Officers & Board Member Bios

Oglesby HeadshotDenae Oglesby, 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.


Tenpenny headshotLynnda Tenpenny, Past President - 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.


NaneyMike Naney, Secretary - Mike moved to Tennessee in 1977 to work for ORNL.  He trained as a geologist receiving degrees from Fresno State College, University of California at Davis, and Stanford University, continuing 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 & artistic growth due to the adoption of digital photography.  His greatest satisfaction comes 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, & 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!


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.


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.


Stephanie LevyStephanie Levy, Member at Large - Stephanie moved to Knoxville, TN in 2011. Originally from New Orleans, following an undergraduate degree in art from the University of Kentucky, she spent over 20 years in Sacramento, CA where she’d planned to spend only two years getting an MA degree from California State University, and wound up staying. Stephanie’s journeys have followed her husband’s career moves, first to upstate New York where she was a member of Handwork Craft Cooperative and ran a bed and breakfast for eight years, and then to Knoxville where she now happily resides. A long-time porcelain bead maker, Stephanie is a member of Terra Madre-Women in Clay, and received a Foothills Craft Guild Scholarship in 2014 to attend Arrowmont Craft School and study precious metal clay.


Matt Salley HeadshotMatt Salley, - Matt Salley works in the realm of blown glass with the support of his wife and daughter who are also active with the glass. He is the owner of Marble City Glassworks, a teaching studio in South Knoxville and a 30 year resident of Tennessee. Matt stumbled upon blown glass over 20 years ago in his search for his vocation. As a result he has worked for several artists in the region and attended Penland School for Craft a number of times. He brings his passion for glass with him everywhere he goes. His work is in numerous homes, businesses and private collections.


Aleex HeadshotAleex 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.

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.


Shereen FranklinShereen Franklin, Member at Large - Shereen has lived in TN since 1979. She learned basic knitting and crocheting skills as a child from her mother. About 30 years ago, she started spinning her own yarn. All of her creations are fleece to finish product, and she does the carding, spinning, dying, and knitting or crocheting. Shereen is a member of Foothills Craft Guild, Southern Highlands Craft Guild and The Tennessee Valley Handspinners.