Matt Jagnow


My wife, Meghan, and I moved to Royal Oaks in March of 2018. My professional experience includes non-profit fundraising for large higher education institutions as well as environmental organizations.

Originally from Washington State, I am passionate about all things outdoors, specifically cycling.

I started the Conservancy to create an opportunity for Blount countians to have improved access to green space in our own backyard. As towns such as Maryville continue to grow, it will become increasingly necessary for individuals and neighborhoods to work together to create communities we’re proud to live in and pass on to future generations.

More than anything, I look forward to providing access to outdoor recreation in our own backyard while working to maintain and rebuild wildlife habitat.

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Susan Weeks

My husband, Jim, and I bought our forever (retirement) home in Royal Oaks in 2014.  Even before we saw the inside of the house, the view of the mountains had our hearts!  

 The Conservancy gives us a chance to create and maintain the park-like setting of Royal Oaks for future generations.  Already we have seen the woods and fields surrounding us be destroyed to build more houses and businesses.  While these are needed and expected, it has eliminated the habitat for many animals. We have seen an increase in the displaced wild animals such as skunks, possums, deer and coyotes. 

 I would like to see everyone working together to bring about a workable solution to the changes in our neighborhood and county.  

 It is a pleasure to live in East Tennessee. 


Kate McChesney

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A West Tennessee native, I traveled across Tennessee and lived in Boston, Delaware and North Carolina during my 31 years in banking. When my husband, Mike, and I began looking for a retirement community, East Tennessee was at the top of the list.

After four years in the area, the natural beauty of East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains remains an ever changing constant - fascinating and mesmerizing. I love watching the clouds play hide and seek among the many ridges throughout the day. I want residents and visitors to be able to enjoy this beauty for years and years to come.

The idea of a planned conservancy that still supports development and growth has become a passion and the Royal Oaks Conservancy is the perfect place to put ideals and passion into action. Communities thrive with access to green space and I believe the Royal Oaks community is the perfect place to provide access to natural beauty and wildlife in Blount County for both current and future residents.


Carrie Eaton


I've lived in Royal Oaks since 2002 in two different homes, and I wouldn't live anywhere else! And the main reason is our beautiful location with views of the mountains. So forming this conservancy to maintain our beautiful green spaces is very important to me. It will not only preserve our views and quiet neighborhood but also increase our property values. My hope is that all of our residents will join our efforts and work together toward this goal!

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Rosemary Saczawa


Almost 20 years ago, my husband and I moved to East Tennessee, drawn by the mountains and the natural beauty of this area.  Then in 2016, I became a certified Master Gardener.  Through that organization, I made a dear friend who introduced me to the cause of saving the beautiful, threatened Monarch Butterfly.  From that point on, I became an advocate of a concept called “Reconciliation Ecology.”  Simply put, Reconciliation Ecology seeks to reconcile or reunite humankind with the rest of the creatures and life forms on planet Earth.  The goal is for all life forms to co-exist and thrive with great benefit for all.

To me, the Royal Oaks Conservancy is a chance to create for the Royal Oaks Community and the rest of Blount County an exemplary and educational green area where humans and the rest of the natural world can live in harmony and mutual well-being. 

Member at Large

Caron Beard

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As a landscape architect and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, I realize how important open space and parks are to the health and well being of everyone. I look forward to working with the East Tennessee Community Design Center, to provide a master plan for creating public open space and park development on land that was previously part of the golf course.

My wife, Kris and I are originally from the Pacific Northwest and have lived in Blount County for 41 years. We moved to Royal Oaks in 2016 from Friendsville and we love our view of the Smokies.