KCT Board of Directors

Todd Trivette, President, is a Knoxville native who 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.

Keith Stump, Treasurer, and his wife Karen have three children, all of whom are KCT veterans. The Stumps have a long history with KCT, as their oldest daughter McKenzie first appeared on stage in 2010, followed by her twin brothers, Keegan and Konnor, in 2011. Keith is the Executive Director/GIO of the Knoxville, Knox County, Knoxville Utilities Board Geographic Information System (KGIS), where he has worked since 1988. A native of  Kentucky, Keith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky in 1986 with a BA in Geography/Cartography and a minor in Computer Sciences.

Donna Chaffins, Secretary, and her husband Greg have a long involvement with KCT and children’s theater, as their son Cody began performing locally in 2010.  Donna is a professional blogger, brand ambassador, social media consultant, and freelancer. She has an elementary education degree from Pikeville College and has called East Tennessee her home since 2007. When not working or spending time with her family, Donna enjoys learning new things, hiking and curling up with a good book.

Marjorie Thigpen-Carter has 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 Claire, Ruthann and Luke since arriving in Knoxville in 2007.

Darrell DeBusk, 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 and his wife Sissy have another daughter, Allison, currently in medical school.

Paul Jones became involved 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.

Ralph Silvan, Senior Director of Customer Care, leads the Comcast Central Division CAMC and Innovation teams, located in the Knoxville, Tennessee. Ralph became involved at KCT in 2015 after his daughters became performing and taking classes at KCT. Over the past 17 years, he has taken on several positions with Comcast across the Southeast with increasing leadership responsibility.  Ralph, his wife Rachel and four daughters, Isabella, Sofia,Norah, and Olivia reside in Knoxville. Ralph is heavily involved in community activism, 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 a graduate of the Care Director Leadership Program. Ralph holds an MBA, BS, and a BA from the University of Tennessee.

Stewart Ritchie, CEO of the Ritchie Company, joined the Board of KCT in 2017 after his daughter Brycen began performing at KCT the previous year.  A lifelong Knoxville resident and a University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business MBA graduate, Stewart is very involved in the community.  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).