Stephanie Welch joined Great Schools Partnership in July 2013 as vice president of operations and was responsible for developing and implementing Knox County’s Community Schools Initiative. Since that time, the initiative has expanded from three pilot sites to 13 community schools located in Knoxville’s most challenged neighborhoods, and Stephanie has provided oversight for several additional programs that support Great Schools’ mission to make Knox County Schools the best school district in the southeast.
Stephanie became president of Great Schools Partnership in April of 2018. She served as interim president for approximately 14 months in 2016-2017 while Buzz Thomas, the president at the time, served as the interim Superintendent of Schools for Knox County.
Prior to joining Great Schools, Stephanie worked in local and regional public health in East Tennessee for 15 years, with a focus on community engagement, strategic planning, nutrition, physical activity and health inequities.
Stephanie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of New Hampshire and a dual Masters in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserve, and is the Executive Officer of a Medical Support Unit in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Stephanie is a runner, hiker, bicyclist and reader and lives in South Knoxville with her three dogs – Suttree, Chester and Sprout.