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Young-Williams Animal Center announces 2016 board of directors officers, new members

March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

For more information,
Contact: Natalie Bailey
Moxley Carmichael
(865) 544-0088


Young-Williams Animal Center recently elected the new officers and announced the new members of the 2016 board of directors.

“We are so fortunate to have such active and engaged board members that are willing to donate their time and talent to help serve our animals and community,” said Jeff Ashin, Young-Williams Animal Center CEO.

“Our staff is working hard to continue to provide the best medical and shelter services for the 12,000 animals we take in each year, as well as reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community through the Spay/Neuter Solutions program and raise additional funds to care for the animals. None of this would be possible without our board’s leadership, and we are excited for what this year will bring.”

Newly elected officers and appointed members include:

Chair: Kristi Lively, DVM, DABVP of Village Veterinary Clinic

Vice chair: Janet Testerman of Scripps Networks Interactive

Secretary: Bob Thomas of Cumulus Radio and Knox County Commission

Treasurer: April Harris

New Members:

  • Allison Klesse Smith, DVM of Village Veterinary Clinic
  • Natalie Stair of JB&B Capital, LLC
  • Brad Van Der Veen of Radio Systems Corporation
  • Melissa White of Lexus of Knoxville
Allison Kleese Smith

Allison Kleese Smith

Natalie Stair

Natalie Stair

Brad Van Deer Veen

Brad Van Deer Veen

Melissa White

Melissa White

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit or check out Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook.

About Young-Williams Animal Center

Young-Williams Animal Center reminds the community to please spay and neuter your pets.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization, community-supported through public and private donations, that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

Young-Williams Animal Center is located off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. Young-Williams Animal Village is located at 6400 Kingston Pike adjacent to Deane Hill Drive. Both locations are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or visit