Board of DirectorsMeet Our Leadership
Mercedes L. Ringgold, President / CEO
Mercedes L. Ringgold worked in the nonprofit sector for several years prior to becoming CEO of United Cancer Support Foundation. Spearheading the day to day operations, Mercedes keeps the mission of UCSF as her guiding beacon in directing the activities of the organization.
Jennie Talley, Signatory
Jennie Talley is an Oncology RN for 25 years. Currently is in her 20th year working at Tennessee Cancer Specialists in Knoxville. Was on the Grant Funding Committee at Susan B Komen Foundation for 3 years. Helped start a support group for Young Survivors of Breast Cancer in Knoxville 12 years ago. Has done educational talks for cancer survivors through American Cancer Society. Was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 12 years ago. Went through chemotherapy and surgery and was cancer free until March of 2019 when diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. A big advocate for patient education and educating coworkers of resources available to cancer patients and their families or support group.
Virginia Greene, Treasurer
Virginia Greene is a Native Knoxvillian, mother of two, grandmother of one and dog owner to one Pitbull. Graduate of Knoxville College. Attended the University of TN, Buffalo State College and Empire State College. Virginia is a Mentor & Volunteer for the Shora Foundation, former Teacher and Tutor, Musician & Director, member of the Executive Committee and Knoxville Council on Aging. She is also the President of the local AARP chapter #85, member of Anointed Praise Choir and member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church Choir. Last but not least, Virginia Greene is also a Colon Cancer Survivor.
Joanne Dixon is a mother of three, she is an advocate for Autism Awareness and she loves reading and gardening. Joanne is an Usher at the Tennessee Theater and also works at Archers BBQ. Joanne is a member of the Greater Bush Grove Missionary Baptist Church where Eugene Carter is the Pastor. It’s known as the little church on the hill, that’s spirit filled!
Ashley graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1999 with a master’s degree in Social Work, as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She immediately went to work for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation in various capacities and is currently the Admissions and Grievance Coordinator. She spear-headed the project to build Knoxville’s first universally accessible playground, and served on the Disability Resource Center’s Board of Directors for many years. Currently, she is a board member for Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee. She has a long history of serving her community with a special interest in promoting diversity and disability rights. Most importantly, she is the proud mom of Eli, who is currently serving as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Infantry.