ETCDC Paid Staff

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BlasiusWayne Blasius ,  Executive Director

Wayne Blasius, a native of Chicago and graduate of the University of Tennessee with a master’s degree in Planning, has been a resident of Knoxville for over 35 years. Prior to joining ETCDC, Blasius’s career has been balanced in both the public and private sectors, spanning planning, community development, construction, real estate development and management, plus consulting in real estate, strategic planning and energy management.  His firm, InSite Development, spearheaded notable downtown redevelopments like The Phoenix and Mast General Store/Gallery Lofts. Under former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, Blasius served as Deputy Community Development Director. He has also been a supervising planner at MPC, a vice president at Denark Construction, and a consultant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  In addition to the ETCDC, Blasius has served the community in volunteer roles with Knox Heritage, Leadership Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville, Central Business Improvement District, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Friends of Literacy, Good Shepherd Counseling Center, and Dogwood Arts Festival.

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Jan Mosadegh, Administrator

Ms. Jan Mosadegh is the Administrative Assistant for the Executive Director, and, along with financial accounting responsibilities assists the Director in an administrative capacity. Mosadegh focuses on the daily business activities including AR, AP and payroll.  After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1984 with a degree in Marketing, Mosadegh was the Communications Coordinator for the Tennessee Valley Fair for many years before becoming the Marketing Director for United Way of Blount County. Mosadegh has been with the Community Design Center since August, 1998.

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Leslie Fawaz, Studio Design Director

Ms. Leslie Fawaz, AIA, CSI is responsible for all design related activities of the Center. She is a liaison between intern architects, project coordinators, and volunteer professionals and provides valuable mentoring to interns who are about to enter the professional world. Fawaz brings a wealth of experience from the design and construction profession. Fawaz received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and has been a licensed architect since 2001. She serves as Treasurer for the Construction Specifications Institute Knoxville Chapter, and is a Certified Charrette Planner by the National Charrette Institute.  Fawaz has been at the Community Design Center since October 2008.

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perry 1J. Perry Childress, Project Coordinator

Mr. J. Perry Childress provides in-house technical support in design, planning, recreation, and facility development for the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC). A graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Architecture, he has been employed by ETCDC for over 30 years. Childress served on the National Park Service Elkmont project team as a designer and historic preservation specialist.

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Josh Shaffer, Intern Architect

Mr. Josh Shaffer is responsible for creating presentation graphics, providing support for ETCDC events, and assisting ETCDC Studio Design Director. Shaffer received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Shaffer has previous nonprofit experience working with Appalachia Service Project and construction experience working with a general contractor in East Tennessee.

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