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Residence Life Staff 2010-11

Melvin Buchanan

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Mr. Buchanan has a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing with a collateral in International Business from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  He has worked in residential life since 2004 and is entering his second year as a house manager.  His interests include music, dance, educational dialogue, community service, and enjoying life.


Syconda Joiner

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Ms. Joiner is a new house manager for TGA. Originally from Georgia, she remained in Knoxville after attending the University of Tennessee to open her own business and become a contractor for The Knox County School System.


Rebecca Deen

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Ms. Deen, originally from Nashville, is a second year house manager at TGA. She is a graduate of Midway College with BA in Equine Management. When not tending to our flock, she tends to her horses at Deevine Training and Management.

Christine Thorson

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Ms. Thorson is a house manager in her second year with TGA. She holds a master's degree in music from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is also a private voice instructor, singer, and performer. She has previously worked as a special education paraprofessional, an Elementary and Middle School Music instructor, a High School Choir Director, and Worship Music Leader.  She enjoys music, theater, scrapbooking, gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.


Kip Thorson

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Mr. Thorson is in his second year as a house manager at TGA. He earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He has previously taught high school social studies in Minnesota, in addition to working at a university in the areas of career development and college preparation.  He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree at UT in Information Science.

Laurie Mitchell

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Ms. Laurie Mitchell is new to the TGA staff. She is originally from Paris, Kentucky and is currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee studying Sport Management. She has a BA in Business Administration from Transylvania University, where she also played varsity field hockey. She enjoys running, playing sports, hanging out with friends, and being active in her local church.