Board of Directors

Todd Trivette
President

Todd, a Knoxville native, has been an active supporter of KCT since 2013 when his oldest son, Grant, made his stage debut. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has been in the technology industry for 19 years. He currently serves as the Sr. Director of Software Engineering and Product Development for Jewelry Television where he has worked since 2003. Todd is an outdoors enthusiast, but mostly enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen and their two boys, Grant and Baron.

Ralph Silvan

Ralph leads the Comcast Central Division CAMC and Innovation teams, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ralph became involved at KCT in 2015 after his daughters began performing and taking classes at KCT. Over the past 17 years, he has held several positions with Comcast across the Southeast with increasing leadership responsibility. Ralph is involved in supporting Comcast’s community investment projects such as Comcast Cares Day and the internal United Way campaign. In addition to serving on the Board of the Knoxville Children’s Theater, he also spends time volunteering with The First Tee, the Humane Society, and has served as Chairman of the Hope House Golf Classic. Ralph has been selected to participate in several leadership programs including being a 2017 graduate of Comcast’s Executive Leadership Career Advancement Program, and he is a graduate of the Care Director Leadership Program. Ralph holds an MBA, BS, and a BA from the University of Tennessee.  Ralph and his wife Rachel are the proud parents of four daughters, Isabella, Sofia, Norah, and Olivia. 

Amy DeLong
Treasurer

Amy joined the Board in 2018 and first became involved in 2016 after her oldest son attended a summer camp at the KCT Academy. Amy, a CPA, serves as a Tax Manager at Covenant Health in Knoxville. She holds a BS and MAcc from the University of Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and Florida Institute of CPAs. She also serves as Treasurer for Bethany Christian Services of East Tennessee and plays the oboe in the orchestra at Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Amy and her husband, Jeff, have three children, Caleb, Will, and McKenna. Caleb and McKenna enjoy participating at KCT in both productions and the Academy.   Their entire family loves to attend each KCT production!

Tiffani Waller
Secretary

Tiffani, born and raised in Knoxville, joined the Board in 2018 after volunteering since 2011 while her daughter Averi was taking Academy classes and acting in numerous productions at KCT. Tiffani is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Cellular Sales. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in Merchandising. Tiffani has a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing, retail and E-commerce through her current work as well as her previous work at Jewelry Television, and Gap, Inc. Tiffani is an avid theatre supporter and enjoys spending time with her family, Will West and Averi. When she is not driving her daughter to and from KCT, they can be found taking in the latest Broadway production.

Darrell DeBusk

Darrell, the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Knoxville Police Department, has been involved with the Knoxville Children’s Theatre since his daughter Abigayle made her KCT stage debut in 2013. Darrell’s professional background includes 17 years in television, both as a photojournalist and as the assignment manager for one of the top NBC affiliates in the country. He is currently a member of the National Information Officer’s Association and is one of Tennessee’s longest-serving PIOs. In addition to Abigayle, Darrell has another daughter, Allison, currently in medical school.

Holly Hambright

Holly, born in south Knoxville and attended Young High School until it closed in 1976.  She then transferred and graduated from Doyle High School in 1977. 

Holly attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Music Education, Piano and Voice concentration.  (“I aspired to be an opera singer, sadly my voice was more suited to choral performance.”) At 22, Holly rethought her career path with her first professional cooking job the summer of ’78.  She moved to Baltimore in 1982 to attend Baltimore’s Culinary College graduating #1 in her class.  Following culinary school she worked for various Omni International Hotels (Sagamore, Orlando, Washington, DC, Baltimore,) the Fourways Inn in Bermuda and then landed back in Baltimore at the Harbor Court Hotel.  There she held various positions – Garde Manger Chef, Executive Pastry Chef, Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef.  Holly moved to Dallas in 1997 and returned to Knoxville in 2000 where she worked at The Lord Lindsey Catering, Gourmet’s Market, and then created Holly’s Eventful Dining in 2008 and purchased Gourmet’s Market (now Holly’s Gourmet Market) in 2015. 

Holly loves to travel is an avid reader, novice bird watcher, and devout supporter of  local restaurateurs. She has served on the Board of the Dogwood Arts, is a current Board Member for the Marble City Opera.  And Holly is a proud supporter of ETCH, WUOT,  Knox Heritage, Young Williams, and now KCT!  

Tom Cervone

Tom has dedicated most of his professional career (and life) advocating for and working in the best interests of the arts and culture industry, 25 years (and counting) serving proudly as the managing director for the Clarence Brown Theatre/Department of Theatre at UTK. He previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and the executive director for Dogwood Arts.

Cervone spent many years on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and currently serves on the boards of the WordPlayers, the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Department of Theatre and Foundation Board at West Liberty University, his undergraduate alma mater, as well as the advisory board for River and Rail Theatre Company. He has also served as chair of the curriculum committee for Leadership Knoxville and has been a member of their BOD as well.

Cervone remains active within the UTK community as a member of the Exempt Staff Council and Chancellor’s Commission for LGBTQ people. He received the Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Service to the University in 2010.

He is a longtime member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Cervone holds his undergraduate degree in Speech and English Education with an emphasis in Theatre from West Liberty University in West Virginia and an MFA (1993) and MBA (2010) from UTK. He is a graduate of and was selected as the Class Representative of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2011.  Cervone is a member of his undergraduate alma mater’s class of 2015 Wall of Honor.

Angela Patterson
Angela joined the Board of Directors in 2019 after becoming involved with the theatre in 2017. Her daughter Bella has been in numerous KCT productions and can usually be found lurking backstage or rummaging through the costume shop.  Angela is an East Tennessee native and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville College.  She is currently the Director of Credit and Credit Services for Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, a subsidiary of Clayton Homes.    In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with Bella, her husband Chad and their extended family of dogs and cats.  

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