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.
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.