The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce announced the Leadership Chattanooga class of 2018-19.
Leadership Chattanooga, established in 1984, is the region’s premier leadership development program and boasts almost 1,200 alumni. The program uses the exploration of community issues to develop leadership skills that prepare graduates to succeed in prominent business, cultural and political roles.
“The Leadership Chattanooga program helps class members learn about our community from different perspectives, even if they’ve made Chattanooga their home for years,” said Christy Gillenwater, Chamber president and CEO.
“Not only do they learn, they serve. Leadership Chattanooga service projects make an impact, and we see grads continuing to be inspired about giving back long after they’ve completed the program.”
“I’m proud of the overall diversity of this class, especially the different industries represented, not just business, but sectors from healthcare and banking to education and nonprofit,” said Diane Parks, Chamber director of Leadership and Community Development. “It’s a reflection of our vibrant community, and we can’t wait to launch our class of 2019 into the Leadership Chattanooga program.”
The Leadership Chattanooga program year kicks off in August with an orientation and two-day retreat, with monthly sessions beginning in September. The program culminates with a graduation in May 2019.
Members of the 2018-19 Leadership Chattanooga class are:
Jason Allen, Regions Bank
Elizabeth Appling, Erlanger Health System
Beth Bennett, Chattanooga Public Library
Vaughn Berger, Bryan College
Blake Bozarth, Unum
Greg Bradley, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Tracy Bryant, Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center
Julia Bursch, Metro Ideas Project
Jonathan Butler, City of Chattanooga
Marcus Cade-Johnson, First Tennessee
Demetrus Coonrod, City of Chattanooga
Trae Cotton, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Derek Daniel, Elliott Davis
Brad Davis, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC
Jeff DeLoach, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Emily Dockery, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Bo Drake, Chattanooga State Community College
Amber Gardner, SunTrust Bank
Jonathan Gibbons, Chattanooga-Hamilton County RPA
Chad Goodman, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough
Brooke Gorman, Tennessee Aquarium
Donna Harrison, United Way of Greater Chattanooga
Ryan Henn, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Angela Henry, EPB
Heather Hicks, Signal Centers, Inc.
Cory Howard, Chattanooga CARES
Erika Hyde, Miller & Martin PLLC
Toccora Johnson, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga
Stephanie Koukas, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Brianne Lalor, Northside Neighborhood House
Vivian Lozano, La Paz Chattanooga
Natalie Martin, Crash Creative
Wilson Meads, Synovus
Geoff Millener, The Enterprise Center
Tippi Montgomery, Cigna
Josh Morin, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
Dan Pratt, Tennessee Valley Authority
Jeff Rector, Public Education Foundation
Ernest Reid, Jr., Second Missionary Baptist Church
Matt Skudlarek, The Bitter Alibi
Kurt Stafford, Tennessee American Water
Laurie Stevens, Chattanooga School of Language, LLC
Kurt Syler, Volkswagen Chattanooga
Tracy Wood, Hospice of Chattanooga
Marthel Young, Hamilton County Department of Education