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.”
Cat Earp (Blount County SURJ Intern) is a sophomore at Maryville College, studying music and business. She is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and now lives in Roswell, Georgia when not in school.
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.
Zachary Himmelberger and his wife moved to Blount County in 2017. He works as an educator and advocates for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Caitlyn Kelso is a graduate of Maryville College and has lived in Blount County since her childhood. She works for the State of Tennessee in the Department of Human Services and is also involved with the non-profit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryville.