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.

Rick Giecek

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.

Melissa White

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.

Terry Turner

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.

Kay Clayton

Adriel McCord

Amy White

Amy White was born and raised in Knoxville Tennessee. She has 3 children- Nicholas 20, Abbie 18, Austin 12. She is married to Andy White and together they are the dealers at both Ted Russell Ford Lincoln Dealerships in Knoxville. She is the daughter-in – law of Doug and Melissa White. She works at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville and worked previously in the beauty industry in both Knoxville and Dallas Texas.

Misty Cunningham

Misty is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Dean Smith Realty. Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Advertising form the University of Tennessee. Results-driven and creative marketing executive with a successful 16 year record of experience, awards, industry recognition and promotions for conceptualizing and overseeing the development of innovative “first-of-it’s-kind” marketing, digital, customer loyalty, and special promotion initiatives/programs that contributed to the growth of Regal Entertainment Group.

Specific areas of strength and leadership that are transferable to any new industry:

* Marketing Strategy Development * Branding Strategies * New Business Development

* Promotions & Major Event Planning * Customer & Brand Loyalty Programs * New Product Development * New Revenue Programs * Media & Public Relations * Media Planning * Project Management * Business Operations * Social Media Marketing * Digital Marketing * Co-Branding Partnerships * Gift Card Marketing

Jake Faris

Jake has been working at McDonald’s since 2005. Current position is Department Manager. Graduate of University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance. “Giving back to the community is important to me. Being a little league football coach is my favorite hobby because I enjoy teaching. I have come from a humble family and have worked my way up through McDonald’s.”

Mary Witt

Mary Witt Butler is a native of Madisonville, Tennessee. Mary graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is an alumnae of Kappa Delta Sorority. After college, Mary worked in the real estate legal profession as an escrow officer. After her father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma requiring numerous treatments at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Mary took a leave of absence from work to care for her father during his treatments. After witnessing first hand how intense and challenging the battle with cancer and treatment can be, Mary gained a personal passion and determination to help other families survive the fight against cancer. Mary currently lives in West Knoxville with her husband, Eric Butler (a tax attorney), and their lovable beagle, Priscilla

Amy Dyer

Amy Dyer works full time as a physical therapist. She is a cancer survivor and lives in Knoxville.