Lysette A. Aviles

Lysette A. Aviles

House Hasson Hardware

VP, Human Resources

Hometown: San Juan, PR

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

A city that is united, diverse, family and pet friendly where affordable housing is not a dream but a reality.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

Two great shops: Make It Yours (they can personalize ANYTHING!) and Alpine Cakery (best cupcakes in town).

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

One in five Americans suffer from mental illness. Roughly 40% of Knox County’s population are dealing with some sort of mental health issue. Access to necessary and adequate care is barred for many by the shortage in mental health providers and the high costs for care. In addition, the limited availability of mental health education and awareness perpetuates the social stigma associated with such conditions and treatments. To strengthen Knoxville, I would champion for greater awareness and the necessary mental health resources in our community.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

I moved to Knoxville almost 20 years ago from Los Angeles, sight unseen. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised by the warmth and friendliness of everyone I encountered. Whether I was talking to strangers at the gas station or chatting with new neighbors, everyone was exceptionally welcoming, kind and genuine. It was an amazingly refreshing change!

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

Unnatural History by Jonathan Kellerman

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

Never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. Crystal Washington

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

The adage “Everything happens for a reason” is absolutely true. The reason might not be obvious at times, or it might take a long time to reveal itself, but everything does happen for a reason. So pay attention, as there is always a lesson to be learned from every single life experience.

Lysette A. Aviles