Mr. 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 holds degrees in General Education, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, with 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 has received proclamations from the state of Tennessee, Knox County, and the City of Knoxville for his work with at risk black youth and the establishment of Breast Cancer Awareness Week for Black Women. Mr. Dingus has served on the Transportation Advisory committee for the City of Knoxville. Mr. Dingus is engaged with the Tennessee Dept. of Health’s Task Force on Minority Health. Mr. Dingus is engaged with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and the Nation Association on Mental Illness. 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 Director for the Alliance House.

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Kanika White is the Executive Director of Knoxville Equity Partners.  In her former position as a property management specialist in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Knoxville, with an emphasis in affordable housing, she worked with developers, investors, and governmental agencies to provide and manage safe quality housing to low income seniors and families. Kanika was born in Louisiana and raised in New Orleans and Atlanta. She studied real estate development and finance at the University of New Orleans, holds an associate degree in business administration from Southeastern College.  Greater Knox County Black Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Boards of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation and Knoxville Aging in Place. Kanika White will serve as community director for best practices for community engagement.


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 serve on the board as the secretary and the board’s medical advisor for best practices for community engagement.


Kenny 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.


Alison Rose is the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist for the Reentry Program at Ridgeview Behavioral Health. Currently working on her Master's in Psychology, she also serves as a teacher, support group facilitator, presenter, and Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Knoxville. Through NAMI, she has provided the first Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Recovery Program to inmates at the Knox County Detention Center. Alison is also a proud member of Sleeves4Needs and of Black Coffee Justice. Alison has also served on the Juvenile Court Review Board, TN Voices for Children Coalition as a Family Support Specialist, and donated her time to local campaign efforts. She  devotes her time to those in the community who are struggling by providing educational programming, peer support, facilitation, coordinating services, and active outreach. Alison will serve on the board as the board’s community street outreach advisor for best practices for community engagement.