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Joy Grissom (Director and co-founder) is a Tennessee native with a background in public health advocacy and community education. She is dedicated to the health of the environment and how human engagement and our connection with wildlife is an integral component of our well being.


Jake Resor (President-Elect) Is A native Tennessean. with a background in Philosophy and religion, He is drawn to questions of human belonging and well-being. A gardener, a hiker, a runner, currently works as the Director of Horticulture at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, and prefers to be outside when ever possible.

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Sandra Korbelik (President), a retired city planner and a Life-long gardener With 17 years of experience as a master gardener and a Landscape Certificate from UTK extension. Sandra is interested in the cultural relationship between plants and people and how the natural and built environment influences behavior.

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Natalie Landry has been involved in environmental work for the past 20 years. Her focus is freshwater ecosystems and watershed management.

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Janis (treasurer) is a registered nurse who relocated to Knoxville to be near family in retirement. Janis hopes to increase her skill in the garden and become involved in the Knoxville community, read, cook, and travel while retired.

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Brian Campbell is a Maine transplant and an enthralled Horticulturalist. He was the Director of Horticulture at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum for 10 years. During that time he donated the greenhouse space to NPRS. He is currently the estate gardener for the Haslam family and on the Grounds Committee for KBGA.


Rachel Guarnieri is a non-profit and community organizer passionate about East Tennessee, conservation, building community and anything outdoor. She has a keen awareness of the finite resources we have on this earth, and works hard to incorporate this interest in her career and personal life. Her work with NPRS is a perfect opportunity to highlight local non-profits and connect with people.


Andrea Ludwig has fifteen years of experience in conducting outreach education through State Land GranTUniversities. She is passionate about empowering people with inform stewardship and challenging us all to formulate and live a land ethic that recognizes all living things.


David Krebs (secretary) is a science teacher at West High School. curious, gregarious, inquisitive and captivated with learning new things and being involved in the community, especially if it's outdoors.

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Elizabeth Meyers is a Knoxville native, passionate about the environment and the community in this region. She is currently a forestry Student at UT with a focus on conservation and restoration, Upon graduation she plans on pursuing a career in the field of natural resource management.

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