The board of directors for Orange Grove Center has named Tera Roberts as the new executive director, succeeding Kyle Hauth, who will be retiring Nov. 8.
Roberts, who was chosen from a field of 100 applicants, has already served Orange Grove for 24 years, most recently as the director of adult services. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
In her current role, she has successfully overseen significant changes in operations at the organization to comply with the federal Settings Rule.
"Orange Grove has a long history of collaborative partnerships within every sector of our greater community, and I look forward to building on that as we continue to meet the needs of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities," Roberts said.
Hauth, who has served as Orange Grove's executive director since July, 2005, announced his retirement in April.
"What makes it much easier to retire is knowing how supportive this community has always been of Orange Grove," he said.
Erlanger honors four at Dinner of Distinction
Dr. Daniel Fisher, Dr. Barry Heywood, Kim White, and the late Dr. Woody Kennedy will be honored at the Erlanger Health System Foundations annual "Dinner of Distinction" in January. This is the 17th year for Erlanger Foundation's recognition event.
Drs. Fisher, Heywood, and the late Kennedy were selected by previous Distinguished Physician honorees and will be recognized for their enduring commitment to foster quality medical services to this community, as well as for demonstrating unquestionable character and human compassion. Additional criteria used to choose honorees includes: a person who has contributed a lifetime of medical benefit to the community and a person committed to the healing mission and values of Erlanger Health System.
The Erlanger Foundations will also honor Kim White with the "Gordon Street Distinguished Community Leadership" award. This award, added in 2010, is given annually by Erlanger to community leaders who have championed the advancement of healthcare in the Greater Chattanooga region, committed to improving the health of people throughout our community and to the healing mission and values of Erlanger.
Erlanger's Dinner of Distinction is Friday, Jan. 17 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Westin Hotel. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and a program honoring the 2020 Distinguished Honorees.
More information is available at the Erlanger Health System Foundations at 423-778-4803 or Foundationevents@erlanger.org.
Office Furniture Warehouse adds Natasha Lukashenko for sales
Natasha Lukashenko has joined the sales team at Office Furniture Warehouse as their newest workspace consultant. Lukashenko previously worked at a Fortune 500 company in the office supply industry.
"Nathasha brings such a great energy and diversity to the Office Furniture Warehouse team - we're excited to have another of Chaanooga's many talented young professionals on our roster," said Beverly Jerman, vice president of business development at Office Furniture Warehouse.
Dr. John Gwin gains cerification in wound management
John Gwin, M.D., CWSP, general surgeon and medical director of the CHI Memorial Wound Healing Center, has received certification from the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM).
Qualified candidates for certification in wound management are required to achieve a passing score on the examination in order to earn the designation of CWSP (certified wound specialist physician). Dr. Gwin is the only medical doctor in Chattanooga with this certification.
Karen Rudolph joins University Surgical Associates as vascular surgeon
University Surgical Associates (USA) has hired Karen P. Rudolph, M.D., RPVI, to the vascular and endovascular surgery team serving the Chattanooga region.
Dr. Rudolph specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery, treating circulatory conditions including carotid disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), thoracic aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), mesenteric/renal artery disease, venous disorders including varicose veins and more. Dr. Rudolph graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, completed internship and residency training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a vascular fellowship at the University of Florida, Department of Vascular Surgery.
"As we continue to stay on the forefront of technology and technique, we are excited that Dr. Rudolph will bring quality care to vascular patients," said Michael S. Greer, M.D., president of University Surgical Associates.
Attorney creates Harwell Law Group
Attorney Marc Harwell has formed the Harwell Law Group, PLLC which is located in the fifth floor of the Volunteer State Life Building at 832 Georgia Avenue in downtown Chattanooga.
His law firm provides legal services involving catastrophic personal injury, complex commercial litigation and transactions, construction, premises liability, professional malpractice, products liability, and employment law.
Harwell is a Rule 31 listed mediator who has been practicing law since he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law in 1989, where he served on the Tennessee Law Review and as Graduate Student Representative to the University. In 1986, he graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is a former president of the Chattanooga Bar Association, has served on the board of directors of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) since 2017, and was a member of the board of directors of the American Law Firm Association from 2015-2017.
HHM adds five new accountants
HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, has hired five senior-level professionals in its Chattanooga office to expand services and support growth. The additions include two partners, a director, a manager, and a senior accountant.
John Klisch, a CPA for over 39 years, will be a technical partner in HHM's accounting and assurance department. He supports the department by providing specialized financial, accounting, and auditing expertise with respect to mid-sized and growth-oriented companies. On his long list of professional feats, Klisch successfully managed BDO USA's Atlanta assurance practice through the most recent recession.
Stuart McCallum, ASA, will serve as a partner in the Management Advisory Services (MAS) department. Prior to joining HHM, Stuart was the retail dealership advisory lead for one of the country's largest accounting firms. Most recently, he was the vice president of investment banking for a boutique investment bank where he provided sellside advisory services to high value dealerships and clients in the technology industry.
Terry Winstead, CPA, will be HHM's newest director in the accounting and assurance department. Winstead has two decades of experience in both private and public accounting to serve tax, audit, and consulting clients in the manufacturing, construction, governmental, and nonprofit industries.
Brian Miller brings 22 years of experience to HHM's tax department. As a tax manager, Miller will review individual, corporate, partnership, nonprofit, and other tax returns. Prior to joining HHM, Brian was a partner and Vice President at a large firm in the Washington, D.C. area where he led the employee benefit plan audit practice and prepared and reviewed tax returns.
Diane Mahoney, EA, joins HHM as a senior accountant with 18 years' experience. She will prepare sales/use tax returns, corporate tax returns, profit and loss statements, projection and forecasting, and financial statement reconciliation for a variety of clients. Prior to joining HHM, Mahoney gained experience in both private and public accounting. Most recently, she was an accountant in the legal and security department at a Fortune 500 company.
"Bringing in additional talent will help HHM increase the value we can add to our clients and their businesses," said Donnie Hutcherson, managing partner of HHM CPAs.
University of Tennessee names William Kilbride to UT-Battelle board
William Kilbride of Chattanooga has been named to the UT-Battelle Board of Governors, which has managed operations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000.
Kilbride, who retired as CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in 2017 after heading the business association for three years, currently also serves on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. For more than 20 years, he was president of the home division and chief sustainability officer for Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, Georgia. He also worked for Dean Witter Reynolds Financial Services as the vice president of corporate planning and the New York Stock Exchange as the director of market surveillance. He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.
"As we look to strengthen our relationships between UT, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bill is a perfect choice to join this dynamic group of leaders who help guide our critical work. His connections to Chattanooga will be a great asset," said University of Tennessee System Interim President Randy Boyd, who is also chair of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors.
Kilbride said he he hopes to "grow economic partnerships through knowledge sharing" to promote more economic development in the region.
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