Our Board


Dick Wellons
Board President, Bylaw Committee, Personnel Committee

Area of Expertise: Homelessness and Non-profit Organizations
I believe the collaboration of the many agencies making up the TVCEH is making a positive difference in the lives of families and individuals in our communities. I am constantly amazed at the services our members provide with little or no assistance from their Local, State or Federal government agencies. Our challenge is to show possible funders the magnificent work that is already being efficiently accomplished, and with their financial participation and encouragement, how much more could be done. Join us in making the difference in your community.


Tracy Stroud
Vice President, Personnel Committee Chair


Leslie Casteel
Secretary, Finance Committee, Bylaw Committee, Fundraising & Public Awareness

I grew up in the Halls community in North Knox County where I graduated from Halls High School. I then went to the University of Tennessee, where I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a major of Accounting. My first job was with the FDIC, regulating banks. When they closed the Knoxville office, I decided to open my own tax and accounting office under the name of Casteel and Company. I recently have scaled back the practice because of medical issues so I now have seven companies for which I do bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation I currently reside in my four-legged fur baby’s hours. Barcley lets anyone and everyone who wants to come stay with us, right down to the worms and caterpillars he finds outside. I also attend Wallace Memorial Baptist Church where I sub in the church office as necessary (and when it’s not tax season.) Outside of work and church, I enjoy boating, when my health allows. I love a good round of golf, riding jet skis, water skiing and snow skiing. During softball season, you’ll catch me at Lee Stadium watching my beloved Lady Vol softball team

I also serve on the following boards: 1st Vice President and Board Member for the Tennessee Association of Tax Professionals, TNSEA, incorporator and president of the Halls High School Foundation, incorporator and president of Halls Elementary Foundation.


Kathy Conner
Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer, Fundraising & Public Awareness Committee

Area of Expertise: Accounting & Tax Prep
I was born and reared in Knoxville, TN and still live in the neighborhood where I grew up. I have one sister and have been married to my husband since 1977. I attended Hiwassee College, The University of TN and graduated from Tusculum College with a BS in Applied Organizational Management. I have been a member since 1990 of American Association of University Women promoting educational equity for women and girls. I am the treasurer and choir director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and have been a member since 1965.

I worked in various positions at Schlegel/BTR Sealing Systems in Maryville for 14 years. I have also worked part time with a CPA in Gatlinburg since 1982. My current accounting clients include 3 Homeowners Associations in Sevier County, 3 Residential Contractors in Monroe County and a Law firm in Seymour TN.

I only recently became aware of TVCH and was happy to become a member of the board for such a worthy cause. I am always looking for ways to give back to my community and believe that finding stable homes for families is the most important tool for making positive changes in our crumbling society. Homelessness affects everyone.


Mark Clubb
Nominating Committee Chair


Melissa Owens
Bylaws Committee Chair

Area of Expertise: Law
I serve on the TVCH Board of Directors because I believe that alleviating homelessness is critical in caring for individuals and in strengthening our communities. My role on the Board allows me to put my skills and time to work serving those individuals and the community.

I have lived in East Tennessee most of my life. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2014 with a desire to put my training to use in helping others. I joined the TVCH Board of Directors in February 2015. My work as an attorney has often put me in touch with the homeless and precariously housed individuals that TVCH serves and I have been able to see first hand how TVCH helped some of these individuals


Barbara Raper
Fundraising & Public Awareness Committee


Sharon Boone
Personnel Committee, Strategic Planning Committee


Joe Hamby
Project Comm


Richard Spining
Project Comm


Glenn McGuire
Finance Committee, Fundraising & Public Awareness Comm, Project Comm

I am currently the Director of Finance and Administration at Zoo Knoxville, a position that I have held since January 2014. Prior to that, I spent 14 years in the healthcare industry. I have been Director of Finance, Site Finance Manager and CFO of several small, local hospitals. I have served on several local community organizations including Leadership Campbell County, Campbell County Community Foundation and West LaFollette Baptist Church. I serve on this board of directors because I want to give back to my community and I feel that no one should be homeless.