CORRECTION: This story was updated at 2:17 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, to correct the name of JHM. It had previously and erroneously stated it was JMH.

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Ginny Kelly

Land Trust adds Ginny Kelly as Southeast director

The Land Trust for Tennessee, the recipient of the Land Trust Alliance's 2020 National Land Trust Excellence Award, has appointed Chattanoogan Ginny Kelly as its new Southeast director.

In her new role, Kelly will build and foster The Land Trust's partnerships with the community, landowners, and donors in Southeast Tennessee. A lover of the outdoors, Kelly has established connections with community partners throughout the region, having organized events for biking, hiking, running, and bouldering across the Southeast as an owner and race director for Bad Beard Events and Rock/Creek Races. Kelly is also involved with the nonprofit conservation community, serving on the boards of Lula Lake Land Trust, Lookout Mountain Conservancy, and Wild Trails.

"We are thrilled to have Ginny Kelly as a member of The Land Trust for Tennessee team," said Liz McLaurin, president and CEO of the Land Trust for Tennessee. "Ginny's passion for the outdoors, professional experience, and deep involvement in the community combine to make her the perfect fit to head up our work in the region," said Liz McLaurin, president and CEO of the Land Trust for Tennessee.

Lyndhurst Foundation President Bruz Clark said Kelly "will advance the conservation work of this outstanding organization, protecting sites for outdoor enthusiasts and for the entire community."

The Land Trust for Tennessee has worked in Southeast Tennessee on Denny Cove, Castle Rock, the Cumberland Trail and the Lost Cove, among other projects.

"There is such a strong foundation on which to increase our conservation footprint in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas," Kelly said. "I'm thrilled to have the chance to engage with communities about the importance of land conservation for both current and future generations."


Julie Klotz becomes partner of JHM accounting firm

Julie Klotz, an accountant with more than 20 years of public accounting experience, has been promoted to partner in the Chattanooga accounting firm of JHM.

Klotz has worked in all phases of public accounting but has concentrated her practice in industries of healthcare, nonprofit and governmental entities, including requirements for audits falling under the guidance of Governmental Auditing Standards and Single Audits performed under the Uniform Guidance.

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Julie Klotz

JHM also recently promoted Susan Williams to senior tax manager and Danielle Talley to senior audit manager. Additionally, the firm said it has named Amy Tipton as tax manager, Sarah Gebelein as audit senior, MiKayla Lumpkin to audit senior and Alisha Parks as tax senior.


Jared Adams joins Chambliss firm

The Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. has added Jared Adams as an associate attorney who will serve the firm's health care and nonprofit clients.

Adams counsels for-profit and nonprofit entities throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic in the health care, biotech, transportation, professional services, and manufacturing industries. Through his previous experience as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Corker and working for the Tennessee General Assembly, Adams values public service and seeks to work with organizations to expand their community involvement and impact in a prudent and cost-effective manner. Before relocating to the Chattanooga area, Adams practiced as a transactional attorney in Roanoke, Virginia where he also served as an active board member for Family Promise of Greater Roanoke and Feeding Southwest Virginia.

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Jared Adams

Adams attended Wake Forest University School of Law and was managing editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy. He also graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University.

"With our health care and nonprofit services continuing to expand, Jared is joining us at the perfect time," said Jim Catanzaro, shareholder and health care section chair. "We quickly saw the value he brings to our team, and I look forward to watching him grow as he serves our clients in rapidly evolving industries."


Ellen Cleland joins CHI Atrium as family practice physician

Ellen Cleland, a family practice physician, has joined CHI Memorial Primary Care Associates – Atrium.

Dr. Cleland earned her medical degree from the University of Queensland School of Medicine - Ochsner Clinical School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and in New Orleans. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is certified in basic, advanced cardiac, and pediatric life support, as well as advanced life support in obstetrics. Dr. Cleland is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Dr. Cleland joins Sarah Baker, MD, David Castrilli, MD and Brian Daily, MD, at CHI Memorial Primary Care Associates – Atrium.


MLS director earns RCE certification

Tonya Bell, the director of the multiple listing service for the Greater Chattanooga Realtors, has been honored by the National Association of Realtors its Realtors Certified Executive (RCE) designation, which recognizes exceptional efforts made by the Realtor association executives.

Bell is one of only 14RCE certified executives in Tennessee who have achieved this mark of excellence.

Prior to becoming a candidate for the RCE designation, applicants must document their association management and academic experiences. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of areas critical to Realtor association management, including association law, governance and issues related to member services.


Legacy Senior Living names Melissa Boatwright as VP of clinical services

Legacy Senior Living, which operates a family of senior living and memory care communities across the eastern United States, has promoted Melissa Boatwright to vice president of clinical services.

In her new role, Boatwright will directly support the leadership of all 15 senior living communities operated by Legacy Senior Living to ensure that the level of quality care meets and exceeds state regulatory requirements.

Boatwright first joined the Legacy Senior Living family in 2015, when she accepted a position as residential care director at the organization's senior living community in Moultrie, Georgia. She was later named executive director of that same community, Legacy Village at Park Regency, followed by increasing responsibility in various network-wide support roles in both operations and clinical support.

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"Since joining Legacy Senior Living six years ago, I have been passionate about making sure our residents always receive exceptional care," she said. "When the pandemic began a year and a half ago, I committed myself to do everything in my power to help this company navigate the virus and keep our residents safe.

Bryan Cook, founder and president of Legacy Senior Living, praised Boatwright's leadership during the pandemic and said her promotion "is well-deserved and will continue to enhance the quality of life and safety experienced by all our residents, team members, and families."


Cempa Community Care promotes Perez, Lloyd

Cempa Community Care has elevated Shelly Perez and Akil Lloyd to leadership positions in the organization.

Lloyd now serves as director of human resources and Perez is now senior executive administrator.

Prior to joining Cempa in 2020, Lloyd worked with both the state of Tennessee and Republic Parking System, in addition to others. He completed his bachelor's degree at Middle Tennessee State University and earned his master's degree in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University in 2010.

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Perez joined the Cempa team in 2020 as well. Leveraging her past experiences at notable employers such as Merck, Alstom Power, and MediTract, Perez leads Cempa's efforts in process improvement, key performance indicator (KPI) development and monitoring and strategic planning.

"Shelly and Akil are perfect examples of why Cempa has grown so well organizationally over the past few years, delivering more care to our area's underserved communities," said Shannon Stephenson, CEO at Cempa Community Care. "Their work ethic, their skill sets, and their unwavering commitment to our mission are what drives us forward."

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— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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