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Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Naomi Asher

Naomi Asher is executive director of the United Way of Anderson County. She is a graduate of Johnson University, where she double majored in music and theology. Asher also earned an M.B.A. in marketing from King University.

Gavin Baker

Gavin Baker, principal of Baker Labs in Knoxville, has taught thousands of people about social media over the past five years.

Baker has provided training and digital media consultation for companies such as Ruby Tuesday, Pilot Flying J, Volkswagen, and the United Way of Knox County.

Eric Belew

Eric Belew is a financial advisor at Brogan Financial in Knoxville. Belew graduated with a B.S. in business administration from King University and has completed additional coursework at the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University. He is an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA).

Esther Blakely

Esther Blakely, a certified master naturalist from the University of Florida, teaches weekend programs for the Smoky Mountain Field School.

Blakely also leads hikes and elk programs as a certified interpretive presenter through the Elk Outreach Program for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She is a long-standing member of the elite Elk Bugle Corps volunteer group in Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina.

Paul Boyles

Paul Boyles is president of Paul Boyles Executive Coaching, LLC. He has more than 35 years of progressive experience in human resources within the manufacturing, government, and hotel/casino industries. Boyles earned a B.S. degree in management at the University of Scranton.

James Brogan

James Brogan has an M.B.A. and is the president and founder of Brogan Financial. Brogan is a certified retirement financial advisor and a certified estate and trust specialist.

Brogan was named the 2011 National Advisor of the Year by Senior Market Advisor magazine and is also the host of Newstalk 98.7’s “More Living” with Jim Brogan.

Ronald Browning

Ronald Browning has taught UT non-credit courses in Spanish for several years.

Melissa Carrasco

Melissa Carrasco is an experienced labor and employment attorney whose passion is working with employers and employees to make the workplace work for everyone. She advises organizations on developing and implementing employment policies and procedures, understanding employment benefits, drafting employment agreements and handbooks, and complying with immigration law. She is also an editor and monthly columnist for DICTA, an official publication of the Knoxville Bar Association. Carrasco holds a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Terrence Carter

Terrence Carter is the vice president of workforce and economic development for the Knoxville Area Urban League, overseeing a $3.4 million loan program and preparing grants and investment proposals. He has more than 25 years of experience in community, economic, and business development.

Carter has worked for Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC) and has served as executive director for the Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement. He earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from Baruch College in New York City.

Carter is a results-oriented leader with demonstrated initiative and creativity.

Kendall Chiles

Kendall Chiles is a freelance nature photographer with more than 25 years of photography experience. His photos have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and brochures, and he has taught various photography workshops for many years.

Wanda DeWaard

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Wanda DeWaard is an experienced outdoor educator, sharing Earth Kinship with community groups, colleges, camps, nature centers, and teacher conferences since 1974.

Elizabeth Domingue

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Liz Domingue is a naturalist, guide, nature photographer, and environmental educator. Through photography, observation, and research, she has studied wildlife, plants, and the natural world throughout the United States and abroad.

Kelly Drummond

Kelly Drummond is the vice president of human resources and grant administration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and has led national trainings on leadership, employee motivation, and personal effectiveness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

She previously served as the executive director of human resources for Knox County Schools and oversaw the hiring, employee relations, and benefits for nearly 10,000 employees.

She also serves as an adjunct professor at Bryan College and Tusculum University and facilitates the SHRM Certification course at Roane State Community College.

Kelly holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in human resource development from Lincoln Memorial University.

Jody Dyer

Jody Dyer, owner of Knoxville-based Crippled Beagle Publishing, coaches authors of all experience levels through the writing process, from idea to published work. Dyer earned a bachelor's degree in finance at the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.

Greg Eisele CEC

Executive chef Greg J. Eisele is director of the UT Culinary & Catering Program, which was recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) as a quality program.

Eisele serves as the current president of the Smoky Mountain chapter of the American Culinary Federation, and he is a frequent guest chef on WBIR-TV in Knoxville.

Tennessee Rick Elliott

Tennessee Rick Elliott is a retired teacher, guidance counselor, and school administrator who now spends his time behind the lens of a camera. Elliott is a certified professional photography by the Professional Photographers of America. Elliott earned a B.S. degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree from Xavier University.

John Fawaz

John Fawaz, a financial planner for over 22 years, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Fawaz is a CFP® Certified Financial Planner™ and ChFC® Chartered Financial Consultant®. He is a past president of the East Tennessee Financial Planning Association, alumnus of Leadership Knoxville and East Tennessee Regional Leadership Program, a member of the University of Tennessee Chancellor's Associates and Knoxville Estate Planning Council, and a former Knox Heritage board member. He is also a frequent guest speaker on WATE-TV (ABC affiliate) in Knoxville and maintains offices at UT Federal Credit Union.

Securities and advisory services are offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. UT Federal Credit Union (UTFCU), UTFCU Financial Services and Financial Partners of TN, LLC are not registered as a broker-dealer or investment advisor. Registered representatives of LPL offer products and services using Financial Partners of TN, LLC and UTFCU Financial Services, and may also be employees of UT Federal Credit Union. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of, UTFCU, UTFCU Financial Services or Financial Partners of TN, LLC. Securities and insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are:

Not Insured by FDIC or Any Other Government Agency | Not Bank Guaranteed | Not Bank Deposits or Obligations | May Lose Value

Alexia Georghiou

Alexia Georghiou is the founder of The Knoxville Happiness Coalition & Life Betterment Through God. She has been a mental health therapist for over 20 years and recently completed a Leadership and Management Certificate online program from Wharton.

She contracts with individuals and organizations to foster engagement and motivation of employees, generate strategies for teams/organizations in transition, and develop healthy habits through life coaching. Georghiou believes the world is a better place because we are in it, and everything we do can shift the culture for the better good.

Randy Harms

Randy Harms has more than 30 years of successful sales, management, and coaching experience. Harms earned a bachelor's degree in business management at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Ila Hatter

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Ila Hatter is an interpretive naturalist, artist, storyteller, wildcrafter, and gourmet cook with more than 31 years of experience teaching the cultural heritage of native plants. She is the producer of Roadside Rambles, a wild foods cookbook, and a video series titled Wild Edibles and Medicinals of Southern Appalachia.

Chris Hill

Chris Hill is a Knoxville native and owner of the podcast production company, HumblePod. In addition to producing podcasts for nationally-recognized thought leaders, Hill is the co-host and producer of the award-winning Our Humble Beer Podcast. He earned his undergraduate degree in business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in marketing & entrepreneurship, and he later received his M.B.A. from King University.

Curtis Hixon

Curtis Hixon is an instructor for the Smoky Mountain Field School, leading weekend programs on orienteering. He previously has taught junior ranger programs on compass orienteering and basic map reading in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Joey Holt

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Joey Holt grew up in the foothills of the Smokies and earned his 900-miler status in 2012. He has been a lover of the outdoors all his life, enjoying activities such as camping and hiking.

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson, a certified Microsoft Office specialist, has worked in various teaching capacities in private industry, government, education, and consulting. She has taught computer courses since 1989, including several versions of Windows and almost every version of Microsoft Office products.

Johnson earned a degree in business management from the University of Memphis.

Evonne Kautz, EA

Evonne M. Kautz, EA (Enrolled Agent) is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is the recipient of the highest credential awarded by the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to preparing tax returns, she has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS for tax issues including audits, collections, and appeals. Kautz is the founder of 5-Star Holdings, Inc., a tax practice in Knoxville.

Steve Kemp

Steve Kemp is an instructor for the Smoky Mountain Field School. He is a retired interpretive products and services director for the Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA).

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is a senior teaching lab and tutor specialist for the UT Department of Physics. He is an astronomer extraordinaire and shares his love of the night sky with others.

Tony Mayfield

Tony Mayfield is a senior consultant at On-Target Innovations, LLC, a Tennessee-based technology and engineering consulting firm. He has over 30 years of experience in developing high-end projects, cost controls, information systems, process improvement, process re-engineering, and training with both commercial and government organizations.

He has a bachelor's degree in engineering, a master's degree in information systems, and is currently working on his doctorate in information systems.

Debbie McConnon

Deborah McConnon comes from a long line of Appalachian educators and has spent over three decades in the humanities classroom teaching a variety of history and religion courses. Throughout her career she has been invited to participate in both local history seminars and three National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes. After encountering a lack of understanding for the power of place among her students, she developed and offered a history elective dedicated solely to a study of Appalachia as both a region and a culture. She is excited to offer this course to her local community and looks forward to advancing a better understanding of both the people and the place that is Appalachia.

Arthur "Butch" McDade

Butch McDade retired from Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 30 years of service and has authored two books, The Natural Arches of the Big South Fork and Old Smoky Mountain Days.

Beth Meko

Beth Meko is a lecturer in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a grant writer/information specialist for the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the UT College of Communication and Information (CCI). She assists faculty in the four colleges of the CCI with developing, editing, and submitting grant proposals to government agencies and private foundations. She earned a B.A. degree in English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and an M.S. degree in information science at the University of Tennessee.

Kevin Mickna

Kevin Mickna is the lead instructor for the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program.

He is a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 29 years of service. In 2009, he completed certification as a High Risk Training Instructor at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal where he instructed in the school's Tools and Methods Division until transferring to the school's Demolition Division in 2016.

Mickna was contracted by RELYANT Global in 2017 to serve as the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program's secondary instructor, and he consistently receives high praise from the students under his tutelage. He was promoted to lead UXO instructor in 2020.

Bonny Millard

Bonny Millard is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry.

Millard earned a B.S. degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte.

David Montgomery

David Montgomery is the lead instructor for the UT Landscape & Garden Design certificate program. With a degree in plant and soil science and more than 25 years of experience as a landscape designer, he is highly knowledgeable in horticultural sales, landscape maintenance, and installation.

An instructor of horticultural topics since 2000, David's main emphasis, in all courses, is presenting practical, usable knowledge to those who want a visually stimulating and low maintenance landscape.

Jack Neely

Jack Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project, an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and regularly leads tours and gives lectures about Knoxville and its history.

Neely has produced nine books about Knoxville history, including Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth and The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace. He has won numerous awards for his writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and UT Press.

Brigid Ogden

Brigid Ogden, MA, RPA, is a Ph.D. student in zooarchaeology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ogden's research focuses on identifying the management strategies and environmental effects of the introduction of Eurasian livestock to Virginia during the colonial period using stable isotope analysis. She has also worked on research projects related to the analysis of animal skin artifacts from the colonial Chesapeake, investigating the chemical signatures of alcohol production in the Antebellum American Southeast, and Southeastern zooarchaeology. While at UT she has taught introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in archaeology, archaeological science, and zooarchaeology.

Holly Rainey

Holly Rainey is a Knoxville-based photographer and social media manager for a variety of local businesses and non-profit organizations. Her clients include The Maker City, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, and Knox Brew Hub. Rainey is a part of the League of Scruffy Photographers and specializes in street and portrait photography. She is also a contributor to the "8th of August" documentary project in Knoxville, Newport & Greeneville, Tennessee, and published a book in collaboration with the Black in Appalachia non-profit organization and East Tennessee PBS.

Stephanie Richer

Stephanie Richer is the owner of Stephanie Richer Photography in Knoxville. She specializes in wedding and portrait photography and also volunteers her services as a photojournalist for the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville. Richer earned a B.A. degree in political science and M.S. in mathematics, both at the University of California, Irvine, and a juris doctorate at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Janet Rock

Janet Rock is an instructor for the Smoky Mountain Field School. She is a retired botanist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sarah Schwing

Sarah Schwing is a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a B.S. degree in psychology and B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Florida and an M.A. from the University of Tennessee. Schwing's interests include human skeletal morphological variation, virtual anthropology, decomposition and taphonomy, stable isotope analysis, human rights, and clandestine migration.

Tammie Smeltzer

Tammie Smeltzer is a training specialist and the superintendent for the Instructional Development Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Division at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. She supervises a talented team of military and civilian personnel who develop curricula in traditional classrooms and online learning formats. In addition, she provides course analysis, conducts classroom instruction, and contributes to curriculum development on leadership issues.

Smeltzer is also a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of service. She holds a master's degree in adult education from Tusculum College.

Shane Smith, CFA

Shane Smith is a financial advisor at Quality Financial Concepts in Maryville, Tennessee. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He became a Certified Financial Planner in 2014 and completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 2022.

Alex Stokes

Alex Stokes is a professional stand-up comedian, public speaker, and author. His book titled 5 Years of This? Husband. Father. Comedian. My Story., is about the world of stand-up comedy and his journey to success.

Elizabeth Tarulis

Elizabeth Tarulis earned a B.A. degree in archaeology from Cornell University in 2015 and an M.A. in historical archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2020. Her thesis looked at trade networks using ceramics from three Plymouth colony archaeological sites. Tarulis is now working on a Ph.D. in archaeology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on trade and colonialism in the 17th century Atlantic.

Wade Tipton

J. Wade Tipton owns and operates Gallery Portraits in West Knoxville with his wife, Joy. He is a certified professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. In 2015 Tipton was inducted into the Tennessee Professional Photographers of America's Hall of Fame. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Mississippi State University.

Joel Zachry

Joel and Kathy Zachry have taught plant and animal sessions for the Smoky Mountain Field School since the early 1980s. They completed section-hiking the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005 and released their first book, Bears We've Met, in May 2010.

Kathy Zachry

Joel and Kathy Zachry have taught plant and animal sessions for the Smoky Mountain Field School since the early 1980s. They completed section-hiking the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005 and released their first book, Bears We've Met, in May 2010.

Steve Zigler

Steve Zigler, owner of Steve Zigler Photography, specializes in landscape and night photography. He leads a variety of workshops for the UT Photography Certificate Program.

Amy Zubko Jordan

Amy Zubko serves as a human resources manager at North Wind Group, a government contracting holding entity. Amy is practiced in developing staffing plans and employee programs, managing employee compensation and benefit plans, and developing and implementing HR policies. Amy serves as a consultant on performance management issues, is a business coach and mentor, and works with managers to create development plans for staff.

Amy holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management and a B.S. in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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