Cronk, Newmyer join Erlanger surgery unit
Erlanger Health System is expanding its Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center with the addition of Daniel Robert Cronk Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS and Rachel Newmyer, RN, BLS.
Dr. Cronk received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. After completing his general surgery internship and residency at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., he served as a general and bariatric surgeon in the United States Army.
Dr. Cronk has performed more than 750 bariatric stapling procedures. His clinical areas of expertise are bariatric laparoscopic surgery and adolescent bariatric surgery. He specializes in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and has experience with the management of duodenal switch and intragastric balloon placements surgeries. Prior to joining Erlanger, Dr. Cronk was the primary bariatric surgeon with the Methodist Bariatric Surgery Center in Omaha, Neb.
Newmyer, who previously served as a surgical clinician and coordinator with the Surgical Weight Management Program at CHI Memorial, will serve as the center's nurse navigator, where she will help guide patients through a continuum of care.
Maragnano named Hatcher Foundation resource coordinator
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has named Samantha Maragnano, a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate, to the new position of regional resource development coordinator.
Maragnano, a native of Plympton, Mass., previously studied at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., and at University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Maragnano has extensive experience doing volunteer work in the Chattanooga area for the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the Youth Cancer Awareness Program and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults in Chattanooga as an intern.
"I'd never seen an organization like this that does so much in so many ways for people," Maragnano said. "They are such good people. I can't wait to work with them in a more involved way."
Exum to chair TBA estate planning
The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) has elected Jennifer Exum, estate planning and probate administration attorney at the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C., as the chair of the TBA Estate Planning and Probate Section. With more than a decade of experience, Exum counsels Chambliss clients in the areas of estate administration, estate planning, conservatorships, tax, estate-related litigation and general civil litigation.
Exum previously served as the vice chair of the TBA Estate Planning and Probate Section, overseeing activity for nearly 700 members.
Exum has served on the section's executive council as an Eastern Division delegate since 2008, when she succeeded former Hamilton County Clerk and Master S. Lee Akers.
Van Valkenburg heads theater marketing
Julie Van Valkenburg has been named marketing director at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, the 94-year-old community theater that provides artistic and educational experiences for children and adults.
Van Valkenburg, a volunteer at the Theatre Centre for 25 years, has worked in marketing, communications, publishing and media in her 30-year career. Her professional experience spans education, health care, philanthropy, corporate environments and two metropolitan newspapers.
She will lead the theater's marketing, brand development, public relations, media relations, advertising, social media, website management and digital marketing initiatives.
Ooltewah Animal Clinic adds Childers
Dr. Sarah Childers has joined Ooltewah Animal Clinic. She received her B.S. in animal science in 2014 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.
She took electives in spay/neuter, advanced radiology, advanced neurology and small animal sports medicine and rehabilitation.
During her time in school, she served as a veterinary missionary in Namibia, Bolivia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well as within the U.S. in Alaska and Texas. She has completed externships around the U.S. in neurology, zoo and emergency medicine practices.
Dr. Childers is working with Dr. Barry J. O'Neal at the Ooltewah Animal Clinic, where she volunteered in her youth. She said she is very excited to work alongside her longtime mentor, Dr. O'Neal.
Dorr to direct sales, marketing for The Chattanoogan
The Chattanoogan hotel, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property, named Robert Dorr director of sales and marketing. Tom Cupo, regional managing director for The Chattanoogan, made the announcement.
"I am very pleased to welcome Bob to The Chattanoogan and back to Benchmark," said Cupo. "He is supremely qualified to lead our hotel's sales and marketing operation, and to help the property achieve its business goals."
Dorr was most recently director of sales and marketing for The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, a mixed use hotel and residential property that exists within the tallest building in the state of Virginia.
Dorr previously held sales leadership positions with Westin, Hilton, Sheraton and Dolce properties. Earlier in his career, he served as director of sales for Benchmark while the company restored the historic Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pa.
Dorr attended Paul Smith's College in New York, where he majored in hotel and restaurant management. He has relocated to Chattanooga.
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