Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Contact Foundation

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

Howard Blum has been employed with the Foundation for 14 years and assists with the Knoxville Challenger.

Amy manages volunteers at each of the Foundation’s fundraising events and oversees the Christmas in July and Dear Santa programs.

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

Jessica is the director of community relations for the McNabb Center and manages the Center’s media and marketing needs.

Lindsay oversees the Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp Golf Tournament, the Big BBQ Bash, Russell Biven Clayfest and the Knoxville Challenger.

Additionally, Lindsay handles legislative affairs on behalf of the Foundation.

Amanda assists with volunteers at each of the Foundation’s fundraising events.

Rebecca oversees the Spirit Award Dinner, Evening of Hope, Sunset Shenanigans and Beth Haynes 12 Days of Christmas Auction.

Rebecca also manages marketing and media on behalf of the Foundation. For media inquiries, please contact (865) 299-2953.

Julie manages the Foundation’s events in the Greater Chattanooga Area, including Scenic City Sporting Clays and the McNabb Center Golf Tournament.