This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, to correct Heather Tussing's title.

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Heather Tussing

Heather Tussing named COO for Morning Pointe Senior Living

Heather Tussing has been promoted to chief operating officer of Morning Pointe Senior Living, capping off a year of company growth under her leadership.

Following a year in which two Chattanooga-area Morning Pointe buildings were devastated by an EF3 tornado and rebuilt in just under 14 months, Tussing was at the center of the continuity of care.

"Heather's business knowledge, capacity for leadership, and compassion for seniors are unparalleled," said Morning Pointe President Greg A. Vital. "Her keen business ingenuity has helped lead our company recovery during the pandemic and tornado, and will only continue to assist us as we focus on excellent care and quality of life for our seniors and their families."

Prior to being named chief operating officer, Tussing was executive vice president of operations for Morning Pointe. She had been at the helm of various sales, operations and compliance positions in the senior living industry for the past twenty years. Tussing holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky and is a certified dementia practitioner, as well as a licensed assisted living facility administrator and preceptor.

"It is truly an honor to be a part of this organization as we respond to the ever-changing needs of a growing senior population," said Tussing. "In this new role, I look forward to serving alongside our amazing campus leaders even closer as we focus on excellent care and exceptional service."


Tara Konrad accepts new role at Siskin Hospital

Siskin Hospital has appointed Tara Konrad, RRT, as its new referral relations coordinator.

Konrad is responsible for developing and maintaining Siskin's relationships within the local and regional medical community. She will educate referral sources about the inpatient and outpatient clinical programs offered by Siskin Hospital. In addition, she will assist in the development of additional patient care programs that meet the needs of the hospital's medical community and the complexities of our patient population.

A registered respiratory therapist with 28 years of clinical and supervisory experience, Konrad is the former director of respiratory care for Siskin Hospital. She also brings more than 10 years of healthcare sales experience to her new position.

Konrad received a bachelor's degree in business management from Bryan College, and will graduate in December with an MBA from Western Governors University.


Tom Snow wins top welding award

Tom Snow, Chairman of T. J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recognized with the Elihu Thomson Resistance Welding Award at the recent Fabtech metalworking trade show in Chicago.

The award was presented by the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance, a standing committee of the American Welding Society. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the technology and application of the resistance welding process, which was invented in the late 1800s by Elihu Thomson, an associate of Thomas Edison.

Since joining the business founded by his father, who was a Thomson award winner in 2003, Snow has been active in sales and marketing roles in the resistance welding industry for more than 48 years.

The award recognized the numerous technical articles Snow has contributed over the years to the AWS Welding Journal and several other publications focused on metalworking.


Amy Whipple named CNO of Parkridge Valley Behavioral Health

Amy Whipple, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, NE-BC, has been named chief nursing officer for the Parkridge Valley family of behavioral health facilities in Chattanooga.

Whipple previously served as the assistant chief nursing officer for the Parkridge Valley adult campus and Parkridge Valley west campus since 2016. In her new role, Amy will provide executive oversight of all three Parkridge Valley behavioral campuses — Parkridge Valley adult campus, Parkridge Valley child & adolescent campus and Parkridge West Hospital — as well as serve as the Parkridge Valley program director for the behavioral health service line.

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Amy Whipple

"We are excited for Amy in her new role as Parkridge Valley CNO," said Tim Grant, chief executive officer of the Parkridge Valley hospitals. "Her clinical leadership experience will greatly enhance our expansion of services and the strategic development of our behavioral health service line."

Whipple has more than 25 years of clinical and managerial experience in behavioral health services. Since joining Parkridge Valley she has led numerous initiatives, including the development of the Parkridge Valley adult nurse practitioner program and, most recently, the incorporation of a patient intake center. At Parkridge Valley West, Whipple led the conversion to a medically compromised behavioral health unit further affording access to care for those patients with both behavioral and medical needs.


First Horizon promotes Robin Morrison to private client relationship manager

First Horizon Bank recently promoted Robin Morrison to private client relationship manager. Morrison began her career with First Horizon nearly 25 years ago, and previously served as the manager of the South Broad banking center.

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Robin Morrison

Morrison received a bachelor's degree in finance from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The active community leader is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, an executive board member of the Chattanooga Ballet, a member of Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute, a former board member of the Junior League of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Chamber's Southside Council.

In addition, Morrison is a member of the South Broad Redevelopment Group, and serves as a commissioner for the Tennessee Public Utility Commission.

"Robin Morrison is the epitome of a First Horizon employee," said Jay Dale, Chattanooga market president. "With an attention to detail and experience put to use for her clients, Robin is a perfect fit for her new position and we're very proud of her."


WMWA Landscape Architects win Urban Design honors

The American Society of Landscape Architects has awarded WMWA Landscape Architects and Genesis the Greykid with an Honor Award in Urban Design for their Market + Georgia Public Space project in downtown Chattanooga.

The ASLA annually recognizes projects throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in analysis, design or research. With more than 480 projects submitted to the ASLA this year, the Market + Georgia Public Space project was one of 40 selected for a national award, and this year's designation marks the first national award of a public space for the City of Chattanooga.

The awards committee that chose WMCA for the award said "residents of Patten Towers — the building with the highest residential density in Chattanooga — might have been skeptical about plans to improve the streetscape outside their building at the corner of Market and Georgia. But thanks to a concerted series of community engagement meetings, they were able to feel heard and included in the process, with their suggestions informing the plans enacted before them. Starting with the humble medium of paint, the team began to re-envision Patten Towers' immediate environs using shapes its residents had sketched, with their building as the focal point for the improvements."

The Market + Georgia Public Space project was made possible by funding from the City of Chattanooga and the Degree Deodorant Blue Zones "Made to Move" Grant. Additional leadership and participation were provided from the Chattanooga Design Studio, YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga, Chattanooga Department of Transportation, Chattanooga Public Library, Enterprise Center and Patten Towers.


Jenny Richards named loan officer for Southern Heritage Bank

Lee Stewart, east region president for Southern Heritage Bank, recently announced the addition of Jenny Richards to the commercial lending department as vice president and commercial loan officer.

"Jenny is a 'people person' with excellent relationship management skills," said Stewart. "I am confident that our commercial loan customers and small business owners will greatly enjoy working with her."

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Jenny Richards

Richards attended Central High School and Chattanooga State Community College. She has also completed various banking schools and has fifteen years of banking experience.

Richards is a member of the Ocoee Region Homebuilders Association, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and supporter of Project Free 2 Fly.


Jennifer Thomas promoted at Southern Heritage Bank

Jennifer Thomas has been promoted to vice president and regional operations manager at Southern Heritage Bank.

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Jennifer Thomas

"Jennifer's leadership abilities, bank operations experience and technical ability have proven to be key in our bank's success in Bradley and Hamilton counties.," said Lee Stewart, East Region president for Southern Heritage Bank.

Thomas has worked in banking since 2006. Thomas joined Southern Heritage in 2014 and served as teller operations manager until October 2016 when she became AVP & Professional Learning Specialist. In January 2017, she also added the branch manager responsibilities at the Georgetown office until October 2017, when she was named assistant vice president and technical training specialist.


Local philanthropists join Erlanger Foundation team

Erlanger Health System Foundation announces two local women have joined the philanthropic arm for the region's nonprofit health system.

Ashley Evans has joined as the director of major and planned giving for Erlanger, and Stefanie Wittler-Beavers has been appointed the director of major and planned giving for Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

Evans, who grew up on Signal Mountain, earned a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Erlanger, Evans was the executive director for Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, where she helped raise more than $3 million in private funds for the general operations of a free primary care clinic for uninsured adults. She is particularly proud of a project funded that resulted in excellent outcomes for participating diabetic or hypertension patients who were introduced to vegan lifestyles and health classes.

Evans currently serves as immediate past president of the Chattanooga Civitan Club, is a member of the First Horizon Reinvestment Act Advisory Council and secretary of the Tennessee Charitable Care Network. Previously, she held positions of volunteer leadership include chairwoman of the board of trustees at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and chairwoman of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Region III Planning and Policy Council.

Wittler-Beavers, also a lifetime resident of the area, joined Erlanger in 2019 as the director of development for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Erlanger's corporate partners. In this position she established, organized and led multiple roundtable events hosted by Erlanger CEO Dr. William Jackson, engaging local business and community leaders in a collaborative conversation on the relationship of the health system to the region on all levels. Prior to joining Erlanger, Wittler-Beavers was a cardiovascular and neurological specialty pharmaceutical sales representative for Arbor Pharmaceuticals.

She earned her bachelor's degree in business management from Belhaven University, where she graduated with honors. In 2009, Wittler-Beavers was crowned Miss Tennessee and achieved "Second Runner-Up" for Miss America 2010. During her reign, she served as the official spokesperson for the governor and the Tennessee Department of Education in Tennessee's public schools as well as the state spokesperson and Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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