YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga names new CEO and more Chattanooga-area career moves

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YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga names new CEO

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga's Board of Directors has named Baron Herdelin-Doherty as the organization's new president and chief executive officer, effective July 19. Herdelin-Doherty assumes the position following the retirement of outgoing president and CEO Janet Dunn.

Herdelin-Doherty brings with him more than 35 years in the YMCA movement, most recently serving as president and CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County, a $240 million organization. In that role he was responsible for 18 branches, three resident camps and 197 after school sites. He also supervised 5,500 staff and served 480,000 individuals annually.

Some of Herdelin-Doherty's accomplishments in that role included increasing the budget by $105 million, increasing membership by 17,000 units and opening six new branches.

"I'm very honored to be able to share this work - this joy - with the Chattanooga team and community," Herdelin-Doherty said. "I'm very impressed with this organization between the board, the staff and all of the work the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is already doing in the community. I'm very excited about what I know we can do together moving forward."

In addition to his role as CEO for the YMCA of San Diego County, Herdelin-Doherty also served as president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio; chief operating officer/senior vice president of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak region; group vice president of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee; and executive director at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, YMCA of Greater Kansas City and YMCA of Mobile, Alabama.

"We are confident that Baron will be a positive leader not only for our staff and members, but also for the Chattanooga community," said Pat Neuhoff, board chairwoman for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga.

Mike Bradshaw named entrepreneur-in-residence

UTC's Gary W. Rollins College of Business has named Mike Bradshaw as the first entrepreneur-in-residence in the UTC Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established in 2018 to engage, equip and encourage UTC's innovators and entrepreneurs. The center supports the entire UTC community through cross-campus programming and initiatives, and addresses UTC's strategic goal to "Inspire, nurture and empower scholarship, creativity, discovery, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives."

As entrepreneur-in-residence, Bradshaw will re-energize the Idea Central Living-Learning Community, a program in which students with an interest in entrepreneurship live together while learning more about the field and opportunities to pursue it on campus and in the community. He will also oversee a mentor program for student and faculty entrepreneurs, develop a Startup Internship Program, act as a coach in CIE's pilot program for measuring and developing entrepreneurship skills and lead other initiatives that spread entrepreneurship across the UTC campus and better connect the CIE to the Chattanooga Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

Bradshaw, a lifelong entrepreneur, has helped build businesses in diverse industries including startups in hospitality, software, digital publishing and high-speed internet. As the former executive director of The Company Lab, a UTC alum and a currently serving adjunct professor at UTC, he is devoted to UTC and Chattanooga's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

"UTC was instrumental to the emergence of Chattanooga's startup community over the past decade," Bradshaw said. "In fact, UTC students and graduates accounted for the largest number of participants in the Company Lab's programs of any institution in the region."

Foundation expands team, hires Tucker McClendon

The Millennial Debt Foundation has expanded its team with the hiring of Tucker McClendon as director of events.

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McClendon comes to MDF after three years as manager of the Chattanooga Market with Public Markets Inc., and he currently serves as the District 8 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education.

"Tucker will be a strong addition to the MDF team as we continue to plan more events across the country raising awareness about the need for stewardship in government," said Weston Wamp, who founded MDF in 2019 to address the exploding national debt and its impact on future generations.

As a director of events, McClendon will be responsible for planning and executing all events, digital and in-person for MDF, which has organized events featuring prominent state and federal officials in Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin in 2021. MDF is currently planning events in Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Miami for late summer and early fall of this year.

McClendon was elected to the Hamilton County School Board in 2018.

"I'm excited to join MDF and be a part of its mission to lead conversations regarding fiscal responsibility," McClendon said.

Dr. Wade Lenz joins CHI Memorial Ooltewah practice

CHI Memorial Medical group announces that Dr. Wade Lenz, a family medicine physician, has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Ooltewah.

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Lenz earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He completed an internship and residency in family practice at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Lenz is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

At CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Ooltewah, Lenz joins Dr. William Bates, Dr. Mark Crago, Dr. Kent Grotefendt, Dr. Bruce Johnson, and Dr. Allen Sherwood and a clinical staff of advance practice nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical assistants.

Trust Company of Tennessee adds William Probasco as client specialist

The Trust Company of Tennessee has hired William Probasco as a client specialist based in the firm's Chattanooga office.

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Founded in 1987 and with offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities, The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $4 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

"William is a tremendous addition as we continue to expand our Chattanooga team," said Zach Hurst, vice president and Chattanooga managing director for The Trust Company of Tennessee. "He is a genuine person and a trusted professional who will be an immediate asset to our clients and to our team. Our company strongly values our role in the community, and William's passion for supporting the Chattanooga community matches perfectly. We feel this is a great fit."

Probasco earned a bachelor's degree in sports management with a minor in business from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He previously served as account manager for Genesco Sports Enterprises in Dallas, Texas, and marketing manager for the New York Yankees.

Josh Lee named executive director at Life Care Center of Cleveland

Life Care Center of Cleveland recently named Josh Lee as its new executive director.

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"I am honored and humbled to be at Life Care Center of Cleveland," said Lee. "I first began my journey with Life Care as an intern, and now, years later, I feel so blessed to be serving in my community alongside a really great team of professionals who have a lot of longevity and a passion for short- and long-term care."

Lee earned his bachelor's degree in health science from Lee University in his hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee. He currently resides in Cleveland with his wife, Paige, and 15-month-old son, Judah.

Lee has been with Life Care since 2015.

"I've had the privilege of working with Josh over the past three years," said Robert Hubbartt, vice president of the Cumberland Region for Life Care.

Pam Teague to become Sarkes Tarzian's CEO

Sarkes Tarzian Inc. announced that Pam Teague has been named chief operating officer effective Jan. 9, 2022. Teague will be responsible for overseeing the company's television and radio divisions.

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Teague currently serves as president and general manager of WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, a position she has held since 2019. Teague has been with WRCB-TV for nearly 40 years, previously serving as the station's programming director, controller and station manager.

"Pam will be an excellent chief operating officer for Sarkes Tarzian," said Tom Tolar, current COO of the company. "She is highly respected among the executive leadership team and will be a great asset to our television and radio divisions."

"In addition, Pam has extensive industry experience and a full understanding of the guiding philosophy of Sarkes Tarzian's board of directors," said Tom Tarzian, CEO for Sarkes Tarzian Inc.

As COO, Teague will be based in Chattanooga, but will also oversee divisions in Reno, Nevada, and Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana.

EPB named TVA EnergyRight top performer in Tennessee Valley

EPB has been named as a top performer in the Tennessee Valley Authority seven-state region when it comes to helping customers save money and energy through the TVA EnergyRight program.

"EPB is being recognized as a top performer in 12 categories related to electrification, energy efficiency and renewables, making EPB the most recognized local power company in the Tennessee Valley," said Cindy Herron, vice president of TVA EnergyRight.

TVA EnergyRight, in partnership with local power companies, worked to offer innovative and valuable programs to residents and businesses in the Tennessee Valley.

EPB was the top performer in the Tennessee Valley in three categories, and helped customers save 18.5 million kWh, making it the number one local power company when it comes to total energy saved across all TVA EnergyRight programs.

"EPB provides the staffing, promotion and resources to ensure that customers are aware of and can participate in energy efficiency measures to save money on their electric bills," said Herron. "We are very proud of this great accomplishment and are very excited about what lies ahead in this rapidly changing energy marketplace."

BlueCross leaders promoted within HR, communications

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee recently announced the promotion of two current leaders to senior management roles within the company.

Roy Vaughn has been elevated from senior vice president and chief communications officer to SVP and chief human resources officer at BlueCross. He will now oversee all human relations and properties and corporate services functions including recruiting, talent management, compensation, benefits, corporate and regional facilities, as well as safety and security.

"Since joining BlueCross in 2007, Roy has demonstrated his ability to successfully build teams, lead organizational change and provide counsel to executive leadership, including areas within HR," said J.D. Hickey, president and CEO of BlueCross.

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In addition, Dalya Qualls, the company's corporate communications director, has assumed the role of SVP and chief communications officer. Qualls now leads all centralized strategic communications functions for BlueCross, including internal and external communications, brand voice, consumer experience, digital marketing, advertising and design, and community relations.

"As a proven and effective leader, Dalya's expertise in strategic communications has been a distinct asset to BlueCross since she joined the company in 2019," said Hickey.

Patrick Durham to lead Cempa Community Care's new pharmacy

Cempa Community Care has picked Patrick Durham to head its new community pharmacy. Durham, a South Pittsburg native, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before earning his pharmacy degree at the Mercer University College of Pharmacy. He comes to Cempa with more than 12 years of chain pharmacy experience.

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"Historically, most of our patients' prescriptions have been sent to a mail-order pharmacy and then delivered to them. They may have talked to a pharmacist on the phone but they've never met in person," said Durham. "So, I'm really excited about developing relationships with all the new patients here."

While the pharmacy is primarily aimed at clients of Cempa, it is a full-service pharmacy open to anyone in the community.

- Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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