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.”
Kirksey Croft is a Maryville resident, graduate of Maryville High School and Sophomore Pre-Law student at Maryville College. She is involved in the Presidential Scholar program and within the Bonner Scholar program where she holds a council position and completes community service work with SURJ, Blount County League of Women Voters, the GATE, House of Miracles, and Maryville City Schools.
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.