The Reverend Dr. Jerry W. Askew - Chair

Dr. Askew is President of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and an ordained Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee currently serving St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville. He previously served as Senior Vice President of St. Mary’s Health System and its successor organizations; President and CEO of the East Tennessee Foundation; and, Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar; M.S. from the University of Memphis; and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Since his arrival in Knoxville in 1985, Dr. Askew has served on the boards of over 50 non-profit organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He joined KUB’s Board in 2016.

John Worden - Vice Chair

Worden is a Knoxville native and an Economics graduate of the University of Tennessee. A partner in the financial services firm Worden, Rechenbach & Brooke, John has been with the firm 26 years. He consults with individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations throughout East Tennessee in matters of risk management and investment planning. His volunteer service includes: Board of Directors, Trinity Health Foundation (Past Treasurer); University of Tennessee – Economics Advisory Council; Regional Board and National Council Member, and Boy Scouts of America. His past board service includes: Arts and Culture Alliance Board of Directors (Past President), Community School of the Arts (Past President); East Tennessee Foundation (Treasurer); YMCA of East Tennessee Board of Directors. His awards include Leadership Knoxville 2007; Knoxville Business Journal 40 under 40 Award; UT Chancellor’s Citation for Leadership and Service, General Motors Volunteer Spirit Award and Eagle Scout.  Worden has been a KUB Board member since 2015.

Claudia Caballero

Claudia Caballero is President and CEO of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, a nonprofit that works to empower the Latino community through education, workforce development, youth and family engagement, and resource referral services. During her five-year tenure at Centro Hispano she has increased the organization’s annual income tenfold and expanded its staff from one employee to over 30 full and part-time team members. Raised between Honduras and the United States, Claudia is both bicultural and bilingual. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Catholic University of Honduras. In addition to her work at Centro Hispano, Claudia mentors three young Latinos and serves on numerous boards and committees, including those of the East Tennessee Foundation, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Greater Knoxville Advisory Board for Johnson University, and Roane State Foundation. She is a member of Conexión Américas’ Mosaic Fellowship class of 2018, the 2019 class of Leadership Knoxville and class VII of Leadership Tennessee, and is the recipient of the YWCA Emerging Leader Award, the Young Professionals of Knoxville Outstanding Young Professional Award and was named to the 2019 list of 40 Under 40 and VIP Knoxville’s 2020 list of VIP Women. Claudia joined KUB’s board in 2021.

Kathy Hamilton

Hamilton is a CPA (inactive) and an active member of the Leadership Knoxville Facilitation Group. She has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for HealthCare 21 Business Coalition; Vice President of Finance, Administration, and Human Resources for the Shelton Group; Chief Financial Officer of DoubleJay Creative; Director of Finance at Connex South; and Finance Director of Knox County Government. Hamilton has a B.S. in Business from the University of Tennessee. A graduate of Leadership Knoxville class of 1993, Hamilton currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, The YWCA Foundation, and WDVX. In Addition, Hamilton is a University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associate. Hamilton joined KUB’s Board in 2013.

Celeste Herbert

Herbert is an attorney with Herbert, Meadows & Wall and has 38 years of experience practicing as an attorney. Herbert is also a Rule 31 Listed Mediator and was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in 2017. She holds a B.S. and a J.D., both from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2006. She serves on the Business Court Docket Advisory Commission and as a hearing officer for the City of Knoxville Civil Service Merit Board and the Beer Board. She previously served on the boards of YWCA of Knoxville and Tennessee Valley, Leadership Knoxville, and as President and Vice President of the Executive Women’s Association. In addition, she served on the Board of the Tanasi Girl Scout Council for many years and was awarded the Thanks Badge, one of the highest honors for adults in Girl Scouts. Herbert joined KUB's Board in 2013 and has previously served as Board Chair.

Adrienne Simpson-Brown

Adrienne Simpson-Brown is Chief of the U.S. Probation Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She previously served as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Probation Office, Sentencing Guideline Specialist, Supervising U.S. Probation Officer and Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer.  Adrienne received her B.A. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she was on the Deans’ list and a member of Alpha Phi Omega.  Simpson-Brown is also a graduate of the Federal Judicial Center’s National Leadership Development Program and has also participated in the New Deputy Chiefs Program; Western District of Michigan Leadership Development Program (mentor); New Supervisors Program; National Program Review Team Member; New Officer Orientation Program Instructor; Foundations of Management; Tennessee Victim Assistance Conference; and Financial Training Instructor. She is also a member of the Knoxville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served as Chairperson of several committees including, a committee that led a “Go Green in Red” campaign in the community. Simpson-Brown joined KUB’s Board in 2018.

Tyvi Small

Small serves as Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement at the University of Tennessee. He graduated from the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Master’s Degree in Education. Small is very involved in his community and serves on the board of directors of the Knoxville Area Urban League, The Change Center, The Development Corporation of Knox County (TDC) and Leadership Knoxville. He is also a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012, Introduction Knoxville Class of 2008, and was honored as one of the Knoxville Business Journal 40 Under 40. Small is an active member of Overcoming Believers Church. Small has been a KUB Board member since 2017, and he served as Vice Chair from 2019-2020.