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J. Laurens Tullock

Laurens is President of the Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville, a privately funded philanthropic foundation that focuses its grant making and activities on helping the Greater Knoxville area reach its full potential. He is an attorney by training, with advanced degrees from both the University of Tennessee and Georgetown University, and began his career as a federal prosecutor. He shifted his focus into his area of passion – community improvement in Knoxville – in 1988, serving first as a City of Knoxville official and then the founding President of Cornerstone in 1997. Laurens served as the team leader on this research project and conducted the one on one community leader interviews.

Chrisi Haretos Bollinger

Chrisi earned a BS in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Public Administration (concentration in Econometrics) from the Harvard Kennedy School. Over the last 20-plus years, she has worked in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors conducting research, analyzing information, and teaching analytical skills to others. She has applied her expertise to a broad range of issues, including the environment, education, and national security. She performed the literature review of objective measures and best practices.

Alex Lavidge

Alex was named by Fast Company in May 2011 as one of ”51 brilliant urbanites helping to build the cities of America’s future” and in 2009 he was named by the Knoxville Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40″ for his volunteer efforts in promoting the importance of the creative class.  Lavidge Unlimited is his community relations agency serving a variety of clients ranging from high-tech startups to economic development organizations.  He was a co-organizer for the Entrepreneurial Imperative 2011 conference, and the lead organizer for the first TEDxKnoxville event. On this project, he created Envision Knoxville, a social media campaign that gathered feedback from Knoxvillians between the ages of 18-42.


Dr. Bradley Greene

Brad is the founder and principal of Greene & Associates, a Knoxville-based consulting firm specializing in business system innovation and re-design. He has facilitated major organizational change initiatives in organizations as diverse as Nissan, Siemens Medical, Knoxville News Sentinel, and even the Knox Area Rescue Ministries. He received a doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Greene served as the subject matter expert in organizational design and research for the project.


Mark McComas

Mark owns Indig Creative, a Knoxville based creative agency aiming to inspire and equip businesses and non-profits to integrate into community through effective communication. After graduating from the University of Tennesee Advertising program in 2008, Mark was accepted into the Knoxville Fellows program, where he shortly after began serving as the Director of Marketing for the national parent organization, The Fellows Initiative. Since 2009, Mark has been serving as a graphic designer, consultant, project coordinator, and strategic planner for clients like Boyd's Jig & Reel, Invisible Fence, Prestige Cleaners, Cornerstone Foundation, The Square Room, and Cafe4. He designed the presentation, report, brochure, and website.