L5 Foundation Board
Susan Newman - Founder
With a specialty in hematology and oncology, Susan Newman, MD, helps those facing cancer and educates the doctors of tomorrow at UT Medical Center. Susan is the UT Medical Center Graduate School of Medicine’s education coordinator in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and serves as a community educator at the UT Cancer Institute. She is involved with the American Medical Association and the UT Medical Center Development Committee. But her passion to heal extends beyond UT: She is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
As a certified fund-raising executive, Rick Giecek has overseen the growth of several health-care facilities. Most recently, he served as the chief development officer at the UT Medical Center’s Graduate School of Medicine. During his tenure, he revamped the development program, which solicits support from individuals and organizations to benefit UT Medical Center’s initiatives—which resulted in a 150 percent increase in philanthropic giving. In the community, Rick serves on Leadership Knoxville’s Development Board and the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish’s Council Committee.
Since August 1999, Chris Baker has managed operations for Knoxville’s WVLT—and, under his leadership, Local 8 News is consistently ranked among the top local stations in East Tennessee and is listed as the No. 1 sports station in the Knoxville market. In the community, Chris has served on numerous boards, including the Knoxville Chamber Partnership and The United Way of Greater Knoxville, and he is an alumni of Leadership Knoxville. In addition, he is past chairman of both the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.
A business owner and lifelong Knoxvillian, Melissa White has participated in a number of activities to help her hometown thrive. She has served as a board member on several community organizations, including The Lost Sheep Ministry and The Baptist Hospital Foundation, and she is an active member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Alongside her husband of 43 years—and their two sons and five grandchildren—Melissa has completed many redevelopment projects, most recently the 300 Building on Gay Street and Bridgewater Place Event Center.
As president of All Occasions Party Rentals, East Tennessee native Terry Turner has played a role in a number of local and national events—including Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Bonnaroo, and the International Biscuit Festival. Outside of work, Terry serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, Random Acts of Flowers, the Tennessee Valley Fair, Childhelp, and the Sertoma Center—and he also serves on the Junior League Community Advisory Board and was a 2013 graduate of Leadership Knoxville.
Although she was born in Wisconsin, entrepreneur Carol Bryant has lived in Tennessee since the 1980s. For the past 11 years, Carol has operated a property management firm in Pigeon Forge alongside her husband of 23 years. When not at work, Carol is actively involved in counseling individuals through her church, saying her faith is the true north by which her life is directed. In her service, she seeks to work with the community to meet the needs of those who are suffering.