Incoming Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jon Rysewyk has announced a transition team comprised of educators, parents, and community leaders. The transition team will work with Dr. Rysewyk over the coming weeks to offer input and counsel as Knox County Schools prepares for the June 4 leadership transition.

“As we build a vision for the future, this group of leaders will be instrumental in helping our team serve Knox County students with excellence,” Dr. Rysewyk said. “I’m grateful to each leader who has agreed to serve.”

The transition team will meet several times prior to June and assist Dr. Rysewyk in developing ideas in key areas, including literacy, career and technical education, teacher recruitment, and providing innovative support for all students.

“I’m thrilled to serve on this transition team,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director of tnAchieves and a Knox County Schools parent. “Knox County will be most successful when we are all working together to help students thrive.”


Transition team members include:


Krissy DeAlejandro

Executive Director, tnAchieves


Rev. Daryl Arnold

Pastor, Overcoming Believers Church


Rev. Sam Brown

Pastor, Logan Temple AME Church


Tomma Battle



Joann Bost

Principal, Knox County Schools


Dr. Andrew Brown

Principal, Knox County Schools


Kelly-Ann Buckley

Educator, Knox County Schools


Claudia Caballero

President and CEO, Centro Hispano of East Tennessee


Kelli Chaney

President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville


Steve Diggs

Executive Director, Emerald Youth Foundation


Angie Goethert



Dr. Jody Goins

Executive Vice President for Administration, Lincoln Memorial University


Dr. Kala Gray



Dr. Keith Gray

Chief Medical Officer, The University of Tennessee Medical Center


Paula Hancock

President, Knox County Education Association


Melody Hawkins

Educator, Knox County Schools


Justus Hayes

Student, Knox County Schools


Gordon Heins

President, A.G. Heins Company Inc.


Jon Lawler

JRL Services, LLC


Chris Letsos

CEO, Knox Education Foundation


Aaron Maddox

Principal, Knox County Schools


Bart McFadden

President and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley


Nancy McBee

Business Development Manager, Trane


Phyllis Nichols

President and CEO, Knoxville Area Urban League


Caitlin Nowell

Educator, Knox County Schools


Hugh Nystrom

Former Chairman, Knox County Commission


Mike Odom

President and CEO, Knoxville Chamber


Dr. Sharon Roberts

Chief K-12 Impact Officer, SCORE

Former Assistant Superintendent and Principal, Knox County Schools


Matt Ryerson

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Knoxville


Wes Stowers

Chairman and CEO, Stowers Machinery Corporation


Doug White

President, Toyota of Knoxville


Caleb Whitworth

Educator, Knox County Schools


Kristi Woods

Principal, Knox County Schools