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Dr. Alan Koffron joins Erlanger Kidney Transplant Center as its new surgical director. Dr. Koffron works alongside Dr. Kenneth Kokko, kidney transplant center program and medical director. Dr. Koffron earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed residency training in general surgery at Chicago Medical School University of Health Sciences. Dr. Koffron completed two fellowships – a multiple-organ transplant surgery and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and a pediatric liver transplant surgery and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Matthew McKenney joins HHM Wealth Advisors, LLC as client service administrator. With deep roots in the community, McKenney joined HHM Wealth Advisors after earning a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rhodes College. He had several internships over the last four years, preparing him to serve as client service administrator. Matthew supports HHM Wealth's lead advisors with research, trading, and retirement analysis. He is also dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction in every encounter he has with clients.

E'tienne Easley joins Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga as the director of development. Easley leads the work of fundraising and grant writing, as well as managing communication efforts. Family Promise is a nonprofit organization that offers four programs to prevent, reduce and end family homelessness in the Chattanooga area. Easely has extensive experience in leadership, managing grant funds, strategic planning and implementation, volunteer recruitment and building effective and long-standing community partnerships. She is a certified grant writer, and her background includes being Hamilton County Department of Education's family partnership specialist, community engagement manager and health program manager, as well as the employment career specialist at Signal Centers.

Joel Henderson is named as the new executive director for Volunteers In Medicine of Chattanooga. VIM serves the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved by providing quality, compassionate, personal care in a faith-based environment. Henderson previously served as director of communications and marketing since 2017 at the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and previously served as vice president of communications at North American Credit Services Inc. Henderson is a 1994 graduate from Southern Adventist University and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.

Anne Najjar joins the team at Second Story Real Estate Management, Chattanooga's full-service property management group. A skilled negotiator with a reputation for creating successful outcomes for investors, tenants and landlords alike, Anne Najjar brings over 15 years of commercial investment, development and brokerage experience. In 2018, CoStar awarded Najjar their Power Broker award for being a top broker for the Chattanooga MSA area. Her experience ranges from acquisitions and dispositions to leasing and financial and market analysis for clients. She played an integral part in the redevelopment of the Southside from acquisitions of historical buildings, becoming knowledgeable on grants, understanding the conservation of buildings and finding tenants to fill the newly refurbished buildings. Najjar will be mainly working on retail, restaurant, medical and office representation, as well as investment, acquisition and disposition with Second Story.

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Kira Wheat joins HHM Certified Public Accountants, a CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis. Wheat brings more than 16 years of experience to the firm's tax practice. As a senior tax manager, Wheat will assist high net worth and closely held business clients in the areas of tax compliance, tax planning and staff and project management. Wheat comes to Chattanooga from a Chicago-based public accounting firm where she worked her way up to Senior Tax Manager. Wheat is a graduate of North Central College and is a Quickbooks Proadvisor.

Tim Cook, who joined the Legacy Senior Living family as director of chaplaincy earlier this year, is promoted to executive director of its hometown facility, Legacy Village of Cleveland, after a successful expansion of the network's chaplaincy program this summer. In his new role, Cook oversees the day-to-day operations of Legacy Village of Cleveland, which provides a home-like environment to more than 70 Bradley County seniors and is part of a network of 14 senior living communities based in Cleveland.

Amir Hamad, BSN, MHA, RN, CCRN, is named chief nursing officer of Parkridge East Hospital. Hamad brings 12 years of healthcare experience to the position, including nursing roles in emergency medicine and cardiac critical care. Most recently, Hamad served as associate chief nursing officer at Reston Hospital Center, in Reston, Virginia. Prior to that, he served as director of the cardiac and medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at LewisGale Medical Center, in Salem, Virginia, where he also served as clinical team lead in the cardiac ICU and as clinical coordinator of the Emergency Department. Hamad earned a master's in healthcare administration from Grantham University, in Lenexa, Kansas, and a bachelor's in nursing from Radford University, in Radford, Virginia. He also earned a bachelor's in biology from Virginia Tech University.

Sam Montgomery, a certified financial planner and certified Kingdom advisor, is promoted from paraplanner to associate financial advisor. at Riggs & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. that is led by Jody B. Riggs. Montgomery started working for Riggs & Associates in July 2017. As an associate financial advisor, he will provide comprehensive financial planning services to clients, and provide investment solutions to meet clients' financial needs. Montgomery holds a bachelor's in Financial Planning from Liberty University.

Tony Sanders joins the board of Habitat for Humanity in Chattanooga, which works to provide affordable housing in the area. Sanders is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner with more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from Tennessee Tech University. He currently works for Unum as a manager in the Benefits Financial Services area. Sanders serves a commissioner for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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