Our Team

Board of Directors

Phil Lawson

President

Phil Lawson is founder and chairman of LHP Capital, LLC and a financial executive who has developed more than a billion dollars of commercial and residential properties over a five-decade career. A philanthropist, he established both the Lawson Family Foundation and Legacy Housing Foundation, and he has served on multiple nonprofit boards including Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, Wesley House Community Center, and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

Cristy Lockwood

Cristy Lockwood is the Chief Operating Officer and President of LHP Capital, LLC, where she oversees a portfolio of more than 55 multifamily properties comprising 7,500 apartment units. Cristy serves on the board of directors for the Legacy Housing Foundation, and she is a co-founder and past board member of the Knoxville Americana Music Foundation.

Gwen McKenzie

Gwen McKenzie is the Executive Director of the Legacy Housing Foundation and serves as the City of Knoxville Vice Mayor and Councilwoman for Knoxville’s 6th District. She has been an active community leader in Knoxville for many years and currently serves on the boards of the Knoxville Area Urban League, Girl Talk, Zoo Knoxville, Next Step Initiative, and Safe Haven World United Ministries

Tim McLemore

Tim McLemore is an attorney and partner at Gentry, Tipton & McLemore, P.C. and has practiced corporate law for more than 30 years. Tim serves on multiple boards, including the Emerald Youth Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Emerald Charter Schools. He has previously served as a director of Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

Carey Parker

Carey Parker is the Chief Executive Officer of LHP Capital, LLC. She has been recognized for her leadership and service to the community, including being named to the Leadership Tennessee Class VIII and Leadership Knoxville Class of 2019. Her current board and committee memberships include Legacy Housing Foundation, United Way of Greater Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business Department of Management.

Clarence Vaughn

Clarence L. Vaughn, III, is the Director of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. His previous positions include Executive Director of Knoxville’s Police Advisory and Review Committee and Director of Diversity and Inclusion for US Bank Corporation. Clarence currently serves on the board of the National Association of Civilian Oversight for Law Enforcement and is the board chair for the United Way of Greater Knoxville, among many additional community involvements.

Alan Williams

Alan Williams has been an East Tennessee TV and radio broadcaster for more than 40 years, having spent over 30 years of his career with WVLT-TV. As a Knoxville native, he shares a strong desire to give back to his community through his involvement with numerous organizations including the Knoxville Area United Way, Positively Living, and the Restoration House of East Tennessee. Alan is married to a realtor, Rebecca Williams, and together they have a family of five children.

Staff

Matthew Harrell

Executive Director

Matthew Harrell is the Executive Director of the Lawson Family Foundation. Before returning to his hometown of Knoxville, Matthew’s experiences include roles with the Evangelical Alliance Mission in Southern Africa, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Unbound Global. Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University and a Master of Science from Georgetown University.