Meet 11 of the latest hirings and promotions in the Chattanooga business community

Contributed photo / Andrew White
Contributed photo / Andrew White


Andrew White is the new president of Cleveland State Community College, heading the state-supported college that currently has more than 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students.

The Tennessee Board of Regents appointed White to the post, starting April 1, to succeed former president Ty Stone and interim president Ray Brooks.

White previously served as the senior director of the Fast Forward program at Belmont University in Nashville where he created a think tank-like program to work with area high schools, employers and colleges to boost college attendance and job training. After a 20-year career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the University of Tennessee in 2007 and held administrative roles in UT's Haslam College of Business before accepting a position as dean of the business and technology division at Volunteer State Community College in 2019.

"I look forward to serving the college's students and the faculty, staff, and community partners who support them," White said after h was appointed to the post in February. "Cleveland State has been transforming and enriching the lives of students and fueling the economic success of southeast Tennessee for decades. It's an honor to join the team that is carrying on that great tradition."

White has a doctorate of education in education leadership from at the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in public administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tennessee.

Steven Ramsey has joined HHM CPAs in the firm's Chattanooga office as a senior tax manager.

Ramsey, who has worked for more than 25 years as an accountant, earned his accounting degree from Penn-West Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

Vicky Anderton has been named director of nursing of the subacute rehabilitation program at the Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.

Anderton has worked in nursing for the past four decades and joined Siskin Hospital eight years ago. She is a graduate of DePauw University.

Susan Jeffery is a new senior tax manager for HHM CPAs in Chattanooga.

A CPA with more than 20 years of accounting experience, Jeffery is a graduate of DePauw University.

Jewell Anderson, who joined the Chattanooga architectural firm of Tinker Ma, LLC four year ago, has been promoted to lead its urban design and planning studio.

Anderson earned a Master of Architecture as well as a Master of Planning from the University of Arizona. She also studied four years of architecture and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law, Politics and Society.

Erin Creal has been named office and family services manager for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

A native Chattanoogan, Creal is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who began her career with Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency. She later served at Partnership for Families, Children and Adults in Youth Services and most recently served as executive director for Chattanooga Room in the Inn.


Gary Sanders, an insurance agent and manager for the past 14 years, has been appointed area executive for McGriff Insurance Services.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Sanders joined McGriff in January 2023 and most recently served as managing executive for the company's Chattanooga office. He succeed Mark Forrester, who recently retired.

Adam Jones has been named the new head of credit for Happy Feet International.

A chartered financial analyst, Jones previously served as the treasurer of EPB and a portfolio administrator for Patten and Patten. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Haley Moody has been elected and promoted as a member of Miller & Martin law firm. Moody is a commercial litigation attorney, guiding clients through complex business dealings and disputes.

Jasmin Rippon has been promoted to vice president of development at the Journey Health Foundation.

She previously led a $2.6 million capital campaign for the Trust for Public Land's Tennessee office after serving in development roles at Siskin Children's Institute, the Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee and Chattanooga's Kids on the Block. She is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Grady Stout has been named vice president of operations for Tennessee American Water.

Stout, who is licensed professional engineer, has been with American Water for over 11 years and most recently served as director of engineering. He also served as interim vice president of operations. Stout is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

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