Business Digest: Girls Inc. names Colleen Combs as officer

Business Digest: Girls Inc. names Colleen Combs as officer

August 19th, 2018 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

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Girls Inc. names ColleenĀ Combs as officer

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga has added Colleen Combs as its chief advancement officer. Combs is responsible for developing and strengthening the non-profit's visibility, partnerships and community support for in-school and out-of-school programs.

Combs earned a marketing degree from Clemson University. She is the president of the East Ridge Council of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Notre Dame High School and is a member of Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute and Public Relations Society of America. Colleen is a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga community and a 2004 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.

"Her experience and knowledge will be invaluable as Girls Inc. of Chattanooga continues to be laser-focused on the unique needs of girls and young women," said Melissa Blevins, CEO of Girls Inc. "We are confident that her leadership and enthusiasm will help Girls Inc. build on 50-plus years of success and further our mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold."

J.D. Frost adds King, Carman, Hood added as tax partners

Alan King, Brittany Carman, and Ryan Hood have been named tax partners at public accounting firm J.D. Frost & Company, PLLC.

King is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with both bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting. He has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance with a particular focus in the construction, manufacturing and distribution, and technology and startup industries. Recently, King has led a series of tax seminars for clients that explains the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and he says his primary goal "is to help clients be ready for what's next."

Carman is an accounting graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology . She oversees all financial statement assurance engagements including audits, reviews, compilations, and preparations. Her experience spans a variety of industries including construction contractors, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofit entities, and privately-held companies.

"The tax and assurance world is rapidly changing, and being a partner at a cutting-edge firm like J.D. Frost & Company is an honor," Carman said.

Hood is an accounting graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has 12 years of industry experience specializing in small business, real estate, and the construction industry. Ryan also handles IRS correspondence related to tax notices for J.D. Frost clients.

"I've seen firsthand the difference that proper tax planning can make for my clients' businesses and families," he said.

Ashton is loan officer at Mortgage Investors

Jordan Ashton has joined Mortgage Investors Group as its newest loan officer in its Chattanooga branch.

The Chattanooga native earned a finance degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and worked as a loan officer assistant within the local mortgage lending industry before joining MIG last month as a licensed mortgage loan originator.

In that role, he advises homebuyers from Tennessee and Georgia about conventional loans and those insured by government agencies, such as FHA, VA, Rural Housing, Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and Georgia Dream loans.

"I am extremely passionate about the mortgage industry, my clients and my career," Ashton said. "I am so excited to be a part of Tennessee's top mortgage lending company."

Since opening its doors in 1989, the Knoxville-based company has served more than 115,000 clients in excess of $18 billion. The firm has nearly 400 employees in 25 branch locations from Memphis to the Tri-Cities, and has also been the Tennessee Housing Development Agency's (THDA) top lender for 14 successive years.

Copeland heads sales for Legacy Village

Caroline Copeland has been named director of sales and marketing of Legacy Village of Cleveland, an assisted living and memory care community in Cleveland, Tennessee scheduled to open this fall.

Copeland previously worked in sales at Hospice of Chattanooga, where she provided support for community outreach liaisons, and at Whirlpool Corp., a leading appliance manufacturer. She is a graduate of Lee University, where she played on the women's basketball team as a four-year scholar athlete. She received the Lady Flame Award in 2015 and 2016.

"I have a special heart for the Greatest Generation, and want to make sure they are loved and taken care of like their family would. I have been called to serve, and I am very passionate about encouraging and helping others continue to live a purposeful life," Copeland said.

Nelson named as ASHE Fellow

Erlanger Health System's Associate Chief Nursing Officer J. Ted Nelson, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, achieved the distinguished honor of becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits, demonstrating professional/community involvement and passing a comprehensive examination. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak adds Siciliano as attorney

The Chattanooga law firm Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak has added Kathleen Siciliano, 2018 University of Tennessee law graduate, as a new associate attorney.

A Chattanooga native, Siciliano is a graduate of GPS and served as the publications editor and web editor for the Tennessee Law Review while in law school and was also active in the Environmental Law Organization. Siciliano received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 2015.

Prior to joining BDP, Kathleen interned with the Chattanooga City Attorney's office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Urologist Currin joins CHI Medical

Mark Currin, M.D., has joined CHI Memorial Chattanooga Urology Associates.

Dr. Currin received medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at Medical University of South Carolina. His career interests are in the medical and surgical management of stone disease, endourology, urological oncology, minimally invasive and robotic urology, and female incontinence and voiding symptoms. His robotic experience is primarily in kidney, ureteral, and prostate surgery.

Dr. Currin is returning to his hometown, and joining the same practice where his father, Samuel Currin, M.D., practiced for 26 years. Dr. Mark Currin was a whitewater kayak instructor while in college, and served as a medical student volunteer in Uganda during medical school.

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