Jim Biggs

Executive Director • Head Honcho • Yale Bulldog

Jim comes to Knoxville after 20 years in San Francisco, where he was most recently the director of business solutions for Essention Group. He was once a practicing Attorney for the US , and is still a practicing Dead Head and Amateur Hockey Player.

Jonathan Sexton

COO • Rock Star • Troublemaker • Oracle

As a musician and recording artist Jonathan has played some of the areas biggest music festivals, (Sundown in the city, Foothills Fall Fest) and nationally known festivals (Bonnaroo, SXSW). He holds the Guinness World Record for Most Hugs Given in 24 Hours.

Maranda Vandergriff

Creative Director • Maker • Thrift Enthusiast

Maranda is a creative who thrives on coffee and indie music. She is a graduate of Carson-Newman’s graphic design program with a passion for art and adventure. In her spare time, Maranda enjoys performing in local stage productions, traveling the world, and petting cats.

Delaney Boyd

 Operations Director • Avid Reader

• Spreadsheet Lover

Delaney recently graduated with a degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of Tennessee. She spends her time working on KEC operations, traveling to new places, and taste testing cheese grits. Her likes include: spreadsheets, live music and relaxing on the beach.

Lisa Duncan

Entrepreneur Consultant • Maker • Community Collaborator

After 30 years at EW Scripps and turning around Dogwood Arts, Lisa launched her creative capital firm working with entrepreneurs, growing their businesses. Lisa works with KEC and the City of Knoxville on the Maker City initiatives. She also makes stained glass windows, rides bicycles and gardens.

Booth Andrews

Co.Starters Guru • Culture Builder • Chief Girl Scout

Tala Shatara

Journalist • Videographer

Tala Shatara is a senior at the University of Tennessee studying Journalism and Electronic Media. She takes part in the “Knox Starts Here” video series at KEC as a journalist and videographer. She also loves binge watching Netflix series and exercising. Tala will host her own class “From Follower to Friend,” teaching the basics of online influencing and maintaining achievable engagement.

Kira Crocker

Sass Queen • Super Speller

Kira is a senior at the University of Tennessee studying marketing and entrepreneurship. Her favorite things are pizza, iced vanilla lattes, live music, and petting dogs. You can find her at the lake year-round!

Carly Henderson

Marketing Extraordinaire • Veggie Tales Voice Actor

Carly is a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying marketing and music business. She has a passion for listening and playing music, cooking, meeting new people, and exploring new places. Carly’s personal peak has been being a voice actor in Veggie Tales her freshman year of high school. It’s been all downhill since then.

Conner Brinkley

Web Developer • Frequent Googler

Conner is a junior at the University of Tennessee studying computer science. He gets excited about things like software updates, and he enjoys reading, Crossfit, and attending as many concerts as he can. Conner takes pride in his ability to Google how to do stuff to make people think he actually knows things.