About Us



Originally, what we now know as I M P A C T, was just Dr. Rob Owen’s germ of a thought to gather men of color for socializing and sharpening one another around breakfast. He invited several friends and colleagues including our good friend, Dr. Perryn Rice and the response to his thought-seed were quite favorable. As the group began to meet regularly, a feeling of purpose was birthed and these men concluded, ”God has brought us together to nurture and support not just ourselves; but our community, families, cities, and region for such a time as this.” As the men continued their meetings, purpose began to crystallize and they recognized and understood the difference they could make in this area of the Upper Cumberland. At a blistering pace, officers were elected, Vision and Mission statements fashioned and accompanying ground-rules and by-laws established. They reached a consensus that while they wanted to affect every sphere of human endeavor they did not want to be primarily political. This led to a commitment to be first and foremost a Christian-based organization “Impacting” a wide swath of community life.  With the vision clearly in mind,  a name was sought that would truly embody that vision.  Our then Public Relations Director and now current President, Dr. Quinton Cancel, offered the name IMPACT as an acronym standing for Innovative Men Progressing the African American Community Together.  The name resonated with the members and was selected unanimously. Truly the Lord has had his hand on what we have done, are doing, and we have faith in what He will continue to do. The Lord be Praised!




Robert Owens – Founder/ President Emeritus

Dr. Owens is Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and the Leona Lusk Officer Multi-Cultural Center at Tennessee Technical University. A native of Murfreesboro, He earned both his undergraduate and terminal degrees at TTU and is the spouse of Mrs. Dana Mason-Owens also an alumna of TTU and a Knoxville Native. They have five wonderful children. Dr. Owens is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.







Quinton V. Cancel, MD –  President

Dr. Quinton V. Cancel is a Board Certified Urologist practicing General Urology with an emphasis on Robotic Surgery and Men’s Health.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology at Washington University, in St. Louis.  Dr. Cancel received his medical training at Duke University Medical Center and is a partner at Upper Cumberland Urology Associates in Cookeville. Dr. Cancel is the Chairman of the Robotic Surgery Committee at CRMC where he oversees the first 5-Specialty Robotics Program in the state of Tennessee.  He is married to Kristea Lamb Cancel and they have two boys, Quinton II and Jackson. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.






Micah Johnson – Vice President

Micah Johnson is the consummate salesman. He has over 15 years of sales experience and his charming, charismatic, and congenial nature has served him well in the sales industry. He has been with International Specialty Sales for almost a year and is proving himself a leader by bringing a level of communication to the table that enables articulation and negotiation for the best outcome. Micah is a Minister and Musician who graduated from TTU with a Finance degree and also acquired a Minister’s license from Living Hope Ministries. He was nominated to participate in the award-winning IMPACT Leadership program where he and his Cohorts were the first graduating class and looks forward to serving in other civic capacities.






Harry Ingle, Jr. – Treasurer/ Secretary

A Nashville native, Harry holds both his undergraduate and Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology and Counseling from Tennessee Tech University.  Mr. Ingle currently serves as Director of TTU’s College of Engineering’s Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center. Additionally, Harry serves as an adjunct for the Basic Engineering department and the College of Education.  He and his wife Sarah currently reside in Cookeville, TN and have 2 sons. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.






Jeffery Rahming – Director of Education

Jeffery is an Engineering Supervisor at a local valve manufacturer, Flowserve Corporation. Prior to his current assignment in Cookeville Jeff has made corporate stops in Oregon, Washington State, and Florida. Jeffery and his family; wife Dian, and son Jeffery J Rahming have resided in  Cookeville since 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Walla Walla College (Wa), a Master of Arts in Emergency & Disaster Management from American Public University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Arkansas.






Daniel Green – Director of Marketing

Daniel is a visualization specialist currently serving as 3D Designer for local manufacturer Fixtur-World Inc.  With a background in Custom Residential Architecture and an extensive graphic design portfolio, Daniel has created brand identifications for several local businesses including Riddle Family Care, The Uro Spa, Smart Play Day School and now to include IMPACT Cookeville™ & IMPACT Leadership. He holds certifications in CAD, 3D and Architectural Design. With his wife Demetric, an artist in her own right, they are raising two lovely daughters and an energetic son who are all following in their creative footsteps.






Kevin Christopher – Director of Economic Empowerment

Kevin is an intellectual property attorney and founder of Ridgeline Venture Law. He relocated from Oakland, California (Go Dubs!) in 2016, and is married to Lauren Christopher with children Leif, Jack Henry, and Indi (don’t ask, just roll with it). Kevin serves on advisory boards for Cookeville’s Biz Foundry, Chattanooga’s INCubator, and Tennessee’s statewide patent pro bono program LAVPA.