Conserving Our Natural Resources, Creating Public Places, Connecting Communities

Legacy Parks Foundation is an East Tennessee nonprofit organization working to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that these assets exist for generations to come. We work collaboratively to preserve our area’s extraordinary natural resources and to expand parks, create trails, and increase access to our rivers. Since 2007, Legacy Parks has raised over six million dollars for parks and open space, helped conserve 1,000 acres of forest and farmland, and added over 600 acres of parkland in Knox County.

Our Areas of Focus


Board of Directors

Cathy Ackermann
President, Ackermann PR

John Becker
News Anchor, WBIR-TV

Steven Brewington
Manager, Windy Hill Farm and Preserve

Rebecca Bryant
President, Bryant Research, LLC

Bart Carey
President, Millstone Builders

Nicki Collett
Internal Communications Manager, Discovery

Dave Collins
Director and Principal, McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc.

Sheryl Ely
Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Knoxville

Thomas Ford
Manager, Metal Sales – Alcoa North America

Duane Grieve
Executive Director, East Tennessee Community Design Center

Jenny Hines, treasurer
President, Hines & Company, CPA

Marv House
Chairman, Merit Construction

Larsen Jay
Knox County Commissioner

Will Johnson
Owner & Founder, Integ LLC

Blair Kline
Business Development, Joseph Construction

Thomas Krajewski, Chair
Land Specialist, National Land Realty

Teresa Levey
Retired Sr. VP and Chief Administrative Officer, UT Medical Center

David Long
Attorney, Long, Ragsdale Waters

Bill Mason
Attorney, Kennerly Montgomery

Jeremy Nelson
Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services

Don Parnell
Retired Principle, Realty Trust Group

Cecilia Petersen, secretary
Central Region Finance Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler

Joe Petre
President, Conversion Properties

Ken Rueter
President, UCOR

Will Skelton
Retired Attorney

Marshall Stair
Councilman, City of Knoxville

Chris Trump, vice chair
Attorney, Egerton, McAffee, Armistead & Davis

Paul White
Director of Parks & Recreation, Knox County

Chad Youngblood
President and Chief Executive Officer, See Why Consulting

Board of Advisors

Pete Claussen

Steve Fritts

Dee Haslam

Missy Kane

Mark Mamantov

David Martin

Sharon Miller Pryse

Tommy Schumpert

Susan Richardson Williams


Carol Evans
Executive Director

Cameron Broome
Operations Director

Sarah Rump
Marketing Director

Elle Colquitt Site Manager

Message From Our Board

Our Partners