Meet Jenny

Jenny Houbler Boyd was born in Munich, Germany. She was adopted and moved to Knoxville, where she attended Bearden High School and the University of Tennessee.

Jenny met Randy in 1983. They were married in 1985 at Erin Presbyterian Church, and they continue to worship there today. The couple have two adult sons, Thomas and Harrison, a daughter-in-law, Lindsey, and one dog, a rescued dachshund, Oskar Mayer.

Jenny smiling

Passion for the Arts

From a young age, Jenny was passionate about the arts. She was a member of the Knoxville Ballet Company. As a member of the company, she helped share the arts throughout Knoxville-area schools, in joint productions with the Knoxville Symphony.

Today, she serves on the board of the Historic Tennessee Theatre, where she and Randy had their first date, and the Knoxville Symphony.

Giving Back

Jenny is passionate about promoting animal welfare and served on the board of Young-Williams Animal Center. She has worked alongside her husband Randy to make Knoxville the most pet-friendly city in America.

As an active member of the community, Jenny has served on the board of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and the Dogwood Arts Board. Passionate about promoting and preserving East Tennessee history, she also serves on the boards of the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee.

Randy, Jenny and their family

Preserving Our Appalachian Heritage

In 2011, Jenny opened Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Old City of Knoxville with the mission of preserving and promoting our shared musical heritage.

There, each week, musicians — including Jenny — gather from across Appalachia to play together. In addition to playing old time music at the pub, Jenny also plays fiddle and mandolin in the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, a traditional Scottish music band that plays at the pub every other Thursday.