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Advisory Board Members


Allen CarterAllen Carter, a 1995 graduate in finance, is the owner of Athens Insurance Agency in McMinn County, one of the largest individually owned insurance agencies in the Southeast. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Pat Summitt Foundation and the University of Tennessee President’s Council.


Alexia Poe photographAlexia Poe, a 1995 graduate of the College of Communication and Information, is a public relations consultant for the Nashville-based Ingram Group. She has previously served as director of communications for Governor Bill Haslam, director of economic and community development for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and communications director for Senator Lamar Alexander.


Tomi RobbTomi Robb is an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow at Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services working in housing and reentry. She has both a bachelor’s in political science and a law degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She currently serves on the board of directors for KnoxCAM and WordPlayers.


Tom Smith photographTom Smith, a 1980 graduate of the Haslam College of Business, is chairman of Smith/Hallemann Partners, a Nashville-based real estate firm. He was previously chairman of Mission Property Company and served on the board of directors of Highwoods Properties Inc.


John Tickle photographJohn Tickle, a 1965 graduate of what is now the Tickle College of Engineering, is chairman of Strongwell Corporation, a manufacturing firm based in Bristol, Virginia. He was president of the company from 1972 to 2011 and served on UT’s Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2018.


Joan MacLeod Heminway is the Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law and Interim Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership at the College of Law. She left a fifteen-year career in the private practice of transactional business law in 2000 to begin her teaching career at UT. She has served the UTK campus in a number of roles, including as Faculty Senate president, Mic/Nite Coordinator, and Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Commission for Women. She earned her J.D. from the New York University School of Law and her A.B. in International Relations and History from Brown University.


Jordan Brown HeadshotJordan Brown is a fourth-year undergraduate student, majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She currently serves as the 2022-2023 President of the University’s Student Government Association. She has been a member of numerous on-campus organizations and is a recent recipient of the SGA Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek Visionary Award.