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Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated Board of Directors


Kelly Street

Kelly has called Knoxville home for over twenty-five years, and as a life-long music lover, he is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Historic Bijou Theatre. He is a father of three and a shareholder at Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C.



Jack Singleton

Born and raised in Hawaii, Jack came to Knoxville in 1970 after earning a liberal arts degree from the University of the Pacific to attend graduate school at UT and never left.

Jack earned an MSSW from the University of Tennessee, and later took accounting classes to sit for and pass the CPA exam. This background uniquely qualified him (meaning there is likely no one else with his background in the drug and alcohol testing industry) to found AlcoPro, Inc. in 1982. Today AlcoPro sells drug and alcohol testing products to a variety of institutional customers, is a manufacturer of two FDA-cleared alcohol testing devices, includes a division that sells occupational health equipment and supplies, and has an industry- leading training department that creates on-line courses to meet the demands of the drug and alcohol testing industry. Jack has the title of Senior Advisor but is mostly retired from the business.

Jack is a fan of live music, and particularly music at the Bijou. His interest in being on the Bijou board came from attending many shows at the Bijou – over 100 shows over the past 10 years – and wanting to better understand the work that goes on behind the scenes that makes the Bijou function.

Jack has served on the boards of the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, Breakthrough Corp., as well as Holston Hills Country club.

He stays active in retirement with wake surfing, paddle boarding, bicycling, and golf. His two grandsons, 10 and 13 years old, are already way better golfers than he is and ever was. Jack has been in bands on and off since his college years. He currently plays bass in the TruFlyers band that plays golden oldies music for the residents of senior living centers around Knoxville.


Secretary & Development Chair

Fanita Overstreet

Fanita moved to Knoxville, TN to attend the University of Tennessee over 20 years ago and made Knoxville her home after graduation. She has been a part of the behind the scenes music scene for a number of years serving the Bijou Theatre and many touring acts across the country. She hung up her lanyard years ago to raise her daughter and fur children with her husband Todd. Fanita now owns her business in Knoxville, Buzzz Flowers, where she creates beautiful arrangements for her Knoxville clients.

As a family, they support the Bijou Theatre and Fanita is happy to be a part of the tremendous success and change that is ongoing at the theatre. The Bijou is such a special place for so many reasons, from its rich cultural history and sheer beauty to the eyes and to the ears, as well as its strong leadership.


David Arning

David Arning serves as President of the Lawson Family Foundation. With 20 years in commercial real estate and the nonprofit sector, David has a diverse background in community development, historic preservation, affordable housing, and social services.

A former officer in the U.S. Navy, David is active in the Knoxville community and sits on the board of directors of the Bijou Theatre and Volunteer Ministry Center.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.

David lives in his hometown of Knoxville with his wife Meg and their son Russell.


Lauren Bowman

Cherokee Distributing Company

Chris Barksdale

Senior Vice President, People & Culture, Discovery Network

Shanna Browning

Shanna Browning is the Community Outreach Manager for First Century Bank, and has been in the financial industry for over 25 years.

She was born and raised in Knoxville.

Hobbies/Passions include teaching about financial literacy, volunteering, sports fan, music lover, spending time with family, and spoiling my 12 nieces and nephews!


Ashley Capps

Knoxville native Ashley Capps has made the promotion of the arts his life’s work. For over forty years, Ashley has contributed to the performing arts in Tennessee. He launched AC Entertainment in 1991 and built it into one of the country’s largest independent promoters, producing the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester and the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. Ashley has promoted a wide variety of exceptional music in some of Tennessee’s most influential nonprofit venues including the Tennessee Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, and the Laurel Theater in Knoxville. He has also inspired generations of music fans in Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Nashville.

Ashley’s career began while hosting a jazz show on the University of Tennessee’s WUOT public radio station in 1979. He was approached about setting up a show for an avant-garde cellist named Tristan Honsinger. He booked a small church/performing arts space called the Laurel Theater, made a homemade poster and sold 200 tickets for an artist that few in Knoxville had ever heard of.

In the late 1980s, Ashley opened a club in the Old City of Knoxville called Ella Guru’s. Perhaps Knoxville’s first nightclub to schedule a variety of traveling acts, artists included the Neville Brothers, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, and Garth Brooks. Ella Guru’s was the beginning of relationships with artists, managers, and promoters that Ashley continues to this day.

Under Ashley’s leadership, AC Entertainment has primarily been responsible for the continued viability and success of Knoxville’s two historic downtown theaters. The world-class programming and the top quality production that musicians have come to expect from these two venues makes them desirable bookings for a wide range of music performances. As many historic theaters across the country struggle to stay afloat, both Knoxville theaters have flourished. The Tennessee Theatre, just a few blocks down from the Bijou, is home to the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Opera.

Since 2001, Ashley has produced Bonnaroo, the first fan-based, multi-day music festival, which from its inception was marked by a vision for good. Its model, now widely emulated, promotes a community of care and responsibility among festivalgoers, and one that has proven sustainable, allowing the purchase and maintenance of the former farm that stages the annual event. Bonnaroo itself continues to increase in popularity and is an economic boon to Coffee County and Tennessee, bringing a notable increase in tourism dollars and economic impact.

Ashley’s enthusiasm for introducing Knoxville and Tennesseans to artists has defined many of his decisions. The annual Big Ears Festival in Knoxville brings hundreds of musicians and thousands of people to venues across the city to stretch their minds, open their ears, and experience unique musical and artistic events.

In 2009, Ashley helped launch the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Festival, supporting nonprofit organizations with Tennessee based arts education and environmental sustainability initiatives. To date, more than $7 million has been donated to a wide range of causes, including Musicians on Call, Nashville Children’s Theatre to bring shows to low-income areas, and the funding of solar panels for the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center.

Ashley is a supporter of the Joy of Music School and the Community School for the Arts in Knoxville. Having served on the board of the Americana Music Association, Ashley has helped bring this genre of music to the forefront.


Tim Chandler

Vice President of Marketing, Flatrock Entertainment Group, LLC

Michelle Clayton

Vice President of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Knoxville Area Urban League

AJ Dave

Assistant General Manager, The Oliver Hotel

Andin Faison

Director of Project Development, Partners Development

Sam French

Sam is a Partner in the Knoxville, Tennessee office of Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, with many years of experience in public accounting.

Sam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his masters in professional accountancy from Georgia State University and is registered and licensed to practice as a certified public accountant.

Sam also spends his time as a member of several East Tennessee professional and trade organizations.


Justin Hoskins

Justin Hoskins was born and raised in East Tennessee. After graduation from the University of Tennessee, he founded the band The Dirty Guv’nahs and spent the next decade touring venues around the world.

Upon becoming a dad and making the decision to get off the road full-time, Justin transitioned into the medical device industry working to make new healthcare technology available to patients around the southeast.

In his free time you can catch Justin helping coach his son’s baseball and basketball teams, cheering from the front row at his daughter’s music and theatre performances, still touring with his band part-time, and attending as many UT sporting events as possible.


Historical Committee Chair

Renee Kesler

President, Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Facilities Committee Chair

Shannon McCullock

A business operation executive with over 30+ years of experience, I have a broad knowledge base in both operations and finance within Fortune 100/500 companies. My area of expertise is in strategically aligning operations with corporate objectives by deploying targeted strategies that build brand equity, expand revenue, and establish a culture of excellence.

Governance Committee Chair

Catherine Rapp

Catherine is the Marketing Manager for North America for TriMech, a global engineering technology company. She manages all content and resource strategies for the North American market and brings decades of marketing and strategic messaging experience.

She is a lifelong supporter of the arts and is an avid music fan. Catherine came to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee and that experience led her to visit the Bijou Theatre for the first time where she immediately fell in love with the space.


Chris Trump

Attorney, Carrasco Trump, PLLC