We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane Alliance Leadership

Working to Improve Roane County.

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The friendly, experienced and committed Roane Alliance staff and board of directors help expand regional economic opportunities and grow local businesses as we partner with organizations, municipalities, teams and individuals.  We work every day to improve the county.  Connect with us and find out why Roane is attracting success.

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Pam May


Pam May joined the team in 2008.  Pam is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College, and Leadership Roane County Class of 2013.  Pam enjoys promoting Roane County to potential industries, businesses, retirees, and visitors while enjoying its quality of life and the 56,000 acres of recreation that includes Watts Bar Lake, the new Tennessee Riverline, Black Oak Ridge Conservation area, and a multitude of parks and trails.

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Justin Snow

Vice President of Economic Development

Justin Snow joined the Alliance team in 2017.  Previously, he spent 17 years working for AT&T in the telecommunications industry.  He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a BS in Business Administration and played on the baseball team.  While at the Alliance, he has graduated from Leadership Roane County (Class of 2018) and TVA Rural Leadership (Class of 2019). Justin enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and coaching his son’s sports teams.

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Teresa Jackson

Vice President of Operations

Teresa Jackson has served on the Alliance team since 1999. She attended the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Roane County and completed Tennessee Basic Economic Development. She serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Roane Academy, and is Roane's ThreeStar program coordinator. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Kaley Hill

Vice President of Marketing


Kaley joined the team as the Communications and Marketing Manager in August 2019.  She was promoted to Vice President of Marketing in September 2021. She is a graduate of Roane County High School and Tennessee Tech University.  Kaley and her husband, Matthew, have two children.  They enjoy spending their weekends on Watts Bar Lake accompanied by family and friends. During her spare time, Kaley also enjoys photography and camping. She is excited for the opportunity to be back in her hometown and to be apart of the Roane Alliance! 

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Allen Lutz

Education & Workforce Director

Allen Lutz joined the team in 2008. He was the education director for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and the first director of JA BizTown prior to coming to the Alliance. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, serving on active duty 21 years. Allen has a MBA from the University of New Orleans and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Roane County.

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Tori Holt (May)

Chamber Manager


Tori Holt (May) joined the team in August 2019 and is excited to be working with businesses to help them succeed. She has been an active member of the Chamber's Ambassador program for years and received the Ambassador of the Year award in 2018, serves as Vice President on the Leadership Roane County board, and Vice President of the Young Professionals of Roane County. Tori also serves on The Boys & Girls Club Board for Roane County, Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District Board and Iva’s Place Board. A native of Roane County, Tori is a graduate of Roane County High School and Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2019. Tori recently got married to her Husband Wally Holt. They enjoy spending their time traveling, boating on Watts Bar Lake, hunting and spending time with their family.

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Scott Stout

Visitor Services


 Scott joined the Alliance team in October 2019 and currently works to increase tourism and retail recruiting efforts, while also working to help grow/expand existing events, attractions and local businesses to increase visitor spending opportunities for the county and cities.  He is a graduate of Roane County High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College.  He is a Roane Leadership graduate and previously worked 14 years for the Roane County Government in the Office of Emergency Services and Risk Management.

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Cary Parten

Fiscal Services & Office Manager

Cary Parten joined the team in 2016, engaging and facilitating annual audits and other fiduciary responsibilities to keep the Alliance and its partner organizations financially sound.  Cary also facilitates the maintenance of the building and grounds, as well as equipment and technical services as needed.  Cary has held management positions in the hospitality and environmental sectors focusing on information systems, finance and telecommunications.  Cary holds a BS degree in business administration and electronic engineering. 


Sasha Benjamin - Chair
Oak Ridge, TN

Buddy Holley - Vice Chair
Harriman City Council
Harriman, TN

Jim Owens - Treasurer
JR Global Manufacturing
Kingston, TN

Becky Ruppe - Secretary
City of Rockwood
Rockwood, TN

Dr. Julian Ahler
Kingston, TN

Kendall Bear
Rockwood Electric Utility
Rockwood, TN

Jamie Bolling
Oak Ridge, TN

Marilyn Calfee
Kingston, TN

Mayor Omer Cox
City of Oliver Springs
Oliver Springs, TN

Lynn Farnham
Roane County Government
Kingston, TN

Bryan Freese
360 Degree Machinery
Kingston, TN

Junior Hendrickson
Roane County Commission
Harriman, TN

Jim Henry
Kingston, TN

Sean Hensley
Roane County Chamber Chair
Kingston, TN

Kevin Ironside
Oak Ridge, TN

Gail Lyke
Rockwood, TN

Scott Mason
City of Harriman
Harriman, TN

Dr. LaDonna McFall
Roane County Schools
Kingston, TN

Mayor Tim Neal
City of Kingston
Kingston, TN

Jim Palmer
Oak Ridge, TN

Jason Pilant
Roane Medical Center
Harriman, TN

Jerry Stephens
AGA Insurance
Kingston, TN

Sharon Templeton
Oak Ridge, TN

Danice Turpin
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
Harriman, TN

Candace Vannasdale
Harriman Utility Board
Harriman, TN

Mark Watson
City of Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
Harriman, TN

Dr. Chris Whaley
Roane State Community College
Harriman, TN

George Ed Wilson

Leigha Witt
Oak Ridge, TN

Ron Woody
Roane County Executive
Kingston, TN 

Industrial Development Board Members

Quentin Craig
Rentenbach Constructors Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Teddy Haywood
Blue Springs Boat Company
Oak Ridge, TN

Joe Heckman
Vice President of Processing Operations
Kingston, TN

Bob Kite
Cartwright Engineering Technologies
Robert Kite & Associates
Rockwood, TN


Jeff Nichols
Oak Ridge, TN

James Owens
JR Global, Inc.
Kingston, TN

Jim Palmer
Oak Ridge, TN

Tommy Thompson
Nealy Thompson Heating and Air
Rockwood, TN

David Webb
Vice Chair
Harriman, TN

2021-2022 Roane chamber BOARD MEMBERS

Roane Chamber Committee Initiatives

Sean Hensley - Chair
Proton Power

Bill Anderson, Jr - Vice Chair
Rockwood Merchant's Association

Lynn Farnham - Treasurer
Roane County Government

Eric Bacon
AGA Insurance

Chris Barton, Operations Committee Chair
Duncan Family Automotive Group

Dayle Beyer

Ben Briley
Patterson's Home Appliances


Angela Dougal
Regions Bank

Toni Haba
The Barn at Maple Creek/Maple Creek Bistro

Donnie Hall
Three Rivers Theatre Company

Sarah Harrison, Community Development Committee Chair
Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition

Brandon Heichelbech
Roane Metals Group

Charlene Hipsher

Dina Jackson
United Way of Roane County

Kathy May-Martin
Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates 

Dr. LaDonna McFall
Roane County Schools

Rose Meza
Roane Medical Center

Kathy Parks
Roane County Leadership

Mark Patterson
Patterson's Home Appliance Center

Dana Peterka

Dr. Louis Qualls
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood

Joey Sales
TVA Kingston Fossil Plant

Dr. Ken Tobin

Danice Turpin,
Education & Workforce Committee Chair

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman

Dr. Chris Whaley
Roane State Community College

Jerry White
Oliver Springs Historical Society/Roane County Commission