Blount County SURJ Core Team Members
Brenda Bell is a mother of three and grandmother of five, works part-time as an education advisor in conflict and post-conflict countries around the world. She has lived in Blount County since 1972.
Sherry Brewer has lived in Maryville for 25 years. She previously worked in criminal and healthcare law and is currently completing a Masters of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Crystal Colter is a social psychologist and has taught at Maryville College since 2000. She is involved with outreach programs focused on college access for Latino/Hispanic students and families and is engaged in a variety of social and racial justice initiatives, including a community education initiative called “Talking with Kids and Teens About Race.”
Doug Gamble is a graduate of Maryville High School and Maryville College and has lived in Blount County for a long time. He is retired from the staff of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) and lives in Wildwood.
Nina Gregg consults with education, non-profit and social justice organizations on governance, strategy and inclusion. She lives on a small farm in Blount County.
Jacob Williams grew up in Chattanooga, TN and is now a Junior at Maryville College. There he is involved in work with the Bonner Scholar program where he does community service work with a collection of groups including: Bridge Refugee Services, Peace and World Concerns, and now SURJ.