The Board of Directors of Ijams Nature Center exists to protect the public trust.

The Board’s duties are governance, including financial- and mission-related oversight and fund development.  Board composition includes appointed members from the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Knoxville Garden Club and Knox County Council of Garden Clubs. Members-at-large serve two, three-year terms.  The Board meets at Ijams bi-monthly.


President: Bo Townsend, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Vice-President: Kim Bumpas, Visit Knoxville
Treasurer: Tonia Turner, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Secretary: Kevin Matherly, Partners

Immediate Past President: Kim Bumpas, Visit Knoxville


Emeritus members

Teenie Hayworth, Owner, Penrose Farm

Sherri Lee, Retired Chair of the Board, Southeast Service Corporation


 Appointed Members

Rachel Butzler, Deputy Director, City of Knoxville Public Service Department

Carson Dailey, Knox County Commission, South Knoxville District

Sharon Davis, Knox County Council of Garden Clubs

Sheryl Ely, Director, City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation

Martha Kern, Representative, Knoxville Garden Club, Strong Stock Farm

George Wallace, City Council, South Knoxville District


Members at Large

Maureen Bosch, WVLT TV Channel 8

Stuart Cassell, Attorney

Lynne Farmer, USHEALTH Advisors

Vince Fusco, Regal Entertainment Group

Susanne Hauk, The Trust Company of Knoxville

Carl Hill, Clayton Homes

Jim Holleman, Avison Young

Dave Irwin, University of Tennessee Facility Services

Matthew Kellogg, Dewhirst Construction

Carrie O’Rear, Attorney, London Amburn

Pat Richardson, Retired, University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business

Ann Sartwell, Attorney, Community Volunteer

Stephanie Welch, Great Schools Partnership