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We are always prepared to make a difference and do what is right for our community and East Tennessee Children's Hospital. We encourage you to learn a bit about some of the people that truly live up to the Volunteer creed at the University of Tennessee and are working to be one step closer to better children's health.

We pride ourselves on making sure our staff feels like a great, big family. While staff for VOLthon 2023 is already chosen, we invite you to register as a Miracle Maker. Our family is always prepared to welcome new members, feel free to register below!

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Alissa Gordon

Director of Data Management

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Anna Gray

Director of Fundraising

Creative Marketing

Executive Board

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Lauren Alexander

VOLthon President

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Jayna Gilkey

Vice President of Creative Marketing

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Carson Wright

Vice President of Finance


Gabriella Llanos

Vice President of Operations

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Kailey Kear

Director of Merch Creative

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Nima Tayefeh

Director of Photography and Videography

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Ria Naidoo

Director of Digital Media Creative

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Owen Ponting

Director of Social Media Creative

Community Outreach

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Lydia McGee

Director of Family Relations

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Claire McDonnell

Co-Director of Partnerships

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Lia Whitesel

Co-Director of Partnerships

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Siena Tomasulo

Director of Mini Marathons

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Melanie LeBeck

Director of Alumni Relations

You are more than welcome to contact us about any questions you may have regarding our Dance Marathon, Fundraising, or if you just want to help make a difference!

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Grace Woodside

Vice President of Community Outreach

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Erik Thurza

Vice President of Participant Relations

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Allison Tannahill

Co-Director of VOL Year One 

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Megan Balda

Co-Director of VOL Year One 

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Kate Florey

Director of Special Events

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Hannah Curtis

Director of Staff Relations

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Ali Hoffman

Director of Miracle Maker Relations


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Emma Cappella

Co-Director of Morale

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Connor Solsbee

Co-Director of Morale

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Isabelle Ponder

Director of Entertainment


McKenzie Pack

Director of Facilities

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Participant Relations

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