Melissa Meade joins Journey Psychotherapy Center

Melissa Meade, a counselor and a dance/movement therapist, has joined the Journey Psychotherapy Center.

After a 30-year career, including serving as a senior manager in nuclear power, Meade felt a deep desire to help others, leading her to become a mental health counselor.

Journey Psychotherapy Center is a team of licensed clinical psychologists, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists serving individuals of all ages, couples, and families in the greater southeast Tennessee area. Journey offers psychological assessments as well as mental health services for depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction, parent-child issues, codependency, disordered eating and spouse or partner conflict.


Salvation Army adds board members, new chairman

Greg Love has been elected chairman of the Salvation Army's Chattanooga Area Command while Caleb Bowman, Ryan Marshall, Barbara Marter, Catina Parrish and John "Tripp" Thurston have joined the board of the nonprofit agency.

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Love is vice president of Wright Global Graphics, a marketing, design and production company. He has been a member of The Salvation Army's advisory board since 2016 and has also served as president of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties, president of Redoubt Soccer Association and stewardship chair at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church.

Bowman, general counsel at Nabco Electric Company, has experience in corporate law, joint ventures, private investment funds, mergers and acquisitions and other legal areas. He earned his law firm from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, and he received his master of laws degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Bowman has experience in a variety of industries including law practice, investment management and accounting.

Marshall, commercial banker at BancorpSouth in Chattanooga, provides clients with financial solutions related to banking, checking, credit cards and mortgages. He has ample experience in his field and has been with Bancorp's Chattanooga location since it first opened in 2014. Marshall is also the co-founder of Echelon Chattanooga, an organization of young professionals who support The Salvation Army.

Marter is the executive director of the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation which awards grants to charitable, religious and community organizations in Chattanooga. She is also the president and CEO of Marter Management & Consulting Services which provides grant administration and other services to nonprofits. Marter is an expert in managing nonprofit endowments, creating private family foundations and other administrative functions.

Parrish, as the director of pastoral care for the Parkridge Health System, serves in a managerial role while working to meet the religious and spiritual needs of patients, their families and hospital staff. She has served as lead chaplain in other hospital settings and earned her master of divinity degree from the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Thurston, vice president of BancorpSouth in Chattanooga, works to fulfill his client's borrowing needs in relation to land development and construction, leased or owner-occupied real estate, plant improvements and other areas. He has over 10 years of field experience. Thurston has also served on the board of Young Professionals of Chattanooga, as a public policy committee member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, as a YMCA youth sports coach and as president of Echelon Chattanooga's executive board.

"I am humbled by the talented people on our board who freely give their time to support our mission in Chattanooga and help us provide key services for underserved individuals," said Major Mark Smith of the Chattanooga Area Command.


Welcome Home names Judith Pedersen-Benn as education head

Welcome Home of Chattanooga has named Judith Pedersen-Benn as its first director of education.

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Judith Pedersen-Benn

Pedersen-Benn has been a longtime volunteer with this mission, serving as a care companion for residents and contributing time and energy to the enrichment program, "Demystifying Death and Dying," since 2015. She also works with individuals, groups and organizations as they explore how to make positive changes, overcome self-defeating patterns and integrate practices that encourage balance and wellness.

For the past 25 years, Pedersen-Benn has worked as a counselor, trauma professional, teacher and organizational consultant. She is a senior faculty member at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and a certified Sage-ing: Ageing with Wisdom and Vitality Facilitator. She explains that educating people about death and life is something for which she has a great passion.

"This position will help us grow and expand our enrichment program for the community," said Sherry Campbell, executive director of Welcome Home of Chattanooga. "Judith will bring warmth, great knowledge and expertise for this position."


Donny Booth heads animal services at McKamey Animal Center

Donny Booth has been selected to serve as director of animal services for the McKamey Animal Center.

Booth, a certified search and rescue K9 officer and animal cruelty investigator, recently relocated to Chattanooga from Niagara Falls, New York.

"I am passionate about giving a voice to those who don't have their own," said Officer Booth. "I look forward to bringing that passion to Chattanooga."

Booth bring more than 14 years' experience with the Niagara Falls Police Department. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and attended the University of Missouri to train as a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator.

Booth joins McKamey with a unique sidekick, his personal man-tracking, SAR, K9 Bloodhound, Flash.


Dr. Brian Daily joins CHI Primary Care Associates

CHI Memorial Medical group announces Brian Daily, MD, has joined CHI Memorial Primary Care Associates – Atrium.

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Brian Daily

Dr. Daily earned his medical degree from Ross University Medical Center in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Family Medicine in Chattanooga. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and certified in advanced cardiac life support. Dr. Daily is transitioning from CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates – LaFayette, where he has been caring for children, families and adults since 2017.


Erlanger names Jay Wolitz as director of pediatrics

Erlanger Medical Group welcomes Jay R. Wolitz as director of pediatrics. In his new role, Wolitz will provide oversight and leadership of all aspects of business and operations of the practices comprising the pediatric division of Erlanger Health System.

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Jay Wolitz

Before joining Erlanger, Wolitz spent 20 years in various administrative roles at Nemours Children's Hospital and Nemours Specialty Care in Orlando, Florida, as well as Nemours duPont Hospital for Children and Nemours Specialty Care in Wilmington, Delaware. Most recently, he served as director of revenue integrity and revenue cycle analytics.

Following the completion of his bachelor of business administration in finance at Emory University in Atlanta, Wolitz continued his education at Emory, earning a master of public health in health policy and administration. Wolitz holds the professional certifications of Fellowship in Healthcare Financial Management Association and Fellowship in the Academy of Certified Medical Practice Executives.

"Jay is an experienced senior financial and operational leader with extensive knowledge about driving financial performance for pediatric divisions and children's hospitals," said Meridith O'Keefe, senior vice president of Erlanger Medical Group.


Colonial Chemical names Andy Sun as business development head

Colonial Chemical, Inc. has promoted Andy Sun to global business development director and HI&I business manager.

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Andy Sun

In this role, Sun will continue serving as the business manager for household, institutional and industrial products including those for vehicle care, emulsion polymerization and Oilfield. In keeping with Colonial's interest in increasing its presence in the Asia Pacific region, Sun will have total sales and business development responsibility for the Greater China area (including Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong). He will assume control of all customer accounts and distribution relationships in these countries.

Sun has a bachelor of dcience degree in Organic Chemistry from Beijing University and a PhD from the University of Connecticut in Polymer Science. Prior to Colonial, Sun spent eight years at Air Products leading development and applications of surfactants in I&I and Vehicle Care.

"Dr. Sun joined Colonial Chemical in May 2016 as the company's first business manager," Colonial Chemical President David Anderson. "We cannot be more pleased to have one of the industry leaders on our team and helping us to grow in the Asia Pacific region."

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— Compiled by Brandi Dixon