Erlanger And Children’s Hospital Council Appoints 7 New Members

Friday, September 29, 2017

Erlanger Health System announced the appointment of Steven Angle, Ph.D., Ashley Davenport, Rose Decosimo, Jonathan D. Frost, Vann Graves, Linda Moss Mines and James Purgason to the Erlanger and Children’s Hospital (E.A.C.H.) Council.

“This year’s Council is reflective of our community with a wonderfully diverse mix of talents, experience, and passion,” said Julie Taylor, chief development officer and president of Erlanger Health System Foundations.

Steven Angle, Ph.D., is chancellor of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Prior to coming to UTC, Dr. Angle served as Senior Vice President at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and as Executive in Residence at the Ohio Board of Regents.

Ashley Davenport is a Chattanooga native who has served on the GPS Alumni Board and Annual Fund Committee as well as the Board of Directors at Creative Discovery Museum, and is currently Co-Chairing the Special Gifts Committee for the Believe Campaign to build a new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.   

Rose Decosimo, CPA, CGMA, recently retired from Elliott Davis Decosimo and is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation, WTCI – Tennessee Valley PBS and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation as well as service in many other groups in Chattanooga. Jonathan D.

Jonathan D. Frost is the managing partner and certified public accountant with J. D. Frost & Co., PLLC.  He is involved with many civic and community activities as well as several professional affiliations. He is also on the board of several organizations including the Association of Visual Arts, UTC College of Business and the Mountain Education Foundation.  

Vann Graves is chief creative officer of J. Walter Thompson Atlanta and formerly served as EVP, global executive creative director at McCann New York; VP, creative director at BBDO New York; and founder, CCO at FL+G, a full-service agency he started in Chattanooga. On top of creative and executive leadership experience, Mr. Graves is a decorated Army combat veteran.

Linda Moss Mines just retired after a 45-year career as a U. S. history and government teacher,including 25 years as GPS History Department Chair.  She is the official Chattanooga-HamiltonCounty historian, state historian for the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of theTennessee HistoricalCommission, and chairman for the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center. She serves as an Erlanger Health System Trustee, is a 20-year volunteer and past president of Chattanooga’s Habitat chapter and an active member of the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council. 

James Purgason is a decorated veteran and an experienced accountant at Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough. Before starting his career in public accounting, he earned his degree from The Citadel and served as an infantryman in the South Carolina Army National Guard. 

“What an incredible time to be a part of everything that is going on at Erlanger,” said Gary Godin, chair, Erlanger and Children’s Hospital Council. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with such talented individuals as we transform our community.”

The E.A.C.H. Council serves as the sole development council to build community awareness and raise funds for all the Foundations’ fundraising initiatives. As the fundraising arm for Erlanger’s multi-hospital system, EHS Foundations’ mission is to enhance the health and wellness of all children and adults in the region by advancing medical excellence in collaboration with visionary partners. Council members include: Melanie Blake, MD, Curtis Bowe, III, Lynn Bryant, Christie Kizer Burbank, Herb Cohn, Mike Crowder, Jeff Eversole, Gary Godin, Mike Griffin, Lynda Minks Hood, Matt Hullander, Jeff Jackson, Will Jackson, MD, Alan Kohrt, MD, Lisa Lowery-Smith, MD, Fred Moore, Don Mueller, Ruth Obear, Benjamin Reese, Julie Taylor, Amber Wattenbarger, Chris Welch and Rachael Welch.

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