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Leslie Starritt joins Jelks Law firm as senior associate

Leslie Starritt has joined the Jelks Law firm in Chattanooga as a senior associate attorney. She focuses on wills, trusts, Medicaid and special needs planning.

A Tennessee native, she brings seven years of estate planning, elder law, special needs and Medicaid planning experience to the firm. Starritt helps families preserve assets while obtaining long-term care coverage through Medicaid while transitioning from independent living to nursing facilities.

She is licensed in Tennessee and Massachusetts.


Burnett named to head Women's Fund of Chattanooga

The Board of the Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga has named Erika Burnett as its next executive director.

Burnett, a long- time Nashville resident, entrepreneur, founder, innovator, teacher and advocate, is relocating to Chattanooga this summer and will lead the nonprofit organization. In her new role, she will leverage her experience with advocacy, philanthropy and building partnerships to address the root causes of inequity and to create lasting change for the women of the Chattanooga area and the state of Tennessee.

"Erika's leadership experience, strategic thinking and passion for solving root problems facing women and girls in our state stood out during our interview process," said Jennifer Harper, board president of the Women's Fund and founder of Bridge Financial Planning. "Her strengths align with our key efforts regarding local and state advocacy, encouraging women-led philanthropy and creating strong networks of women in our region."

In her most recent role, Burnett served as founder and principal trainer for the Burnett Group, offering a full range of human capital training and consulting.

Burnett is a graduate of New Leaders Council and of Nashville Emerging Leaders, as well as a long-time member of the National Council of Negro Women. She is certified with CORE Competency Assessment for Nonprofit Professionals through Lipscomb University and is a trained Peace Circle Facilitator. She earned her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and her Bachelor of Arts in English and her teacher certification from Tennessee State University.

Church, Miller join

HHM accounting firm

HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, has hired a senior accountant and a staff accountant.

Matt Church, EA, joins the tax department. Church has over 10 years of accounting experience and will prepare individual and business tax returns, research tax law, and provide tax planning strategies to clients in a variety of industries. Church is an enrolled agent and an investment advisor representative. He graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Harrison Miller joins the firm as a staff accountant in the accounting and assurance department. Miller completed HHM Experience, a leadership program for accounting students, last year. Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

"I am thrilled to welcome our newest additions to the tax and audit teams," said Donnie Hutcherson, Managing Partner of HHM CPAs.

Idle Joins

Olsen Law

Jillian Idle has joined the Olsen Law Firm, Idle spent the past seven years as a television reporter working for NBC, FOX and ABC affiliates across the country. She most recently worked as a TV reporter in South Florida before relocating to Chattanooga.

During her time as a journalist, she covered several national stories including presidential rallies in the battleground state of Florida and the 2019 election recount in Palm Beach County. Idle received an award from the Associated Press for her coverage of the recount. In 2014, she spent six months reporting in the nation's capital and was credentialed through the U.S. House & Senate Radio & TV Gallery.

She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in criminal justice.

Moore named partner

in Market Street Partners

Market Street Partners, PLLC, a dual-market Chattanooga-based accounting firm, has promoted Joshua Moore, CPA, from senior tax manager to Partner.

"I can't even begin to explain how much Josh means to us and our clients at Market Street Partners," said Kyle Bryant, CPA, and Founding Partner at Market Street Partners. "His commitment to producing thorough, timely, client-focused work is almost impossible to match, and we are thrilled that Josh has decided to take us up on our offer to make him a Partner.

Prior to joining the Market Street Partners staff, Moore spent the first decade of his career with two of the largest public accounting firms in the Southeast, specializing in working with pass-through entities in the real estate and investment industries, as well as with closely held businesses and their owners. While at Market Street Partners, Moore has gained additional experience providing tax compliance and consulting services in real estate, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds, manufacturing and distribution, construction and development, and high net worth individuals and families.

Legacy names Henning

to head e-commerce

Legacybox, the world's largest mail-in solution for digitizing home movies and photos, has hired Kirsten Henning as the company's first director of e-commerce.

Henning is a seasoned digital marketer who joins Legacybox from Peter Millar, a high-end men's fashion company, where she was an online marketing channel manager.

"Kirsten is a strategically important hire as we continue sustained high growth," said Legacybox co-founders Nick Macco and Adam Boeselager. "She is an experienced project manager and team leader who will help broaden our reach and further our standing as the nation's leading direct-to-consumer digitization company."

During her time at Peter Millar, Henning influenced sustained growth in online revenue year-over-year through thoughtful digital marketing strategies across social, search, affiliate and display programs. She was also influential in introducing new digital marketing channels to Peter Millar, which led to the company's growing brand recognition. Prior to Peter Millar, she worked at ROI Revolution, Inc. working in strategic social media advertising. She studied Communication with a concentration in media at North Carolina State University.

Henning will help digitally tell the brand story of Legacybox to consumers. The company was born in a garage as a labor-of-love by Macco and Boeselager. Today it has expanded into a three-acre, 52,000 square foot campus with 230 employees.

Lacy joins Crye-Leike

in East Brainerd

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces that Rusty Lacy has joined the East Brainerd branch office of Crye-Leike Real Estate as a licensed Realtor.

Prior to joining the real estate industry, Lacy worked in the Information Technology field for the State of Tennessee in Nashville for 18 years and then for the Nashville Fire Department for almost three years. During that time, he was responsible for project management, research, planning and customer relations.

"I have returned to this area after 22 years in Middle Tennessee," said Lacy. "I'm excited to make new friends and grow my real estate business by using the latest technologies Crye-Leike offers."

Lacy is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Tennessee Association of Relators and the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.

Jernigan elected board chair

for WTCI-TV public television

Don Jernigan was selected in July as the new board chair of the governing board of WTCI-TV.

The Greater Chattanooga Public Television Corporation holds the FCC license to operate and govern WTCI-TV PBS, Chattanooga's public television station. Joining Jernigan on the 2020-21 Executive Committee are Jim Tanner, Vice Chair; Jo Coke, Secretary; Cole Powell, Treasurer; Steve Gatlin, Past Chair; and Bob Culkeen, WTCI President.

Jernigan is a retired senior vice president with TVA. He also served as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Service. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics at The Florida State University and an MBA at the University of Miami. Jernigan previously served on WTCI's Community Advisory Board and was appointed to the statio's board of directors in 2018.

Jernigan succeeds outgoing board chair, Steve Gatlin, who has served on the WTCI board for many years.

"I cannot understate the importance of public television to our local community and the role that this station has played these past months with the challenges our community has faced," Jernigan said. "What WTCI brings to the Chattanooga area is of tremendous value to all who live here."

Parkridge therapists

complet NANT training

Physical therapist Chaney Sullivan, D.PT, and speech therapist Courtney Painter, who work in the level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Parkridge East Hospital, have completed training through the National Association of Neonatal Therapists .

"Completing NANT continuing education is critical to expanding our therapeutic knowledge base and is essential to a high quality neonatal therapy program like we have at Parkridge East," Painter said.

Painter and Dr. Sullivan completed more than 18 hours of continuing education across all areas of neonatal therapy and interfaced with leading therapists and physicians across the United States.

The 22-bed level III NICU at Parkridge East provides care for babies born at less than 28 weeks gestation and those who have severe or complex conditions.

NANT is an organization of neonatal therapists dedicated to improving the neurodevelopmental outcomes for premature and sick infants.

Siskin's Daniel earns

Orthopedic certification

Siskin Hospital announces that Douglas Daniel, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN has satisfied the requirements for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification.

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties awarded the credential, which recognizes Dr. Daniel as having advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal or orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Daniel is a physical therapist at Siskin Hospital's downtown Outpatient Therapy clinic. He has nearly 10 years of experience in therapy. He is also certified in Dry Needling, a treatment technique that can be used in conjunction with physical therapy to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and improve function.

"This nationally-recognized credential will better serve the needs of the Chattanooga community and enhance therapeutic outcomes," said Director of Outpatient Services Natalie McDonald.

Austin Hatcher Foundation

adds clinical psychologist

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has added Chastity Chartier as the foundation's new licensed clinical psychologist.

Chartier received her B.A. in Psychology at Roanoke College, followed by her M.S. and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. Chartier has practiced psychology for over 10 years. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a licensed clinical psychologist at Saratoga Center for the Family in Saratoga Springs, New York.

In 2017, Chartier founded her own private practice, Chastity Chartier PsyD, in Glens Falls, New York. There, she specialized in the evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

She will be based at the foundation's Education Advancement Center in Chattanooga. She will also see patients in Dalton, Georgia and Knoxville, where the foundation offers on-site therapy and testing.

"Even through COVID-19, we are so fortunate to be able to continue offering the free services we provide to our families, and Chastity will be leading our no-cost services including neuro-cognitive testing, individualized education plans, the driving simulator research study, and much more," said Austin Hatcher Foundation President, Amy Jo Osborn.

HCEMS names Burnette

as assistant chief

Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service has promoted A- Shift Captain Billy Burnette to assistant chief

Burnette began his career with Emergency Medical Services in 1993 as a part-time emergency medical technician and was licensed as a paramedic in 1994. He was named lieutenant with the Hamilton County service in 2001, achieved the rank of captain in 2018, and has now been promoted as one of four assistant chiefs for HCEMS.

"As we move forward to improving our services for the citizens in our area, I look forward to working with Assistant Chief Burnette to lead in the development and operation of a fourth shift of HCEMS," said HCEMS Director Ken Wilkerson.

Burnette will be responsible for the development and daily operations of an additional shift within the service. Along with the other three assistant chiefs, the position also functions as the leader of the service in the absence of the director and deputy director of HCEMS. HCEMS operates as the 911 provider for Hamilton County 24 hours a day with 15 advanced life support ambulances and 130 Paramedics and Advanced EMTs.

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