The Board of Directors

Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. It comes from gratitude for what’s good in our lives. . . I learned that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.
— Sheryl Sandberg

Brian H. LaRose, President

Full time, Brian is a Senior Global Solution Architect working for the Strategic Alliances team at VMware. When he is not serving as President of the Foundation’s board, Brian enjoys serving as a leader for the local Boy Scout Troop and volunteers with his local church.


John E. “Gray” LaRose, VP

Gray works as a media salesman for a local television station here in Knoxville. Gray also helps find scholarship and grant opportunities in our community as well as manages the social media accounts for the Foundation. In his spare time, Gray coaches a youth soccer team at Blount United and spends time with his puppy.


Cameron J. LaRose, Treasurer

A transportation engineer at Gresham, Smith, and Partners, Cameron assists in the designing of local roads and highways. When he is not helping fundraise and managing the Foundation’s money, Cameron spends his free time exploring the Great Smokey Mountains and racing with the Sports Car Club of America.

Gabriella N. LaRose, Secretary

A recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, Gabriella will be pursuing her Master’s degree at Colorado State University. When she is not organizing meetings or helping with social media, Gabriella enjoys cooking with friends, listening to music, and spending time with her cat, Karen.