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April Lomax

BlueCross names April Lomax to direct diversity and inclusion

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has named April Lomax as its director of diversity and inclusion.

In her new role, Lomax will oversee all aspects of the BlueCross diversity and inclusion program, including developing and implementing an effective strategy to maintain an environment sensitive to the needs of today's diverse workforce.

Lomax has more than 10 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, and she most recently served as assistant director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Liberty Mutual. Prior to that, she was a senior manager of diversity and inclusion for Change Healthcare and served as an adjunct instructor of humanities at Georgia State University. From 2016 to 2018, Lomax worked at BlueCross, serving as a diversity and inclusion consultant.

"April is a talented leader with a wealth of knowledge about inclusion strategies and best practices," said Ron Harris, BlueCross vice president of corporate workforce diversity. "We're glad to have her back at BlueCross helping to spearhead our diversity efforts, and her expertise will support our continued commitment to cultural competency."

She has a master's degree in corporate communication from Austin Peay State University and earned a bachelor's in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University with minors in African American studies and Spanish.


Ashley Masterson joins CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates

Ashley Masterson, a family medicine physician, has joined CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates – Chattanooga.

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Ashley Masterson

Masterson is a native of Red Bank and earned her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee.

She completed an internship and residency in family medicine at Lonesome Pine Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.


Partnership names Sarah Wilkerson manager of human resources

Sarah Wilkerson has been appointed human resources manager at the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. Wilkerson, who graduated magna cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South, joined Partnership in 2018.

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Sarah Wilkerson

Reporting to Director of Human Resources Konnie Smithers, Wilkerson directs the administrative functions of human resources. Additionally, Wilkerson will help oversee the duties of the Human Resources Strategic Analyst position.

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults is a comprehensive, nonprofit human services agency that has provided counseling, crisis intervention, prevention, and education programs for more than 140 years. Last year, the agency's services touched the lives of nearly 19,000 people in 19 counties in Tennessee and four counties in North Georgia.


John Hawbaker directs corporate communications at BCBST

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has named John Hawbaker as its director of corporate communications.

In this role, Hawbaker leads a team responsible for internal and external communication for Tennessee's biggest health insurer.

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"John is a proven leader with extensive experience in employee communications, public affairs, media relations and social media," said Scott Wilson, BlueCross vice president of corporate communications and community relations. "He has a long history of service to BlueCross, and we're glad to have him overseeing our communications strategy."

Hawbaker has been with BlueCross since 2007, when he began his career as a senior programmer in the eBusiness marketing team. In 2010, he moved to corporate communications, working as a communications specialist. Prior to being named director of corporate communications, he served as the company's public affairs manager, expanding the company's owned and social media efforts and launching the BlueCross News Center website.

He has a bachelor's degree in management from Belhaven University.


Kyle Briner is chapter president of Chattanooga Echelon

Chattanooga Echelon, a service organization of young professionals who support The Salvation Army through networking, events, volunteer projects and fundraisers, has appointed Kyle Briner as its next chapter president.

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Kyle Briner

Briner, a supervisor at HHM CPAs, has served on the Echelon board since 2018 as the service chair. During his time in the role, he founded the premier fundraising event, Run with Reason, raising more than $40,000 for the Angel Tree Program. In his new position as president, Briner will provide supervision for the board and develop, implement and oversee the board's projects.

Tripp Thurston, vice president of commercial banking at BancorpSouth and former chapter president, stepped down from the position in September after serving for three years. He will serve on the board as a general member.

"Echelon, like other service organizations, thrives through engagement," said Thurston. "As we continue to grow, Echelon has the opportunity to benefit not only from Kyle's heart for service, as we have over the last few years, but now also from Kyle's engaged interest in leading the organization in this next chapter for Echelon."


Girls Inc. of Chattanooga appoints board members

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga announces the appointment of six new members to its 20-member board of directors. New Board Members include:

— Nicci Brewer, Manager of Facilities Projects; TVA

— Diana Meadows, Manager; Lookout Lake/ Wauhatchie Arts

— Karitsa Mosley Jones, School Board District 5 Community Forward Schools Director; City of Chattanooga

— Quetta Pipkin, Community Care Partner; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

— Latisha Simmons, Regional Manager; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

— Roxy Velazquez, Talent Acquisition Consultant; Unum

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited to welcome these six dynamic, brilliant women to our Board. Their passion and experiences will help shape and strengthen the future of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga and the girls we serve," said Board Chair, Rachael Welch.


The Joint Chiropractic hires I-Keyanna Hamlin for North Shore clinic

I-Keyanna Hamlin has been hired to run the North Shore Clinic in Chattanooga of The Joint Chiropractic.

Born in Albany, New York, Hamlin is a graduate of Life University in Atlanta. Hamlin previously worked for a private chiropractic practice in Picayune, Mississippi. She later moved to Texas where she began working for The Joint Chiropractic.

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"I was pre-med but after meeting a representative from Life University, I felt led to pursue chiropractic instead," Hamlin said. "I became passionate about the philosophy which is really deep and began getting adjusted myself. The philosophy is vitalism — the power that made the body can heal the body. Also that all-natural measures should be taken to heal the body as much as possible."

The Joint Chiropractic currently has four clinics open in the Chattanooga and Cleveland area located in Hixson, North Shore, Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland and now open on Gunbarrel next to Fresh Market.


Steven Moore is chapter chairman for SCORE Chattanooga

Steven Moore is taking over as the incoming chapter chairman for SCORE Chattanooga.

Moore joined SCORE as a volunteer mentor in April 2021. He is a retired public-school administrator having worked as an executive director of finance and administration, assistant superintendent, and superintendent at a number of public schools in Massachusetts.

Moore earned has a bachelor's degree and an MBA in strategic planning. Additionally, he has more than 20 years of experience working in the food service industry including hotels, restaurants, corporate dining as well as in public school lunch programs.

"As a public-school administrator, I learned that leading organizations that mirror my beliefs is even more rewarding, as it gives me the opportunity to help both mentors and clients enrich their lives," he said.

SCORE Chattanooga has been serving the Chattanooga business community since 1968. SCORE is a national nonprofit network of over 10,000 volunteers dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.


Jeremy Sims joins Croy Engineering

The consulting firm Croy Engineering has added Jeremy Sims, PE, as a senior project manager. Based at Croy's Chattanooga office location, Sims will support the firm's transportation and traffic engineering practice areas, while also expanding the firm's footprint in markets across Tennessee.

Over his nearly three-decade career, Sims has provided development oversight and project management for numerous transportation engineering projects. Sims joins Croy after more than six years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for the management and oversight of the Region 2 project development technical offices, including environmental, right-of-way, utilities and survey.

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Sims holds a bachelor of civil engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. In addition, Sims is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers, where he serves as 1st vice president.

"Jeremy joins us with a wealth of experience in civil engineering, project management, and stakeholder coordination," said Russell D. Moorehead, PE, Croy's vice president in Chattanooga. "We are excited to add his expertise to our team to better reach and serve our clients in the Tennessee Valley area."

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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