We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane Alliance Leadership: Staff & Boards

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You'll find the friendly, experienced and committed Roane Alliance staff and board of directors helpful and knowledgeable. Every day, we and our partners work toward unified goals for improved quality of life and increased prosperity for Roane residents. Connect with us and find out why Roane is attracting success.  

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Justin Snow, TCEcD

Interim President/CEO

Justin Snow joined the Alliance team in 2017.  Previously, he spent 17 years working for AT&T in the telecommunications industry.  He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a BS in Business Administration and played on the baseball team.  While at the Alliance, he has graduated from Leadership Roane County (Class of 2018) and TVA Rural Leadership (Class of 2019). He also became a Tennessee Certified Economic Developer in 2022. Justin enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and coaching his son’s sports teams.

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Allen Lutz

Education & Workforce Director

Allen Lutz joined the team in 2008. He was the education director for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and the first director of JA BizTown prior to coming to the Alliance. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, serving on active duty 21 years. Allen has a MBA from the University of New Orleans and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Roane County.

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Teresa Jackson

Vice President of Operations

Teresa Jackson has served on the Alliance team since 1999. She attended the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Roane County and completed Tennessee Basic Economic Development. She serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Roane Academy, and is Roane's ThreeStar program coordinator. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Felicia Van Asten

Chamber Membership Manager

Felicia Van Asten joined the team in August 2022. Felicia was born and raised in Harriman, where she graduated from Harriman High School. She attended Roane State Community College and worked as an Orthodontic Technician for 37 years. Felicia moved to South Florida in 1985 and returned to Tennessee in 2017. She is so excited to serve Roane County, where her roots are, and will work closely with Chamber Members to ensure they understand and take advantage of all the benefits of their membership.

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Jennifer Brown

Events Coordinator

Jennifer Brown joined the team as the Event Coordinator in February 2022. She is a graduate of Central High School and attended Roane State Community College. Jennifer and her husband, Matt, have two daughters. They enjoy spending their weekends on Watts Bar Lake.

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Cary Parten

Fiscal Services & Office Manager

Fiscal Services and Office Manager Cary Parten joined the team in 2016. Cary has held management positions in the hospitality and environmental sectors focusing in information systems, finance and telecommunications.  Cary holds a BS degree in business administration and electronic engineering. 

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Caleb Beasley

Social Media & Content Manager

Caleb Beasley is a lifelong resident of Roane County and homeschooled graduate of SailAway Learning & Academy. He recently graduated summa cum laude from Bryan College, where he received a BS in Communications with a minor in English. Caleb worked at the Alliance as an intern for two summers and officially joined the team in January 2022, writing content for social media,, and the websites. Caleb is an animal lover who enjoys getting outdoors and learning about local wildlife.

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Stacey Wilson

Visitor Services Manger

Stacey Wilson joined the team in September 2022. She is a lifelong resident of Roane County and has been very involved in many aspects of the county. She has also owned and operated a small business in Roane County for many years. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys getting outdoors to exercise and enjoy the beautiful lakes, and she loves spending time and laughing with her family. She also loves to travel!

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  2. To read the current Strategic Plan and Programs of Work click here.

 The Roane Alliance operates with a Board of Directors (BOD) and operating budget funded solely by annual contributions, an annual fundraiser (known as the Gala), and rent paid by the three partner organizations.  The Roane Alliance also acts as the county's Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB) per state approval provided in the June 27, 2001 letter, under the provisions of T.C.A. 6-58-114 enacted as part of the Public Chapter 1101, Growth Policy Act, passed in 1998.   

The RCIDB and Chamber also operates with their own BOD and operating budget; while the RCVB operates with its own budget under the direction of the Roane Alliance Board and the Roane County Commission Tourism Committee.   

The quarterly Roane Alliance Board and JECDB meetings are held together, while the RCIDB meetings are held monthly.  These meetings are public and announced in the Roane County News and the Roane Alliance Facebook page.   The Chamber BOD meet monthly as well.

Agendas for the Industrial Development Board and the Roane Alliance / Joint Economic & Community Development (JECD) board meetings will be posted on the Roane Alliance front office memo board at least 48 hours prior to a scheduled meeting.


Dr. Julian Ahler
Kingston, TN

Kendall Bear
Rockwood Electric Utility
Rockwood, TN

David Bell
Roane County Commission
Kingston, TN

Sasha Benjamin - Vice Chair
Oak Ridge, TN

Marilyn Calfee
Kingston, TN

Suzie Clay - Secretary
Uselton, Clay & Bright
Kingston, TN

Omer Cox
City of Oliver Springs
Oliver Springs, TN

Lynn Farnham
Roane County Government
Kingston, TN

Kevin Helms
City of Harriman
Harriman, TN

Junior Hendrickson
Roane County Commission
Harriman, TN

Jim Henry
Coldwell Banker, Jim Henry & Associates
Kingston, TN

Buddy Holley
City of Harriman
Harriman, TN

Leigha Humphries
Oak Ridge, TN

Mitchell Kyker
Kyker Funeral Home
Harriman, TN

Gail Lyke - Chair
Rockwood, TN

Dr. LaDonna McFall
Roane County Schools

Darryl Meadows
Roane County Commission
Rockwood, TN

Kenyon Mee
Kingston, TN

Mayor Tim Neal
City of Kingston
Kingston, TN

Jim Owens
IDB Treasurer

Jim Palmer
IDB Chair

Terry Payne
Oak Ridge, TN

Dana Peterka
Chamber Chair
Rockwood, TN

Jason Pilant
Roane Medical Center
Harriman, TN

Al Reardon
CNS Y-12
Oak Ridge, TN

Ken Rueter
Oak Ridge, TN

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood
Rockwood, TN

Jerry Stephens
AGA Insurance
Kingston, TN

 Barry Stephenson
Oak Ridge, TN

Sharon Templeton
Oak Ridge, TN

Danice Turpin
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
Harriman, TN

Candace Vannasdale
Harriman Utility Board
Harriman, TN

Mark Watson
City of Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
IDB Vice Chair
Harriman, TN

Dr. Chris Whaley
Roane State Community College
Harriman, TN

George Wilson - Treasurer
Knoxville, TN

Ron Woody
Roane County Executive
Kingston, TN

Bill Young
Harriman, TN

Industrial Development Board Members

Quentin Craig
Rentenbach Constructors Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Teddy Haywood
Blue Springs Boat Company
Oak Ridge, TN

Joe Heckman
Vice President of Processing Operations
Kingston, TN

Bob Kite
Cartwright Engineering Technologies
Robert Kite & Associates
Rockwood, TN


Jeff Nichols
Oak Ridge, TN

James Owens
JR Global, Inc.
Kingston, TN

Jim Palmer
Oak Ridge, TN

Tommy Thompson
Nealy Thompson Heating and Air
Rockwood, TN

David Webb
Vice Chair
Harriman, TN

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