Amy Jo Osborn is the first chief executive officer for The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. Osborn and her husband, Dr. James M. Osborn, founded the Austin Hatcher Foundation in 2006 after their son, Austin Hatcher Osborn, passed of a rare form of childhood cancer. Following this loss, the Osborns noted a gap in the services that were offered to families impacted by pediatric cancer and founded AHFPC with the goal of walking alongside families throughout their childhood cancer journey. Since co-founding the organization in 2006, Amy Jo Osborn has served in the role of president as a volunteer. As president, Osborn spearheaded the organization's significant local and national growth, including a 1,200% increase in fundraising and a 4,600% increase in asset development. Osborn has also been instrumental in developing partnerships with more than 42 hospitals in 26 states to provide services to more than 88,000 individuals.
Nathan Fort joins the city of Dayton's parks and recreation department as its new director. Fort previously served as education services director for the Salvation Army of Nashville and recreation manager for the city of Columbia. A graduate of Bethel College, Fort was voted by the National Recreation and Park Association as one of the top 30 young professionals in the parks and recreation field under 30. The city of Dayton operates the Pendergrass, Point and Centennial parks, and it furnishes and maintains 11 ball fields, nine tennis courts, three soccer fields, a football stadium, a college-size basketball court and a pickleball court. Fort said he is looking to expand and grow recreation opportunities in Dayton.
Marti Arvin is now chief compliance officer for Erlanger Health System. Arvin has more than three decades of experience in health care in the areas of compliance, research, privacy, information security, governance and regulatory oversight. Prior to joining Erlanger, Arvin was vice president of compliance and privacy services for a health care consulting company that provided compliance and business development services to health care organizations. Her consulting clients included a variety of organizations such as academic medical centers, physician practices and traditional hospital institutions. Arvin's compliance career has also included serving as a chief compliance and privacy officer of four different academic medical centers over a span of 18 years, the most recent being the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Kelly Etchells joins Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C. as a shareholder of the Chattanooga law firm. Licensed in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, Etchells is a member of the firm's litigation section and represents large and small businesses in state and federal courts in a variety of commercial disputes. She provides dispute resolution for matters ranging from contractual issues to product liability. She also counsels clients on real property disputes and trade secrets matters. Prior to joining Chambliss, Etchells practiced at a large international law firm in Atlanta, where she focused on product liability defense, and served as a law clerk to a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is recognized in the "Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch" list for 2022 and has been involved in several community organizations, including Little Miss Mag, Orange Grove Center, Habitat for Humanity, Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Alliance, and Brock-Cooper Inn of Court. Etchells graduated summa cum laude and second in her class at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Anna Protano-Biggs is the new president and CEO of the AIM Center. Originally from England with an Italian background, Protano-Biggs is a barrister-at-law and attorney-at-law with an international perspective. Protano-Biggs is the founder of the Hamilton County Mental Health Court and served as its inaugural director. She has worked for nine and a half years as a public defender in Chattanooga where she was lead attorney working with mental health consumers and clients with traumatic brain injury and developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to coming to Chattanooga, Protano-Biggs served as a senior research officer to the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health, served the 56th United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, as a representative and speaker and worked with an Independent Health Research Project in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
Susannah Murdock joins the family-owned business Robinson Realty Group LLC as a real estate agent in the downtown Chattanooga office with brokers Rob Robinson and Sally Robinson. Murdock resides on Signal Mountain and is vice mayor of the Signal Mountain Town Council. She is also a current member of the Signal Mountain Planning Commission. Murdock has a background in nonprofit administration, marketing and communications and has a passion for design and staging.
David Riggs is named co-director of the Chaplaincy Program for its parent organization, Legacy Senior Living. In his new role, Riggs continues providing day-to-day spiritual care to Cleveland seniors while jointly overseeing ministerial support at six sister communities in four other states. Riggs, who has been in ministry for more than 50 years, will serve the chaplains of Renaissance Senior Living of Vero Beach, Florida, Renaissance Senior Living of Annandale, Virginia, The Harbor at Renaissance in Stanardsville, Virginia, the Legacy Village of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Renaissance Senior Living of Hilldale in Madison, Wisconsin, and Concordia Retirement Community of Bella Vista, Arkansas. He will also continue serving as a chaplain of Legacy Village of Cleveland. Riggs is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland.
Katie Penny is promoted to district manager of Food City's Chattanooga operating division and will be responsible for overseeing nine stores in Hamilton County. She succeeds Rodney Dillard, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of operations for Food City's Chattanooga division. A third-generation grocer, Penny joined the Food City team in 2006, working part-time as a fuel pricing assistant while in high school. She returned to the company full-time in 2020, serving as human relations coordinator manager. Penny was the first person to serve in this newly created position and developed the role through her engagement with the company's team of in-store human relations coordinators. Prior to joining the company, she spent seven years in management in the hospitality industry. Penny graduated from James Madison University and received her master's in business administration from the University of Miami in 2019.
Colin Johnson, PE, MBA, is promoted as a shareholder for RaganSmith-Associates Inc.Johnson joined the land planning, civil, transportation, environmental engineering firm in 2016 and leads the company's Chattanooga office. Johnson has worked in civil engineering and business for the past 16 years. Under Johnson's leadership, RaganSmith has played a crucial role in the recent revitalization of Chattanooga's urban and suburban fabric, according to Chief Operating Officer Allen Ramsey. With 16 years of experience and a diverse background in civil engineering and business, he has worked to solidify and grow RaganSmith's presence in Chattanooga by assembling and managing a team of outstanding professionals as well as building a robust portfolio of local, regional, and national clientel.
John Kilkenny is the new executive director for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. Kilkenny was Associate Professor and Director of Percussion at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, where he served since 2008. His role at GMU encompassed both academic and administrative responsibilities. Since 2018, Kilkenny has also been Artistic and Executive Director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he has raised the Festival's visibility, expanded program offerings, increased enrollment, and generated significant contributed income. Kilkenny was the unanimous choice of a seven-member committee that conducted a national search to identify candidates for the leadership position.