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Gina Stafford

Stafford named head of UTC communications

Gina Stafford is joining the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as its new assistant vice chancellor of communications and marketing.

With 25 years in journalism and communications, Stafford has served as director of communications for the UT System for the past 12 years. In that role, she has been the chief media spokesman for the system and managed the day-to-day operations in its Office of Communications.

A graduate of Tennessee Tech University, she began her journalism career at the Knoxville News Sentinel in 1993. In 1999, she was hired as public relations manager at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn. She remained with Blount Memorial until she joined the UT System in 2005.

Describing herself as an avid photographer, amateur hiker and diehard Cincinnati Reds fan, Stafford has earned multiple awards in both newspaper journalism and public relations, including Best of Show awards from both the East Tennessee Society for Professional Journalists and the East Tennessee chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

She will begin her new position at UTC on June 4.


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Erlanger president and CEO Kevin Spiegel speaks with members of the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial board Thursday.
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Staff photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Apr 3, 2013 - The Hullco Exteriors executive staff stands in the showroom at the East Brainerd business. From left are Brian Brock, general manager, Jenny Hullander and Matt Hullander, owners, and Ray Edler, production manager.

Hullander, Spiegel join First Tennessee board

Chattanooga businessman Matt Hullander and Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel have joined First Tennessee's Advisory Board.

Hullander is the owner of the home improvement company Hullco started by his father. In addition, he is the owner of Chestnut Holdings and B&M Development, both real estate development companies. He is also an investor and board advisor for Scenic Land Company. In 2015 Hullender started Chattamedia, a local ad agency focused on video production and video marketing. Along with his wife Jenny, Hullender started the Hullco Heritage Foundation to raise funds and support for several local charities.

Hullander is also chairman of the Hamilton County Zoning Appeals board and is member of the board of directors of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

Spiegel is the president and CEO of Erlanger Health System, the seventh largest public health system in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is a past Regent for Tennessee with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is currently a member of the Regents Advisory Council. He is on the board of directors of the Tennessee Hospital Association and the Tennessee delegate to the American Hospital Association. He also serves on the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network's Board of Directors, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce's Executive Committee, and, America's Essential Hospitals board .

"We are honored to have the knowledge and expertise that Matt Hullander and Kevin Spiegel bring to our Advisory Board," Chattanooga Market President Jeff Jackson said.

Theatre Centre adds two board members

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre has appointed Angela Griffin, a capital administrator of Tennessee American Water, and Darian Scott, community outreach coordinator for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, to its board of directors.

In her professional role, Griffin's responsibilities include coordination between departments to deliver Tennessee American Water's capital budget each year. She started her career with the American Water company in 2005 and has served in a variety of roles.

Griffin has earned several IT industry certifications, including Project+ and Security+. Additionally, she is a certified Cisco Networking Associate. She is also active in her community as a mentor for tnAchieves, the partnering organization to the TN Promise Scholarship, which works to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance. She is also an active volunteer at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

In his role at the Chamber, Scott works with the talent development team to help prepare Chattanooga's youth for the challenges of entering the workforce by organizing and delivering career readiness programs to Hamilton County students in grades 8 through 12. He also works with businesses in the community by organizing job and career fairs and helping to connect local employers to potential workers.

Scott is the founder of Minority Connection, a networking group aimed at connecting and encouraging business-to-business relationships in the African American community. He also serves on the committee for Youth Leadership Chattanooga and on the Board of Directors for SoundCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the music industry economy in the region.

Founded in 1923, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the Southeast and produces high-caliber theatrical productions and provides volunteer and educational opportunities for people of all ages.

Lee students win ADDY Awards

Students from the Lee University Department of Communication Arts received seven student awards from the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

Ten students represented and submitted work from Lee's Vindagua, a student-run magazine. Twelve students were affiliated with and submitted work from Lee's National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team. The remaining three Lee participants submitted individually completed work.

"Our students did extremely well this year, displaying the benefits of working in teams," said Dr. Megan Moe, professor of communication and advisor for Lee's NSAC team.

Students from Vindagua and Lee's NSAC team received the only two Gold Student ADDY awards. The Vindagua team also won the Student Best in Show award.

The individual students won a number of awards including senior advertising major Angela Williams who won Silver for a commercial and Bronze for a truck wrap design; senior elementary education major Jaclyn DeVries who won Bronze for a photograph; and senior graphic design major Kaitlyn Anderson who won Bronze for a graphic design piece.

The Vindagua and NSAC team entries were forwarded to the AAF-District 7 competition. Vindagua won a district Silver ADDY as well as a Judge's Choice award. Each of the four judges chose their favorite work from either the professional or student entries, with one judge selecting the Vindagua Yearbook as the favorite submission.

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions.

Lee University's Vindagua is a biannual student-run publication that is distributed at the end of every semester.

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