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Elizabeth Allison Tant ’87

Elizabeth Allison Tant '87 - Notable Alumni

Tant ’87 received a B.S. in education from the University of Alabama and a M.S. in social work from the University of Tennessee. She began her career as a teacher for at-risk children with the Davidson County, Tenn., school system. Additionally, Tant served as a social worker for homeless youth within the Home Education, Readiness and Opportunity (HERO) program and was one of the authors of published academic research on the program’s methods and results. She has also worked within the Baptist Hospital system in Knox County, Tenn., providing education and support services for maternal and postpartum patients. As executive director for Henry’s Fund, she works with the East Tennessee Foundation to identify and direct grant decisions for addiction treatment programs. Tant is active as a community educator regarding issues of youth addiction and recovery and the use of Naloxone as a critical community overdose prevention tool. She worked closely with her sister, Katie Allison ’85, to create and advocate for the passage of Henry’s Law, named for her late nephew Henry Granju, which Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law in 2018. Henry’s Law stiffens penalties for drug dealers who kill minors via criminal drug distribution.

Tant resides in Knoxville, and she and her husband, Ray Tant, are the parents of Eleanor, 22, McLean, 19, and Nancy, 13.