Diocesan CFO named to succeed retiring Deacon David Lucheon

Diocese of Knoxville controller Shannon Hepp has been named chief financial officer, succeeding Deacon David Lucheon, who is retiring effective July 1.

Mrs. Hepp was appointed by Bishop Richard F. Stika following an extensive search for Deacon Lucheon’s successor.

Deacon Lucheon, who has served as diocesan CFO since July 1, 2003, announced last year that he planned to retire July 1. In addition to serving as CFO, he is in the permanent diaconate and serves at All Saints Church in Knoxville.

Mrs. Hepp is a certified public accountant who joined the diocese four years ago as the controller. Previously, she worked for more than 12 years with progressive responsibility at Ruby Tuesday Inc., where she was a vice president in the finance office.

Prior to that she worked in accounting and finance at Ryder System in Miami and as an auditor with Ross Lane & Co. CPAs in Atlanta.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s of accountancy degrees at Kennesaw University in Kennesaw, Ga., and returned to practice accounting in her hometown of Maryville, where she now resides with her husband, Andy, and two sons, Noah and Evan.

Mrs. Hepp is a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Alcoa.