Board Members

ken cassell
Ken Cassell
Chairman

Ken is a senior executive for a healthcare analytics company focused on mental health and substance use disorder and has been working in healthcare his entire career.  He worked at Ft. Sander’s Hospital in the early eighties and shifted to pre-hospital care in 1982.  In 2001 he left the Emergency Medical Services profession, where he worked as an EMT, Paramedic, and Division Manager, and joined a healthcare technology startup organization.  He has vast experience in working closely with hospitals and physicians all across the US.  Ken joined Knox County Rescue in the early eighties and served as an instructor and officer in multiple roles through the years and joined the Board of Directors in 2013.  Ken has an undergraduate degree from Tusculum University and a Masters of Business Administrator from Texas Wesleyan University.

wayne waggoner
Wayne Waggoner
Vice Chair

Wayne Waggoner is currently semi-retired and works for Rural Metro Fire as the Assistant Fire Marshal in Farragut.

A 47-year fire service veteran, Waggoner got his start in 1974 as a volunteer firefighter in Felton Delaware while serving in the United State Air Force In 1984 he was appointed the first Fire Marshal in Knox County, Tennessee, a position that he held for 14 ½ years, after leaving Knox County, Wayne served as the Fire Chief for three years with Rural/Metro Fire Department, before his retirement he spent 17 years working for the National Fire Sprinkler Association working with the Fire Sprinkler Industry and Fire Service in the promotion fire sprinkler systems as a life safety tool to protect lives and property.

The Eveready Battery Company named him the National Fire Preventer of the Year” in 1989. Also, in 1989 Operation Life Safety presented Waggoner with its annual Commitment to Life Safety Award. In June 2002 Wayne received the prestigious H.D. Crossnine award given to him by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

Michelle Anningson
Michelle Anningson
Board Secretary

Michelle relocated to Knoxville in 1998 and calls Knoxville home. Michelle is an active member of the sales and marketing community since she arrived while raising her children. Michelle has 30+ years of marketing experience in various industries and with strong brands like Time Inc., Sprint, Harley-Davidson, Polaris, and John Deere. She has volunteered her time and talent to many local non-profits over the years including currently serving as our Secretary.

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Wade Sexton

Bio Coming Soon

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Van Elkins
Treasurer

Bio Coming Soon

Denise Douglas
Denise Douglas
Denise Lee Douglas moved from Kentucky to Knoxville 25 years ago. She spent the majority of her professional career in corporate America with American Express and Verizon.  In 2014, she established her first family-owned and managed business, The UPS Store in Hardin Valley. In early 2018, she secured her real estate license and today spends the majority of her time working real estate transactions.
Denise is passionate about staying involved and giving back.  She is active in community organizations, nonprofits, and local fundraisers. She is on the event committee for the Knoxville Heart Ball, Gals and Glamour for Second Harvest, Hardin Valley Business and Community Alliance as well as serving on the board for Spark of TN (formally ETTAC)The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians as well as Knox County Rescue.
She and her husband, Steve love UT football as well as golf.  You are likely to see them tailgating at UT games or participating in golf events throughout the year.  The Douglas clan includes Colin, Austin, and Noah and their rescue dog and cat, Cova and Mozart.

Denise joined the board of Knox County Rescue in February of 2017.

Bob Colloredo
Bob Colloredo

Bob is the owner and President of Colloredo & Associates (www.colloredomarketing.com) in Knoxville, Tennessee. HIs full-service marketing and advertising agency was founded in 2006 and works in a variety of industries including retail, medical, industrial, and transportation. Bob consults with clients to help develop innovative strategies that, many times, fall outside the norm of traditional marketing. He believes it is his ability to recognize and build toward his clients’ vision is that allows him and his company to be the success that it is today. Bob received his Bachelors in Communications from the University of Tennessee and has called Knoxville his home since 1987. In his free time, he coaches football and basketball and volunteers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he is a former patient and cancer survivor. Bob, his wife Laura, daughter Olivia and son Graham live in Hardin Valley. Bob joined the Knox County Rescue Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves on the Board Selection Committee.

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