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


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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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 the Tennessee Basic Economic Development course..  She also serves as Roane County's ThreeStar program coordinator. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

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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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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

Director of Education & Workforce Development

Jennifer Brown joined the team as the Event Coordinator in February 2022.  She is a graduate of Wartburg Central High School and attended Roane State Community College. She is a 2023 graduate of Leadership Roane County and is currently serving on the Leadership Roane County Alumni Board.  Jennifer and her husband, Matt, have two daughters.  They enjoy spending their weekends on Watts Bar Lake.

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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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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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Dawn Carlock

Chamber Coordinator

Dawn Carlock joined The Roane Alliance team in 2023.  As the Chamber Coordinator, she is excited to use her creativity and people skills to work alongside businesses and community members.  Previously, she spent 25 years as a classroom teacher in the education field.  She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.  After growing up in Florida, she moved to Tennessee for a welcome change of pace.  Dawn and her husband, Dwayne, have 3 grown children.  They enjoy camping and exploring the Smoky Mountains with their golden retriever, Luca.

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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 (Honorary/Ex-Officio Member)
Kingston, TN

Kendall Bear
Rockwood Electric Utility
Rockwood, TN

Sasha Benjamin - Vice Chair
Oak Ridge, TN

Jamie Bolling
TFE Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Ben Briley
Roane County Chamber Chair
Kingston, TN 37763

Steve Byerly
One Bank
Kingston, TN

Suzie Clay 
Uselton, Clay & Bright
Kingston, TN

Wade Creswell
Roane County Executive
Kingston, TN 37763


Lynn Farnham
Roane County Government
Kingston, TN

Junior Hendrickson
Roane County Commission
Harriman, TN

Jim Henry (Honorary/Ex-Officio Member)
Coldwell Banker, Jim Henry & Associates
Kingston, TN

Sean Hensley
Proton Power
Kingston, TN 37763

Kevin Ironside
Oak Ridge, TN 

Russell Jenkins
Roane County Schools
Kingston, TN 

Leigha Justice
Oak Ridge, TN

Scott Mason
City Manager
Harriman, TN 



Mayor Tim Neal
City of Kingston
Kingston, TN

Jim Owens
Kingston, TN 

Richard Owens
JR Global
Kingston, TN 

Jim Palmer
Roane County IDB Chair
Oak Ridge, TN

Jason Pilant
Roane Medical Center
Harriman, TN

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood
Rockwood, TN

Mayor Jason Stiltner
City of Oliver Springs
Oliver Springs, TN

Jerry Stephens (Honorary/Ex-Officio Member)
AGA Insurance
Kingston, TN


Sharon Templeton
Oak Ridge, TN

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

Candace Vannasdale
Harriman Utility Board
Harriman, TN

David Webb
IDB Vice Chair
Harriman, TN

Dr. Chris Whaley
Roane State Community College
Harriman, TN

George Ed Wilson  (Honorary/Ex-Officio Member)
Knoxville, TN


Industrial Development Board Members

Quentin Craig
Rentenbach Constructors Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Joe Heckman
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

Candace Peacock
Rockwood, TN

Jeff Sickau
Kingston, TN 

David Webb
Vice Chair
Harriman, TN

John Owings - Attorney
Owings, Wilson & Coleman
Knoxville, TN 

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