Board of Directors

Todd Trivette

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

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!

Stewart Ritchie

Stewart, President and CEO of The Ritchie Company, joined the Board of Directors in 2017 after his daughter Brycen began performing at KCT. A lifelong Knoxville resident and a University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business MBA graduate. Stewart is very involved in the community and he currently serves on the Bryan College of Business Advisory Board and the Charis in Action Ministries Board. Stewart, married to Kelli Shook Ritchie, is father to Brycen(16), Kaylin(13), and Will (3).

Tiffani Waller

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.

Paul Jones

Paul began his involvement with KCT in 2015. Paul, President of Auralation Music, is an amazing musician, and luckily KCT’s musical director since 2015. Paul is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and also the owner of Zippytunes. Paul is a veteran composer for film, TV, theatre, and even video games. Paul also serves as the Director of Worship at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. He is married to the lovely Terri and they are the parents of three children, Olivia, Audrey, and Luke. When not making music, Paul can be found cheering on his children at the baseball field, band concerts, and theatre performances.

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.

Marjorie Thigpen-Carter

Marjorie, the mother of three children, all of whom are active and experienced stage performers. A graduate of both Rhodes College and the Columbia Law School, Marjorie is the Coordinator of Christian Formation at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Previously, she was a special education attorney for the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office and worked on a contract basis as a grant writer. She and her husband Rick have been providing shuttle service for their children Clare, Ruthann and Luke since arriving in Knoxville in 2007.

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