2024 Board of Directors

The Sevier County Partners in Progress Education Foundation is a non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee in April 2016.  The purpose of the organization is to establish a scholarship fund to be used to assist area high school students with tuition for dual enrollment classes at Walters State Community College and tuition assistance for students pursuing a four-year degree at East Tennessee State University in Sevierville.

Board President

David Ogle

President, Five Oaks Development

Larry Waters headshot
Vice President

Larry Waters

Mayor, Sevier County


Emily Kile

Sevierville Businesswoman


Chris Plemons

Sevier County Market President, SmartBank

Board Members

Kevin Blalock, Vice-President, Blalock Companies
Amanda Caton, General Manager, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Greg Davis, Chief Financial Officer, D&S Builders
Robbie Fox,
 Mayor, City of Sevierville
Jerry Huskey, Mayor, Town of Pittman Center
Allen Newton, Executive Director, Sevier County Economic Development
Linda Ogle, Pigeon Forge Businesswoman
Doug Swaggerty, President, Swaggerty’s Farm
Elizabeth Urquhart, CFP, Retired, Ameriprise Financial Services
David Wear, Mayor, City of Pigeon Forge
Mike Werner, Mayor, City of Gatlinburg