Stephany S. Pedigo is elected as a member of the Hixson law firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC. Pedigo holds a cum laude bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and also a magna cum laude Juris Doctorate degree from The Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Pedigo, who joined the firm in 2018, focuses her practice primarily in the areas of insurance defense, wills and estates and conservatorship law. She is a Member of the Firm's Business Group and Tort Group. In 2015, Pedigo joined the law firm of Baker, Kinsman, Hollis and Clelland which merged with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC. Pedigo is licensed to practice in all state courts in Tennessee and Georgia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Jens Christensen is named President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. He replaces Dave Butler who retired last month. Christensen is well-known throughout the community for his leadership at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. He was employed by the Community Kitchen just under 17 years, and served as its leader for the last seven years. Christensen is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and serves on the boards of the Metropolitan YMCA, H*Art Gallery and the Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homelessness. He is a past board member of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults as well as the Homeless Coalition. He received his undergraduate degree from Guilford College and his MBA from Georgia Southern.
Jaimme Preston is the new executive director for Life Care Center of Athens. Preston has 10 years of experience in senior care, including serving in business development and administrator roles at Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove in Ooltewah. Preston earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance from Tennessee Wesleyan University and served as administrator in training at Life Care Center of Athens for a year and a half. Preston currently resides in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Matthew E. Wiisanen, a board- certified and fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist and structural heart specialist, joins Centennial Heart at Parkridge. Wiisanen serves as medical director of interventional cardiology and the structural heart programs at Parkridge Health System. Prior to joining Centennial Heart at Parkridge, Wiisanen served as the director of structural heart disease at Erlanger Health System and was an assistant professor of medicine on the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine.
Jason S. McCarter joins Miller & Martin PLLC as a member. McCarter is a skilled business litigator with 22 years of experience, including stints with the Atlanta offices of Eversheds Sutherland and King & Spalding. He represents automotive, technology and other business enterprises in commercial disputes and regulatory investigations. He also counsels and advocates for clients facing contract, business tort, secured lending, creditors' rights and licensing issues. Named a Commercial Litigation Leader by The Best Lawyers in America in 2021, McCarter practices in state and federal courts as well as alternative dispute resolution forums around the country.
Blake Swafford joins SimplyBank as directing IT and innovation officer. Swafford oversees technology, risk management, and innovation. Swafford has been part of the SimplyBank team for nearly a decade, in which time he has worked in various departments in the bank, including operations, credit, risk management and technology. In 2020, in recognition of his contributions to the field of innovation, he was nationally recognized by Independent Community Bankers of America as a "Top 40 under 40" community banker.
Taylor Bostwick is the new president and chief executive officer for The Speech & Hearing Center. In this role, Bostwick acts as the voice of the Center, communicating its mission and services to the community. She is also tasked with managing the staff, ensuring the fiscal health of the nonprofit agency and overseeing program delivery and expansion. Bostwick replaces Erica Newman in the position, and brings with her more than a decade of communications experience. She was most recently the marketing director of Hamilton Place for CBL Properties and has also worked previously as an account executive at Waterhouse Public Relations, in corporate communications at Unum and as the head of marketing at Papercut Interactive. She earned her bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University in mass communications.
Lacey Mosley joins SouthEast Bank as its new Spring City vice president/branch manager. A seasoned banker with more than 15 years of experience, Mosley is responsible for overseeing the Spring City team and working with Rhea County customers. Mosley began her banking career as a teller at First Bank of Tennessee in 2005. She later joined the SouthEast Bank team, and during her 13-year tenure, worked her way up from teller to Assistant Vice President. After a brief period of time with another organization, she is returning to her roots at SouthEast Bank.
Sarah Elghalban is named the Director of Strategy and Grant Compliance for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. As a member of the agency's administration team, Elghalban monitors grant compliance, program outcomes, reporting, grant budgets, and performance of Federal and State grants and organize and lead all strategic planning efforts. She is also tasked with guiding the agency's accreditation inspection process to achieve recertification with the Council on Accreditation (COA) to ensure that the organization's programs and services meet best practice standards to maintain organization's sustainability and growth. Previous roles at Partnership include Director of Stability Services, Assistant Director of Victim Support Services and Domestic Violence Shelter Supervisor.
Tom Schreiner is named General Manager of McLemore, a Scenic Land Company golf course and clubhouse located atop Lookout Mountain. Schreiner brings nearly two decades of experience to the role, serving as Head Golf Coach and Director of Business Operations at Covenant College since 2004. Adding to the experience he brings to McLemore, in his previous role as the Director of Business Operations at Covenant College, he oversaw a number of programs for the college, including food services, summer conferences, property rentals, guest cottages, laundry services, and office services. He also worked with the Covenant College golf team in an assistant's role for two years prior to his role as head coach.