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Legacy names Cook as chaplain director

Tim Cook has been named director of the chaplain program for Legacy Senior Living, a Cleveland, Tennessee-based senior living network serving six states.

In his new role, Cook will oversee the team of chaplains serving Legacy Senior Living's family of 14 senior living facilities across the Southeast. He will be responsible for the spiritual integrity and daily operations of the organization's extensive chaplaincy program, including assisting each facility in the selection of locally based chaplains.

"Due to these uncertain times, the Chaplain Program is an especially vital part of the community environment at all Legacy Senior Living facilities," said Barry Ray, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Legacy Senior Living. "Our residents are experiencing isolation and separation from their loved ones for an extended time, and they are facing fears about COVID-19. The chaplains under Tim's direction are providing much needed emotional and spiritual support not only to our residents, but also to family members and front-line caregivers."

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Tim Cook / Contributed Photo

Cook previously served as the associate pastor for Worship Arts at Lookout Valley Baptist Church in Chattanooga and as keynote speaker and worship leader at The Journey Ministries. He also has extensive experience teaching, leading and training worship teams across the country.

Cook will be building on a foundation laid by his father, Phillip Cook, who organized the chaplaincy program and passed away suddenly in January 2020.

"I believe that my background in working with ministry leaders and worship teams across the country to support and train them has prepared me for this role that is so crucial to supporting the seniors who call a Legacy Senior Living facility their home," he said.

Muller heads volunteer program for Habitat

Hannah Muller has been named volunteer engagement manager of Habitat for Humanity. Muller relocated from Nashville where she served in a similar capacity.

Her appointment comes at a time requiring an additional emphasis for the safety of volunteers as they support non-profit organizations. Habitat President and CEO David Butler noted that Muller brings a strong skill set to her new position.

"Hannah was one of the leaders on the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project last year in Nashville," he said. "She coordinated the volunteer efforts around the project and was a key member of the team in making sure the efforts were highly successful."

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Hannah Muller / Contributed Photo

Muller is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and served in various positions in the hospitality industry before making a career move to the non-profit world.

In her new position, Muller will recruit volunteers and provide various levels of engagement to benefit the organization.

Merchant achieves specialist certification

Christopher Merchant, a physical therapist at Siskin Hospital, has satisfied the requirements for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification.

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

Dr. Merchant is a physical therapist in Siskin Hospital's East Brainerd Outpatient Therapy clinic. He has four years of experience in therapy and 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. With this achievement, she said, there are two practitioners at the East Brainerd clinic who hold this advanced credentialing (or certification) in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

McDaniel earns luxury home marketing certification

Paula McDaniel from Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC recently earned The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing's Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation in recognition of experience, knowledge, and expertise in high-end residential properties. McDaniel joins an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed The Institute's training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market.

"Agents who have earned the CLHMS designation are performing at the highest level in their community," said Diane Hartley, president of The Institute.

Paula McDaniel has been in real estate since 1990, has been voted a Best of the Best Residential Real Estate Agent, specializes in luxury, waterfront, mountain brow, new construction, new developments, land, investment, and condo/townhome properties. Other designations that Paula McDaniel holds are ABR, CRS, e-pro, and GRI.

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