Our Staff

Kenny Woodhull
Executive Director of Urban Alliance 

Kenny Woodhull began his nonprofit journey with a three-year stint in Knoxville with the Volunteer Ministry Center as a chaplain and volunteer coordinator in the early nineties. He then went on to co-found and direct several nonprofits in the Knoxville area. In 2011, he took on an adjunct teaching position at Johnson University in the School of Intercultural Studies. After which, he was hired by Johnson University as a full-time professor, in both the School of Business & Public Leadership and the School of Intercultural Studies, and became the executive director of the Urban Alliance. Kenny holds a DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MCS from Regent College, and a BA from Carson-Newman University. He is married to Doris Basilio Moral. They have three children: Alec, Miles, and Maura Lin.

Matthew Best
Program Director of Future of Hope

Matthew Best began his ministry career with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Tennessee after graduating from UT with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He stayed on staff with InterVarsity for over seven years before joining Emerald Youth Foundation where he primarily served high schoolers in East Knoxville. Matthew has been preaching locally at Children of God Ministries, where he is currently the youth pastor, since he was 19 years old. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, an avid sports fan, a former UT track and field athlete, a lover of the arts and he feels absolutely blessed to be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, Yona Best.

Karysa Humphrey
Administrative Coordinator for Urban Alliance

Karysa Humphrey is a recent Johnson University TN graduate and attained a B.A. in Bible and Theology and English with a concentration on Literature and a minor in Intercultural Studies. Karysa interacted with Urban Alliance through Intercultural Studies courses during her undergraduate work. She currently is working on a Master of Arts in Teaching to be an English Teacher in a Title I school. Karysa is also married to Connor Humphrey.