Design Center names board members

Knoxville, TN – The East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) has announced that four community leaders have been named as new board directors. With the inclusion of Lane E. McCarty, granddaughter of the founder, the late architect Bruce McCarty, ETCDC adds a third generation to this legacy.

The new directors, each serving three year terms, are:

-Dwane Dishner, Dishner Design

-Alicia Griego Gast, First Tennessee Bank, Private Client Relationship Manager

-Lane E. McCarty, TVA – Office of General Counsel (Bruce McCarty’s granddaughter. Her father, Doug McCarty, is an emeritus board director.)

-Mary Beth Robinson, Place Synergy

“The Design Center has served East Tennessee for many years, through the work of strong, committed volunteers. Our new Directors are great examples of this ‘volunteer spirit’ at work,” Rick Blackburn, board president, said.

Besides Blackburn, board officers elected for 2017 are Nathan Honeycutt, AIA, first vice president; Katharine Pearson Criss, second vice president; Jan Evridge, treasurer/past president, and Sheryl Ely, secretary.

Founded in 1970 through the vision of the late architect Bruce McCarty, ETCDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources. The Community Design Center offers its services through the pro bono contributions of area architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers and other design professionals. ETCDC has assisted in as diverse range of projects, from traffic calming in neighborhoods to planning for Knoxville’s new urban wilderness. ETCDC serves Knox and the surrounding 15 counties of the East Tennessee Development District.

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