Adrienne Simpson-Brown - Chair
Adrienne Simpson-Brown is Chief of the U.S. Probation Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She previously served as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Probation Office, Sentencing Guideline Specialist, Supervising U.S. Probation Officer and Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer. Adrienne received her B.A. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she was on the Deans’ list and a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Simpson-Brown is also a graduate of the Federal Judicial Center’s National Leadership Development Program and has also participated in the New Deputy Chiefs Program; Western District of Michigan Leadership Development Program (mentor); New Supervisors Program; National Program Review Team Member; New Officer Orientation Program Instructor; Foundations of Management; Tennessee Victim Assistance Conference; and Financial Training Instructor. She is also a member of the Knoxville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served as Chairperson of several committees including, a committee that led a “Go Green in Red” campaign in the community.
Ron Feinbaum - Vice Chair
Ron Feinbaum is a member of the Boldsquare, Inc. team, a multi-disciplined strategy and communications practice that provides executive leadership teams with senior counsel in high pressure situations to help businesses navigate through growth, crisis, and comprehensive change. Prior to his role at Boldsquare, Feinbaum spent over 29 years at Scripps Networks Interactive in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Products and Home Promotions for Scripps Networks Interactive, where he negotiated contracts; developed marketing and promotional efforts for Scripps Networks Interactive’s largest digital initiative, the HGTV Dream Home and other high profile products; and was involved with diversity and inclusion initiatives. Feinbaum holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing, as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee. He has served on several local and national boards, both corporate and nonprofit, including Random Acts of Flowers and the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation.
Claudia Caballero is President and CEO of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee. This nonprofit empowers the Latino community through education, workforce development, youth and family engagement, and resource referral services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Catholic University of Honduras and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Business. Caballero serves on numerous boards and committees, including the East Tennessee Development District, Knox Education Foundation, and Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Conexión Américas’ Mosaic Fellowship Class of 2018, the 2019 Class of Leadership Knoxville, and Class VII of Leadership Tennessee. She received the YWCA Emerging Leader Award, the Young Professionals of Knoxville Outstanding Young Professional Award, VIP Knoxville’s 2020 list of VIP Women, and the 2019 Knox.biz list of 40 Under 40.
Cynthia Gibson is General Counsel at Bush Brothers & Company, where she is responsible for board governance matters, legal and external affairs, business development, and is responsible for managing the company’s sustainability/ESG initiatives. Previously, Gibson was an executive at Scripps Networks Interactive where she was responsible for legal and business affairs, board governance, government affairs, and internal audit. She is also on the board of directors of The Trust Company of Tennessee, a privately held financial services firm. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. She is a member of Leadership Tennessee, Class VI and Leadership Knoxville Class of 2013. She has been named among the Best Lawyers in America, received the Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award, and was a Trefoil Society Honoree by the Girl Scouts. Active in the philanthropic community, Gibson has served on many nonprofit boards, including the United Way of America, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, The Episcopal School of Knoxville, Zoo Knoxville, and the Knoxville Area Urban League. Gibson and her husband live in downtown Knoxville with their three children and love family travel and outdoor activities.
Kathy Hamilton is a CPA (inactive) and an active member of the Leadership Knoxville Facilitation Group. She has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for HealthCare 21 Business Coalition; Vice President of Finance, Administration, and Human Resources for the Shelton Group; Chief Financial Officer of DoubleJay Creative; Director of Finance at Connex South; and Finance Director of Knox County Government. Hamilton has a B.S. in Business from the University of Tennessee. A graduate of Leadership Knoxville class of 1993, Hamilton currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations including Leadership Knoxville, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, The YWCA Foundation, WDVX, and as Treasurer for the Executive Women’s Association. In Addition, Hamilton is a University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associate.
Celeste Herbert is an attorney with Herbert, Meadows & Wall and has over 42 years of experience practicing as an attorney. Herbert is also a Rule 31 Listed Mediator. She holds a B.S. and a J.D., both from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2006. She served on the Business Court Docket Advisory Commission and currently serves as a hearing officer for the City of Knoxville Civil Service Merit Board and the Beer Board. She previously served on the boards of YWCA of Knoxville and Tennessee Valley, Leadership Knoxville, and as President and Vice President of the Executive Women’s Association. In addition, she served on the Board of the Tanasi Girl Scout Council for many years and was awarded the Thanks Badge, one of the highest honors for adults in Girl Scouts. Herbert joined KUB's Board in 2013 and has previously served as Board Chair.
Dr. Craig Pickett Jr.
Dr. Pickett serves as the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he oversees all inclusive excellence programming, DEI-specific recruitment/retention initiatives, employee resource groups, and training and development for an organization of 8,000 employees. In addition, Dr. Pickett serves as a DEI Consultant and works with institutions, non-profits, and organizations throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee to promote inclusive excellence, authenticity, and a greater sense of belonging for stakeholders. Dr. Pickett earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Davidson College in 2008 before earning his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He completed his PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in August of 2022. He serves as the incoming Chair-Elect for Girl Talk, Inc., Vice Chair for the Knoxville Area Urban League National Achievers Society, and Vice President of the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals. Furthermore, he serves as member of the Alpha Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a Deacon at Overcoming Believers Church.