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Cheryl Wieber

Cheryl Wieber joins Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute

The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute has named Cheryl Wieber, MHA, as senior director of cardiovascular services.

In her new role, Wieber will lead the overall operations, quality improvement, program development and clinical education efforts of the Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute.

Wieber has more than 13 years of administrative leadership experience in healthcare and has overseen clinical areas such as cardiology, vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. She spent the majority of her career in Michigan, where she gained experience at McLaren Healthcare and Munson Health System. Most recently, Wieber served as executive director of the heart and vascular department at Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, Mich. In this role, she oversaw the cardiology, vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery departments in urban and critical care access hospitals and outreach facilities.

Following the completion of her bachelor of arts in management and organizational development at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, Wieber earned a master of healthcare administration from the University of Michigan. She has also completed the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification in Healthcare.

"Cheryl is a very accomplished healthcare administrator whom we are lucky to have join our team at Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute," said Senior Vice President of Erlanger Medical Group Meridith O'Keefe.


First Horizon names Charly Dena as banking services manager

First Horizon Bank has named Charly Dena as banking center services manager to support 23 banking centers across Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Jackson, Tenn.

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Charly Dena

Dena comes to the position with 15 years of banking experience, 12 of which have been with First Horizon. She started working at the bank, then First Tennessee, while in college as a part-time teller. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism. After receiving her MBA from King University in Virginia in 2014, she rejoined the bank as an operations manager and has been with the bank ever since.

"Charly has been a key member of our leadership team here in Chattanooga," said First Horizon's retail market manager James Morgan. "We're very excited about her promotion to this new role where her proven track record and many years of great leadership experience will have an even greater impact with our team."


Reliance Partner promotes Missi Shelton to vice president

Reliance Partners, the nation's fastest-growing, privately-held commercial insurance agency for the transportation and logistics industry, has promoted Missi Shelton to vice president of customer service for national accounts.

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Missi Shelton

Shelton will lead Reliance's National Accounts customer service division, focusing on the agency's largest transportation and logistics clients.

"Missi demonstrates an incredible ability and willingness to jump in to help clients and team members find solutions every day," said Laura Ann Howell, the company's chief operations officer.

Shelton joined Reliance Partners' Customer Service team in 2016, bringing with her more than 17 years of insurance experience. Prior to Reliance, Shelton spent the majority of her career in sales and customer service in the commercial insurance industry.


Sarah Stephens heads marketing for Cleveland Chamber

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce has hired Sarah Stephens as director of communications and marketing.

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Sarah Stephens

Stephens brings more than 15 years of marketing communications experience to the role. Most recently, she worked as the communications manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she focused on public relations and community engagement strategy. Prior to Myrtle Beach, Stephens was the marketing communications specialist for Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in Supply, North Carolina, where she was responsible for an integrated membership communications strategy. She previously worked in marketing communications roles with the Chattanooga Airport Authority and Mueller Company. Stephens is a 2005 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mike Griffin, president and CEO of the Cleveland, Tennessee Chamber, said "Sarah's strong public relations and communications skills plus her chamber experience made her a perfect fit."


Erik Palmer to manage office of Cry-Leike in Fort Oglethorpe

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces that Erik Palmer has been named the managing broker of its Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia branch office. Palmer will be responsible for the recruitment, training and management of the office's sales associates.

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Erik Palmer

Palmer has lived with his family in Ringgold, Georgia, for over 18 years. As an affiliate with Crye-Leike for four years, Palmer acted as the sales manager for its Chattanooga — East Brainerd office for this past year and has over 20 years of experience in servant leadership, learning and development.

Palmer has earned the Master Graduate, Realtor Institute designation, a FAA UAS drone remote pilot license, his broker's license in Tennessee and his associate broker's license in Georgia. He is a pre-license course instructor in Georgia, is a licensed real estate course instructor in Tennessee and is an instructor for the Tennessee Real Estate Education Foundation. Palmer also served on the 2018 and 2020 Professional Development Committee for the Greater Chattanooga Realtors association and is applying to serve on the 2021-2022 MLS Committee.

"I love living in Northwest Georgia and having this new amazing opportunity to work with our Fort Oglethorpe team of expert Realtors," said Palmer.


Tracy Wood joins NHPCO board of directors

Alleo Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Wood has joined the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Wood joins a board of executives from hospice and palliative care providers across the United States.

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Tracy Wood

As chief executive of Alleo Health, Wood is responsible for upholding the not-for-profit hospice and integrated senior care service provider's mission and values while successfully managing a changing market in a dynamic and fast-paced landscape for the hospice and palliative care industry. Alleo Health System, formerly Hospice of Chattanooga, has been present in the community for 40 years, providing compassionate local care for aging adults.

"I'm honored to be joining an organization that serves as an advocate for the often-overlooked hospice and palliative care industry," said Wood. "I look forward to furthering the NHPCO's mission of mobilizing social change to expand access to end-of-life and respite care in communities nationwide."

Wood joined Hospice of Chattanooga in 2016 as the not-for-profit's first female and African American CEO. She transformed the organization into the premiere senior care provider in the Southeast with the creation of the Alleo Health System parent company in 2019. Through acquisitions which integrated new clinical providers, Alleo Health now provides care for patients and families in 37 counties across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.

Wood holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Marymount College and a master of public administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Grand Canyon University.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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