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Katie Penny

Food City names Katie Penny as Chattanooga district manager

Katie Penny has been promoted to district manager of Food City's Chattanooga operating division and will be responsible for overseeing nine stores in Hamilton County. She succeeds Rodney Dillard, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of operations for Food City's Chattanooga division.

A third-generation grocer, Penny joined the Food City team in 2006, working part-time as a fuel pricing assistant while in high school. She returned to the company full-time in 2020, serving as human relations coordinator manager. Penny was the first person to serve in this newly created position and developed the role through her engagement with the company's team of in-store human relations coordinators. She later completed the company's manager training program and most recently served as store manager for the Signal Mountain Food City. Penny served on the company's in-store design committee, is a founding member of Food City's EMPOWER program and is also a member of the company's senior staff executive leadership team. Prior to joining the company, she spent seven years in management in the hospitality industry.

Penny graduated from James Madison University and received her master's in business administration from the University of Miami in 2019.

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Kelly Schrader

Schrader to manage First Horizon East Ridge branch

First Horizon Bank has named Kelly Schrader as manager of First Horizon banking center in East Ridge.

The financial services veteran brings more than 15 years of experience to her role with the bank. Schrader began her career in retail financial services in Omaha, Nebraska, where she served in many roles including vice president and regional bank director. She later served as senior client relations manager at Haberfield Associates before joining First Horizon.

"I am very excited to work with the amazing team in East Ridge and am looking forward to working alongside the great leadership team I have joined," she said.

Jay Dale, Chattanooga market president, said Schrader's plethora of experience and training make her the perfect fit for this role.

Originally from Omaha, Schrader received her bachelor's degree in business finance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Lori Stenzel

Tenn-Am names Stenzel to manage water quality

Tennessee American Water has named Lori Stenzel as manager of water quality and environmental compliance. Stenzel will oversee the company's water quality team, which is responsible for meeting the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standards.

Stenzel has been with American Water, the parent company of Tennessee-American, for more than 10 years. Most recently she served as the environmental program lead for American Water. In that role, she acted as liaison for American Water environmental leadership and several American Water states, including Tennessee.

"Lori is passionate about her role in supplying clean, safe, reliable water to customers," said Doug Wagner, vice president of operations for Tennessee American Water. "Her strong compliance background will benefit Tennessee American Water's long-standing excellent water quality record."

Stenzel was previously based at American Water's central lab in Belleville, Illinois. The lab has a history of being on the forefront of monitoring, testing, identifying and controlling contaminants before specific federal regulations are put in place. Stenzel led several initiatives within American Water, including most recently preparation for the anticipated Environmental Protection Agency regulations of emerging contaminants known as PFAS. She holds several professional certifications and has been an active member of the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association, where she has held several leadership roles.


Five new trustees named to Thrive Regional Partnership

Thrive Regional Partnership, a nonprofit organization that inspires responsible growth through conversation, connection and collaboration in the tri-state Chattanooga region, has kicked off 2022 by welcoming five new members from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to its board of trustees.

The newly elected trustees are Darren Bakkestuen from Rhea County, Tennessee; Mike Shirey from DeKalb County, Alabama; Amy L. Jackson of Catoosa County, Georgia; Carey Garland of Marion County, Tennessee; and Courtney Keehan of Hamilton County. Thrive serves 16 counties in the Chattanooga region.

"As leaders representing a variety of sectors across Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, we know that these five outstanding community leaders will bring new and valuable perspectives to our board," said Bridgett Massengill, Thrive Regional Partnership president and CEO.

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Rodney Dillard

Dillard to head Food City Chattanooga division stores

Food City has promoted Rodney Dillard to executive vice president of operations for the company's Chattanooga operating division. Dillard replaces Rick Bishop, who is assuming the role of executive vice president of operations for Food City's Tri-Cities division.

Dillard began his grocery career in 1985 as a courtesy clerk for Red Food Stores. He also worked as a cashier, stocker, produce clerk, dairy/frozen food manager, assistant manager, store manager, produce supervisor, regional produce manager and most recently as district manager. Red Food Stores was eventually acquired by BI-LO, and Dillard joined the Food City team as a district manager in 2015, when the company acquired 29 BI-LO supermarkets in Chattanooga and North Georgia. Dillard will be responsible for the 31 stores comprising the company's Chattanooga division.

Dillard was a three-time chair of the Bradley County Board of Education and formerly served on the Knoxville Urban League, the Lake Forest Middle School Parent Teacher Organization and the Bradley County Superintendent Parent Teacher Advisory Committee. He is a volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, Tennessee, and a BI-LO School of Business Instructor.

"It has been a real pleasure to work with Rodney as part of our Food City team and watch his continued growth as a leader and see him continue to build a great group of future leaders from within his district," said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. "We're excited to have Rodney continue to lead our stores to exceed customer expectations within the greater Chattanooga area."


Legacy Senior Living names Riggs, LeRoux as co-directors of the Chaplaincy Program

Legacy Senior Living, which operates a family of senior living and memory care communities across the eastern United States, has named David Riggs and Mark LeRoux as co-directors of its chaplaincy program.

Riggs, who has served as a chaplain at Legacy Village of Cleveland in Cleveland, Tennessee, since 2018, and LeRoux, who has served as chaplain at Legacy Village in Jacksonville, Alabama, since 2019, will share responsibilities overseeing the individual chaplaincy programs at all 15 communities operated by Legacy Senior Living.

"The spiritual well-being of our residents, their families and our team members is of primary importance to us, and our chaplains are chosen to serve with love and compassion, while respecting their individual beliefs," said Barry Ray, co-founder and CEO of Legacy Senior Living. "Our chaplains lead weekly devotions and worship services and spend time developing a relationship to nurture their spiritual needs. We know first-hand from our residents, who tell us what a blessing it is to have David and Mark in their communities."

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Michelle Fleenor

Fleenor joins Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison

Michelle Fleenor has joined the Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison as an associate.

Fleenor is a Chattanooga native and 2014 graduate of Girls Preparatory School. She attended Washington and Lee University, where she received a bachelor's degree in Spanish in 2018. She played on the women's tennis team for four years and became an All-American.

She received her law degree from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in 2021. During law school, Fleenor was a member and student editor of Cumberland's American Journal of Trial Advocacy and served as a Carruther's Fellow, a legal writing aid for first- and second-year law students.

Fleenor clerked for Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison in the summers of 2019 and 2020 and joined the firm in 2021. She was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in November of 2021.

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