Girls Inc. of Chattanooga Names Melissa Blevins As CEO

Friday, February 17, 2017
Girls Inc. has announced the selection of Melissa Blevins as chief executive officer.  Ms. Blevins joins Girls Inc. after serving as the director of Programs and Operations for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank since 2011.

"Melissa has demonstrated strong management and leadership abilities throughout her career in steadily increasing roles and responsibilities. We're thrilled she has agreed to join Girls Inc. as our next CEO and continue our growth and recognition in the community as the leading organization advocating for and supporting girls," said Gina Dhanani, Girls Inc.
chair of the board.

"I know firsthand the adolescent struggle and the challenges that women face every day. I am excited about this incredible opportunity to provide visionary leadership to an organization that inspires our girls to overcome the challenges and be strong, smart and bold. Our girls deserve to reach their potential and achieve greatness," said Ms. Blevins.

Ms. Blevins is an active volunteer in the community, serving as the chairwoman of the 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and has served in many other volunteer capacities for Susan G. Komen. She has been a presenting speaker for several of the Feeding America national conferences the past two years and is a member of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College. 


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