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Roy Reeves named vice president at SouthEast Bank

SouthEast Bank has hired Roy Reeves, a 13-year veteran of the financial services industry, to serve as a new vice president in Chattanooga.

A Chattanooga area native, Reeves says he looks forward to helping clients develop and implement strategies in the areas of management/ownership succession, business growth and improved profitability.

"I enjoy enabling people's dreams for their businesses and families," Reeves said. "When an aspiring entrepreneur describes their dream for their business, I have the chance to help them achieve it. And I look forward to serving my Chattanooga community as part of the SouthEast Bank team."


First Horizon names John Kyle East Ridge branch manager

John Kyle has been named manager of the First Horizon banking center in East Ridge.

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Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kyle and his wife Mary, relocated to southeast Tennessee in 2019.

"I'm looking forward to applying my experience with our customers and team at the East Ridge banking cente," Kyle said. "It's important to me to assist in the development of our team as they serve our customers. I'm excited to have this opportunity."

First Horizon Market President Jay Dale said "the breadth of his experience and training make Kyle a natural fit in this role."


CHI Memorial Foundation elects 2021-2022 board of directors

CHI Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of CHI Memorial, announces officers and members of the board of directors for 2021-22.

Julie Brandao is the new chair of the board of directors for CHI Memorial Foundation. Dan Norton is the immediate past chair; Jeremy Jenkins and Rob Carden continue as treasurer and secretary, respectively. Members at large are Will Clegg and Jonathan Adams.

Deanna Brown, MD, Patti Dungan, Betsy Washburn, MD, are new members of the CHI Memorial Foundation board of directors. They join Zac Brown, PhD, Lacy Burd, Camille Daniel, Gina Dhanani, James R. Headrick, MD, Janie Jones, Laura Ketcham, Lisa Maclellan, Steve McNally, Steve Newton, Rick Partain, James Pesnell, Kelly Richardson, MD, Stephanie Sinkfield, Taylor Whaley, MD, and Chad Young.

Members ex-officio are Jennifer Nicely, president, CHI Memorial Foundation, and Janelle Reilly, market CEO, CHI Memorial.

Deanna Gardenhire Brown, MD, FAAD, is a native Chattanoogan and alumna of Girls Preparatory School. She completed her education at Belmont University, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and Case Western Reserve University / MetroHealth Medical Center Dermatology residency. Brown was selected as the resident trustee for the Ohio Dermatological Association Board during her training.

Patti Dungan is also a native of Chattanooga. Her relationship with CHI Memorial began in the 1970s while visiting friends and relatives as inpatients. In high school, she became a part-time employee in the hospital admissions office for several summers. She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Covenant College, and a master's degree in human resources from the University of Scranton. Her leadership career began with roles in the hospitality industry with the Marriott Corporation's contract division and Five Star Food Service's corporate leadership team.

Betsy Washburn, MD, is a fellowship-trained breast oncology surgeon with CHI Memorial Breast Care Associates. Washburn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and medical degree from Medical College of Georgia. She completed her general surgery residency at Medical College of Georgia and her breast oncology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital.


Chattanooga State nursing program recognized

Chattanooga State's registered nursing program was recently named as the best associate degree program in Tennessee by Nursing Schools Almanac.

Nursing Schools Almanac ranks student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. This is the exam aspiring registered nurses in the U.S. must pass before they commence practice.

"We use several years of data to calculate each school's NCLEX pass rate among first-time test-takers, and then we rank the schools accordingly," said Christopher McMillen, editor in chief of Nursing Schools Almanac.

"Chattanooga State's nursing program is a source of tremendous pride for the College and our community," said Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State. "Our graduates have provided outstanding health care services in our community for decades."

Nationwide, there are 1,046 nursing schools that offer an associate degree in nursing, also known as associate of applied science degrees, such as what Chattanooga State Community College offers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 9% through 2030. They also report that approximately 194,500 openings for RNs are available each year. The National Council for State Board of Nursing reports that there are more than 4 million registered nurses nationwide with more than 110,000 active registered nurses in Tennessee.


White, Maynard, Hays, Savage and Vallejo join Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce team

Charlye White, John Maynard, Mariaelena Hays, Marcherie Savage and Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez have joined the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce team.

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Charlye White, John Maynard, Mariaelena Hays, Marcherie Savage and Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez have joined the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce team.

White's new title is talent coordinator. White works closely with Austin Corcoran, MBA, recently promoted to director of talent engagement, and Cathy Humble, coordinator II, talent and public strategies.

White advances marketing initiatives for attracting and retaining talent in programs, including Leadership Chattanooga, Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association, Young Professionals of Chattanooga, Protégé Chattanooga and ChattaNewbies. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a board member of the Royal Circle of Sisters. Deeply committed to the profession of talent development, White also serves on Battle Academy's Parent Teacher Association, giving her firsthand knowledge of the strong links between education and career success.

Maynard was named workforce partnerships manager of talent development for the Chattanooga Chamber. Maynard manages workforce development initiatives — including youth apprenticeships, work-based learning programs and local educational partnerships. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber team, Maynard spent 34 years serving in various educational roles, including principal of Soddy-Daisy High School and career and technical director of Hamilton County Schools. As an Appalachia Service Project board member, he has volunteered his talents and time with this organization over the last 44 years.

Hays' new title is marketing and programs coordinator of at the Hamilton County Business Development Center, where she works closely with Bill Lupia, who was recently promoted to director of small business and entrepreneurship for the INCubator. Hays manages marketing strategies for INCubator events, social media accounts and online platforms with start-up and entrepreneur content, including, launched late last year. A Michigan native, she holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber, Hays served as client concierge, progressive practice sales and human resource assistant at VanDyk Mortgage.

Savage was named economic development marketing coordinator. Savage works directly with Lindsay Hiatt, project manager, economic development, as well as Charles Wood, MS, CEcD, vice president, economic development. Savage advances marketing initiatives to promote Chattanooga's economic growth. This includes developing content for a variety of Chattanooga Chamber social media platforms, including, where site selectors and expansion decision- makers learn more about Hamilton County and our 15 surrounding counties. A Chattanooga native, Savage holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Tennessee State University in Nashville. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber, Savage worked as marketing support coordinator at SERVPRO.

As the new marketing communications manager, Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez (Vallejo), MFA, works directly with Jeremy Henderson, creative director; Sybil Topel, MFA, IOM, vice president, marketing communications; and Eric Lisica, interactive content designer, marketing communications.

Vallejo-Lopez serves as managing editor of Business Trend magazine/ and lead writer for Chattanooga Chamber communications. An Atlanta native, Vallejo holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master's degree in writing from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber, Vallejo worked as copywriter for MOCK in Atlanta. Vallejo's articles are featured in Paste Magazine and several literary journals, including Sequoya Review and Ivy Hall Review.


Chattanooga Tourism Co. wins Hospitality awards

Chattanooga received more awards than any other city in the state during the Stars of the Industry awards at Tennessee Governor's Conference on Tourism. These annual awards honor the best people and organizations throughout Tennessee's hospitality industry that have provided exemplary service and supported their communities.

"We are extremely proud of these individuals and their dedication and contributions to the tourism and hospitality industry. This past year was challenging, and they all stepped up and consistently provided exceptional experiences for our guests. They embody the true spirit of hospitality," said Barry White, Chattanooga Tourism Co. CEO. "We are grateful for organizations like Ruby Falls and Humanist Hospitality for their commitment to creating quality experiences, building a better community and contributing to a sustainable future."

The 2021 winners include:

* Michael Summerow, the food and beverage director for the Humanist Hospitality's Hilton Garden Inn/Downtown Chattanooga — Lodging Manager of the Year/Small Property.

* Hollie Baranick, tours and special projects manager at Ruby Falls — Tourism Manager of the Year.

* Doug Dover, a tour guide at Ruby Falls — Tourism Employee of the Year.

* Ruby Falls — Community Service Award/Tourism Property.

* Ruby Falls — Good Earth Keeping Award Nomination/Tourism Property.


First Horizon names Melissa Plank to head Signal Mountain branch

First Horizon Bank recently named Melissa Plank as manager of the its banking center on Signal Mountain.

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Plank began her career with First Horizon four years ago, working her way up from relief teller and universal banker to relationship banker before being named to her new position. Plank is a graduate of Sale Creek High School and Chattanooga State.

"Melissa is a wonderful fit for Signal Mountain," said Jay Dale, Chattanooga market president. "Because she's had several diverse experiences during her career with First Horizon, she is well prepared for a position of leadership. We couldn't be more proud to welcome her as banking center manager."


Chattanooga Theatre Centre appoints new board members

Shadrina Booker, chief development and marketing officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga, and Darleene Cole, volunteer manager of the Tennessee Aquarium, have been appointed to the board of directors for the Chattanooga Theater Centre.

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Booker and her husband also launched Vityle Media, a creative agency that assists nonprofits and businesses to thrive through digital media. She attended performing arts middle and high schools in Miami, and has served as the lighting designer and technical director for dance and musical productions.

Cole has made three appearances on the Theatre Centre stage, most recently as the theater made its return to the stage with "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" in October 2020.

The board also elected officers, including Angie Griffin, president; LaFrederick Thirkill, first vice president; Jennifer Major, second vice president; Amy Meller, secretary; Alesia Carter, treasurer, and Mitch Collins, past president.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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