Katie Harbison is promoted to president/CEO for the Chambliss Center for Children over a five-year succession plan. Harbison is a 16-year employee with Chambliss Center for Children, becomes President/CEO on Nov, 12, overseeing the organization and its partner agencies' $10 million budget and more than 300 employees. During the planned five-year transition, Harbison worked alongside Acord as Vice President and then President of Chambliss Center for Children. Harbison, a native of Chattanooga, attended the Baylor School and earned her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga; a past Board member and Board President of both Youth Leadership Chattanooga and the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; a member of the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club; and recently served on the State of Tennessee's Child Well-being Task Force. Harbison currently serves as the co-chairman of the local Early Matters Coalition and is involved in both the child welfare system and the early childhood education arena.
Becky Carroll is promoted to vice president of strategy as well as to the role of assistant administrator for Parkridge Health System. Carroll began her HCA Healthcare career as a manager with HCA Healthcare Physicians Services where she transitioned to a hospital role as director of surgical sales. In 2013, she was named vice president of development where she led business and strategy planning for the system. Carroll recently assumed additional leadership roles in Parkridge Health System's wound care, sleep medicine, inpatient/outpatient respiratory therapy service lines and the physician and provider relations team. During the COVID pandemic, she developed and managed the patient safety screener program and assumed responsibility for EMS relationships and hospital security functions.
Doug Brewer, MD, FASCRS, MSc, CPE, is named senior vice president and chief medical officer for Erlanger Health System. As CMO of Erlanger Medical Group, Brewer works in partnership with leadership to advance the interests of employed physicians, advanced practice providers, specialty services and outpatient clinics. Brewer graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia in 1987, after which he completed a general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He then served a one-year research and clinical senior registrar fellowship at the University of Sydney with a dual role of clinical colorectal work and molecular genetic colorectal cancer research.
Carol W. Keur, a litigation paralegal for the last six years working in employment, disability, automobile liability, workers' compensation and personal injury, joins the Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C. Keur started her legal career as a runner with the Fleissner Firm in 2000. She also brings 15 years of corporate experience from Unum and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. While in the corporate sector, Keur gained extensive knowledge in insurance and defense of the same. In addition, she gained legal assistant, intellectual property, branding and contract experience while at BlueCross. Most recently, Keur worked at Luther-Anderson prior to joining GKH.
Kirby Yost is the new section chairwoman for the real estate practice group, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., which advises local, regional and national clients on all aspects of commercial transactions and developments. Yost follows Michael Stewart, who served as section chairman for several years. Since joining Chambliss in 2011, Yost has been a member of the real estate and business sections and has played a critical role in bringing on new business for the firm. She often assists owners and developers of all sizes on real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and financing, retail and office leasing and advising on land use, zoning and other real property matters. She also works with various regional and national businesses on general business matters.
Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez (Vallejo), MFA, joins the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce as the new Marketing Communications Manager, working directly with Jeremy Henderson, Creative Director; Sybil Topel, MFA, IOM, Vice President, Marketing Communications; and Eric Lisica, Interactive Content Designer, Marketing Communications. Vallejo serves as managing editor of Business Trend magazine/ChattanoogaTrend.com and lead writer for Chattanooga Chamber communications. An Atlanta native, Vallejo holds a bachelor's in liberal arts from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and a master's in writing from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber, Vallejo worked as Copywriter for MOCK, the agency, in Atlanta. Vallejo's articles are featured in Paste Magazine and several literary journals, including Sequoya Review and Ivy Hall Review.
Derek Crouthers, a family medicine physician, joins CHI Memorial Internal Medicine Associates on Hixson Pike in Chattanooga. Crouthers earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He also completed an internship and family residency at the same location, where he served as chief resident. Crouthers is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Crouthers joins Mario E. Mariani, MD, G. Michael Ozborn, MD, and Jerrold L. Selzer, MD, and a highly qualified clinical staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and medical assistants.
Jared Adams joins the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. as an associate attorney who will serve the firm's health care and nonprofit clients. Adams counsels for-profit and nonprofit entities throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic in the health care, biotech, transportation, professional services, and manufacturing industries. Through his previous experience as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Corker and working for the Tennessee General Assembly, Adams values public service and seeks to work with organizations to expand their community involvement and impact in a prudent and cost- effective manner. Before relocating to the Chattanooga area, Adams practiced as a transactional attorney in Roanoke, Va., where he also served as an active board member for Family Promise of Greater Roanoke and Feeding Southwest Virginia.
Akil Lloyd is appointed director of human resources for Cempa Community Care. Prior to joining Cempa in 2020, Lloyd worked with both the state of Tennessee and Republic Parking System, in addition to others. He completed his bachelor's degree at Middle Tennessee State University and earned his master's degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University in 2010.
Ginny Kelly is named the new Southeast director for The Land Trust for Tennessee. In her new role, Kelly builds and fosters The Land Trust's partnerships with the community, landowners, and donors in Southeast Tennessee. A lover of the outdoors, Kelly has established connections with community partners throughout the region, having organized events for biking, hiking, running, and bouldering across the Southeast as an owner and race director for Bad Beard Events and Rock/Creek Races. Kelly is also involved with the nonprofit conservation community, serving on the boards of Lula Lake Land Trust, Lookout Mountain Conservancy and Wild Trails.
— Compiled by Brandi Dixon