Club Board of Directors

Samantha Bervin, Club President

Samantha moved to Oak Ridge in 2008, after serving in the United States Air Force. She joined Altrusa in 2011 and has held numerous positions within the club. Samantha served on the Alrtusa Board for two years as secretary and held the position of club President Elect, she also served as Chairman of the scholarship committee.  She currently serves as Altrusa Club President.

Samantha is committed to volunteering with a focus on raising awareness for domestic violence. She has worked with various organizations such as, United Way of Anderson County, YWCA of Knoxville, Cross Road Ministry, and Beauty Behind Bars- “She lost hers, donate yours” purse drive.

Samantha is happily married and a mother of three. Her family is involved and supportive of her association with Altrusa. Samantha graduated from Roane State in December 2016 and is currently a nurse for Covenant Health.

Amanda Purdy, President-Elect

Amanda joined Altrusa in 2013.  Since becoming a member, she has developed her club's app, served as First Vice President (Communications), and is currently elected as President-Elect for the 2017-2018 Altrusa year.  

Amanda has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and has been with her company for 12 years.  Amanda loves to volunteer and is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Stephanie Applegate, First Vice President, Communications

Janet Charles, Club Second Vice President, Programs

Jane Grossbeck, Secretary

Teaching brought me back to Oak Ridge in 1967 as an intern for one semester; 27 years later I retired having worked primarily at Robertsville Junior High teaching freshman English.  Retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue activities in the community.  I quickly learned that volunteers are always needed and that volunteering can be very fulfilling.  I joined Altrusa in 2014 and have been delighted to add literacy and various service activities to my agenda.  

At present, I serve on the Board of The Free Medical Clinic and the Girls Inc. Board. Girls Inc. is a true passion of mine, having served the group for over 20 years. I am also active in several capacities in my church, First United Methodist of Oak Ridge, Having served for five years as President/co-President of the United Methodist Women. Previously I have volunteered with Contact Careline, the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, YWCA, Oak Ridge Playhouse, and Methodist Medical Center Foundation.


Briana Sprunger, Club Director of Service


Beth Hickman, Club Treasurer

Beth Hickman has served as the City Clerk for the City of Oak Ridge since February, 2016.  She previously served as a Faculty Assistant at Vanderbilt Law School and as a Field Representative for former Congressman Lincoln Davis.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Emory Valley Center Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Tennessee 5-County Walk.  She serves as Treasurer of the East Tennessee Parrothead Club and as a mentor for TN Promise.  She is also a member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and serves as Treasurer of the East Tennessee Parrothead Club.  She attends Calvary Baptist Church and resides in Oak Ridge.


Jenna Watson, Club Director of Membership

Jenna moved to Oak Ridge in 2010 and became an Altrusan in May of 2011. She has served as the Membership Development Chairman since 2016.

Jenna is married to Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson and they have 4 children.  Kevin and his wife Kathryn live in Minnesota with her grandson Charles; Travis and his wife Lindsey live in Houston with grandson Jack.  Twin daughters Caitlin and Hilary live in Dallas, Texas.  Being married to a city manager she has moved around a bit, living in 4 different states.  Texas by birth, then Montana, Arizona and most recently Tennessee.

Jenna went to the University of North Texas and Received a BFA in Art Education.  She taught art in grades K to 12 in Texas and Arizona.  She is currently retired.

Donna Reat, Club Director of Literacy

Sasha Benjamin, Immediate Past President

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