Officer and Board Member Bios 2022 – 2023
David Lee, President – A retired UT faculty member (German). David has lived in Holston Hills with his wife Judy since 1970. Their two sons attended Chilhowee School and Spring Hill Middle School. Three of his five grandchildren live in Knoxville and two attend Knox County Schools — Beaumont Magnet Academy and Vine Middle Magnet School. David was active with Town Hall East in the 1970s and 1980s and is honored to work with the group again in retirement. He served as President from 2018 — 2020 and Secretary from 2020 — 2022
Chris Osborn, Vice-President — Along with his wife Jamie, Chris has lived in the Chilhowee Hills community for 20 years. From 2011-2014 he served as a den leader — and later pack leader — for Boy Scout Pack 30, which met at Eastminster Church. After graduating with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Chris went on to pursue a career in non-profit management. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for HomeSource East Tennessee, a non-profit housing developer located in East Knoxville. Chris and Jamie have two children, Jackson and Molly, who have grown up in the Chilhowee/Holston Hills community. The family attends Church Street United Methodist Church. Chris is an avid runner and a novice beekeeper.
Krista Rines, Secretary — has lived in Chilhowee Hills for 30 years with her husband Tony, four boys and many pets. She graduated from Carson Newman University with her Bachelor degree in Special Education K-12 and a Masters Education in Leadership. She holds a Trauma-Informed Specialist certification from California State University. She has worked for Knox County Schools for twenty-three years and currently serves as a Trauma-Informed Facilitator. Krista and her family attends Lebanon Baptist Church in Jefferson City where she served as the Children’s Ministry Director for 11 years. She enjoys spending time with her family on outside adventures, reading, and cooking.
Michael Moore, Treasurer — Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1978. He served three years in the United States Army and three years in the Air National Guard. He has been married to Phyllis for twenty-eight years and has one daughter, son-in-love, and two grandchildren. He is past president of the Park Ridge Community Organization, member of the Island Home Family Council, and Tabernacle Baptist Church. Michael retired from Oak Ridge Y-13 after 43 years. His hobbies include: snow skiing, photography and attending Lady Vols basketball games and meeting new people.
Michael Aktalay is an architect with Sanders Pace Architecture. He has lived in Holston Hills for the past ten years and is in his third term as a board member.
Sharon Davis has just finished a two-year term as Treasurer. She has been a long-time advocate of neighborhoods, particularly serving our Town Hall East board in every position. Currently she heads the Parks Committee and was instrumental in the efforts to establish Tank Strickland Park. Sharon also served the Knox and surrounding counties for 40 years as a professional Realtor with Hammontree Real Estate. Recently some of her time and effort has been directed to the National Garden Clubs of America, for which she qualified to be a National Flower Show Judge. She is currently the President of the Flower Lovers’ Garden Club and Events Chairman for the Arboretum at Racheff House
Tobias Kight served the Vice-President of Town Hall East in 2021-2022. He moved to Knoxville in 2006. For a decade he worked as the owner/operator of a residential construction firm. He is currently a realtor with Weichert Realtors Advantage Plus, and he works with Terry Raby in the Holston Hills based firm Airtech Tools, LLC. Tobias has one son who will be playing soccer for Center College as a freshman in the fall. Tobias served on the Town Hall East board in 2017-2018 and joined the board again in 2020, He also has been a member of and volunteer for the Holston Hills Garden Club. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, gardening, and meeting people.
Sylvia McLaurin is a retired college professor and adult education administrator with a passion for plants and urban beautification. Prior to moving to Knoxville from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University and participated as an officer and member in numerous community-oriented organizations. As president of the Harrison County Master Gardeners, she designed and supervised the installation of school, park, church, and hospital therapy gardens. She is married to Wayne McLaurin, a retired horticulture professor and currently a potter and kaleidoscope maker.
Jim Malia and his wife Julie moved to Knoxville in 1991 and to East Knoxville in 1994. Jim worked with TVA’s rural development unit, then with a community health research group at UT before being invited to join UT’s Child and Family Studies, where Julie was also a faculty member. Jim coordinated the department’s community internship program and taught family finance and family stress management. He retired in 2015.
Jim has a variety of volunteer experience, including work with Volunteer Assisted Transportation, Head Start, United Way, The Community Mediation Center, and My Village Pre-School. He teaches Tai Chi and Qigong at the Humana Guidance Center and can be seen bicycling on Green Valley Drive and East Sunset Road, among other places.
Lydia Pulsipher was a professor in the Geography Department at UT. She has lived in Holston Hills for over thirty years. Lydia serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Slovenia, making Holtson Hills one of the fourteen sites in the nation that hosts a diplomatic representative of that county. Her husband, Mac Goodwin, now deceased, served as President of Town Hall East from 2012 to 2014.
Kim Raia is an environmental consultant for UT’s Institute for Public Service. In this capacity she works with counties and organizations throughout East Tennessee as part of the Institute’s County Technical Assistance Service. She served as Secretary of T.H.E. from 2018-2020 and provides I.T. support to T.H.E.
Clint Waddell – a project manager at Partners Development, a real estate development firm that performs its own at-risk projects as well as owners’ representative/project management services in the commercial, industrial, institutional and higher education sectors. Before moving with his wife and three children to Holston Hills, he served as president and vice president of the Park Place Homeowners Association in the Park Ridge Community.
Ex-Officio Board Member
Sandra Korbelik is the immediate past President of T.H.E. (2020-2022). She chairs the Membership Committee and edits the newsletter. Sandra and her husband Rich Nelson moved to Knoxville in 2015 from South Carolina. Sandra earned a Masters’ Degree in Planning from UCLA and retired after a 37-year career. She had been a Master Gardener for 17 years while in South Carolina and continues her interest in plants through affiliation with the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, and Smokey Mountain Wild Ones Chapter. She is the President of the Native Plant Rescue Squad and serves on the board of the Knox County Planning Alliance.