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Rodney Van Valkenburg has been named interim president of ArtsBuild, succeeding the retiring Dan Bowers, who served as president for the past 11 years.

Van Valkenburg joined ArtsBuild in 2001 after serving for more than 18 years with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre as director of programs and director of education. In his role at ArtsBuild as director of grants and initiatives, Van Valkenburg has overseen all of ArtsBuild's arts education and grant-making programs, and has played a key leadership role in ArtsBuild's mission to build a stronger community through the arts.

"Rodney has helped ArtsBuild grow into the organization it is today, by guiding and leading important programs that support arts education, arts programs in the community, arts advocacy, and our network of arts organizations in Chattanooga," ArtsBuild's Board Chair, Dr. Mary Tanner, said. "I feel very confident that Rodney will be a strong leader for the organization through this brief transition."


IPMI names Isaiah Mouw top Parking Professional

The International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) has named Chattanooga resident Isaiah Mouw, vice president, Citizens Parking, as its 2019 James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year.

The award, part of IPMI's annual Professional Recognition Program, honors management-level professionals who direct an entire parking/transportation operation or manage multiple units within a department. Recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by IPMI's Professional Recognition Committee.

In his tenure at Citizens Lanier Holdings, Mouw helped add 15 municipal operations in his first year . As an advocate of professional development, education and best practices, Mouw created a monthly Municipal Best Practices series for field teams that provides a platform for industry thought leaders. He also led more than 30 fellow Citizens employees to become industry certified. In 2012, Isaiah was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 2014, Isaiah was awarded the Chairman's Award from IPMI.


Circuit Court Judge Justin C. Angel picked to head 12th Judicial District Bar

Circuit Court Judge Justin C. Angel has been selected to serve as president of the 12th Judicial District Bar Association, which includes Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Marion, Franklin and Grundy counties.

Angel is the current presiding judge of the 12th Judicial District. He recently served a term on the Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee and is a current member of the TJC Legislative and Courtroom Security committees.

"Here in the 12th Judicial District, we undisputedly have some of best lawyers and legal minds in Tennessee," Angel said. "It's a humbling honor to preside as president of our impressive Bar Association.

Judge Angel was elected to the bench for an eight year term in 2014. He is a graduate of Bledsoe County High School, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the .John Marshall Law School.


Stone Bank names Deborah Moyers as SBA chief operations officer

Deborah Moyers of Ooltewah has been named chief operations officer for the SBA division of the Arkansas-based Stone Bank.

Moyers began her career more than 15 years ago as a commercial loan officer, credit analyst and special assets officer for Community Trust & Banking Company. She most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Capital Growth Solutions, a Chattanooga-based Lender Service Provider. She has also served as vice president of loan administration and loan operations at CapitalMark Bank & Trust.

An Ohio native, Moyers attended Ohio University, The College of Mount Saint Joseph and The Ohio State University.

"We're very happy to welcome Deb to our team," said Vincent Muratore, president of Stone Bank's Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Division. She has been a great asset to us already as we've processed government-guaranteed loans through Capital Growth Solutions, and I expect that she will become invaluable in her new role."


Brian Jones designated Fellow of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, recently recognized. Brian K. Jones as a Fellow.

A Fellow signifies that a member has lived up to the Academy's values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility.

Jones has worked in clinical dietetic leadership roles for over a decade for Memorial CHI Health System and Erlanger Health System, among others. Currently employed by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, he is supervisor of population health for the Medicare Advantage line of business..

Jones recently completed his tenure as president of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was recognized locally as "Outstanding Dietitian of the Year" in Chattanooga 2019.


Hannah McCannon joins Ark Pet Spa & Hotel

Hannah McCannon has joined The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel franchise crew as the new marketing manager. McCannon brings five years of content creation, graphic design, and marketing experience to The Ark.

McCannon graduated from Lee University with a BA in Communications Advertising and Graphic Design. Previously, Hannah was a the creative department lead at Print Expressions in McDonald, Tennessee.

She will be heading The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel's marketing efforts including content creation, strategic planning, and implementation of our marketing plan. The Ark now has five locations in Tennessee, Georgia, and one Ark is currently under development in Huntsville, Alabama.


Chamber of Commerce names 2019 class for Leadership Chattanooga

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has selected 44 community leaders to its Leadership Chattanooga class of 2019-20.

Leadership Chattanooga class members connect with our community while learning about what it means to lead. Through monthly sessions, education-related projects, police ride-alongs and more – participants graduate with a fresh understanding of our community's strengths and challenges, and how we can all be part of solutions.

Members of the 2019-20 Leadership Chattanooga class include Jill Allen, Urban Story Ventures; Terran Anderson, American Heart Association; Emily Barrow, Chambliss Center for Children; Crystal Bishop, Hamilton County government; Darren Caputo, Freeman, Goldis & Cash, PA; Angela Carr, EPB; Lakesha Carson, East Lake Academy; Xavier Cotto Bartolomei, Tennessee Valley Authority; Joshua Dempsey, Ronald McDonald House Charities; Allison Driver, The Montessori School; Frederick Eldorado, Volkswagen in Chattanooga; Nathan Freeman, Hamilton County Schools; David Gernhard, FirstBank; Varsha Ghodasra, Miller & Martin PLLC; Carter Hansard, Synovus; Toby Hewitt, Chattanooga Police Department; Tricia Hutchinson, HTI Employment Solutions; Paul Hutson, A Medida LLC; John Jolley, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Marcus Jones, Magnolia Developments, LLC; Alicia Juhl, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC; Heather Kwon, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Andrea Lewis, Reliance Human Capital Management; Robert Liddell, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Jocelyn Loza, Signal Centers, Inc.; Ana Mancebo, La Paz Chattanooga; Katie McCallie, Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga; Fabiola Ortiz, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union; Kristen Pavlik McCallie, Children's Advocacy Center; Christy Ramirez, Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist; Meredith Roberts, Tennessee Aquarium; Jed Roebuck, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC; Anne Rushing, Sculpture Fields at Montague Park; Tyler Shugarts, Children's Hospital at Erlanger; Sean Slaughter, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Craig Smith, Unum; Scott Smith, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank; Logan Taylor, Y.B.Normal?; Adrienne Terry, Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Kaylon Tuttle, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.; Susan Vandergriff, A Step Ahead Chattanooga; Jessica Whatley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga; Adrienne Zingrich, The Patten Group, and Andrew Zito, Chattanooga Lookouts.

"I see Leadership Chattanooga growing more diverse each year, representing the growing diversity of our community," said Diane Parks, Chamber Director of Leadership and Community Development. "This group of bright, accomplished professionals will grow exponentially from the Leadership Chattanooga experience and we look forward to a great year of learning from each other."

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