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Chattanooga Chamber Announces Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2018-19


(July 2, 2018) – The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce announces the Leadership Chattanooga class of 2018-19.

Leadership Chattanooga, established in 1984, is the region’s premier leadership development program and boasts almost 1,200 alumni. The program uses the exploration of community issues to develop leadership skills that prepare graduates to succeed in prominent business, cultural and political roles.

“The Leadership Chattanooga program helps class members learn about our community from different perspectives, even if they’ve made Chattanooga their home for years,” said Christy Gillenwater, Chamber President & CEO. “Not only do they learn, they serve. Leadership Chattanooga service projects make an impact, and we see grads continuing to be inspired about giving back long after they’ve completed the program.”

“I’m proud of the overall diversity of this class, especially the different industries represented, not just business, but sectors from healthcare and banking to education and nonprofit,” said Diane Parks, Chamber Director of Leadership and Community Development. “It’s a reflection of our vibrant community, and we can’t wait to launch our class of 2019 into the Leadership Chattanooga program.”

The Leadership Chattanooga program year kicks off in August with an orientation and two day retreat, with monthly sessions beginning in September. The program culminates with a graduation in May 2019.

Members of the 2018-19 Leadership Chattanooga class are:

 

Jason Allen, Regions Bank

Elizabeth Appling, Erlanger Health System

Beth Bennett, Chattanooga Public Library

Vaughn Berger, Bryan College

Blake Bozarth, Unum

Greg Bradley, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.

Tracy Bryant, Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center

Julia Bursch, Metro Ideas Project

Jonathan Butler, City of Chattanooga

Marcus Cade-Johnson, First Tennessee

Demetrus Coonrod, City of Chattanooga

Trae Cotton, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Derek Daniel, Elliott Davis

Brad Davis, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC

Jeff DeLoach, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Emily Dockery, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Bo Drake, Chattanooga State Community College

Amber Gardner, SunTrust Bank

Jonathan Gibbons, Chattanooga-Hamilton County RPA

Chad Goodman, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough

Brooke Gorman, Tennessee Aquarium

Donna Harrison, United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Ryan Henn, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Angela Henry, EPB

Heather Hicks, Signal Centers, Inc.

Cory Howard, Chattanooga CARES

Erika Hyde, Miller & Martin PLLC

Toccora Johnson, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

Stephanie Koukas, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

Brianne Lalor, Northside Neighborhood House

Vivian Lozano, La Paz Chattanooga

Natalie Martin, Crash Creative

Wilson Meads, Synovus

Geoff Millener, The Enterprise Center

Tippi Montgomery, Cigna

Josh Morin, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.

Dan Pratt, Tennessee Valley Authority

Jeff Rector, Public Education Foundation

Ernest Reid, Jr., Second Missionary Baptist Church

Matt Skudlarek, The Bitter Alibi

Kurt Stafford, Tennessee American Water

Laurie Stevens, Chattanooga School of Language, LLC

Kurt Syler, Volkswagen Chattanooga

Tracy Wood, Hospice of Chattanooga

Marthel Young, Hamilton County Department of Education

 

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