De'Ossie Dingus is a veteran of both the United States Army and Air Force. Mr. Dingus has worked within the Tennessee Criminal Justice system with the Dept. of Corrections and the Dept. of Safety Homeland Security. Mr. Dingus holds degrees in General Education, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and a Master's in Management and Leadership. Mr. Dingus is a Rule 31 certified mediator in both family and civil mediation within the State of Tennessee. Mr. Dingus serves on the board for the Greater Knox County Black Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dingus is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity inc. and a past member of Modern Free Masonry. Mr. Dingus is the founder of the Alliance House Community Coalition. He serves as the board chair and executive director for the Alliance House.


Dr. Steven P. Rider, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Division Chief of Neurology for the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  Dr. Rider completed a fellowship in neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, completed his fellowship in EEG/Epilepsy at the same institution and is certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rider has practiced with the Knoxville Neurology Clinic since July 2005. He has published his research in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He has been actively involved in resident training and has given numerous resident lectures. Dr. Steven P. Rider will as the board’s medical advisor for best practices for community engagement.


Kenny Fikes began his career as an options trader in Philadelphia after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Mr. Fikes has held various positions in finance, operations, and management. He has built a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the construction industry via consulting with a myriad of small companies as well as a few very large profile companies. His consulting work on projects with municipalities, major universities and the federal government eventually morphed into teaming with other companies to build his career as a contractor. In addition to financial analysis, proposal preparation, and business development, he has also managed various projects. Greater Knox County Black Chamber of Commerce. Kenny Fikes will serve on the board as the treasurer and the board’s economic development advisor for best practices for community engagement.


Tracey Holt is a Community Resource Coordinator for Knox County Community Action Committee. Mrs. Holt has received her PhD candidacy in Epidemiology. Her research is on trauma within the Black community. She is a public speaker and has lectured on Public Health.  Mrs. Holt also holds a Master of Public Health. A Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Mrs. Holt, has studied abroad at the University of Accra in Ghana, where she was recognized for her community work and service within the Ghanaian community. Mrs. Holt is expanding her research in Public Health issues such as gun violence among Black students and their perception of how they cope with trauma. Mrs. Holt will serve as an interim board member. Mrs. Holt will also serve as the board secretary and the board’s community engagement outreach advisor for best practices.