Project Director Zach Atchley Elevated To Assistant Executive Director For Mark Making

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zach Atchley, has been elevated to the position of assistant executive director. He has been involved with each project the organization has undertaken since 2010, when he initially began employment as the communications assistant.

In 2012, Mr. Atchley started assuming “co-pilot” duties with Founder and Executive Director Frances McDonald, when he was promoted to project director. Since then, he has been responsible for all public art project logistics including budgeting, supplies, and installation.

“Zach is truly awesome,” said Mr. McDonald. “We are so fortunate to benefit from his skills, loyalty and commitment.”

In 2010, Mr. Atchley earned his Masters in Public Administration, with a focus in Nonprofit Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He previously attained a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Science and Religion from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

The new position is being created for Mr. Atchley, as the organization expands significantly and moves into a larger studio in East Chattanooga. His new responsibilities will include property management, neighborhood relations, and the training of other staff members. With the growth of staff and studio size, Mark Making will be able to conduct more classes and public art installations.

"I am beyond honored to be given this position at Mark Making.  We have accomplished so much in a such a short amount of time and we are just getting started." said Mr. Atchley. 

Mr. Atchley, an Eagle Scout, lives in Brainerd with his wife Karen and their two daughters Autumn, three, and Aaralyn, 18 months.




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