First Lady Crissy Haslam Announces Rachel Lundeen As New Chief Of Staff

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced Rachel Lundeen as the new chief of staff to the first lady. Ms. Lundeen has been a member of Ms. Haslam’s staff since January 2011, serving as special assistant and policy advisor to the first lady. 

“I am thrilled that Rachel is taking on this new role,” Ms. Haslam said.  “She has been an important member of my staff since Bill took office and I trust her knowledge, professionalism, hard work and experience.”

Christi Gibbs, Ms. Haslam’s former chief of staff, will now serve as executive director for NGA Nashville 2014.

“It has been an honor to serve Tennessee under the leadership of Governor and Mrs. Haslam,” Ms. Gibbs said.  “As a new parent, I will continue to assist the Haslams as they host our nation’s governors in Nashville and showcase our great state in August 2014.”

Before joining the first lady’s staff in January 2011, Ms. Lundeen worked on Governor Haslam’s campaign and transition team. Prior to joining the Haslam administration, she worked as an interim child policy researcher at the Children’s Rights Alliance in Dublin, Ireland and assisted in federal government affairs at the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, D.C.

“I am grateful to Mrs. Haslam for this opportunity in the First Lady’s Office,” Ms. Lundeen said. “My goal is to ensure that our team continues to be a helpful, productive complement to the Governor’s Office as we work to support the Governor’s education initiatives and manage the Tennessee Residence.”

Ms. Lundeen is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law and completed her final year of law school at Vanderbilt University Law School. She has a master’s degree in Public Policy from Peabody College at Vanderbilt, and a B.S. in Human Development from Auburn University. She is an active participant in the Nashville community and currently serves on the board of CASA Nashville, Inc.


Jazzanooga 1 Year Anniversary Celebration On MLK

December marks the one year anniversary of the opening of Jazzanooga’s historic MLK Boulevard location, the Jazzanooga Arts Space. "Jazzanooga continues to offer a diverse range of artistic expression that builds on our city’s rich cultural heritage and they have planned an exciting weekend of music featuring local and regional performers to celebrate the occasion," officials ... (click for more)

Holiday All-Nighter For Animals And Home For The Holidays Or Bust

Volunteers and staff members of two local animal shelters, McKamey Animal Center and the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, are teaming up to help as many animals as possible find a home for the holidays. The staff and volunteers will be putting in a "Holiday All-Nighter" on Friday, Dec. 16 from noon-midnight. For twelve hours non-stop, the shelters will be adopting animals ... (click for more)

Curtis Coleman Sentenced To 144 Months For Dealing Heroin

Curtis Allen Coleman, 41, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to serve 144 months in prison by Federal Judge Travis R. McDonough for heroin distribution in Chattanooga. Coleman pleaded guilty in August to a federal indictment charging him with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute heroin.  According to information on file with the United States District ... (click for more)

Red Cross Continues Tornado Relief In Southeast Tennessee

After tornadoes and strong straight-line winds moved through Southeast Tennessee on Tuesday evening, Red Cross mobilized more than 70 volunteers, provided shelter for displaced residents, and is working to ensure that emergency needs are being met for everyone who was affected.   “We are working very closely with our local Emergency Management Agencies and community partners ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)