Our Staff

Tracy Boatner

Tracy Boatner is the President of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC). Her work at ETEC is centered on building and strengthening community relationships by bringing people together to work toward common economic and community goals.  Her many ETEC hats include project manager, event planner, membership director, program director, and resident ZOOM specialist.

Before joining the ETEC staff in 2015, Tracy was the Executive Director for the Junior League of Knoxville where she led a group of more than 800 volunteers who donated their time and treasure to build a better Knoxville.  During her 15-years with the League, she worked with many charitable organizations and discovered her heart for nonprofits and the work they do.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from King University.  She grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Gibbs High School.  Her affiliations include:  President, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge; Center for Leadership & Community Development Board; Chair, Leadership Oak Ridge Advisory Board; Oak Ridge Chamber Advocacy Committee; United Way of Anderson County Board; Leadership Oak Ridge Class of 2016; Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012.

Tracy and her family (husband, Ivan, and 4 children ages 16-28) enjoy hiking together on the weekends.  Tracy also enjoys running, reading, and red wine.

Nicole Allen
Vice President

Nicole Allen is the Vice President of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC). She is also the Director of Communications and Growth for ETEC. This encompasses membership, strategy, and marketing. 

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Nicole has lived in Knoxville since 2001. She has worked for economic development non-profits since coming to East Tennessee.

Nicole has been with ETEC for 18 of those years. With a background in marketing, customer service, and office administration, her work for ETEC encompasses those skills as well as public relations, communications, marketing, event planning, project management, membership services and development, and audio/visual technologies.

Nicole is a program mentor for a local Girl Scout troop. She has served as a mentor for the TNAchieves program as a part of the TNPromise Scholarship and worked in the children’s ministry at her church. She is a member of Leadership Oak Ridge’s class of 2006.

Nicole graduated from Cumberland College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology.

She lives in west Knoxville with her family (husband, Dr. David Allen, DVM, and two children ages 15 and 9). Nicole enjoys writing fiction, reading, yoga, puzzles, and playing with her children.

Melodie McDonald
Operations Manager

Melodie McDonald is the Operations Manager of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC).

She joined the staff in March of 2022. Her part-time work at ETEC includes, but is not limited to bookkeeping, human resource management, customer service, and facilities management.

Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Melodie moved to Knoxville in 1997.  Prior to working for non-profits, she spent 19 years in the financial industry with a focus on secondary marketing.

Melodie is dedicated to serving others in our community and has been involved in the international ministries in her church, hospitality outreach and helping the homeless.

Melodie attended college at Central Michigan University, where she studied Aerospace Engineering and discovered she enjoyed working with numbers more than equations and made the change to accounting.

She lives on a farm in west Knoxville with her family (husband, Michael and two children and seven grandchildren). Melodie enjoys most outdoor activities, remodeling, woodworking, reading and traveling.