Board Members

From left to right: Joe Siragusa, Staci Ferguson, Marty Gray, Leslie McDermott, John Campbell, Steve Hodges, Deanna Hatmaker, Jeff Robinette, Dr. Michelle Brewer, Eric Brinley

 

Steven R. Hodges, Founder, Chair, and Director.  Steve has been employed by a large multi-domestic Fortune 200 company since 1983.  An association he is proud of and committed to.  He currently serves in a management position supporting operations initiatives throughout the US. Steve attended the University of New Mexico for a short period of time before transferring to the University of Albuquerque where he received his Bachelors degree. During the late 1980's and early 1990's he became an avid researcher and practitioner of leadership principles forming his own style and perspective along with a drive to achieve customer excellence.  Steve soon became a requested speaker in a variety of venues including Miami, San Antonio, Austin, Washington DC, and Atlanta on the topics of Leadership, Motivation, and Building Exceptional Teams to Achieve Exceptional Results.

Steve's leadership experience extends beyond his company. He previously served at a local level as a Board Member, President, and later as the National Director of a professional society that fosters the professional growth and educational advancement of its members. From 1999 to 2005, he served as a Board Member, President and later Chairman, of a not for profit 501(c)(3) comprised of some of the largest corporations in the country focused on building business partnerships and providing educational scholarship to economically disadvantaged youths.

Steve has served his community as a volunteer coach for a number of youth softball and basketball teams, first doing so in 1983.  His passions include travel, photography, and spending time with his family, including his two daughters Kim and Megan (a.k.a., KiMe). 

On January 28, 2009 Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. In March 2010, while in Church, the inspiration to create a Fund/Foundation came to him. Subsequently, he established the KiMe Cure Neurological Disorders (CND) Fund that he plans to evolve into a Foundation.

Steve lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. The family motto is "don't look back and say you wish you would have." That is why they started the KiMe CND Fund in 2010.

 

J. Eric Brinley, Secretary, and Director.  Certified Financial Planner Professional® & Certified Wealth Strategist Professional®.  Having completed a degree in Education from the University of Missouri in 1980, Eric worked in management with several national retail chains.  In 1992, he entered the financial services field by opening an independent financial planning practice.  Eric is a Registered Principal with First Allied Securities, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC and an Investment Advisor Representative offering services through First Allied Advisory Services, Inc.  His office serves over 250 personal and business clients in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.  He attained the mark of 'Certified Financial Planner' in 1999 and added a Certified Wealth Strategist designation in 2008.

Eric frequently conducts workshops in businesses and churches on topics such as Morally Responsible Investing, Planned Giving, and Planning for Retirement.  He was the lead instructor for a series of 200 Planned Giving Workshops for the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston.  Eric leads a small group Bible Study at his local church and enjoys motorcycle touring, photography, and spending time with his wife, Sue, and their three grown sons.

 

Leslie McDermott, Director. Leslie currently serves in a financial management position responsible for assisting with the development of cost estimates, schedules, project trending, and analysis. Having earned a Computer Science degree, she previously provided a broad range of IT applications including: intranet content design; web/corporate infrastructure applications; software analysis; development / implementation of web-based systems; and database development for an international company with more than 40,000 employees. Leslie lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her two daughters, enjoys photography, and has been an active fund raiser for charitable causes.

 

Jeff Robinette, Director.  Jeff is a lawyer and an entrepreneur.  He is the founder and managing attorney of the Robinette Group PLC and the managing principal of Government Contract Advisors LLC, which are located in northern Virginia and provide legal and other professional services to companies that do business with the U.S. and state and local governments.  Jeff has 20 years experience in government business and law.  His practice is focused primarily on transactional and compliance matters, and helping corporate executives find creative solutions to regulatory challenges facing their businesses.  Jeff is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Washington D.C.  He is an active member of the American Bar Association, and frequently writes on topics of interest to the government contracting industry.  Jeff previously worked for the U.S. Navy, Boeing, Reed Smith LLP and Oracle Corporation.  He received his B.A. in International Studies from Ferrum College in 1990 and his Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America in 1997.  He and his wife Jennifer live in Falls Church, VA just outside Washington D.C..  They have recently taken up sailing as a hobby, but also enjoy cooking, photography and traveling together.

 

Michelle Brewer, Director.  Michelle has been a physician with Knoxville Neurology Clinic since 1989 and helped design the Cole Neuroscience Center’s Movement Disorders Clinic for its reopening in 1997.  Since then, she has served as the Director of the Movement Disorder Clinic and treats more than a 1,000 Parkinson’s patients in her practice.  Michelle holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tennessee and completed a residency in neurology at the University of Virginia.  Michelle has been an assistant clinical professor for the University of Tennessee Medical Center in neurology, teaching internal medicine and family practice residents.  In the area of educational awareness and patient support, Michelle was instrumental in the formation of the Knoxville Parkinson’s Support Group and, as an outreach, has built a network of East Tennessee Parkinson’s support groups within a 100 mile radius of the university through the development of a brochure and speakers bureau for Parkinson’s patients.  In addition to serving on the University of Tennessee Executive Committee, Michelle has served on numerous other committees at the university and has chaired the Stroke Committee and the Physical Medicine and Rehab Committee.  With her background in pharmacy and medicine as well as her years of practice, Michelle has served as a consultant and speaker for the pharmaceutical companies whose emphasis is on the neuroscience area and Parkinson’s disease.  On the community level, Michelle served as President of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Heart Association for two years, and is currently on the Appalachian Ballet Board of Trust and the Knoxville Opera Board of Directors, serving on the Development Committee and the committee for the Rossini Festival.  Michelle enjoys golf, travel, music, her book club and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  

 

John Campbell, Treasurer and Director.  John is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked with KPMG and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the area of audit and business assurance.  John recently served as chief financial officer for Anderson News, a wholesale distributor of books and magazines.    He has extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations, having served as Treasurer of the Tanasi Girl Scout Council, Chair of the Finance Committee of Central Baptist Church – Bearden, served on the Allocations Committee of the United Way of Greater Knoxville and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Great Smoky Council, Boy Scouts of America and as Vice President of the Bearden High School Foundation.  He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Tennessee.  John and his wife, CeCe, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, with their two daughters.

 

Tim Wheeler, Director. Tim is the Chief Deputy Clerk for the Knox County Circuit, General Sessions, and Juvenile court Clerk.  He has been employed with the clerk's office since 2001.  Prior to joining the clerk's office he was the General Manager of a Knoxville Funeral Home, employed there for 22 years.  Tim received his degree in Mortuary Science from Edgecliff College/Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He has been past president of the James White's Fort Association, Keep Knoxville Beautiful and the Oakwood/Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association.  He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Environmental Appeals for the city of Knoxville; board member of the Sertoma Center; and is active as a Team Fox Member for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  Tim resides in North Knoxville with his dogs.

 

Marty Gray, Director. Marty has worked in the environmental industry for more than 22 years supporting environmental remediation projects throughout the US, primarily for the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.  He has worked internationally, spending time in the United Kingdom, China, and Singapore developing partnerships and new business. Marty holds an Associates degree in Health Physics; a Bachelors degree in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee (UT); and in 2005 graduated with high honors from the UT Senior Executive MBA program.  For the past ten years he has been involved in business development, teaming, and partnering with other industry leaders throughout the country.  Residing in Knoxville, Marty has been married to Renee Gray since 1987. They have two children, Biz and Zane.  Marty has given back to his community in a number of ways, including coaching youth sports teams in softball, baseball, and football over the last 15 years. 

 

Joseph Siragusa, Director.  Joe joined Fidelity Investments in 2000 and holds the title of Vice President and Branch Office Manager.  His concentrated responsibilities include site leadership, branch financial planning process, local market development, compliance and risk management, and client experience management.  Joe has earned the designations of Certified Financial Planner in 2006 and Chartered Financial Consultant in 2007.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and served as the captain of the Boston University Rugby Team.  Joe shares his time in his community as an Assistant Coach at the University of Tennessee Men’s Rugby Team and a mentor through the TN Achieves program.  Joe was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in the Knoxville, Tennessee area with his wife, Kelly and two children. 

 

Staci Ferguson, Director. Ms. Ferguson is the Founder and President of Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI), an environment restoration company in Oak Ridge, TN started in 1996 as a woman-owned small business incorporating a family-oriented, values-based philosophy to clean up the environment and currently employs over 250 employees. In 2010, Ms. Ferguson led the effort to establish the RSI Renewable Energy Division by leveraging RSI’s extensive experience assessing and remediating contaminated sites. Most recently in 2012, RSI built Brightfield One, a 200 kW solar array, as the first phase of their brownfields to brightfields initiative to redevelop residually contaminated sites for solar energy generation.

 

Steve Pratt, Director. Steve Pratt has owned and operated Estebanís Cafť and Cantina in League City, Texas since 1988. After attending college at the University of Houston, he spent several years working in the restaurant industry and had the opportunity to open Estebanís. He oversees a staff of 45 and is responsible for all restaurant operations, including off-site catering, as well as managing an adjacent 80 seat banquet facility. Mr. Pratt served several years on the Board of Directors for the North Galveston County YMCA and coached numerous youth sports teams during that time. He was also a member of the League City Rotary Club and the League City Lionís Club. Steve has served on several Boards and Committees for the City of League City and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Galveston County Health District and the Business Development Committee at Hometown Bank of League City. Mr. Pratt has been married to Charla Pratt since 1992 and they have two sons, Cody and Jacob. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, pottery and cooking. Steve was diagnosed with Parkinsonís in April of 2015 and is hopeful that a cure for Parkinsonís is found in his lifetime.

 

 

The KiMe Fund has been established through the East Tennessee Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit community foundation.