Laura Goff Parham

Laura Goff Designs

519 Lovell Rd, Ste 306

Knoxville TN 37932




BA in Art History, Minor in English, UT, Knoxville, 1986. International student,back-packed through Europe for six months.


Continuing Education:

  • Enamel Painting on Glass Class with Jim Berberich, Fall 2013, Stained Glass Association of America
  • Painting on Glass Class with Debora Coombs, Summer 2013, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Proposal Drawing Class with Charles Z. Lawrence, Summer 2012, Stained Glass Association of America
  • Painting on Glass Class with Kathy Jordan, Summer 2010, Stained Glass Association of America
  • Painting on Glass Class with Bob Markert, Summer 2009, Stained Glass Association of America
  • Painting on Glass Class with Terri Mominee, Summer 2005, Stained Glass Association of America
  • Painting on Glass Class with Peter McGrain, Summer 2005, Stained Glass Association of America
  • Landscape Painting with Heather Boureland, Summer 2003,UT
  • Life Drawing Class, Summer 2002, UT
  • Painting on Glass Class with Walter Lieberman, Summer 1992, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Sandblasting, Sand Carving Glass, and Custom Glue Chipping with Norm Dobbins, Summer 1988, Atlanta, GA



Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA)

  • 2014, SGAA, Summer Conference, Excelsior Springs, MO
  • 2013, SGAA, Summer Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2012, SGAA, Summer Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • 2011, SGAA, Summer Conference, Syracuse, NY
  • 2010, SGAA, Summer Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • 2009, SGAA, Summer Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2007, SGAA, Summer Conference, Charlotte, NC
  • 2005, SGAA, Summer Conference, Denver, CO


Juried Shows:

  • Art and Culture Alliance 2018 Membership Show Dec 2018
  • Artsclamation Nov 3 2018
  • Featured Artist at Central Ave Flats and Taps Aug and Sept 2018
  • Botanicals August 2018
  • Artsclamation Nov 2018
  • Mayors Show May - Nov 2018
  • Artsclamation Nov 2017

Honors and Awards:

  • 4th Place in 3D, Botanicals 2018
  • Special Merit award, Botanicals 2018
  • April 2019 calendar - Artsclamation
  • Recipient of Bailey Opportunity Grant, 2018 
  • Distinguished Service Award, SGAA, 2014                                                                                                           
  • Recipient of the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission, Excellence Award in Historic Preservation,1996


Feature Article:

  • Shopper News, Knoxville TN Dec 5, 2018
  • Spotlight Artist on Cityview Magazine 
  • Featured Artist, CityView Magazine, March 2018
  • Arts Business Institute, Oct 21, 2016 
  • The Stained Glass Quarterly, Summer 2016 "Introducing Laura Goff"                                                                             
  • The Farragut Press, Jan. 17, 2013                                                                                                          
  • The Knoxville News Sentinel, Jan. 6, 2013  
  • Fall 2012, Stained Glass Quarterly                                                                                                 

Stained Glass featured in:

  • The Stained Glass Quarterly, FYI Gallery, Fall 2009                                    
  • The Stained Glass Quarterly, FYI Gallery, Spring 2007  
  • The Stained Glass Quarterly, FYI Gallery, Spring 2005                                                
  • Creative Stained Glass, by Christine Kellman Stevenson, 2002                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Portrait Photos featured in:

  • Stained Glass Quarterly, Fall 2011                                               
  • Stained Glass Quarterly, Summer 2012                                        
  • Stained Glass Quarterly, 2013


Volunteer Work:                                                            

  • FaceBook Administrator for the SGAA - April 2012 - January 2017
  • Taught: Introduction to Painting on Glass Class at the 2014, SGAA, Summer Conference                                             
  • Secretary for the Stained Glass School 2009 - 2011
  • Impromptu Speaker on Social Media, 2013, SGAA, Summer Conference                                                                   
  • Parent Volunteer: Farragut Primary School, Farragut Elementary School, and Farragut Middle School
  • UMW Secretary. 2004-2006 First Farragut United Methodist Church

For more information on my experience, please view my Linked In profile.  


Laura Goff Parham

Laura Goff Designs

519 Lovell Rd, STE 306

Knoxville, TN 37932




Laura Goff Parham

519 Lovell Road, Suite 306 • Knoxville, TN 37932

(865) 310-7311



Highly-motivated professional with a successful record of achievements and experience for contributing to the growth, profitability and success of two small businesses in highly competitive markets since 1990. Demonstrated the ability to take on multiple roles by learning and adapting quickly to new technology, procedures, industry-specific regulatory requirements and management responsibilities. Experience is supported by excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working closely with team members/associates to ensure the attainment of company goals. Strengths:


•     Social Media Marketing (Facebook, Flickr, Twitter)           

•     Website Administration, Updating & Content Writing

•     Marketing & Sales Brochure Design                                      

•     Advertising & Marketing Plan Development    

•     Sales & Promotional Event Planning                                    

•     Client Newsletter, Magazine Article & Blog Writing     

•     E-Mail Marketing Programs                                                    

•     Customer Contacts Database Management

•     Proficient in: QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Corel Draw, and Adobe Photoshop

•     Business Office Administration       

•     Accounting & Bookkeeping                   

•     Human Resources Functions

•     OSHA & EPA Compliance               

•     Employee Benefits Administration       

•     Employee Safety Programs

•     Accounts Payable & Receivable     

•     Purchasing & Inventory Management 

•     Contract Negotiations

•     Client Communication                      

•     Payroll Preparation & Processing           

•     Tax Reporting

•     Material Estimating                           

•     Project Management / Tracking                  

•     Job Cost Tracking



Professional Experience


TENNOVA HEALTHCARE, Knoxville, TN      (Temp Position during merger/acquisition)     Jan 2014 – Oct 2014

Executive Assistant to Neil Heatherly, CEO, CHS

Executive Assistant to Mike Garfield, CEO, HMA and Bill Ziesmer, CFO, HMA


Coordinated with contractors to build a new office, planned the layout of the office, and supervised the movers. 

The office was operational within 2 days of the move. 

Problem solved with IT to manage Executive’s calendar – due to merging two different networks.
Received pay rate changes, bonuses, and other financial data from 13 hospitals. 
Maintained calendar and schedules for 6 Executives using Microsoft Outlook.  Handled correspondence for the Executives.  Created expense reports for the leadership team.
Planned many receptions in the office and at other venues.
Ordered supplies and scheduled repairs on office equipment.



CAMPBELL STATION WINE AND SPIRITS, Knoxville, TN                                                  August 2012 – Jan 2014

Accounting & Administrative Assistant. Provided administrative and general business support to this small business, including payroll preparation, accounts payable (A/P), staff training, and records management.


•     Use QuickBooks for all accounting functions, including entering payroll, A/P, sales, and deposit (credit card) data.

•     Verify daily receipts and logs against monthly bank and credit card statements.

•     Reconcile checking account and statements monthly; maintain sales logs on daily, monthly, and yearly basis.

•     Work as liaison between owner and CPA to improve cash flow and develop cash control procedures.



STATE OF THE ART, INC., Knoxville, TN       (Co-Owner)                                                                       1990 – 2013

Business & Marketing Manager. Fulfilled multiple roles and contributed to the success of this stained glass studio that grew from $29,000 in annual sales to more than $600,000 annually.  Accountable for human resources (15 employees), accounting/bookkeeping, marketing, advertising, public relations, project management, and office administration.


Business Administration & Human Resources:

•     Developed new hire policies and procedures, non-compete agreements, and sexual harassment policy.

•     Maintained personnel files, verified IRS employment eligibility, and filed TN New Hire forms.

•     Reviewed the company general liabilities insurance and worker compensation policies; requested and reviewed

      quotes; compiled the required annual audit by the insurance company.

•     Maintained spreadsheet on employee benefits (i.e., paid time off, sick leave, and holidays; accrued PTO).

•     Enrolled employees in benefits programs and handled annual negotiations and renewals to control rates.

•     Managed and developed company-wide safety program and guidelines with regular training sessions for                            employees and maintained OSHA and EPA-required compliance/safety records.


Advertising / Marketing:

•     Improved company name recognition and generated new business through marketing and advertising efforts.

•     Created marketing materials (i.e., post cards, brochures, newsletters) using Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop.

•     Created company booklet featuring studios designs, including content, layout, binding, printing, and distribution.

•     Developed and distributed quarterly newsletters to more than 1,500 recipients, including writing content and

       coordinating all printing and distribution.

•     Planned promotional sales and events; developed newspaper and radio advertisements, email marketing                          program,and signage for company trucks.

•     Created and managed the company’s Facebook and Flickr accounts; uploaded 2,500 photos of stained glass,                     linked Flickr, blog, Facebook, and Linkedin. Tagged photos with appropriate key words.

•     Worked the Google alerts on daily basis; mailed promotional information to prospects when appropriate.

•     Administered the company’s website, including selecting/uploading photos of featured projects, writing content for

       featured projects, and maintaining reference list and artist resumes/portfolios.

•     Submitted information to the Stained Glass Quarterly that resulted in promoting the studio to a broader audience                and getting the studio featured multiple times in the FYI Gallery section.

•     Maintained database of newspaper and magazine articles for quick access to promotional information.


 Accounting & Bookkeeping:

  • Managed all aspects of accounting, payroll and bookkeeping, including:
  •              -     handling accounts payable and receivable      
  •              -     tracking/compiling sales for sales tax reporting
  •              -     balancing cash drawer daily                                
  •              -     preparing daily cash/check deposits using QuickBooks
  •              -     batching down credit card payments                
  •              -     entering credit card purchases into QuickBooks
  •              -     preparing accurate payroll records                     
  •              -     preparing monthly sales tax and A/P at year end
  •              -     pulling/auditing time cards                                  
  •              -     calculating pay; writing and distributing checks
  •              -     making weekly payroll tax deposits                         
  •              -     preparing/tracking payroll tax reports
  •      Tracked job costs and identified areas for potential savings by applying purchases to appropriate projects.
  •      Compiled information for reporting yearly personal property tax; compiled/submitted information for                             Accountant to file Corp 1120 tax reports.
  •      Collected mileage on all company vehicles; provided mileage reimbursement records.
  •      Prepared and tracked quarterly (State Unemployment Tax SUTA, Federal 941with Schedule B), annual (W2,
  •      W3, 940 Federal Unemployment Tax FUTA) payroll tax reports; maintained annual W4 compliance.
  •      Applied labor costs to jobs to track profitability and tracked in shop versus out of shop jobs to lower cost of                 work compensation insurance.


Operations & Project Management:

•     Provided front-line client support, including meeting with clients in studio, answering questions, and scheduling

      conferences to determine installation needs and develop estimates.

•     Drafted contracts, collected deposits, prepared job material estimates, purchased supplies, billed clients, and

      followed up with clients through project completion to ensure satisfaction.

•     Supervised and trained staff to meet customer, schedule, budget, and quality objectives.

•     Managed inventory, including ordering materials/supplies, checking products against packing lists, inspecting

       materials for damage, verifying current costs and adjusting prices as necessary, entering/maintaining product

       information in point of sale program, and stocking shelves.



Designed, fabricated 20,000 stained glass windows.
Created over 90% of the artistic projects at State of the Art, Inc.
Master level painter. Master level beveler. Master level sand blaster. Sand Carved glass. Silk screening on glass.



STAINED GLASS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (SGAA)                             (Volunteer)     April 2009 – Jan 2017

Work the Google Alerts to find appropriate articles to post on SGAA Facebook page daily. Increase fans from 1050 on April 1, 2012 to 8830. Received Distinguished Service Award in 2014 for success of social media.
Impromptu speaker on Social Marketing at the 2012 Summer Conference. 
Served on Membership Committee, Conference Committee, Exhibition Committee, and Marketing Committee, Silent Auction Committee.
Taught Introduction to Glass Painting Class, Summer 2014.
Served as Secretary for the Stained Glass School from 2009 – 2011.




BA, Art History with Minor in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN