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Community Involvement

Neighborhood Involvement

Forest Heights Neighborhood
Vice President, 2018 – Present
President, 2012 – 2018

Accomplishments include:

  • Negotiated agreeable compromise to address noise issues from a nuisance property located less than 50 yards from Forest Heights Neighborhood.
  • Rezoned Forest Heights Neighborhood from R-1 to R-1E. Amended the existing zoning ordinance to include a definition of Home Office and appended it as a use.
  • Assisted neighbors and Board of Directors to successfully transfer ownership of Forest Heights Pocket Park from 32 different property owners to the City of Knoxville.
  • Updated Forest Heights Neighborhood Association bylaws to streamline and include term-limits.
  • Opened Board of Director monthly meetings to all neighborhood residents in a public location and grew attendance using various platforms to connect with residents.
  • Organized monthly social events that united the neighbors leading to higher attendance and record dues received.
  • Worked with adjoining neighborhood groups to organize opposition to rezoning a property which could impact traffic, flooding, and accidents along a major arterial road. 

City of Knoxville

Public Property Naming Committee
Member, 2016 – Present

A committee consisting of city staff and community leaders who approve the renaming of public property such as streets, buildings, bridges, and greenways. Membership comprises community leaders across the city. 

Stakeholder’s Advisory Committee for Recode Knoxville
Member, 2017 – 2019

This committee consists of 20 members from across different facets of Knoxville that are directly impacted by the changes in the zoning ordinance. Appointed as a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) to represent the interests of Knoxville Neighborhoods.

  • Helped the City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods and Knoxville/Knox County Planning organize 12 public “neighborhood-focused” meetings to seek input on the zoning ordinance from neighbors across the City.
  • Created a Neighborhood Advisory Council focus group to analyze and provide feedback to the City of Knoxville and Knoxville/Knox County Planning
  • Neighborhood representative panelist in a public forum organized by the online newspaper The Compass on November 26, 2018

Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC)
At Large Representative, 2013 – 2018

A council of neighborhood leaders providing an advisory role to the Mayor and City staff.  NAC members are appointed by the Mayor and equally represent all city districts, including 3 at-large members. 

  • Areas of impact include Short-term Rental Ordinance, Food Truck Ordinance, KAT services, Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program, Criteria for Neighborhood Small Grants, Wireless Transmission Ordinance, Parking Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Emergency Disaster Preparedness.
  • Committee member for “Neighbor of the Year” awarded by the City of Knoxville and Office of Neighborhoods. 

Building Strong Neighborhood Organizations
Graduate of Inaugural Class, 2013

A 12-week program organized by City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods that introduces neighborhood leaders to city-wide initiatives and issues affecting communities throughout the city. 

Greater Knoxville

Bike Walk Knoxville
Advisory Board, Neighborhood Engagement Chairperson, 2018 – Present

Bike Walk Knoxville advocates for continued improvement of biking and walking in the Knoxville area for all ages and all abilities. The neighborhood engagement committee is a liaison to neighborhood associations in various capacities including education, involvement, and support of Bike Walk Knoxville programs, initiatives, and events.

Community Forum
2018 – Present

Community Forum is a group of community leaders from the City of Knoxville and Knox County who meet to discuss changes in the community and coordinate a united response. 

  • Actively participated in providing feedback regarding the creation of a Short-Term Rental Ordinance. In November 2017, I spoke before City Council during the second reading of the ordinance to request City Council add a condition to the ordinance allowing for neighbor and neighborhood association notification of permitted short-term rentals, November 2017.

Bearden Village Council
2013 – Present

Bearden Village Council is an umbrella organization consisting of Bearden neighborhood representatives, business owners, and developers. Members assisted with the implementation of the Bearden Opportunities Plan (BOP). The BOP was a plan created by neighborhood leaders and stakeholders to facilitate a more walkable community vision for the Bearden Village area. It has not been codified by the City but the Bearden Village Council often meets with developers prior to their planning stages to work towards adding sidewalks, landscaping, and direct parking to the rear or side of the building. 

  • Member, 2013 – Present
  • Secretary, 2017 – Present
  • Co-chaired Bearden Holiday Tree Lighting, November 2017
  • Helped generate public input on the Bearden Mixed-Use Corridor Plan, which was later included in the broader city-wide plan to update the entire zoning ordinance.
  • Participated in the establishment of Everly Brothers Park, located in the heart of Bearden. The property was purchased by TDOT during the expansion of the intersection at Kingston Pike and Forest Park. The Bearden Village Council worked with our 2nd district City Council member, TDOT, and the City to transfer ownership of the remaining parcel to the City. 

Additional Community Notes

  • Fellowship of Children from China (FCCET), Secretary 2018 – Present
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Church and St. George Green Orthodox Church, Member since 1997
  • Knoxville Montessori School, Previous parent and supporter
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Current homeroom parent and volunteer

And on a personal note…

  • Grew up in Houston, Texas, and moved to Knoxville in 1997
  • Texas A&M University GRADUATE 1992, student athlete for Track & Field and Cross Country
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville MBA GRADUATE 1999 with a concentration in Finance and New Venture Analysis
  • Married 22 years and have two daughters, Lattie and Megan, ages 16 and 10
  • Caregiver to father-in-law suffering from end-stage Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Financial Analyst at Covenant Health, Knoxville area’s largest employer
  • Finished 5 Ironman Triathlons including qualifying and completing the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii (2008)
  • Outdoor Enthusiast! Avid road biker, mountain biker, hiker, runner, and swimmer.  Enjoy climbing and paddling in East Tennessee.