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Fance Brannock

Girls Inc. promote, add Brannock and Hixson

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga has named Fance Brannock as director of program operations and Taylor Hixson as chief development officer.

Brannock has been a part of the Girls Inc. staff since 2014 as a program coordinator, working with young girls across Hamilton County through literacy programming and seasonal camps.

In her new role, Brannock is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with community partners, schools and community champions to ensure that programming remains relevant. Hixson is responsible for growing and evaluating the fund development profile enabling Girls Inc. of Chattanooga to serve more girls annually.

"With the amazing Girls Inc. team and our incredible supporters in their corner, I can't wait to see the impact that these young ladies will have on our community and on the world," said Brannock.

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Taylor Hixson

Hixson has more than seven years experience in nonprofit development, most recently serving as the development director for the Humane Educational Society. She serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Audubon Society and has been a volunteer for the Tennessee Aquarium for the past seven years.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to work with our community to reach back and leave more doors open for the girls and young women behind me," she said.

Girls Inc. CEO Toccora Johnson-Petersen said the Brannock and Hixson "bring a wealth of knowledge to their departments and our team."


Morse joins Associates in E.N.T. Head and Neck Surgery

Justin Morse, M.D., has joined Associates in E.N.T.- Head and Neck Surgery in Chattanooga.

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Justin Morse, M.D.

Morse completed his undergraduate education at Baylor University and in medical school spent an extra year performing grant-funded research in craniofacial reconstruction and developing an outreach program as part of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to provide mobile health care to underserved populations. He then transitioned back to Tennessee where he completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

He currently is an active member and involved with the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society, and North American Skull Base Society.


Siskin Hospital therapists earn APTA certifications

Amanda Aussems, DPT; Meredith Russell, DPT; and Jorden Watson, DPT, with Siskin Hospital are now Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialists. The certification is awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Aussems specializes in LSVT-Big, a treatment method for Parkinson's disease. She is also a graduate of Siskin Hospital's Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program.

Russell specializes in neurologic conditions. She is a certified stroke rehabilitation specialist and a certified brain injury specialist.

Watson specializes in neurological conditions. She is an APTA certified clinical instructor. Both she and Russell are active mentors in Siskin Hospital's Neurologic Residency Program.

All three are physical therapists in Siskin Hospital's inpatient therapy program.

To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in the area of specialty and successfully complete a rigorous written examination that demonstrates specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in the specialty area.


CNE adds Tirsun, Bridger, Prichard, Orban and Huckabay

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise has hired four new loan, development and counseling specialists to its staff.

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Justin Tirsun, an experienced senior planner who previously worked for the city of Chattanooga, has been named vice president neighborhood investment and community engagement.

John Bridger, the former executive director of the Regional Planning Agency for nearly 11 years, is joining CNE as a loan officer.

Robert Prichard, a seasoned asset professional, recently relocated to Chattanooga from New York City to serve as CNE's asset manager.

Ben Orban, formerly an outdoor guide for Chattanooga's REI, rejoins the business world as CNE's home ownership coach providing financial counseling and homebuyer development to CNE's customers.

Also joining the ranks of CNE as a business development specialist for CNE's small dollar loan program is Bridget Huckabay, a Chattanooga small business owner who most recently worked for Normal Park school.


Drs. Yassin-Kassab and Cuebas join Erlanger Medical Group

Erlanger Medical Group has added two new medical directors. Dr. Mounzer Yassin-Kassab has been appointed medical director of Erlanger Neurology, and Dr. Juan Cuebas has been named medical director of the Erlanger Sleep Disorders Center.

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Mounzer Yassin-Kassab

Yassin-Kassab is board-certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, vascular neurology (stroke) and epilepsy. He will also serve as professor of neurology and chairman of the department of neurology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.

Yassin-Kassab os a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. He completed a neurology residency and two accredited fellowships in clinical neurophysiology and vascular neurology at Southwestern Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Texas in Dallas. He has participated in numerous national and international clinical trials, is well-published and has given national and international presentations on stroke and epilepsy topics.

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Juan Cuebas

Cuebas is a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist with more than 20 years of experience. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and he stayed in the area following medical school to complete an internship at Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Following his time in Puerto Rico, Cuebas completed a neurology residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to sleep medicine, Cuebas also has interests in general neurology, including conditions like multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, headaches and gait disorders.


ArtsBuild welcomes new board members

ArtsBuild has added seven community members to its board of directors. The new roster includes Miles Huff, senior director of talent initiatives at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce; Kristy Huntley, former program officer at the Benwood Foundation; Quincy Jenkins, chief diversity officer and executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Chattanooga State Community College; Dr. Jill Levine, principal of Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts; Alex Paul Loza, a community engaged multidisciplinary artist; David Spiller, an attorney for Miller & Martin; and Angela Stoudemire, senior HR compliance specialist for the Volkswagen Group of America. Marcus McKamey, senior vice president at FirstBank, is the incoming board chair.


Chattanooga CPA Society elects new leaders

The Tennessee Society of CPAs announces the election of its 2021-22 Chattanooga Chapter officers.

The newly elected officers include Jeffrey M. Smith, CPA of Elliott Davis, as president; Tara Moore, CPA at Unum as president-elect; Andrew J. Glenn, CPA of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC as vice president; Courney D. Brock, CPA at Unum as secretary; and Bryan Mattice, a CPA of LBMC, as treasurer.

The Chattanooga Chapter of TSCPA includes more than 1,200 members covering 10 East Tennessee counties. Founded in 1904, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants is the professional association of CPAs in Tennessee, with more than 10,000 members statewide.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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