Mr. Belser is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but has resided in Knoxville for the last 30 years. While in Memphis, he gained 15 years of experience in the construction business, primarily renovating older houses. Mr. Belser is a general contractor licensed for commercial, residential, and industrial projects. His interest in building, renovation, and preservation has continued throughout his career in construction. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as well as for the Windrush Homeowners’ Association as a board member.
- (865) 692-1072
Bart Carey (Chair)
Mr. Blackburn is a native of Oklahoma and has lived in Knoxville since 1997. He is the President of Blackburn Development Group, LLC, a development consulting firm that specializes in all aspects of the building development process. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma and spent the early part of his career working as an Architect, a Project Manager for several large national General Contractors, and as Director of International Project Development for two different international corporations. Mr. Blackburn was the Project Manager for the restoration of Historic Westwood for Knox Heritage and the renovation and construction of the storefront replacement and finish-out of the Peter Kern building on Market Square. He is the current Board President of the East Tennessee Community Design Center and the past Board President of Knox Heritage. He is also an inaugural board member of the Knoxville History Project.
- (865) 607-0877
Mr. Carey is a residential designer and developer who has resided in west Knoxville for over 30 years. He serves on the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission. He earned a degree in landscape design from the University of Tennessee. A lifelong interest in design and building has led him to residential development work, with an emphasis on conservation easements and architectural integrity. He has assisted with the renovation of many older homes in west Knoxville. Mr. Carey is active with Habitat for Humanity and supports Knox Heritage and the Foothills Land Conservancy. One of his primary goals is to promote the concept inherent in the quote by a native-American chief: “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
- (865) 680-4663
Mr. Cotham is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Liberal Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), awarded a bachelor's degree in history in 1971 as well as Master's degrees in History (1975) and Library Science (1978). He served as staff at the UT library as well as Georgia State University Pullen Library prior to joining the staff of the Calvin M. McClung Collection of the Knox County Public Library in 1980, of which he has been manager since 1986. Mr. Cotham served on the Board of Directors of Knox Heritage from 1986 to 2001. He is a Board Member of the East Tennessee Historical Society and of Old Gray Cemetery, and was appointed Knox County Historian in 1999. Mr. Cotham helped to found the Fairmont-Emoriland Neighborhood Association and serves as President, and assisted with the establishment of the Fairmont Park Neighborhood Conservation Overlay in 2002.
- (865) 215-8808
Mr. Crowder is a semi-retired general contractor with forty-five years of construction experience and is President of Crowder Construction. He is a lifelong Knoxville resident and is a charter member of the Old North Knoxville Neighborhood Association. He has been a trustee for his church, St. Mark United Methodist Church, a long time volunteer for East Tennessee Children's Hospital and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Mike is a past President of the Westmoreland Estates Homeowners Association, a member of Knox Heritage and is currently a member of the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission. His goals are promoting quality growth for our city and county, creating responsible attitudes about preservation and ensuring neighborhood stability.
- (865) 584-5152
George Ewart (Chair)
Mr. Eid is the founder and Principal-in-Charge/Project Director of Design Innovation Architects (DIA) located in a renovated building on Gay Street. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1983. He is involved in numerous civic organizations including Knox Heritage-board member; Leadership Knoxville 2003-former President; Community Design Center- former member; Knox Housing Partnership; University of Tennessee Chancellor's Associates; and Historic Zoning Commission- inaugural member.
- (865) 637-8540
Mr. Ewart is an owner of George Armour Ewart, Architect. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Mr. Ewart’s experience, beginning in 1981, includes master planning and facility design for office, industrial, retail and commercial building types. He was a former Planning Commissioner and past President of East Tennessee American Institute of Architects. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Ewart was an owner and served on the Board of Directors of the architecture firm of Guay & Associates, Inc. in Knoxville. His experience also includes having served on staff for the following architectural firms: Brewer Ingram Fuller - Knoxville; Carl Abbott Architect and The Ritchie Organization Architects - Sarasota, Florida; and Tennant and Cummings Architects- South Charleston, West Virginia.
- (865) 602-7771
Dr. Dasha Lundy
Ms. Isenberg is a Knoxville native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She became a licensed REALTOR ® in 1997 and has received an Award of Excellence, and became a Licensed Real Estate Broker in 2007. Ms. Isenberg is a member of the Tennessee Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (KAAR). She has served on the KAAR governmental affairs, grievance, and ethics committees. Ms. Isenberg has been member of the Rotary Club since 2014 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She served as a James White Fort Executive Board member from 2008 to 2010.
- (865) 454-5500
Dr. Lundy is a leader and community advocate. She was born and raised in East Knoxville and still resides in that area. She also has a Master's and Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University and the University of TN in Chattanooga, respectively. She currently serves as the President of the Burlington Residents Association and Board Secretary of the The League of Women Voters. She also serves as a Project Advisor for East Knoxville Community Development Group with the Future of Hope Institute which is a program under the Urban Alliance, a Johnson University initiative. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and read books about leadership and history. She is passionate about preserving history. She believes that knowing your history will unlock the doors into your destiny. "If we don't preserve history, how would the next generation know about our culture and values?"
- (865) 806-9061
Dationa Carter Mitchell (Vice Chair)
A native of Knoxville, Ms. Matthews received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and has a Master's Degree from Lipscomb University in Conflict Management. Ms. Matthews is an active community volunteer and has served on the Knox Heritage Board of Directors. She is currently a member of the Volunteer Knoxville Board of Directors has served on the City of Knoxville Downtown Design Review Board. Ms. Matthews formerly served as the Program Director at Leadership Knoxville.
- (865) 216-2488
Scott Smith (Vice Chair)
Ms. Mitchell has been a practicing attorney for almost 20 years. She obtained her law degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Law. As a law student, Ms. Mitchell served as a volunteer at the Beck Museum of African American History and Culture. She has served in federal government positions with an emphasis in corporate law and litigation. She has extensive experience in handling legal matters related to small businesses and nonprofit law, as well as property contracts and construction law. Her general law practice also extends to ethics, appropriations, and state and local taxes. Ms. Mitchell believes that "the stories of the past, including experiences, both positive and negative, help us to better understand ourselves, our decisions, and our place in society. Through historic preservation, legacies are created."
- (865) 255-1290
Sandi G. Swilley
Mr. Smith is a Knoxville native and the President of Volunteer Realty. He graduated from The University of Tennessee with a degree in economics. He has worked as broker for residential and commercial real estate, has developed residential and commercials properties, and has extensive experience in commercial property management and leasing. Smith is a longtime member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, as well as Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. He has served on the board of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals. Scott's goals as a planning commissioner are to ensure all citizens have a voice in the process and are treated fairly to the betterment of our community. He also wants to make certain that reasonable consideration is given to all parties affected by land use decisions.
- (865) 539-1112
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ms. Swilley has resided in Knoxville for the past 20 years. She is a director at Leadership Knoxville where she plans and executes various alumni events and runs the Introduction Knoxville program, a civic connection series that helps further citizen community engagement. She is a member of the Association of Leadership Programs and serves on the YWCA Board of Directors. She is the 2015-2016 Chair of the UT Chancellor’s Associates. Ms. Swilley is a supporter of the Historic Tennessee Theatre and Knox Heritage, and resides in an early 1900s historic home.
- (865) 523-9137
Mr. Webster is a managing partner of Knox Whiskey Works. Originally from Carthage, Tennessee, Mr. Webster moved to Knoxville in 1994. An active community volunteer, Stanton is secretary of the board of directors for the Downtown District Association. Residing in the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood with his family, Mr. Webster has been active in the neighborhood association, currently serving as president.
- (865) 384-78