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Engage Kingsport Inc. Officers & Board Members 2015-2016

 Bonnie Macdonald 





Bonnie Macdonald, 

Executive Director

Bonnie Macdonald has worked for the City of Kingsport since 2005 in the Office of Cultural Arts and with the City’s Public Art Program since its creation in 2006. Bonnie and her husband have lived in Kingsport since 1984 and have two adult daughters. Macdonald has a BA from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. She has previously served as  president of the state arts advocacy group; Tennesseans for Arts.

 Lucy Fleming 





Lucy Fleming,


Native Tennessean, UT Grad, Fiber Artist Wanna-be, Fun Fest Director, Founder of Kingsport Mini Maker Faire and Greasapalooza.




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Gail Cole, Vice President & Secretary

Gail Cole was born in Albuquerque NM, and has lived in Kingsport since 1981. She is the Vice President/Secretary of the Engage Kingsport Board. She retired in January 2013, after 38 years as a Claims Representative with the Social Security Administration. She is married to Anthony, the Medical Physicist for Wellmont Hospital. She has 2 grown sons. She loves historic buildings and the arts, so The Flying Pig Gallery & Studios and helping update the Historic Kingsport Heritage Walking Trail brochure, are perfect places for her to spend volunteer time. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church, & President of Woodland Garden Club & Art Guild.


 Kathy Richards






Kathy Richards, Treasurer

Kathy Richards is the owner of the TriCities’ AdviCoach business coaching franchise and is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a CPA.  In this role, she works with business owners to improve profitability, teamwork and efficiencies.   Kathy also currently provides guidance and financial expertise as Treasurer to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Prior professional experience includes work at a CPA firm, as Controller and as a partner at ARK Sign Services in the DC area which she and her husband started, operated and sold a few years ago.

Kathy received the 2011 KOSBE Impact award for being a strong advocate for local business and she was named the 2011 AdviCoach Franchisee of the Year and received a Marketing Excellence award in 2012 by Franchise Source Brands International.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Kathy is the wife of Michael Richards and the mother of three grown children and has two adorable granddaughters. They enjoy live music, good food, indie films and fun on the water.


Faye Boushley


Faye Boushley

Faye Boushley and her husband, Jim moved to Kingsport in 1997 from Maryland; although she is originally from Asheville, N.C.  The Boushley’s fell in love with Kingsport right away.  Not only because Kingsport is a beautiful area, but they find the people here to be among the friendliest they have ever met.

After moving to Kingsport, Faye volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for 10 years until a back injury forced her to retire.  At that time she joined the Kingsport Art Guild where she has served as Member Show Chair, Vice President, President, and still retains a seat on the Board.  In addition to her fondness for volunteering, she has a love of art and has enjoyed learning and honing her skills as an artist with the Art Guild.  Through the Guild she became involved with the Quilt Trail and painted various 4’X4’ quilt blocks located in our downtown area.

In 2012, the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts put out a call for artists to paint rounding boards for the carousel and Faye was honored to have the opportunity to paint one.  Through that painting she became interested in the entire Carousel Project and followed its progress.  As a result of her interest in the carousel, she became involved with the Engage Kingsport Organization and now has the pleasure of sitting on the Board.

Faye says, “God has given me so much and through volunteering I can give back a portion of what he has given me”.

 John Morris






John Morris

Raised in McConnelsville, Ohio, John Morris moved to Tennessee in 2006. John is a Milligan College graduate, who has worked for the City of Kingsport since 2009. Originally brought in as an intern for the Community & Government Relations department, John has served as Budget Analyst since 2010. John enjoys good musicians, helping others, new ideas, forward thinking, and a good debate.

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 Reggie Martin






Reginald (Reggie) Martin

Reggie is a native of Florida but has resided in the Kingsport area since 1973 when he came to Kingsport to work for Eastman Chemical Company.

He received BS and MBA degrees from the University of West Florida.  He spent most of his Eastman career in market and business research, but had assignments in technical service and human resources along the way.  He retired from Eastman in 2005.

He is a past president of the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library, a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport and serves as Chairman of the Board of First Book-Greater Kingsport.  He is a past president of Engage Kingsport, a non-profit that seeks to increase participation of residents and visitors in the arts and cultural programs of the area.  Reggie has been the volunteer project leader of the Kingsport Carousel Project and a carver for the project since January 2010.

Reggie started woodcarving after retiring from Eastman.  He attended carving classes at the Kingsport Senior Center and quickly became hooked. He carved several small pieces before carving animals for the Kingsport Carousel.

Lee McVey







Lee McVey


  Mark Ray








William Stephanos,

Cultural Arts Administrator

Will is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and has lived in the Tri-Cities since 2001. He has been with the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport since September 2012. He has two adult sons. He graduated with a BS as well as a Master of Education with a concentration in Media and Technology and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Planning and Development from East Tennessee State University. He is an art collector and enjoys photography, making jewelry and films. He currently displays and sells his jewelry at Art in the Heart Gallery  in Downtown Kingsport. He loves his fluffy orange cat Dario and a new leopard striped kitten, Sir Winston, that recently showed up at his door.

   Mark Ray






Jeff Stoner


Jeffrey Stoner was born in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and lived in the Harrisburg area through 2007.
Though he had a passion for photography he didn’t begin selling his images until 2004 when a gallery called to ask if he would show his images. Until that time he devoted his business efforts to careers in trucking/distribution and healthcare. He was the Vice President and Treasurer of Central Storage and Transfer Company in Harrisburg PA. After eighteen years in that business the owners retired and Jeffrey began a new career in healthcare. He was Vice President of Senior Living Services for Complete HealthCare Resources (CHR) in Dresher PA until 2007. Though he loved that job he decided to, as one of CHR’s owners termed it, chase the dream.
In 2007 Jeffrey and his wife Bonnie left family, friends, and careers behind and chased the photography dream to Kingsport in Northeast Tennessee. The move opened opportunities for making images in the mile high mountains and fertile valleys of Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia and also gave the opportunity for expanded gallery representation.
He is currently represented by galleries in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Jeffrey also presents workshops and lectures on photography.

Flying Pig NO BACKGROUNDcomboLOGO_CA_EngageKpt_BlkWht_Fontdiffweb2About the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:


City of Kingsport Mission: To provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.

The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.  Programs & partnerships include: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and they provide a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations.  They also serve as coordinator for special events in the city. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport’s goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any event contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 


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“Art defines a community”  –Kingsport Mayor Dennis PhillipsCarouse people white bg captureThe Kingsport Carousel Project is a volunteer-led community project involving over 300 volunteers with the dream of creating and operating a menagerie-style carousel featuring all hand-carved wooden animals and chariots and original paintings on a refurbished machine that is totally unique and iconic to Kingsport. The Kingsport Carousel Project is a joint effort by The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport, the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by the generosity of people who love the arts.

For more information on the Kingsport Carousel Project click here:

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