riley, Treasurer
The Oliver Hotel
Business Representative

John Sanders
Sanders Pace Architecture 
Business Representative

Daniel Smith
Business Representative

Adrienne Webster
AOW Accounting & Tax Services 
Business Representative

Mary Katherine Wormsley
Hatcher-Hill Properties, LLC
Stakeholder Representative

Ex-officio Board Members

Representative Sam McKenzie
State House of Representatives
615-741-0768

Senator Richard Briggs
State Senate
615-741-1766