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Denetria D. Moore- Founder / Executive Director

Denetria or “Mrs. Dee Dee” as she is affectionately known as to the girls, is the founder and Executive Director of Girl Talk, Inc. She is the wife of Kenny Moore, the mother of a beautiful daughter, Tailynn and son, Zion, who is in Heaven. She is a native of Memphis, TN and a 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B. A. in Sociology. Denetria founded GIRL TALK in the living room of her East Knoxville apartment in 2006.

With a burden to prevent teens from making the same mistakes she herself made as a young woman, Denetria began mentoring girls and within a short time GIRL TALK was born. Becoming a single mother at 19, Denetria’s theory is that “if I can teach girls to love themselves and not seek validation from a guy, I can prevent her from going down the road that I went down.”

Her vision for the organization is to see young women excel beyond their dreams and to increase the self-worth of young ladies so that they can reach their full potential in life and be the best that they can be.

Denetria D. Moore- Founder / Executive Director

Denetria or “Mrs. Dee Dee” as she is affectionately known as to the girls, is the founder and Executive Director of Girl Talk, Inc. She is the wife of Kenny Moore, the mother of a beautiful daughter, Tailynn and son, Zion, who is in Heaven. She is a native of Memphis, TN and a 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B. A. in Sociology. Denetria founded GIRL TALK in the living room of her East Knoxville apartment in 2006.

With a burden to prevent teens from making the same mistakes she herself made as a young woman, Denetria began mentoring girls and within a short time GIRL TALK was born. Becoming a single mother at 19, Denetria’s theory is that “if I can teach girls to love themselves and not seek validation from a guy, I can prevent her from going down the road that I went down.”

Her vision for the organization is to see young women excel beyond their dreams and to increase the self-worth of young ladies so that they can reach their full potential in life and be the best that they can be.

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Star Starks, MSSW – Program Director

Star is originally from Memphis, TN but moved to Knoxville in 2006 as a freshman at the University of Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Business, and recently graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Star joined the Girl Talk family in June of 2015 as both a Community-Based and School-Based Mentor at Vine Middle School.

For the last four years, Star has been honored to have the opportunity to pour into young girls of Knoxville, TN. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do” by Everett Hale. It is her belief that one person can make a difference, that leads to a ripple effect of change.

In August 2018, Star became a staff person with the Girl Talk family. She is delighted to continue mentoring within the community while also helping to implement the vision of Girl Talk.

Star is proud to work with an organization that provides such love, support and encouragement to our youth.

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Star Starks, MSSW- Program Director

Star is originally from Memphis, TN but moved to Knoxville in 2006 as a freshman at the University of Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Business, and recently graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Star joined the Girl Talk family in June of 2015 as both a Community-Based and School-Based Mentor at Vine Middle School.

For the last four years, Star has been honored to have the opportunity to pour into young girls of Knoxville, TN. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do” by Everett Hale. It is her belief that one person can make a difference, that leads to a ripple effect of change.

In August 2018, Star became a staff person with the Girl Talk family. She is delighted to continue mentoring within the community while also helping to implement the vision of Girl Talk.

Star is proud to work with an organization that provides such love, support and encouragement to our youth.

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Taylor Phipps- Development & Marketing Director

Taylor is from Bristol, TN and moved to Knoxville in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and has worked in the non-profit sector serving children and youth for over a decade. In January 2020, Taylor joined the Girl Talk team as the Development & Marketing Director and couldn’t be more excited! She is dedicated to the mission of Girl Talk, and is driven by making a positive impact on the lives of the girls in our community. She strongly believes in the power of mentorship and knows what a difference additional support can have on a young girl as she makes the transition to thrive in adulthood.

Taylor is a wife to her husband, Jordan, and a mother to her daughter, Laney (6), and her son, Baker (born in April 2021). As a family, they enjoy being active and getting outside with their two dogs – Jack and Henley. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys running and spending time with family & friends.

Taylor Phipps- Marketing & Development Director

Taylor is from Bristol, TN and moved to Knoxville in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and has worked in the non-profit sector serving children and youth for over a decade. In January 2020, Taylor joined the Girl Talk team as the Development & Marketing Director and couldn’t be more excited! She is dedicated to the mission of Girl Talk, and is driven by making a positive impact on the lives of the girls in our community. She strongly believes in the power of mentorship and knows what a difference additional support can have on a young girl as she makes the transition to thrive in adulthood.

Taylor is a wife to her husband, Jordan, and a mother to her daughter, Laney (6), and her son, Baker (born in April 2021). As a family, they enjoy being active and getting outside with their two dogs – Jack and Henley. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys running and spending time with family & friends.

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Siera Reimnitz- School & Site-Based Outreach Coordinator

Siera is originally from a small, farm town in the middle of Nebraska, but moved to Knoxville in 2018 for graduate school. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2020 with a Masters in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Statistics. While in graduate school Siera studied and taught about development across the lifespan and has a deep appreciation for adolescence and all they experience in life. 
 
In January of 2022, Siera joined the Girl Talk team as the School/Site-Based Coordinator. She is passionate about mentorship – as incredible mentors have made huge impact on her own life. Siera has a heart for serving and caring for young girls in the community and hopes to be a positive role model for the girls in Girl Talk.
 
Siera is a wife to her husband, Trevor, and a first time foster mom!
 
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be”.
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Siera Reimnitz- School & Site Based Outreach Coordinator

Siera is originally from a small, farm town in the middle of Nebraska, but moved to Knoxville in 2018 for graduate school. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2020 with a Masters in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Statistics. While in graduate school Siera studied and taught about development across the lifespan and has a deep appreciation for adolescence and all they experience in life. 
 
In January of 2022, Siera joined the Girl Talk team as the School/Site-Based Coordinator. She is passionate about mentorship – as incredible mentors have made huge impact on her own life. Siera has a heart for serving and caring for young girls in the community and hopes to be a positive role model for the girls in Girl Talk.
 
Siera is a wife to her husband, Trevor, and a first time foster mom!
 
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be”.
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Maya Badgett- 1:1 Mentoring & Signature Events Program Coordinator

Maya was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Human Services from Pellissippi State Community College. Maya has always had a heart for people, particularly one that believes in the act of empowering and uplifting young girls. While Maya is new to the Girl Talk staff, she’s not new to Girl Talk and is very familiar with the work of the organization! Maya attended a Desire To Inspire event 2 years ago, fell in love with the mission of Girl Talk and has been a committed 1:1 mentor ever since. Her motto is to “grow through what you go through” and then use your growth and knowledge to invest in others.

Maya is very family oriented. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Milani, crafting, shopping and working out. She’s adventurous, outgoing, likes a challenge, and loves a good laugh. 

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Maya Badgett- 1:1 Mentoring & Signature Events Program Coordinator

Maya was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Human Services from Pellissippi State Community College. Maya has always had a heart for people, particularly one that believes in the act of empowering and uplifting young girls. While Maya is new to the Girl Talk staff, she’s not new to Girl Talk and is very familiar with the work of the organization! Maya attended a Desire To Inspire event 2 years ago, fell in love with the mission of Girl Talk and has been a committed 1:1 mentor ever since. Her motto is to “grow through what you go through” and then use your growth and knowledge to invest in others.

Maya is very family oriented. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Milani, crafting, shopping and working out. She’s adventurous, outgoing, likes a challenge, and loves a good laugh. 

Carly Hammonds- Administrative and Program Logistics Coordinator

Carly is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a graduate of Spelman College. She has a passion for serving and advocating for young girls and women on their journey to wholeness. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with those she loves.
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Carly Hammonds- Administrative and Program Logistics Coordinator

Carly is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a graduate of Spelman College. She has a passion for serving and advocating for young girls and women on their journey to wholeness. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with those she loves.
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Tailynn Moore- Program Assistant

Tailynn is a Knoxville native and is finishing up her junior year at Farragut High School. Tailynn has been a part of Girl Talk since she was 9 years old and currently participates in the 1:1 Mentoring Program and the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy. In 2020, Tailynn joined the Girl Talk, Inc. staff team as a part time Program Assistant. In her free time, Tailynn is heavily involved in volleyball and manages her school’s team. Prior to becoming the team manager, she spent 7 years as a player in various school and club leagues. After high school, Tailynn has plans to attend college.  Currently, her top choices are Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She wants to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine or Kinesiology & Exercise Science. Tailynn’s favorite things about Girl Talk are the fun trips and the relationships she’s established with the other girls.

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Tailynn Moore- Program Assistant

Tailynn is a Knoxville native and is finishing up her junior year at Farragut High School. Tailynn has been a part of Girl Talk since she was 9 years old and currently participates in the 1:1 Mentoring Program and the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy. In 2020, Tailynn joined the Girl Talk, Inc. staff team as a part time Program Assistant. In her free time, Tailynn is heavily involved in volleyball and manages her school’s team. Prior to becoming the team manager, she spent 7 years as a player in various school and club leagues. After high school, Tailynn has plans to attend college.  Currently, her top choices are Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She wants to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine or Kinesiology & Exercise Science. Tailynn’s favorite things about Girl Talk are the fun trips and the relationships she’s established with the other girls.

Board of Directors

Victoria Ange, The Village Exchange
Miriam Boney, Slyman Real Estate
Kelli DeRieux, The Beauty MRKT
Louise Frazier, Blue Ridge Realty, Inc.
Brooke Greene – 2022 – 2023 Board Chair, Bush Bros.
Deborah Lee, Southeast Bank
Robert Loggins, Bush Bros.
LaKenya Middlebrook, City of Knoxville
Jill Neace – Treasurer, Coulter & Justice, P.C.
Craig Pickett, Jr., The University of Tennessee Herbert College of Agriculture Administration
Jennifer Swanson, Radio Systems Corp.