William "Bill" Mellor

  • Current Board Chairperson.
  • Participates in the book club as well as having participated in raising funds for the libraries' new home at 158 Proffitt Rd.

Laurel Rematore

  • CEO of Great Smoky Mountain Association.
  • She enjoys walking in the woods, yoga, and dark chocolate.

Karen Bentz

  • Graduate of LSU and UTK.
  • Member of the Great Smoky Mtns advisory board.
  • Pi Beta Phi Women's Fraternity member.


Debi Veranth

  • Retired educator from Hillsborough County, Florida
  • Chosen to open Mary E. Bryant elementary school.
  • Volunteers at Arrowmont School of Arts and personally enjoys pottery.

Sharon K. Mellor, PhD, CAE

  • Current Board Treasurer
  • Serves as part of the innkeeping team at Buckhorn Inn.
  • Serves on the board Objective: Veterans Smile, nonprofit organized to ensure dental care to veterans.

Ken Simonis

  • Christian Brothers University Graduate with a BS in Accounting.
  • Married with three sons and eight grandchildren.
  • Enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, travel, landscape, and UT Vols!

Edna Warrick- Lopez

  • Wife to Marvin Lopez and mother to three boys.
  • She offers her services at the Gatlinburg First United Methodist Church as their Associate Pastor working directly with the Hispanic Community.

Buie Hancock

  • Current Board Vice-Chairperson.
  • Owner, operator, and artist of Buie's Pottery since 1986.
  • Past President of the Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Craft's community.

Lauren J. Mellor-Meier

  • Current Board Secretary
  • Lauren was born in Kentucky and attended high school in the Chicagoland area.
  • Attended college at Minnesota State Technical College where she studied nursing and Troy State University where she studied Business Admin.
  • Lauren served in the U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. She is involved in several Veteran charities and supports veterans’ issues. She is a member of the American Legion
  • Lauren is a mother of two boys who attended Pi Beta Phi and Gatlinburg Pittman High School. She and Charlie live and work in Sevier county