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Jaimme Preston

Jaimme Preston to head Life Care Center of Athens

Life Care Center of Athens is welcoming a new executive director, Jaimme Preston.

Preston has 10 years of experience in senior care, including serving in business development and administrator roles at Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove in Ooltewah.

"I used to want to work with kids, and then I found out how rewarding it is to work with seniors," Preston said. "You're working with people who have lived a full life. I love to get to know each resident I meet and get to know their stories."

Preston earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance from Tennessee Wesleyan University and served as administrator in training at Life Care Center of Athens for a year and a half. Preston currently resides in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"Jaimme brings genuine passion and high energy to our team," said Robert Hubbart, vice president of Life Care Centers of America's Cumberland Region. "She leads from her heart and is a true example of a servant leader."


Centennial Heart at Parkridge adds Matthew Wiisanen as cardiologist

Matthew E. Wiisanen, a board- certified and fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist and structural heart specialist, has joined Centennial Heart at Parkridge. Wiisanen will serve as medical director of interventional cardiology and the structural heart programs at Parkridge Health System.

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Matthew Wiisanen

"Dr. Wiisanen will strengthen the heart and vascular services at Parkridge Health and introduce new structural heart capabilities to our hospitals," said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health. "We are redefining cardiac care in Chattanooga, and adding Dr. Wiisanen to our team underscores our commitment to provide the full gamut of cardiac care in Chattanooga."

Wiisanen earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and served an internal medicine residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education at the Mayo Clinic. He sought advanced training from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He subsequently completed further advanced fellowship training in peripheral vascular disease and structural heart interventions, also from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, echocardiography, cardiovascular disease, vascular interpretation and endovascular medicine.

Prior to joining Centennial Heart at Parkridge, Wiisanen served as the director of structural heart disease at Erlanger Health System and was an assistant professor of medicine on the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine.


Miller & Martin adds Jason McCarter as member

Jason S. McCarter has joined the Chattanooga-based law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC as a member.

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Jason McCarter

McCarter is a skilled business litigator with 22 years of experience, including stints with the Atlanta offices of Eversheds Sutherland and King & Spalding. He represents automotive, technology and other business enterprises in commercial disputes and regulatory investigations. He also counsels and advocates for clients facing contract, business tort, secured lending, creditors' rights and licensing issues. Named a Commercial Litigation Leader by The Best Lawyers in America in 2021, McCarter practices in state and federal courts as well as alternative dispute resolution forums around the country.

"Jason is a welcome addition to our Atlanta office," said Miller & Martin's Chairman Scott Parrish. "His level of experience and expertise adds to our platform and should help us continue to provide the service which our clients expect."

Admitted to the bar in Georgia and North Carolina, McCarter holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he co-founded the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. He earned an undergraduate honors degree in history from the University of Tennessee. While in law school, McCarter was a law clerk intern for the Honorable Thomas J. Wiseman, Jr. for the Middle District of Tennessee, and twice served as a summer associate with the firm now known as Stites & Harbison in Nashville.


SimplyBank names five new directing officers

SimplyBank has named five new directing officers as the Dayton, Tennessee-based bank expands into new markets and services this year.

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SimplyBank's new directing officers

Anthony Lastoria, named directing retail officer, oversees all retail delivery and personnel. He joined the team at SimplyBank in June 2020 as senior retail officer. Immediately prior to joining the team at SimplyBank, he spent four years with First Horizon Bank, most recently serving as vice president of retail banking in the Chattanooga market.

Candace Colvard, directing financial officer, oversees all financial reporting, deposit operations and treasury management. She joined the SimplyBank team in November 2018, as corporate controller. Colvard previously served as controller at Mountain Valley Bank in Dunlap, Tennessee, for three years.

Blake Swafford, directing IT and innovation officer, oversees technology, risk management and innovation. Swafford has been part of the SimplyBank team for nearly a decade, in which time he has worked in various departments in the bank, including operations, credit, risk management and technology. In 2020, in recognition of his contributions to the field of innovation, he was nationally recognized by Independent Community Bankers of America as a "Top 40 under 40" community banker.

Patrick Childs, directing project management officer, leads SimplyBank project management initiatives, plays a key role in driving strategic plans and focuses on technological innovation. He joined the team at SimplyBank in October 2020 after working in the transportation, logistics, and freight brokerage space.

Rachel Matousek, directing credit officer, oversees underwriting and credit administration. She joined SimplyBank in December 2020 after nearly four years with First Horizon Bank, most recently serving as a senior portfolio manager. She also brings nearly 14 years of experience in various wealth management and commercial credit roles at BB&T.

"Strong leadership is a must to get where we're going," said John Owen, president and chief executive officer at SimplyBank. "We know community banks have to work harder than ever to compete in today's market for today's customers, and this team is unafraid to roll up their sleeves and get the job done."

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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