Meghan Greene joins A Step Ahead Chattanooga as Director of Development and Marketing. Drawing on previous experience as Executive Director of a local nonprofit, Greene will oversee resource development and public relations, helping A Step Ahead Chattanooga to provide education and access to free longterm birth control.
Amy Scott, MAMFT is promoted to Tennessee State Director for Bethany Christian Services – leading offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Tri-Cities, Memphis and Nashville. Scott joined Bethany in 2007 and has served as director for Chattanooga location since 2015.
Donyel Johnson is the new Chief Development Officer for The Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga. As Chief Development Officer, Johnson guides the organization's fundraising, communications, and community outreach strategies through partnerships, events, and growing the brand of the Boys and Girls Club. Her passion for empowering underserved youth through educational and community programs in addition to her experience from her previous work at the YMCA, Girl's Inc, and most recently, as VP of Development at the Public Education Foundation, will certainly propel her impact in her new role.
Jack Silberman announces the formation of a new benefits firm, the Silberman Group. Silberman, a co-founder and recent chief executive of Reliance Human Capital Management, will be leveraging his decade of expertise and leadership in the employee benefits arena to help businesses across the region better manage their ever-evolving benefits needs. A Chattanooga native and graduate of the McCallie School, Silberman's experience in the benefits space is wideranging, from serving as a staff broker to growing a successful employee benefits business as an entrepreneurial executive. Those experiences will serve as the foundation for the Silberman Group.
Stephanie Rogers, of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, is appointed to LAET's Board of Directors. Rogers was nominated for the position by the Chattanooga Bar Association, and LAET's Board unanimously approved her appointment at its final meeting of 2019. Rogers owns her own law practice in Chattanooga and specializes in family law, criminal defense, wills and estates, and landlord/tenant law. She earned her law degree from New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Chattanooga Bar Association.
Rhonda Farriss is named director of BlueCare Plus, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee program serving individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid services. As director, Farriss oversees the day-to-day activities of BlueCare's Dual Special Needs Program (DSNP). She will work closely with BlueCare Plus leadership to set and manage goals for operations, quality and care coordination support. In addition, she will help manage external relationships with health care providers, the TennCare Division and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Matt Kodsi, M.D., Ph.D., is named vice president of medical affairs for CHI Memorial. Dr. Kodsi serves as a liaison between physicians, hospital management and community organizations in the market, and work closely with CommonSpirit Health counterparts on medical affairs strategic planning and organization-wide initiatives. For the past six years, Dr. Kodsi has served in progressively responsible medical staff leadership roles at CHI Memorial, most recently as chief of staff, and has served as physician advisor since January. He has served as the medical director for CHI Memorial's stroke program. Under his leadership, CHI Memorial earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.
Stephen Wyatt is named director of student conduct and judicial affairs at Chattanooga State Community College. The office assumes the task of upholding the rights and responsibilities of students in an effort to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning. Wyatt, a native of Ringgold, Georgia, most recently lived in Rome, Georgia, where he worked in residence life at Berry College. Wyatt received his bachelor's degree from Berry in music-business in 2009 and his master's in College Student Affairs at the University of West Georgia in 2012.
Debbie Adams promotes to campus director for Belhaven University's Chattanooga and Dalton, Georgia, campuses. Belhaven University provides flexible and affordable degree options for busy working adults. Adams has been working in higher education in Chattanooga since 2013 and has been with Belhaven University since 2016.
Travis Lytle is promoted to Director of Community Development and Community Reinvestment Act Officer for SmartBank. In this role, Lytle works closely with SmartBank associates to identify community involvement opportunities, promote diversity efforts and assist in the coordination of SmartBank's charitable giving program. Lytle has been in the finance industry for 20 years serving most recently as a Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager with the bank. He obtained a bachelor's degree in finance from Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and the Young American Professional Leaders Class at Harvard University.