Karyn Adams named to Leadership Blount board of directors

The Leadership Blount Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Karyn Adams to the board member.

Adams, a graduate of the Leadership Blount Class of 2008, is filling a vacancy left by Melissa Copelan (Class of 2007) who served the board from 2007 - 2009. Copelan’s work with Knox County Schools does not allow for board membership at this time, but she plans to remain very involved with Leadership Blount and Blount County.

“We are very saddened to lose Melissa from our board membership,” says board chair Teri Brahams (Class of 2002). “Melissa’s leadership with marketing and public relations was invaluable as we move into our 20th year, but we are excited to have Karyn’s expertise in this area and enthusiasm for the organization. She will be a tremendous asset to our existing membership.”

During her tenure at Maryville College, Adams has directed and managed the institution’s integrated marketing and communications efforts, including the College’s online presence, print publications, media relations, public relations and crisis communications. She has worked at Maryville College since 2002.

Previously, Adams served as Director of Web Development and Interactive Media at iPIX, an international immersive imaging company based in Oak Ridge. In addition to corporate and non-profit marketing and communications, Adams has focused on developing creative content for the food and travel industries. Her credits include serving as restaurant critic for Knoxville-based Metro Pulse, authoring two travel guides for Discovery’s Travel Channel (Journey into the Grand Canyon and CUBA: A Walking Tour of Old Havana), and serving as a contributor to Moon Handbooks Tennessee.

Adams says she is excited to be joining the board of Leadership Blount. She is a former board member of the Hearing and Speech Foundation and a current member of the Blount County Chamber’s VIP Program.

Passionate about issues surrounding food and sustainability, Adams is a member of SlowFood and serves as board member and secretary for Ijams Nature Center. She lives in South Knoxville with her husband, Bruce Cole, a freelance photographer and technology consultant, and their two sons, Auden (6) and Crispin (6 months).

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