Janet Testerman


Janet Testerman is a Knoxville native, and before joining Young-Williams Animal Center as CEO, she spent nearly a decade in internal communications with Scripps Networks Interactive and earlier with E.W. Scripps’ as executive editor of custom publications, Knoxville Magazine and skirt! Magazine.

Janet has served on numerous boards including Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation (now Visit Knoxville), Bijou Theatre, Leadership Knoxville and Young-Williams for five years prior to joining the organization full time. She is also immediate past board president of Dogwood Arts.

She earned her BA in Communication from Southern Methodist University and MA in Strategic Communication from American University. Janet resides in Knoxville with her husband, Joey Creswell, and 13- and 15-year-old stepdaughters, Georgie and Elie. And when she’s not catering to the needs of her Golden Retriever/Corgi mix, Buddy, and rescue Dachshund, Lollie, you can find her enjoying Knoxville’s great arts and food culture as well as bringing her passion to many of the community’s great causes.

Tammie Shaver

Director of Finance

Shaver earned an MBA in business management from Strayer University. She joined Young-Williams Animal Center with more than 25 years of experience in finance and business administration.

Barry Rivers

Facilities Director

Barry Rivers began working for Young-Williams Animal Center in 2008 after a 12 year career in Hospitality Management. He is a dedicated animal lover and an advocate for Type 1 Diabetes. Barry lives in Strawberry Plains with his wife Amber, 2 children, 3 dogs and 3 cats.


Dr. Lisa Chassy

Director of Public S/N Programs

Dr. Lisa Chassy is originally from the Washington DC area, and is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to the Knoxville area in 1995, and quickly became involved in animal welfare. She has worked for YWAC since 2005.

Brandy Ellison

Director of Inbound Operations

Brandy Ellison’s passion for working at Young-Williams Animal Center started on her first day as an employee in 2005. Since that time she learned the ins and outs of what is involved in animal welfare. In 2008 she temporarily left to raise her four sons, but she came back in 2013 to continue her important role in the animal welfare of our community and has since stepped into her role as Director of Inbound Operations. Brandy can be found cheering on her boys at their various sports games, reading a book or educating herself even further on animal welfare. She shares her home with a Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix named Eleanor that she and her family adopted from YWAC, and a Cockatiel named Thunder Chicken who is always whistling, singing or talking.

Amy Buttry

Director of Outbound Operations

(Bio coming soon!)

Stephanie Eastman-Vozar

Development Director

Stephanie Eastman-Vozar is originally from Flint, MI. She moved to Knoxville to join Young-Williams Animal Center from Bonita Springs, FL.  She has 20 years of development, marketing and fundraising experience in nonprofit and business fields. Stephanie recently served the American Red Cross in both South Florida and Michigan regions as a Major Gift Officer and previously worked for the United Way and Palace Sports & Entertainment, handling corporate sales for the Detroit Pistons. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing with a minor in music from the University of Michigan. Stephanie and her husband Troy live in Knoxville with their 13-year old rescued Finnish Spitz, Bella. They love to cook and watch sports (especially college football, Go Blue!). Stephanie loves to sing and can be found singing karaoke or making music with her bandmates.

Jessie Ellison

Animal Care Manager

Jessie started out at Young-Williams Animal Center in 2004 as an animal care attendant. Since then he has been involved with the organization through a few different roles. He was an animal control officer, intake specialist and has recently taken on the role of Animal Care Manager. His passion in life has always been to help lost and homeless animals. All of his animals have been rescued. He has a Chihuahua/Boston terrier mix named Ellie who is an alum of YWAC. Jessie and his family have seven horses, a Green Cheek Conure and three aquariums. In his spare time Jessie spends time with his wife and three children, rides his motorcycle and enjoys the beauty of the East Tennessee mountains.

Marjorie Predmore

Shelter Clinic Manager

After 18 years of retail management, Marjorie decided to make a complete career change and enter the field of animal welfare. After she quit her retail job she began volunteering at Young-Williams Animal Center.  She was hired a few months later to work on the mobile unit for Spay/Neuter Solutions as a vet assistant and hasn’t looked back! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her two kids, two dogs, two cats and three chickens!

Lora Branum

Intake Manager

(bio coming soon!)

Damon McKenna

Community Adoption Manager

Damon McKenna has 21 combined years of experience working as a Veterinary Technician, Humane Society Shelter Manager and Arctic Wildlife Rescue Officer in Barrow, Alaska. With the exception of living in Alaska for a little over a year, Knoxville has always been home. When not at work he can be found hiking, spending time at the bookstore, traveling or going on one of the many never ending adventures with his sometimes-too-cleverly-intelligent, awesome and beautiful daughters. He is forever in love with Irish culture, history and language, spending time in our Great Smoky Mountains and all things Appalachia.



Christi Jarvis

Community Cat Program Coordinator

(Bio coming soon!)

Tammy Carden

S/N Solutions Program Coordinator

After 34 years as a private business owner, Tammy retired from the business world to fulfill her lifelong passion and goal of working with animals.  Since 2012, Tammy, a native of Knoxville, has been managing Spay/Neuter Solutions at Young-Williams Animal Center.  Tammy is the proud mama of Lilly, a spirited and loyal golden retriever, who often accompanies her wherever she goes.  In her free time Tammy enjoys culinary adventures, art, traveling (preferably the east coast) and reading books on history.


Tiffany Dawson

Pet Resource Coordinator

(Bio coming soon!)

Grace Bennett

Development Manager

(Bio coming soon!)