A native Knoxvillian, and graduate of Bearden, Todd credits his decision to leave town and attend Clemson for the independence and drive that defines him. Having been a leader in Young Life, President of his Sigma Chi Pledge Class & of his Alumni Chapter and Chapter Advisor to his alma mater, Todd spent much of his free time in SC volunteering with causes dear to him. Back in TN in 2000, he continued that pattern as a founder of the Knoxville Human Rights Group, with service on the boards of TEP, the Knoxville Ski and Outing Club, & Positively Living and now as the founding President of ETEC. Having sold out of the brokerage business he joined after college, Todd is now President of his family’s business, Johnstone Supply. He is thankful for his relationship with God, the love and support of his fiancé, Ernie, their dogs Hopps and Tiger, and the rest of their family and friends.
Vice President/Treasurer/Programming Committee Chair
Since 1996, Kathrine has been involved in organizing local Pride and other social events. In her service as Programming Committee Chair, she is in charge of coordinating entertainment for Knoxville PrideFest 2012 & all of our related events. Kathrine is also the President of Gyrlgroove, the organization sponsoring women’s dances and other live music events featuring local female musicians. Kathrine and the staff of Gyrlgroove have promoted social networking opportunities for lesbians in East TN since 2001. She finds working with Todd, Dusty, Ben, Ernie, Mark, Bill, Susan and Sandy, and all the dedicated volunteers a labor of love: continuing to grow Knoxville PrideFest is a source of pride for all of us!
Secretary/Pride Parade Co-chair
This well-adjusted middle child was born and raised in Knoxville. A repressed accountant by trade, Dusty has never met a stranger and enjoys socializing with a wide variety of great friends. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of ETEC, he is a host of the Red & Green Party and serves as V.P. of Accounting for the non-profit Lake Bettye. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, playing with cars, and offering his strong opinions.
Sandy is originally from a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. She started her career over 25 years ago working with individuals that have disabilities. Currently, she works for Breakthrough Corp. as the Quality Assurance Coordinator. Living in Knoxville for 13 years; she is the proud parent of two wonderful children, Katie and Seth. During her spare time, Sandy is on the board of ETEC, and volunteers with Family Promise.
Board Member/Art OUT in the City, Co-chair/Eat OUT w/ Pride Co-chair
Born and raised just a few counties shy of here, Susan moved to Knoxville in 1987 and considers it home. While living here she had the great honor of teaching in the Knox County School system for nearly 15 years, and currently enjoys teaching online. She considers the connections she made with students and her peers to be her greatest achievement. When not out running the trails and greenways, you can find Susan working on yet another HGTV-inspired home project, being an active member of the Knoxville Track Club, and, of course, working with ETEC.
Bill is native of Knoxville who joined the ETEC Board in 2010. He returned to Knoxville from Vanderbilt to attend UT College of Law and has practiced family law with Sheppeard and Mynatt, PLC since 1991. After getting his feet wet with PrideFest back in 2010, he is looking forward to another great year of Pride and would like to thank the Board, especially Todd, Ben and Kathrine for their hard work making Knoxville’s festival something to be proud of as well as an awful lot of fun.
Board Member/Eat OUT with Pride, Co-chair/Pride Parade Chair
Mark is originally from a small town outside Louisville, KY. He attended the University of Louisville, serving as the president of Delta Upsilon Fraternity for two years. He served in the US Army as well as the Kentucky National Guard. Mark transplanted to East TN in 1997 where he now works as an account manager for a liquor wholesaler, and he also owns an alcohol server training company, Top Shelf Express, LLC. He is a member of HRC, Red & Green Committee, and a board member for ETEC. Mark enjoys spending time with his partner of 10 years, friends, family, playing softball, traveling, and working in the yard.
Board Member/Festival Day, Chair
A Knoxville native and a graduate of UTK, Ben lives in Bearden with his amazing partner and two crazy dogs. He is excited to be reprising his role as festival coordinator again this year, and is looking forward to another great pride! He would like to thank Michael, his incredible fellow committee chairs, the Knoxville Special Events Office, and all the volunteers who help to make PrideFest a success.
Next 2 Nothing Fashion Show, Chair/ Eat OUT w/ Pride, Co-Chair/ Art OUT in the City, Co-Chair
Ernie is an 8th generation Kentuckian, but has called Knoxville home for the past 5+ years. Ernie is an Event Planner & his personal motto is “It’ll get done, It’ll happen, It always does!” Ernie would like to thank his amazing family: fiancé Todd Cramer & puppies Hopps & Tiger for pushing him everyday to do & be a better person. Ernie would like to give a big ole “THANK Y’ALL” to all of his fellow co-chairs/great friends & all of the supportive community that makes all of the PrideFest events more amazing each year!
Nick grew up in Knoxville, having graduated from Webb School of Knoxville in 2008, and from UT in May, 2012, with a degree in Political Science. Nick is moving to Washington, DC in the Fall to pursue a master’s degree at George Washington University and hoping to work in International Relations and Communications. He is heavily interested in human rights with regards to gender and sexuality and spends his free time with friends on the lake and as a health foodie in his tiny kitchen.