Gordon Townsend took his very first introduction to flight at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN, while he was in high school. He graduated from the University of Alaska with his aviation degree and during his schooling served as a pilot flying in the Alaskan Bush. His stint in Alaska also saw him flying the Cessna Caravan and the Beechcraft 1900 working in the air ambulance service. He eventually returned to the lower 48 to fly corporate jets including the Cessna Citation and Beechcraft jets. After an economic downturn he went into flying cargo for Fed Ex and is presently at Delta Connection flying the CRJ 700/900.
Laura Mansfield, APR, is the principal and founder of Spica Communications. Mansfield provides strategic communications, brand advocacy, content marketing and media relations to her clients. She is also the social media columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Syldy Tom is Manager at Alliance Resource Consulting – a nationally recognized public sector executive recruiting firm in Long Beach, CA. Tom works on profile analysis, candidate recruitment, screening, and background checks. Her consulting work specializes in city manager recruitment, as well as information technology, community development, and utilities. Previously, she worked for STAR Marquez, a nonprofit educational organization providing enrichment programs to kindergarten-aged children in public schools.
Joseph E. Johnson, Ed.D., served as the University of Tennessee President from 1990 -1999 and Interim President 2003-2004. He is currently President Emeritus. Johnson has served in various high level administrative positions with substantial work in alumni relations, public relations, fundraising, government relations, campus planning, and capital construction. He also has been a liaison to various departments including athletics and served on the board of directors of numerous public organizations.
Christine P. Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Development, is a regional development officer responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of five and six figure gift investments for the Marshall University Foundation. Anderson also supervises the University Fund and Scholarship Donor Relations.
Patrick Burke is a Principal and Studio Head who joined the Michael Graves Architecture and Design firm in 1982 after receiving his architectural training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Princeton University. Building on the firm’s longstanding commitment to humanism and its power to produce transformative results, Burke has undertaken numerous trend-setting projects for museums, theaters, libraries and other institutions that are cornerstones of their communities.
Alexander Lamis, AIA, joined Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP in 1983 and has been a Partner since 1999. He leads the firm’s library practice, serving as Partner in charge of projects including public libraries. An authority on library design, Lamis has been invited to speak on the evolving role of information technology in libraries.
McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc. (MHM) is a 50-year old architecture and interior design firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. The company has designed public libraries in most of the major cities in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia as well as the main library (John C. Hodges) for the University of Tennessee. Jeff Johnson, AIA, has served as the principal or project manager on most of the firm’s library projects.
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