KCACA Leadership Team

Julia Roy

Julia Roy is a Knoxville native who obtained a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor’s and master’s of science in nursing degree from Lincoln Memorial University. She is a family nurse practitioner and a co-founder of ChainFree Knoxville. She is passionate about the health of people, animals, and our community.


Julia and her husband Thomas have a toddler and two rescue pups that keep them on their toes! 

Tonya (Chapel) Arnette

Tonya (Chapel) Arnette grew up on a farm in Michigan. Her family moved to Knoxville in 1978, where she graduated from West High School and studied at UT. She moved to Atlanta, GA and worked in the restaurant business for 25 years. She started volunteering and became a staff/board member at Frankie and Andy’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary in Winder, GA.


Tonya was also a volunteer for Off The Chain USA, building fences for chained dogs for over three years. She moved back to Knoxville in 2020, and shares her home with her Australian Shepherd Nauti and two cats. She is very excited to be a part of Chainfree Knoxville!

Janna Cecil

Janna is a Knoxville native and graduated from Central High School and the University of Tennessee.   She recently retired from the City of Knoxville where she spent 25 years working in affordable housing in Community Development. 

Janna is the co-founder of ChainFree Knoxville, a local non-profit who builds free fences for chained dogs.

ChainFree Knoxville built their first fence in November, 2021 and is becoming well known to both animal advocates in the area and to dog owners looking for an alternative to chaining.

When she’s not working on ChainFree Knoxville, she enjoys time with husband, Darrell, and  springer spaniel, Ralph, as well as her son and several awesome kids who call her Nana. 

Kyle Anne Lang

Kyle moved to Knoxville in 2013 for a temporary, two-year work assignment.  Knoxville captured her heart and here she remains nine years later (and counting!).  Kyle has a master’s in psychology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has spent the past 15 years working for an international contractor, with stints in Iraq, Kuwait, Canada, and Germany.  

Kyle joined the ChainFree Knoxville team in 

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its infancy and is passionate about animal welfare and advocating in our community for those without voices. 


Kyle is also on the Knox Heritage Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Broadway Corridor Task Force. Kyle and her partner Justin are fosters for Fighting for the Bullys Rescue and “parents” to a 110lb house hippo and two rescue cats.

Julia Tucker

Julia Tucker has been a lifelong political activist in Knoxville, always fighting for the underdog. She has served on many boards (too many to list, honestly!), including the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and the Knoxville Zoo.


She is the most influential AIDS advocate in the city, so much so there is an award named after her! Over the years, she has adopted over a dozen dogs whose owners succumbed to AIDS, having as many as five at one time. 


In her golden years, she is enjoying her garden, her dog, Tucker, and spending time with family.