Business Digest: Southern Adventist names Rachel Williams-Smith journalism dean

Business Digest: Southern Adventist names Rachel Williams-Smith journalism dean

August 6th, 2017 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

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Legacy Senior Living names Terry VP

Chris Terry has joined Legacy Senior Living, a Cleveland-based senior living management company, as regional vice president of operations.

Terry served in the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve for seven years, with military occupational specialties in infantry, administration and combat water survival.

Prior to his service, Terry completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Terry brings more than 15 years experience in senior care management to Legacy Senior Living, including three years as a regional director of operations.

In this new position, Terry will oversee operations serving Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

"Having worked with Chris in the past, I am confident his leadership and operations skills will make a significant impact in our facilities," said Bryan Cook, chief operating officer of Legacy Senior Living.

Panter named CFO at Chattanooga YMCA

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga has appointed Jonathan Panter as chief financial officer.

Panter was formerly a manager and assistant vice president at Unum Group in Chattanooga and previously held positions at the Chattanooga Heart Institute and Cigna Healthcare. He is a certified public accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is chairman of the board of directors at Hickory Valley Christian School and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix.

Panter succeeds Calvin Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years of working at the YMCA

Jenkins chairman of disabilities board

Amy Jenkins, director of home and community-based early intervention at Siskin Children's Institute, has been named board chair for the Tennessee State Interagency Coordinating Council.

The council, which supports the implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in the state, is made up of regional leaders in early intervention appointed by Tennesseee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Jenkins supervises 14 home visitors, who serve more than 310 families weekly, in the 10 counties of the Southeast District of Tennessee.

Jenkins is a certified routines-based interview trainer, certified routines-based home visiting trainer, has coordinated and presented during the Routines-Based Interview Certification Institute from 2012 through 2015, as well as leads the Siskin Home Visiting Training Institute.

Harwell elected to board for civil defense federation

Marc H. Harwell, an attorney at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, has been elected to the board of directors of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Founded in 1936, the federation is the premier organization for civil defense attorneys in the country. Membership is by invitation after an extensive peer-review selection process.

Harwell is vice-chairman of the federation's admissions committee and the projects and objectives committee.

Three attorney join Chambliss law firm

Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C. recently added three associate attorneys: Andrew Mutter, Kelly Etchells and Nate Kinard to its growing litigation and risk-management practice, which was recently recognized for general commercial litigation by Chambers USA, a leader in national law firm rankings.

- Mutter previously practiced law in the business litigation group at King and Spalding in Atlanta, where he developed specialties in cybersecurity and policyholder insurance recovery. As a general commercial litigator at Chambliss, he focuses on corporate insurance coverage disputes, cybersecurity issues, class actions and high-stakes litigation. He also serves as co-chairman of Chambliss' cybersecurity group, representing and advising clients in regulatory, utilities, data privacy and security matters.

- Etchells joined Chambliss after practicing at Alston and Bird LLP in Atlanta, where her practice focused on product liability defense. After graduating second in her law school class from the University of Georgia School of Law, Etchells served as a law clerk in Jacksonville, Fla.

- Kinard practices as a trial and appellate litigator. He started his career in Fairbanks, Alaska, as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kinard graduated from William and Mary Law School, where he tied for first in his class.

Cox joins EMJ as general counsel

Colby Cox has been named general counsel at EMJ Corp., a Chattanooga-based constructon firm. In this role, he will provide legal counsel to EMJ and its family of companies regarding operations and risk management and will work at the company's Dallas office.

Most recently, Colby was vice president and general counsel for J.E. Dunn Construction.

"Colby's leadership ability and desire to serve, make him an exceptional fit for our team," said Burt Odom, president and CEO of EMJ.

Southern Adventist names Smith journalism dean

Southern Adventist University has named Rachel Williams-Smith dean of the School of Journalism and Communication.

Williams-Smith comes to Southern from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., where she served four years, most recently as graduate program director of the communication department. She has 19 years of teaching experience and eight years of overlapping management experience at the university level.

Williams-Smith recently authored the autobiographical book "Born Yesterday: The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century but Raised in the 19th," sharing her journey from growing up in extreme circumstances to leading a balanced, vibrant life.

She earned her PhD in communication from Regent University after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and Oakwood University. She assumes the role of dean from Linda Crumley, who moved to Walla Walla University.

Stephenson joins Ryan White board

Chattanooga CARES CEO Shannon Stephenson was recently selected to be on the board of the Ryan White Clinics for 340B Access.

Ryan White Clinics for 340B Access is a coalition of HIV/AIDS medical providers receiving support under the Ryan White CARE Act. Organized in 2013, the organization seeks ways to preserve the benefits of the 340B program.

Harper named Parkridge Valley administrator

Tony J. Harper, has been named Parkridge Valley Hospital assistant administrator. He will help provide operations oversight for the four-facility Parkridge Valley behavioral health system that includes the Parkridge Valley Adult & Senior and Parkridge Valley Child & Adolescent campuses, both in Chattanooga, Parkridge Valley Cleveland Outpatient and Mountainview Treatment Center in Jasper, Tenn.

Harper preivously served as executive vice president of human resources and regulatory affairs at Strategic Behavioral Health in Memphis and as vice president of human resources and administrative services at Sequel Management Services in Huntsville, Ala.

"We are fortunate to have someone with Tony's experience and background join our team," Melissa Arkin, Parkridge Valley CEO, said.

Harper received his MBA from City University of Seattle in Bellevue, Wash., and his undergraduate degree from Newport University in Newport Beach, Calif.

Chattanooga Heart Institute adds Dr. Lehman to staff

The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial has added Philip Lehman, M.D. to its medical staff.

Lehman received his medical degree from Duke University and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Duke University Health System.

The Chattanooga Heart Institute has 25 highly-trained cardiologists, including specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging and vascular disease and two cardiothoracic surgeons on staff.

Dominion Senior Living adds directors in Athens

Dominion Senior Living of Athens has hired five new members of its management team. Melissa Ingram has been named wellness director; Jessica Skelton is appointed business office director; Rhonda Elkins is life enrichment director; Joy Lewis was named dining service director; and John Crisp is maintenance director. The new team members are all Tennessee natives. Each will be under the direction of Shannon Alvey, the community's executive director.

"Our directors share over 100 years combined experience of servant leadership within their individual fields of expertise," Alvey said.

State Bar diversity group adds U.S. Xpress attorney

Glen R. Fagan of U.S. Xpress Inc. in Chattanooga has been appointed by the 49,000-member State Bar of Georgia to serve on its Georgia diversity program committee for 2017-18.

The committee monitors and renders advice to state bar leadership with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operation of the Georgia diversity program.

NACo elects Mackey to board of directors

Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey has been named to the National Association of Counties board of directors as an at-large member for a one-year term.

The NACo board provides strategic direction for the organization and advice on budgets and administrative matters.

Brady earns license for engineering work

Stephen Brady, P.E., has received his professional engineering license.

Brady has worked for six years on the civil team at the Chattanooga engineer firm of March Adams.

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