Our Staff

HeadshotDenetria 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 Kenneth Moore, a Worship Leader at Cokesbury Church, 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.

Email: denetria@girltalkinc.com


JaneaEditedJanea D. Peterson- Administrative & Program Coordinator

Janea is a native of Darlington, South Carolina but moved to Knoxville in 2006 as a freshman at the University of Tennessee.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Audiology.  Janea’s journey with Girl Talk began in 2015 as a School-Based Mentor and she is humbled by the opportunity to pour into elementary school girls every week.  She firmly believes in the power of mentorship and is immensely privileged to share with young girls some of the lessons that her own mentors have shared with her.  One of Janea’s favorite quotes is “When you get, give.  When you learn, teach.” by Maya Angelou.  Janea feels blessed and proud to be part of the Girl Talk team, and she is extremely excited about the organization’s future!

Email: janea@girltalkinc.com



Board of Directors

Jackie Clay, MSSW, Immediate Past-Chair
Executive Director
Free Medical Clinic

Michelle K. Harding,CPA, Treasurer
Doctoral Student, Department of Accounting and Information Management
University of Tennessee

LaTonya Jordan, CPA
Project Manager
Oak Ridge National Lab

Ellie Kittrell
Executive Director
The Muse Knoxville

Cammy Kromer, Chair-Elect
Area Sales Manager
Ferrara Candy Company

LaKenya Middlebrook, Board Chair
Private Practice

Dean Sheard
Human Resources, Y-12 National Security Complex

Karen Tindal, Secretary
KT Fitness