Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Contact Foundation

The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

200 Tech Center Drive Knoxville, TN 37912

Office: (865) 541-6684 Fax: (865) 541-6691

Foundation Staff

  • Jerry Vagnier
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  • Helen Ross McNabb Center President & CEO
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  • Houston Smelcer
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  • Vice President of Development & Government Relations
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Houston Smelcer oversees the Foundation’s staff and fundraising efforts from campaigns to events.

Katie manages volunteers for each of the Foundation’s fundraising events.

Howard Blum has worked for the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation for 12 years.

Pamela is the executive assistant for the Foundation and can be contacted for any Foundation-related inquiry.

Beth Farrow manages the Bob Kesling & Bert Bertelkamp Golf Tournament, Evening of Hope and Knoxville Challenger.

Jessica oversees media and marketing for the Foundation and Center. For media inquiries, call 865-329-9095.

Lindsay oversees the Foundation’s Spirit Award Dinner, Big BBQ Bash, and Russell Biven Sporting Clays Tournament

Martin oversees the Foundation’s work in the Greater Chattanooga area, including special events, campaigns and government relations.

Rebecca manages the Foundation’s Dear Santa program and Beth Haynes 12 Days of Christmas Online Auction.