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Our Staff

Christine Cloninger

Christine Cloninger

Executive Director

Christine Cloninger has over a decade of nonprofit experience and has been serving as Knox Heritage’s Executive Director since 2022. Her passion for preservation was inspired by her maternal grandmother, Ruby, a born-and-bred Knoxvillian who loved to share stories of the city in which she grew up. Ruby’s stories made Christine realize that places are more than their location or their architectural details, they are essential components of a community’s stories and shared history. Christine currently serves on Fountain City Town Hall’s Board of Directors. When Christine is not working or volunteering, she is probably at an estate sale.

Hollie Cook

Hollie Cook

Director of Education & Research

Hollie joined Knox Heritage in August 2003 and currently serves as the Director of Education and Research. She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Tennessee in 2002. Hollie served on the Board of Directors of the East Tennessee Design Center from 2014 until 2020, and currently serves on the Community Engagement Committee at the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

Lacey Mellott

Lacey Mellott

Director of Development & Communications

Lacey aims to share the stories of Knoxville’s historic places with a new generation of preservationists. She comes to Knox Heritage with years of fundraising experience, specializing in campaign management, events, and donor relations. Lacey has a BFA in Theatre Stage Management from Shenandoah Conservatory where she honed her creativity and project management skills. She serves on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a member of the Junior League. Lacey enjoys painting, ice skating, and visiting local parks with her dog.

Erin McIntyre

Erin McIntyre

Marketing & Special Events Intern

Erin has always lived in Knoxville and loves sharing the history that makes it special. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2023, was a published writer for Jewelry Television, and is a skilled self-taught photographer. Combined with her artistic eye and passion for connecting with others, she creates fresh, visually appealing digital and print content to generate interest in historic preservation from community members of all kinds. In her spare time, she’s usually listening to jazz, drinking tea, or watching old movies.