Chamber Of Commerce Announces 2014-2015 Leadership Chattanooga Class

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce announced the members of the 2014-2015 Leadership Chattanooga class. Sponsored by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, Leadership Chattanooga is a 10-month program that brings together local professionals to cultivate leadership and community growth. 

Through the program, participants receive comprehensive leadership training through interaction with top community leaders, experiential learning opportunities including a police ride along and a trip to Nashville to meet with state leaders, and service projects at local schools. 

“We are pleased to announce another outstanding group of up-and-coming Chattanooga professionals,” said Diane Parks, director of leadership and community development at the Chattanooga Chamber. “We’re certain that the contributions they make as part of Leadership Chattanooga and in the years ahead will have a positive and lasting effect on Chattanooga’s future.” 

The following professionals will participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Chattanooga program:

Andy Baggenstoss, Tennessee Recovery & Monitoring

Thom Benson, Tennessee Aquarium

Sharon Braden, Thompson Engineering

Ramsey Brock, Brock Insurance Agency, Inc.

David Burlingham, JSB Holdings & Development (Zaxby’s)

Rick Cadena, Chattanooga Courtyard I-75 at Hamilton Place

Tiffany Cobb, Ronald McDonald House Charities

Jeremy Cothern, Berke, Berke & Berke

Amy Culver, Unum

Jon Paul Davis, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC

Clint Dean, EMJ Corporation

Sue Ann Dodson, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Amy Donahue, River City Company

Gena Ellis, First Things First

Harold Flemister, CORE FIT PROS

Susan Freeman, Susan Freeman Enterprises

Lacey Furr, Regions Bank

Josiah Golson, The Hutton Company, Inc.

Kitty Griffith, Cohutta Banking Company

Shane Harwood, Nolan Elementary

Yolonda Hayslett, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Hollis, Vision Hospitality Group

Rhey Houston, Stowers Machinery Corporation

Penny Hughey, AIM

Dionne Jennings, The Next Door

Shelly Killian, First Tennessee

Laura Knight, Morgan Stanley

Paul Leath, Chattanooga Gas

Amanda Lovin, Volkswagen Chattanooga

Jeffrey Maddux, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC

Aaron Melda, Tennessee Valley Authority

Seth Miller, Chattanooga Fire Department

Keri Randolph, Public Education Foundation

Nel Reid, Chattanooga Public Library

Matthew Richman, Debo’s Diners

Patricia Russell, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary

Nasera Souidi, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Adrienne Teague, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Janie Varnell, Attorney-at-Law

Danna Vaughn, Chattanooga Police Department

Michael Watson, Hospice of Chattanooga

Janda White, Athens Insurance


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