Talley joins green|spaces to direct Build It Green

The local sustainability nonprofit organization green|spaces has hired Dexter Talley as its Build it Green program director. Build it Green is a local leadership and workforce development program that prepares young adults (ages 18-24) for community leadership and energy services careers.

"Dexter Talley is the perfect leader to help dozens of young adults turn the page and write a new story for themselves and their neighborhood," said Michael Walton, executive director of green|spaces in a news release. "He's been in their shoes and knows what challenges they face. As a result, they respect and listen to him when he tells them about the green building industry's opportunities."

Talley graduated from the Build it Green program in 2019 and returned as a senior member the following year. In 2021, he was promoted to project manager. Since then, Talley has gained several certifications, including his duct and envelope tightness verifier certification. He scored 100% on this exam, making him one of only a handful of people to do so in the test provider's 10 years of experience.

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Adams, West join BrightBridge Capital

BrightBridge Capital has hired Zac Adams as a loan officer, and Kristin West as a credit underwriter, according to a news release.

Adams, a graduate of Louisiana State University and the United States Sports Academy, was formerly a licensed commercial real estate professional. West is completing a degree in business administration with an emphasis on finance and applied economics from Dalton State College.


Lalor to head development at Chattanooga Room in the Inn

Brianne Lalor has joined Chattanooga Room in the Inn as the director of development for the organization. She has worked in the local nonprofit industry for more than a decade, serving in development roles at Northside Neighborhood House and Girls Inc. Prior to entering the nonprofit field, she worked in publishing as a writer and editor for five years.

"The lack of affordable housing options for lower income individuals and families in our community is alarming," Lalor said in an announcement of her new role. "Many of the residents we serve are working hard to remain stable but fall short due to lack of accessibility to resources. Luckily, Room in the Inn provides a safe place for women and children to live while we help them develop a stability game plan."


Perez named executive director of Morning Pointe Foundation

Miranda Perez has been named executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation. Perez will be responsible for the strategic growth and development of the nonprofit coordinating caregiver support programs, funding for scholarships and community outreach.

Since its creation in 2014, the Morning Pointe Foundation has awarded more than 65 scholarships through 12 community colleges and universities. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living founded by senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. The 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization provides caregiver support programs, educational awareness events and funds clinical scholarships to advance the care of seniors.

Perez is past executive director of the Ooltewah Harrison Education Foundation, also known as "D9," as well as a small business owner, event planner and marketing specialist. She owned the boutique Owl Cove from 2019-2022, and as the owner Perez worked with various schools and nonprofits giving back to the community.

She graduated in 2011 from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's degree in communications and is a Marietta, Georgia, native.


Miller and Morgan join Pinnacle Bank

Banking veterans Stacey Miller and Jamie Morgan have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners in Chattanooga.

Miller comes to Pinnacle Bank from Regions Bank and brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as a credit advisor. Morgan comes to Pinnacle from SunTrust and brings six years of financial services experience to her role as financial specialist.

Miller is based at Pinnacle's Broad Street office. In addition to her tenure at Regions Bank, she also worked for SunTrust Bank, where she began her career in 1997. Miller earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also graduated from the Southeastern School of Banking at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Morgan is based in Pinnacle's Shallowford Road office. In addition to her four-year tenure at SunTrust, she also worked for Pioneer Credit for two years.

Cox heads sales in East Brainerd for Crye-Leike Real Estate Services

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has named Garrett Cox sales manager of the Crye-Leike Chattanooga – East Brainerd office. Cox will assist managing broker Jennifer Grayson with recruitment, training and management of office sales associates.

Cox joined the real estate industry five months ago after leaving an automotive finance and insurance position for a local General Motors dealership. He has already earned a spot in Crye-Leike's Multi-Million Dollar Club.

Cox is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors. In the future, he plans to continue his real estate education and earn the certified residential specialist designation.


CHI wins recognition for stroke patient care

CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga has received the American Heart Association's Gold Plus "Get With The Guidelines" — Stroke quality achievement award, and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson has received the AHA's Silver Plus Get With The Guidelines — Stroke award.

Get With The Guidelines — Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to top guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

"CHI Memorial is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines," Diona Brown, market senior vice president, cardiovascular and neurosciences in a news release. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in Chattanooga and the surrounding counties can experience longer, healthier lives."

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Hixson also received the American Heart Association's Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting medication.

Both hospitals also received the American Heart Association's Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence- based care when hospitalized due to stroke.


Designer Drugs names four for management posts

Designer Drugs Pharmacy, a local compounding pharmacy, has named four new managers.

Tanya Manoni, PharmD, is vice president of pharmacy development. She has more than 15 years of experience as a pharmacist, and has specialized training and certification in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Catherine Needham, PharmD, is lab director. Needham has specialized training in infertility, and experience in functional and anti- aging medicine and dermatology. She is also a participating candidate in the Fellowship of Anti-Aging and Metabolic Medicine.

Taylor Ashton, PharmD, is vice president of quality control and assurance. Ashton is responsible for Designer Drugs' quality standards to keep the business in compliance with the boards of pharmacy in all 50 states.

Brandy Taveras, CPT, is a sales associate, responsible for building relationships with local providers. Taveras' years of pharmacy experience allow the pharmacy to directly serve a growing number of specialty providers who are seeking personalized medications for their patients.


Lykins to head communications for Chattanooga State College

After more than a year as interim director, Chris Lykins was appointed as permanent director of marketing and communications for Chattanooga State Community College following a national search to fill the position.

"Chris brings unique qualifications to this mission-critical role as a former faculty member in our graphic design program, and more than ten years of professional experience," said Nancy Patterson, vice president of Chattanooga State's college advancement and public relations in a news release. "Chris brings a wonderful gift for storytelling, bold leadership skills and a passion for our purpose to support and empower everyone in our community to learn without limits.

Lykins holds a master's degree in secondary education, a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a bachelor's degree in English from Pensacola Christian College.

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