Austin Hatcher Foundation expands management team
The Austin Hatcher Foundation recently expanded its team, adding Shayna Ryan and Rachel Youngblood to its staff and promoting Emily Osborne.
Ryan has joined the foundation staff as the new marketing coordinator. She will support the foundation’s efforts through community engagement, traffic engagement and marketing initiatives. Ryan graduated from Lee University in May with a bachelor’s degrees in digital media journalism and public relations. She minored in business administration and media writing.
Youngblood has joined the foundation staff as the new patient navigator. She will greet families as they enter the foundation’s education advancement center and conduct purposeful play and interact with patients. She will also help monitor and organize the foundation’s electronic medical records system and schedule visits for patients. Youngblood received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in social work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Youngblood has a background in healthcare administration and organizational development, and she is now pursuing her license in clinical social work.
Osborne has been promoted to executive assistant. She will work closely with the foundation’s president and CEO to manage schedules and appointments, create proposals and reports, and support partnership efforts. Osborne is currently studying at Middle Tennessee State University to obtain a master’s of business administration with a focus in healthcare management.
Chattanooga State Foundation adds new board members
The Chattanooga State Foundation recently welcomed Julie Cook Davis, Leslie Gower, Marcus Jones and Tiffanie Robinson as the newest members of its board of directors.
Julie Cook Davis, a senior financial advisor and insurance specialist for Raymond James Financial Services, is a partner for the Round Table Advisors of Raymond James. She has more than 32 years of experience in the industry working with each facet of wealth management, including life and long-term care insurance. Cook Davis is the immediate past president of the Chattanooga State Alumni Association board and is a Chattanooga State alum and serves as assistant vice-chair on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute.
Leslie Gower is the CEO of the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee. Gower started her career as a public relations director with an association in Detroit. For many years she worked for association management firms representing a variety of industries, and for 17 years she worked with an economic development agency focused on rebuilding downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Gower also serves as science, technology, engineering and math council chairwoman for one of four Hamilton County Future Ready Institute industry career clusters.
Marcus Jones owns and leads Magnolia Developments LLC Commercial and Residential Construction Division. He brings more than 15 years of experience, including management of significant industrial projects and luxury residential sectors and previously worked in the utility industry for TVA in Chattanooga and AREVA in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering and is a certified project manager and a member of the Sigma Pi Phi and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He is an alum of the chamber of commerce’s Leadership Chattanooga program.
Tiffanie Robinson serves as the president/CEO of Lamp Post Properties and the chief executive and principal broker for SVN | Second Story Real Estate Management, an offshoot of Lamp Post Properties. She is also the elected District 4 Hamilton County school board member and co-founder of the Jump Fund.
“We are grateful to have four new dynamic leaders joining a stellar group of dedicated board members,” Nancy Patterson, vice president of college advancement and public relations, said in a news release. “Our Chattanooga State Foundation board of directors helps ensure that we foster a loyal philanthropic community in support of the mission of the college.”
Scenic City Clay Arts announces Clean Green Ceramics certification
Scenic City Clay Arts is the first community studio in the United States to successfully complete its Clean Green Ceramics certification, according to a news release from the local business.
Clean Green Ceramics is an education, accreditation, certification and support body that assesses environmental management for ceramics artists and places where ceramics are made, such as in residencies, studios and educational institutions. As part of its certification, Scenic City Clay Arts conducted an environmental management audit and developed an environmental policy and action plan that responds to its specific facilities and communities.
“I am really impressed by the commitment of Scenic City Clay Arts to environmental management and building a community that is mindful of their use of resources and energy,” Dr. Wendy Gers, environmental activist and founder of Clean Green Ceramics, said in the release. “They are a beacon of leadership in terms of their positive messaging and implementation of concrete measures to reduce their environmental impact.”
Scenic City Clay Arts began its Clean Green journey in 2020 as it was also working towards opening a second studio location.
“The certification process made us more aware of how environmental resources are sourced and used in an art studio, including electricity and water and our raw materials like clay and glaze,” said Scenic City Clay Arts Executive Director Joy Key. “We were able to identify areas where we can make an impact towards sustainability both in our studio practice and through our education platforms.”
Wastewater treatment authority board welcomes Pete Phillips
The city of Red Bank has appointed Commissioner Pete Phillips to serve on the board of commissioners for the Hamilton County Water & Wastewater Treatment Authority. With 20 years of experience as a Red Bank business owner and resident, Phillips understands the importance of investing in the wastewater system, according to a news release.
“Red Bank has a very dense urban environment and is positioned for additional growth in the future — once the local sewer system is repaired and rehabilitated to allow for long-term moratoriums to be lifted,” Phillips said in the release. “The investment needed in our community is large and will be expensive but is necessary for our city’s future. I am excited to represent my community’s needs on the board of the WWTA.”
Chattanooga BASF operations manager receives national award
Brittany Davis, the operations manager at BASF in Chattanooga, was recognized nationally as an emerging leader in the industry at the Manufacturing Institute’s 10th annual STEP Ahead Awards.
Focusing on science, technology, engineering and production (STEP), the program honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers across all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the executive level, according to a news release. To date, more than 1,000 women have been recognized as STEP Ahead award recipients.
“My advice to any women interested in a career in manufacturing is to seek out STEM programs, internships, job shadows, mentors and anything else that may be available,” Davis said in the release. “You can do it. Your perspective and approach to challenging situations are needed. We should celebrate other women’s successes and continuously look for ways to mentor the next generation of women in manufacturing.”
Davis is actively involved in the BASF Tech Academy, a program that introduces students to technical and craft careers through hands-on demonstrations and experiments at Chattanooga State, tours of local employers and career-focused discussions with BASF employees.
BASF sponsored the annual awards ceremony, which was held virtually and in person in Washington, D.C., on April 28.
Victoria Bryan is director of UTC’s Walker Center
Victoria Bryan has been appointed director of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, effective June 27, according to a news release by Jerold Hale, UTC provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Bryan, a two-time alumna of UTC, is currently dean of the Honors College and academic enhancement at Cleveland State Community College — a position she has held since January 2020. She previously was a member of the Cleveland State English Department faculty, director of the Honors College and interim dean of arts, humanities, social science and education.
As dean, Bryan oversaw multiple departments on the Cleveland State campus, including the library, advising services and the Center of Dynamic Instruction — the institution’s teaching and learning center.
Bryan graduated magna cum laude from UTC with a bachelor’s degree in English and American language and literature in 2007 and a master’s degree in English in 2009. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2014.
— Compiled by Brandi Dixon
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