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Young-Williams Animal Center names Janet Testerman as interim CEO

July 28, 2016

The Young-Williams Animal Center board of directors has appointed Janet Testerman as interim CEO.

Janet TestermanTesterman is a longtime supporter of the shelter, serving on the board for nearly five years. She also adopted her Dachshund, Lollie, from Young-Williams Animal Center in 2014.

“Janet has been an active, passionate advocate and thoughtful counselor for Young-Williams Animal Center for many years,” said Dr. Kristi Lively, chair of Young-Williams Animal Center board of directors. “Recognizing her talents, dedication and vision, the board confidently selected Janet as interim CEO. We know she will be a forward-thinking leader for the shelter and that she will serve the best interests of the animals, the organization and our community.”

Testerman joins Young-Williams Animal Center from a corporate communications management role at Scripps Networks Interactive. She previously served as executive editor of Knoxville Magazine. Prior to that, she launched E.W. Scripps’ custom publication skirt! Magazine as executive editor in 2007, and she started Testerman Cooperative Catering, a full-service, off-premise catering company, in 1999.

Testerman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts degree in strategic communication from American University in Washington, D.C.  She is a graduate of the 2010 class of Leadership Knoxville. She is president of the Dogwoods Arts board of directors and previously has served on the boards of Leadership Knoxville, Visit Knoxville, Bijou Theatre and Appalachian Ballet Company, among others.

A Knoxville native, Testerman is married to Joey Creswell and has two stepdaughters, Georgie and Elie. They are members of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Testerman succeeds Jeff Ashin, who has resigned.

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About Young-Williams Animal Center

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

Young-Williams Animal Center takes in an average of 12,000 animals every year making it 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