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Shannon Alvey is appointed executive director of Garden Plaza of Collegedale. Alvey is a licensed residential home-for-the-aged administrator through the Tennessee Department of Health. She has experience in multi-site physician practices, ranging in settings from family/internal medicine practitioners to specialist clinics and surgical groups. Prior to Garden Plaza, her most recent role was as executive director at Legacy Village of Cleveland and The Harbor at Legacy Village. Before that assignment, she was executive director at Dominion Senior Living of Athens.
James D. Brown joins Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial advisor based in the firm's Broad Street office. He brings 18 years of financial services experience in the Chattanooga market, including roles at Synovus Financial Corporation and Regions Bank. Brown earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a concentration in finance and marketing. He serves on the board of directors of the YMCA Hamilton and is an alumnus of Leadership Chattanooga. He is also a member of the Hamilton Place Rotary Club and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Alumni Association.
Melanie Hammontree is promoted to director of development for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Hammontree previously served as development officer for Northwest Georgia at the Food Bank. She has 15 years of fundraising experience, seven of which have been spent in nonprofit organizations. Hammontree originally joined the Food Bank in September 2017 as development officer for northwest Georgia, during which she held responsibility for the nine Georgia counties served by the Food Bank. She was promoted in May 2019 to oversee development efforts for the Food Bank's entire service area. Prior experience includes the Dalton Arts Project and Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo).
Kane Shepherd joins the law firm of Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C. as an associate. Kane's areas of practice include business and corporate law, real estate, and financial services and transactions.
James Gabbard joins Artech Design Group as a designer and project manager. Gabbard has 11 years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality, office buildings, historic restoration and retail arenas at Zito Russell Architects in Mobile, Ala. Gabbard's previous notable projects include the White Pillars Restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi and the Ballard Brands corporate office in Covington, Louisiana.
Kirby Johnson is named the its first chief of staff for Chattanooga-based Thinking Media. Johnson moved to the Chattanooga area three years ago from Atlanta where she attended Agnes Scott College and Georgia Institute of Technology earning her MBA. With more than a decade of professional experience, she has also accumulated knowledge in a variety of roles previously that will be useful in the Thinking Media environment. Johnson will work with the President and Chief Executive Officer Sheila Boyington to assist in the expanding adoptions of Learning Blade STEM and Computer Science career awareness system across multiple states.
Scott Steinmann, MD, joins the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine in Chattanooga as chair and professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. An internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steinmann joins the UTHSC College of Medicine in Chattanooga and the Erlanger Health System after serving more than 20 years with the Mayo Clinic, where he was professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He begins his role at UTHSC in October. In his role as chair, Dr. Steinmann will serve as the chief executive academic officer, and will be responsible for the educational programs, including the graduate, residency, continuing medical education, research efforts, public service, and the patient care programs within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
Wesley Deschaine is named the NRC senior resident inspector at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant near Spring City, Tennessee. Deschaine joins Resident Inspector Jeff Hamman at the two-unit plant, which is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Deschaine joined the NRC in 2007 as a reliability and risk analyst in the agency's Office of New Reactors and was transferred to the Region II office in Atlanta in 2009 as a project engineer for the TVA projects branch and worked as a resident inspector at TVA's Sequoyah nuclear plant from 2011 to 2018. Prior to joining the NRC, Deschaine worked as a reliability engineer for Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control Division in Orlando, Florida after graduating from the University of Central Florida.
Maurice Alston, DO, a board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist, joins Parkridge Medical Group – Cardiology. Dr. Alston received advanced training in cardiovascular disease and specializes in minimally invasive approaches to diagnosing, treating and managing the disease. Dr. Alston earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia, in Suwanee, Georgia, and completed an internal medicine residency at Doctors Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, where he pursued further training, completing a cardiovascular fellowship and serving as chief cardiovascular fellow. He then completed an interventional cardiovascular fellowship from The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio.
Karen P. Rudolph, M.D., RPVI, joins University Surgical Associates on the vascular and endovascular surgery team serving the Chattanooga region.