Meet our leaders


In 1996, Knoxville’s most influential community leaders formed the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, a non-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve, maintain, and operate the Official State Theater of Tennessee as a performing arts and entertainment venue for the benefit and enjoyment of all.


Becky Hancock, Executive Director
Lila Honaker, Director of Marketing and Outreach
Mary Fran Darwin, Finance Manager
Dustin Miles, Facilities Manager
Mary Adkins, Development Associate
Shaynne Palmer, Bookkeeper/Office Administrator
Freddie Brabson, House Organist
Dr. Bill Snyder, House Organist Emeritus

Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Chris Chandler, President Walt Bearden
Orlando Diaz, Vice President and Facilities Chair Doc Claussen
Rick Blackburn, Secretary Jim Clayton
Jim Wansley, Treasurer and Finance Chair Joan Cronan
Kim Bumpas, Development Chair Matt Eyre
Sandi Swilley, Community Engagement Chair Jason Hamilton
  Lee Ingram
  Chris Kittrell
  Tracy Long
  John Nelson
  Ed Rottmann
  Latisha Stubblefield
  Lance Tracy
  Susan Williams
  Tammy Wilson