Officers & Board Member Bios

Tenpenny headshotLynnda Tenpenny, President: Is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has retired from KUB as Director of Customer Service. She has always done art and found her sweet spot with colorful nature inspired mixed media and collage. Lynnda’s work utilizes layers of acrylic paint and painted papers; people can often read various meanings in her work as they view the art through multiple layers. Lynnda is in regional galleries and several local public collections. She has been a member since 2006 is also a member of the Art Market Gallery (a juried artists’ co-op). Lynnda has won a several 1st place awards in regional exhibits and shows her work in various area art shows.


Gentry HeadshotRobbie Gentry, Past President & Webmaster: Has an Associate’s Degree as a Legal Assistant. She was the Regional Computer Trainer for Lanier Business Systems after graduating. Years later, Robbie went to work in her father’s travel agency, Etherson Travel, and focused on honeymoon travel as well as the business travel sector. Robbie retired in 2001 to build her business as a Glass Bead Artist and became a member in 2003. She has been married to her wonderful husband for 16 years and has two sons that are 15 years apart in age. Robbie has always loved glass and was happy to find glass beads to fill her creative side.


Oglesby HeadshotDenae Oglesby, Vice President: I am a University of Tennessee, Knoxville graduate.  After college I worked in every aspect of retail from management and marketing to purchasing and shipping and receiving.  Working in outside sales the last 22 years I managed to carve out time to learn how to build stained glass.  I worked with a local contractor building lamps for Ruby Tuesday’s.  I began working on my own as the contractor for lamp repairs for Ruby’s until the re-modeling of the stores.  Married to Wayne Oglesby 12 years. Two step daughters, Renee & Emily. Three grandchildren, Bailee, Owen & Stella.  In 2003 I started experimenting making glass jewelry.  Completing the Rio Grande PMC certification in 2009 expanded my technical & creative knowledge for making Fine Silver jewelry.


Folks HeadshotLinda Folks, Treasurer: Has been a member of the Foothills Craft Guild since 2010. She was elected to the Board and began serving as Treasurer in 2011. Linda is a jewelry artist who primarily works in the media of seed beads and silver metal clay. Although she has long been interested in jewelry and fine crafts, she was only able to begin crafting seriously after she retired. Linda worked for 34 years in the Federal government, serving at the White House, at the Internal Revenue Service, and for the last 20 years of her career at the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Office of the Inspector General. Linda was a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Although a relative newcomer to the fine craft community, Linda is a strong supporter of the Guild and its mission to promote and encourage high standards of workmanship in handicrafts and to sponsor activities which contribute to the advancement and appreciation of art and handicrafts of all kinds.


NaneyMike Naney, Secretary: Mike Naney moved to East Tennessee in 1977 coming here to work for ORNL.  Trained as a geologist and receiving degrees from Fresno State College, University of California at Davis, and Stanford University, he continued to work for ORNL after retiring.  Photography has been a hobby since he was 8.  In 2005 his interest in photography intensified with renewed enthusiasm and artistic growth due to the adoption of digital photography.  His has greatest satisfaction from making images that capture the essence of a beautiful scene and illustrate an earth science related concept, principle, or process.  His work can be seen in several local galleries:  Art Market Gallery, Gallery Nuance, and Olde Concord Gallery.  He is honored to be a Foothills Craft Guild member since 2009.  He looks forward to new photographic opportunities while adventuring in national parks close to home and far afield with wife Linda!


Harper HeadshotRuth Harper, Special Events Coordinator/Scholarship Director: Is a native of Maryville and has considered herself a craft artist for most of her life. In 2001 Ruth started her own business, PurseWorks, to market her original design, handcrafted fabric bags. She became a member of Foothills Craft Guild in 2003 and participates in the Guild’s annual show each year. In recent years she has coordinated the show’s Marketplace. She participates in several other art and craft shows in the southeast and sells her work from her home-based studio. Prior to the birth of her now grown children, Ruth worked as a social worker for programs serving at risk preschool children and disabled adults. She left this work to be a stay at home mom which also allowed her to devote more time to develop her many craft interests. Most craft mediums intrigue her, and she has dabbled in almost all of them! Her other craft interests at the moment include traditional rug hooking, knitting, and making jewelry.


Jim HeadshotJim Gentry, Standards Co-Chair: Native of mid-state TN and currently a resident of Fountain City. Jim has 25 plus years in arts education/administration/management. He received degrees from MTSU and Peabody College. Currently, his primary media focus is fiber: knotted and related techniques. Jim was an original member of Foothills Craft Guild and later moved out of state. He juried and became a member again in 2002. Jim is a member of Southern Highland Craft Guild, the National Basketry Organization, the Great Smoky Mountains Association and Fountain City Art Center.


Mowen HeadshotSue Mowan, Member at Large: Susan (Sue) Mowan,  Member at Large has a Masters Degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was licensed as an IRS Enrolled Agent.  Sue retired in 2011 from Coulter & Justus, PC a large Knoxville, TN accounting firm as a tax accountant.  She worked with individuals, corporations, partnerships and non-profit organizations.  Sue and her husband Bob moved from Indiana to Knoxville, TN in 1999. After taking a basket class at church, Sue started taking lots of classes and making lots of baskets. She was juried into the Foothills Craft Guild in 2007. She started initially weaving Appalachian baskets and has expanded her art to include Nantucket baskets.  Sue has demonstrated the art of basket weaving at the Foothills Craft Show and teaches basket weaving classes.


PThomas HeadshotPat Thomas, Member at Large: Pat K. Thomas is a full-time studio artist, teacher and gallery owner.  Pat has chosen archaic art forms of surface design on paper and fabric — marbling, shibari, vat dye discharge.  The patterns, texture and color provide endless fascination.  Pat teaches at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN., John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC., as well as privately in the upstairs studio at Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.  The Gallery is a historic building dating to 1933 moved from downtown and reconstructed in the Great Smoky Arts & Craft Community.


Cindy Marshall, Member at Large: About five years ago, I became addicted to bead weaving. Before that, I graduated from UT and later worked for all the various cable companies in Knoxville, TeleScripps, Scripps Howard Cable, and Comcast, first as the Controller and later as the Director of Business Operations. The strengths that made me successful were ability to manage multiple people, projects, and day-to-day responsibilities. At the same time I spent much of my time playing tournament bridge all over the country and in Europe. After obtaining a fair amount of success, I had the opportunity to play bridge professionally. Now I live in West Knoxville with my two dogs, one cat, two lovebirds, and one grouchy parrot. I am also lucky enough to have one handsome, brainiac son that works for Apple in Maui.


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Aleex Conner, Marketing Director: Founded Marketing Dimensions in 1998 and specializes in the development of comprehensive marketing strategies to assist clients in new customer acquisition and business growth. Aleex graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and she has over 30 years of experience in marketing. Her areas of expertise include public relations, community promotions, media relations, publication development, media buying, advertising programs, and innovation/creativity. She is also active in a variety of business and community organizations that include the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, Business Network International, Knoxville Association of Women Executives, Farragut Chamber of Commerce, Foothills Craft Guild, Arts and Culture Alliance, Knoxville Museum of Art, and the Fountain City Art Center.


Smith HeadshotDorothy Smith, Show Director: Is President of Smith Marketing which she founded in 1988. The full service marketing firm specializes in public relations, advertising and event marketing. A native Knoxvillian, she majored in Communications at the University of Tennessee and has a variety of marketing experience. Smith was Executive Director of Main Street Knoxville, Marketing Director at Aztex Convenience Stores, and Public Relations Director of United American Bank. Active in the community, she is the chair of the Dogwood Arts Annual Diva Lunch, former co-chair of the Dogwood Arts Festival, past president of the Knoxville Advertising Federation, and past president of the Knoxville American Marketing Association. The annual Christmas in the City festival was founded by Smith in 1978. She is a firm believer in giving back to the community.


Jane Sharp, Bookkeeper: Jane is originally from Clarksville, TN. She moved to Knoxville to attend UT, where she earned a degree in business administration in 1978. After graduation Jane moved to Nashville where she owned and operated a needlecraft shop. The shop thrived due to the counted cross stitch and children’s hand smocking craze during the early 80s. In 1983 Jane married her husband Bailey and moved back to his hometown of Knoxville. Jane and Bailey have three daughters now 22, 24, and 26, and Jane worked part-time as the business manager of the Flower Market in Bearden from 1985-1998. Currently Jane is an accountant for Corporate Quarters while moonlighting as the FCG bookkeeper. Jane tells us she misses working with the public in retail and is so happy to get a yearly retail fix at the Foothills Fine Craft Fair every November.