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Steam Logistics, an international logistics and customs house broker based in Chattanooga, has promoted eight employees to key positions in the company.

Laura Fava was promoted to vice president of operations. Having previously served as the Director of Enterprise, responsible for Steam's high-volume, contracted business, Fava will play a key role in growing and developing all operational functions at Steam. Originally from Berlin, Germany, Laura joined Steam in 2016.

Erika Stephens, who joined Steam in 2015, was named director of operations. She has held various roles in different departments and has evolved into a well-rounded expert in international logistics. In her new role, Erika will oversee all day-to-day operations from Steam's ocean and air freight movements.

Brandon Davidson, a staff accountant who joined Steam last year, was promoted to senior accountant. He will be responsible for training new staff along with the implementation and management of all finance and accounting functions.

Barry Grove was promoted to senior director of planning and development. Grove started in 2015 in Steam's sales department and has held various managerial roles at Steam.

Drew Gersbach, at Atlanta native who joined Steam last year, was promoted to director of sales. He previously worked in managerial roles at TCW and Grove Services in their logistics/operations departments.

Riley Cooper promoted to sales manager. Cooper joined Steam in 2018 after completing an internship at Second Story Properties.

Cal Pickel was promoted to sales manager. He joined Steam in 2018 after working for the Baylor School and Chattanooga Football Club.

Alex Roberts also was promoted to sales Manager. He joined Steam in 2018.

"These promotions reflect Steam's commitment to excellence, and our focus on career development," said Brittany Paone, human resources manager at Steam Logistics. "We have built a high performing team that requires we recruit, retain and recognize individuals for their leadership and contributions."


PassPointe engineers join local Stantec office

A team of civil engineering experts has joined Stantec's community development practice in Chattanooga. The four-person group joins the global engineering and design firm from Passpointe Engineering, PLLC, a consulting firm that had provided civil engineering, conservation and green design services for nearly 10 years.

Collectively, the team brings over 80 years of expertise in site and civil design, including master planning, storm water management, flood studies, sanitary sewers and utilities, retaining walls, recreation and sport fields, and roadway, parking and pavement design.

"In welcoming this esteemed group of experts, we're able to enhance our client service offerings and better connect with local communities, an ongoing goal for our team," said Jeff Rice, Stantec senior principal in the community development group. "Their diverse range of experience and strong relationships in the region will strengthen our ability to deliver quality solutions with the potential to improve our communities and general quality of life."

Those joining Stantec include engineers Jan Pass, Anthony Spallone and Deirdre Hayes.

Pass will serve as a civil team lead in Stantec's Chattanooga office. As the former president and founder of Passpointe Engineering, she has more than 30 years of experience in civil and site design, survey, project management and contract administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and recreation resource administration from North Carolina State University.

Spallone joins Stantec as a civil designer with experience in site and civil design, including erosion prevention and sediment control, grading, storm drainage systems, stormwater management and site and utility water/sewer design. Spallone has more than five years of experience in the design and engineering of commercial and residential projects and 13 years of experience managing complex construction and expansion projects involving health care and commercial facilities. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Hayes joins Stantec as a civil technician. She has more than 30 years of experience as a CAD technician and graphic specialist and brings technical and research experience in the area of land surveying. She attended Baptist College, now known as Charleston Southern University, and Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina.

Leslie Russell also is joining Stantec as a technical assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in human resource management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Cates, Thomas join Vascular Institute

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (VIC) has added Marysol Thomas and Ashleigh Cates as nurse practitioners, bringing the number of nurse practitioners at the institute to seven.

Thomas, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before obtaining her Master of Science degree from Southern Adventist University. She is accredited as a family nurse practitioner by the American of Nurse Practitioners. Thomas is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice, and Tennessee Nurses Association.

Cates, who will be treating wound care patients in addition to vascular needs, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is accredited as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a Certified Wound Care Nurse by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board. Cates is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice, and Sigma Theta Tau-Nursing Honor's Society.

"At VIC, our nurse practitioners demonstrate a high level of patient care, leading to better outcomes for our patients," said Chris LeSar, MD, VIC's founding physician and vascular surgeon.


Dr. Mandawat joins CHI Heart Institute

The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial has added cardiologist Aditya Mandawat to its staff. Dr. Mandawat received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed a residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In Durham, North Carolina, he completed cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Duke University Hospital, a cardiovascular diseases research fellowship at Duke Clinical Research Institute, and an advanced cardiovascular imaging fellowship at Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center. Mandawat is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, and the National Board of Echocardiography.

The Chattanooga Heart Institute has 27 highly-trained cardiologists - including specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging and vascular disease— and three cardiothoracic surgeons on staff.


Parkridge Bone & Joint Opens in East Brainerd

Parkridge Bone & Joint has opened a full-service orthopedic office and walk-in clinic in East Brainerd. Located at 1510 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 120, the office joins Parkridge Bone & Joint locations in Hixson and downtown Chattanooga to create a network of easily accessible specialty orthopedic clinics throughout Chattanooga.

Board-certified physicians Martin Redish and Chris Pankiw, and physician assistant Lauren Milleville, will provide orthopedic treatment options. An on-site walk-in clinic allows patients with non-emergent injuries to receive specialty care with no appointment necessary.


SoundCorps hires Boyd as development director

SoundCorps has hired Emily Kate Boyd as the nonprofit's first development coordinator. She will be responsible for building and executing the development plan, and implementing the information technology systems to support the charity's fundraising strategy.

"Emily Kate could not have joined us at a better time, as SoundCorps begins to expand alongside Chattanooga's blossoming music scene," said Stratton Tingle, executive director for SoundCorps. "We're excited about the professional expertise she brings to the organization as well as the years she has spent building her own brand as a songwriter and internationally performing musician."

SoundCorps' vision is to establish Chattanooga as a music mecca with a growing cultural economy.

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