16 Young Professionals Selected For Protégé Chattanooga 2017-2018 Class

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Young Professionals of Chattanooga announce the individuals selected for its 2017-2018 Protégé Chattanooga mentorship program. 

This year’s class includes: 

Marissa Bell, interim communications director, City of Chattanooga Mayor’s Office
Crystal Bishop, Water Quality Program manager, Hamilton County
Lexi Bozarth, realtor, Keller Williams
Stephanie Hays, community manager/marketing director, Tomorrow Building/LampPost Properties
Kelly Marlow, associate producer, Leo Events
Karen Jolley, judicial law clerk, U.

S. District Court
Zach LeQuire, senior treasury analyst, U.S. Xpress
Tripp Noojin III, CID/Major Crimes detective, Red Bank Police Department
Erwin Ovalle, president, MCS Inc./ Ovalle’s One Plate at at Time
Christina Oyler, digital planner, The Johnson Group
Anne Schwenke, Member Service coordinator, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Sean Slaughter, area manager, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. 
Joey Thomas, firefighter engineer/EMT, Chattanooga Fire Department
Kate Trundle, senior tax accountant, Elliott Davis Decosimo
Cindy West, director of Transportation, Bellhops
Hannah Wike, HR generalist, Skuid

"Over the next nine months, these young professionals will gain a unique perspective on the challenges of leadership and development in a series of meetings with civic and business leaders. As part of the program, the group will also design and complete a service project aimed at addressing a particular community need of their choosing," officials said.

““We are excited to welcome these young professionals to a mentorship program that will advance their professional strengths by enabling them to connect with and learn from some of Chattanooga's top leaders," said YPC President Graham Harrell. 

This year’s proteges will be mentored by:

Marco Perez, VP of Operations, LAUNCH Chattanooga 
Tiffanie Robinson, CEO/president, Lamp Post Properties and Second Story Real Estate Management
Zac Brown, assistant superintendent for School Operations, Hamilton County Department of Education
Mickey Cloud, SVP, head of Chattanooga Office, VaynerMedia
Valoria Armstrong, president, Tennessee American Water
Mike Sarvis, Chattanooga Market executive, Synovus
Julie Baumgardner, CEO/president, First Things First
Matt Busby, director of the Camp House and pastor of Cultural Engagement, Mission Chattanooga



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