Siskin Children’s Institute Names Linda McReynolds Director Of Development And Communications

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Siskin Children’s Institute, which serves children with special needs and their families through the areas of education, healthcare, research and outreach, has named Linda McReynolds as its new director of development and communications. A longstanding leader in the Chattanooga nonprofit community, Ms. McReynolds will guide the Institute’s fundraising and communication efforts, officials said.

"I am very excited to be joining the staff of Siskin Children's Institute,” said Ms. McReynolds. “This organization has such a rich history of providing quality services to young children with disabilities and helping children and their families gain solutions, support and strategies to complex situations. This is truly an opportunity for me to combine career with passion."

Ms. McReynolds comes to the Institute from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, where she was vice president of development. Prior to the Food Bank, Ms. McReynolds led the local annual fund development campaign for five of her seven years at United Way of Greater Chattanooga and served as executive director of Signal Centers for 18 years. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services/social work from UTC.

"Linda brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership and energy to our organization,” said John Farrimond, president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “She is a key addition to our team and will help move our development and communication efforts to the next level. It’s exciting to have her onboard.”


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