KUB Board meetings are open to the public. Except as noted, board meetings are held at noon at the Historic Miller's Building located at 445 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 and are followed by a Board lunch session that is also open to the public. Committee meetings of the Board are also open to the public and are held at the Historic Miller's Building.

Nikitia Thompson - Chair


Thompson is a Realtor with Realty Executives and a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2015. She is active in the Knoxville community serving on various boards and committees e.g., Helen Ross McNabb (Personnel Committee Chair); Knoxville Area Urban League( Home Ownership Workshop Trainer); American Heart and Stroke Association’s Go Red for Women (Executive Leadership Team); and the Florence Crittenden Agency. Other community involvement includes Big Brother/Big Sister Program; YWCA Keys of Hope; Austin East Magnet High School Tutoring Program; Homeward Bound; and the Sarah Moore Greene Job Fair. Thompson was recently awarded the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Citizen of the Year for 2015. Thompson has been a KUB Board member since January 2004. 
Sara Hedstrom Pinnell -
Vice Chair


Pinnell is President of Hedstrom Design, a certified woman-owned, full-service landscape architecture firm. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University in 1996 and is part of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2016. She is very active in the community. She is currently a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Executive Women's Association, the Urban Land Institute, The Great Smoky Mountain Conservation Association, and the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee. She has also received a number of awards and honors, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Women-Owned Business Excellence Award, and the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Pinnacle Award. Pinnell has been on KUB's Board since 2014.

The Reverend Dr. Jerry W. Askew


Dr. Askew is Vice President of External Relations at Tennova Healthcare and an ordained Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee serving St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He previously served as President and CEO of the East Tennessee Foundation; Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee while holding adjunct faculty appointments in the College of Education and the University's Honors Program. Dr. Askew received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar; a M.S. from the University of Memphis; and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University where he was a Thomas C. Holy Fellow. A committed advocate, Dr. Askew has served on the boards of over 40 non-profit organizations at the local, state, and national levels and joined KUB's Board in 2016.

Kathy Hamilton

Hamilton is the Chief Operating Officer for HealthCare 21 Business Coalition. She has previously served as 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 has served on the board of directors of several organizations including the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Tennova Health System, Healthcare 21 Solutions, Inc., and the Legacy Parks Foundation. 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. She has a B.S. and a J.D., both from the University of Tennessee. Herbert is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville class of 2006 and previously served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Knoxville and chaired the Nominating Committee. Herbert currently serves on the board of directors of the YWCA. She is a member and past President of the Executive Women's Association. She is the former Chair of the Better Business Bureau. In addition, she previously served on the Board of the Tanasi Girl Scout Council and was awarded the Thanks Badge, the highest award in Girl Scouts. She is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Knoxville Bar Associations. She presently serves on the Tennessee Business Court Rules Advisory Commission. Herbert joined KUB's Board in 2013.

Eston Williams

Williams is the Natural Resource Conservation Service Outreach Coordinator for the State of Tennessee. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is a federal agency that works with landowners to ensure that private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. Other conservation-related efforts include serving on the board of the Little River Watershed Association, Soil and Water Conservation Society and the National Organization of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees. He has served as a member of the East Tennessee Quality Growth Forum, Nine Counties One Vision, Graduate of Leadership Knoxville Class of 2008, Graduate of Experience the Smokies, Boys Scouts of America Executive Board, Vice- President of Knoxville Industrial Development Board and advisor to the Community Economic Development Network of East Tennessee. He also works with Character Counts!, President of Town Hall East, member of the African American Heritage Alliance, member of the African American Coalition of East Tennessee, member of Buffalo Solider of Knoxville, President of 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville and Vice -Regional Director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Williams has been a KUB Board member since 2008.

John Worden

Worden is a Knoxville native and an Economics graduate of the University of Tennessee. A partner in the financial services firm Worden, Rechenbach & Brooke, he has been with the firm 22 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: Treasurer, Board of Directors, East Tennessee Foundation; Board of Directors, Vice Chairman, University of Tennessee – Economics Advisory Council; Trinity Health Foundation; Board of Directors (Past President) Arts and Culture Alliance; Board of Directors (Past President), Community School of the Arts; Vice-President, Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America – Great Smoky Mountain Council; Elder, Grace Presbyterian Church of Knoxville; Past Board of Directors, YMCA of East Tennessee. 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.