Austin Hatcher Foundation Names Tracey Burke As Controller

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has named Tracey Burke as the organization’s controller, replacing Sharleen Turner who is retiring from her longtime position. 
 
Ms. Burke will officially join the foundation staff on Nov. 6.  Ms.Turner will continue with the foundation during a transition period, working closely with Ms. Burke at the foundation’s new headquarters in downtown Chattanooga.
 
Ms. Burke is leaving her position as chief financial officer at the regional law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC based in Chattanooga, where she has worked for 19 years overseeing all financial functions. She is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
 
Previously, Ms. Burke was controller and assistant secretary at Synthetic Industries, Inc. in Chickamauga, where she worked from 1984-1996, then controller at Northshore Communications, Inc. in Chattanooga from 1996-98.
 
Ms. Burke, a resident of nearby Dalton, also has extensive experience in community service, which will serve her well at the foundation, officials said. She serves as treasurer of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Dalton and formerly was treasurer for the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia from 2009-15.
 
“I wouldn’t call this a career move but rather a personal move,” Ms. Burke said. “I have a terrific job at the firm. This will just be something different for me. I want to do something special and you can’t do any better in that regard than working with the Austin Hatcher Foundation. I am so impressed with everything they do.”

“Tracey’s qualifications as a longtime controller and CFO are impeccable, which is going to make her invaluable to our efforts as we continue to grow our organization and expand our services to young cancer patients and their families,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn.  Sharleen Turner has done a fantastic job during her years with us. We are grateful for her service – and also grateful that she has agreed to stay on and help Tracey get established.”



Public Works Employees Celebrated With Breakfast Hosted By Mayor Rowland And Other City Officials

In celebration of National Public Works Week, Mayor Tom Rowland, Councilman David May, City Manager Joe Fivas and Assistant City Manager Melinda Carroll recognized the "extraordinary endeavors" of the Public Works Department by hosting a breakfast for public works employees.  “This week we commend the men and women we rely on every day to celebrate their important contributions ... (click for more)

East Tennessee Purchasing Association Hosts 13th Annual Business Matching And Tradeshow Event

Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can meet with about 20 municipalities plus many tradeshow vendors in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s 13th Annual Business Matching and Tradeshow event on Wednesday, June 6. The event will be held in Chattanooga at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., from 9 a.m.-noon. Attendees will ... (click for more)

State Seeking 1st-Degree Murder Conviction Against Donaldson For Killing Son-In-Law

The state is seeking a first-degree murder conviction against 57-year-old Glen Allen Donaldson for killed his son-in-law. Prosecutor Crystle Carrion told a jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole on Tuesday that there was no evidence that self-defense was involved in the slaying of Adam Levi, who was 39. However,attorney Jerry Summers said Donaldson said in a 911 call that ... (click for more)

City Budget Uses $36 Million From Various Reserve Funds

Daisy Madison, the city's chief financial officer, said the upcoming city budget uses $36 million from various reserve funds, including $11 million from the city's rainy day fund. The budget last year pulled $10 million from the rainy day fund. Ms. Madison told City Council members at a budget hearing she did not know exactly how much is remaining in the rainy day fund without ... (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is This Civil War II?

Jack Minzey, by all accounts, was a beloved professor at Eastern Michigan and, as the head of the university’s School of Education, wrote many books and papers. Some were on the Civil War – he was an avid student of our nation’s worst moment – and his beliefs how to better public education will be quoted for years. Dr. Minzey died at age 89 last month and just last week, the ... (click for more)