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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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Abby Gibbons- Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Abby moved from Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Knoxville in 2012. Abby graduated from Johnson University in 2016 with a dual degree in Human Services and Biblical Studies with a concentration in Community and Family.

She currently lives in East Knoxville and attends Hope Fellowship Church. Abby is passionate about welcoming everyone, connecting strengths to needs, and striving to make the world a brighter place. She enjoys playing competitive games, baking, and talking about personality types.

Abby joined the Girl Talk team in January 2018 and looks forward to helping girls to be their best selves through knowing their worth as daughters!

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Abby Gibbons- Volunteer Coordinator

Abby moved from Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Knoxville in 2012. Abby graduated from Johnson University in 2016 with a dual degree in Human Services and Biblical Studies with a concentration in Community and Family.

She currently lives in East Knoxville and attends Hope Fellowship Church. Abby is passionate about welcoming everyone, connecting strengths to needs, and striving to make the world a brighter place. She enjoys playing competitive games, baking, and talking about personality types.

Abby joined the Girl Talk team in January 2018 and looks forward to helping girls to be their best selves through knowing their worth as daughters!

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Star Starks- Girl Talk Life Prep Academy Coordinator, Interim 1:1 Mentoring Coordinator

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. 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- Girl Talk Life Prep Academy Coordinator, Interim 1:1 Mentoring Coordinator

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. 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.

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 Marketing & Development 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 (4). As a family, they enjoy being active and getting outside with their two dogs – Jack and Henley. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys running, spending time with family and watching her daughter grow.

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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 Marketing & Development 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 (4). As a family, they enjoy being active and getting outside with their two dogs – Jack and Henley. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys running, spending time with family and watching her daughter grow.

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Erin Orrick- Administrative Assistant

Erin is a South Carolina native but has lived in Knoxville for nearly 30 years.  She graduated from Bearden High School in 2000 and has been an active member in various aspects of the community.  Erin loves planning events and working with numbers.  She believes in the motto that “God gave us today to be better than we were yesterday in preparation for tomorrow.”

Erin is wife to Kris (whom she reconnected with 20 years after high school) and mother to two daughters: Cadence (11) and Nell (1).  She loves family trips/outings, cooking, college football and movie nights. Her favorite pastimes are disc golf, bowling, karaoke, and trivia.

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Erin Orrick- Administrative Assistant

Erin is a South Carolina native but has lived in Knoxville for nearly 30 years.  She graduated from Bearden High School in 2000 and has been an active member in various aspects of the community.  Erin loves planning events and working with numbers.  She believes in the motto that “God gave us today to be better than we were yesterday in preparation for tomorrow.”

Erin is wife to Kris (whom she reconnected with 20 years after high school) and mother to two daughters: Cadence (11) and Nell (1).  She loves family trips/outings, cooking, college football and movie nights. Her favorite pastimes are disc golf, bowling, karaoke, and trivia.

Board of Directors

Jackie Clay – 2020 – 2021 Board Chair, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
Brooke Greene – Treasurer/Chair Elect, Bush Bros.
Jasmine Hardin, WVLT
Wayne Hood, SouthEast Bank
Ba’Carri Johnson, Pilot Flying J
Cammy Kromer – Immediate Past Chair, Ferrara Candy Co.
Robert Loggins, Bush Bros.
Gwen McKenzie, City of Knoxville
LaKenya Middlebrook, Attorney – Private Practice
Craig Pickett, Jr., Gamma Beta Phi
Jennifer Swanson, Radio Systems Corp.