Habitat For Humanity Appoints 5 New Members To Its Board Of Directors

Monday, May 20, 2019

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga announce the appointment of five new members to its board of directors. The new members include Lee Ann Adams, attorney at Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC; Derek Bullard, president and chief executive officer of the Siskin Children’s Institute; Rev. Mike Feely, adjunct professor of history at UTC; Rhey Houston, vice-president of Stowers Machinery; and Dionne Jennings Jenkins, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.

“I am excited to welcome these outstanding individuals to our board,” said Barbara Marter, board chair. “They bring dedication and commitment to addressing affordable housing issues and we are honored to have their leadership.”

Ms. Adams has been an attorney at Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC since 1997. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Chattanooga Bar Association as well as the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Board of Governors. She has been a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute since 2013 where she served as vice-chair of the Women Know Finance: Financial Empowerment Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, and Southeast Tennessee Legal Association for Women.

Mr. Bullard is the president and chief executive officer of the Siskin Children’s Institute. Mr. Bullard has been dedicated to serving children and families with mental illness and special needs for the last two decades. He is the founder and former CEO of Access Family Services, a multi-state behavior healthcare provider with 11 offices. A Charlotte, N.C. native, Mr. Bullard has been involved with multiple entrepreneurial ventures and has been actively involved as a both a volunteer and board member for several non-profit organizations.  

Rev. Feely is an adjunct professor of history at UTC and is well-known within the Chattanooga community.  Rev. Feely serves as a board member of CARTA and the Bushtown Neighborhood Association as well as on the International Business Council of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.  He served as an interim member of the Chattanooga City Council for district six from 2007 – 2008 and is the founder of the St Andrews Center as well as founding member of La Paz de Dios.

Mr. Houston is vice-president of Stowers Machinery, a company he has been employed by for more than 20 years. With a passion for academia, Mr. Houston is seated as an advisor on the Hamilton County Career & Technical Education Committee, the Tennessee Department of Education-Career and Technical Education’s Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Committee; the Principal’s Advisory Council for Sequoyah High School; and, as a mentor for the Tennessee Achieves/ Tennessee Promise Program.  He serves on the Tennessee FAA Foundation Board of Directors and has been a Mason & Shriner for 35 years.  Mr. Houston was a 2015 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and is chairman of the alumni association’s board of directors. 

Ms. Jenkins is vice president of diversity and inclusion at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union. In her role, Ms. Jenkins works collaboratively with senior leadership to develop initiatives that increase diversity among staff through recruitment, retention, and community engagement in order to advance TVFCU’s mission and vision. Ms. Jenkins previously served as president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, where she moved the center in a new strategic direction and provided financial stability by leading fundraising initiatives, developing new programs and building strong community partnerships. Prior to joining the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Ms. Jenkins was the development director for The Next Door Chattanooga and served as the Eastern Tennessee Region director of charitable giving for SunTrust Banks, Inc.

“Our board of directors and volunteers are the backbone of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga,” said David Butler, president and CEO.  “We are so very grateful for the level of leadership, expertise, and passion these leaders will bring to Habitat.” 

Habitat’s board is responsible for establishing policy and guiding the organization’s efforts to build or improve affordable housing in partnership with families across the Greater Chattanooga area. Habitat board members serve for two-year terms that can be renewed up to four times. 



Habitat For Humanity Of Greater Chattanooga Names Phil Trammell Vice President Of Development

Kim Bass: September 2019 Market Statistics

Large Number Of Residents Opposed To New Project Near East Hamilton; Sabrena Smedley Warns Of Over-Development


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Thursday announced Phil Trammell has been named vice president of development. In his new role, Mr. Trammell will lead Habitat’s local fundraising ... (click for more)

With the kids back in school and the weather cooling, the housing market begins its annual cooldown as well. Nationally, buyer and seller activity remained strong, buoyed by low mortgage rates ... (click for more)

A large number of residents showed up at the Planning Commission to oppose plans for a 182-home subdivision near East Hamilton School. Developer Billy McCoy is planning the project on 61 acres ... (click for more)


Real Estate

Habitat For Humanity Of Greater Chattanooga Names Phil Trammell Vice President Of Development

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Thursday announced Phil Trammell has been named vice president of development. In his new role, Mr. Trammell will lead Habitat’s local fundraising efforts, cultivate corporate partnerships, develop and execute fund development programs and collaborate with the board of directors on developing relationships with new supporters. ... (click for more)

Kim Bass: September 2019 Market Statistics

With the kids back in school and the weather cooling, the housing market begins its annual cooldown as well. Nationally, buyer and seller activity remained strong, buoyed by low mortgage rates and a strong economy. The market fundamentals suggest no significant changes from recent trends, other than the seasonally tempered pace we see this time of year. As we move into the final ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Brothers Who Promised 1,000 Jobs In Bledsoe County And Did Not Deliver Now Face Federal Fraud Charges

Two brothers who in 2017 pledged to build a textile plant in economically distressed Bledsoe County that would provide 1,000 jobs have been indicted by federal authorities on a variety of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering charges. Governor Bill Haslam had been among those attending the announcement at Pikeville by Karim and Rahim Sadruddin. Prosecutor Steve Neff ... (click for more)

Information Sought Following Suspicious Weekend Fires

Investigators have determined that two fires that occurred right down the street from one another were intentionally set. The Chattanooga Fire Department was called to a shed fire in the 4000 block of Dodds Avenue around 4:20 a.m. on Sunday. They found the burning shed and as they started working to extinguish the blaze, Chattanooga Police officers alerted the ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Wheel Tax Wouldn't Be A Sacrifice And Supports Our Teachers - And Response (7)

I appreciate our underpaid teachers here in Tennessee so much. We as a whole have a moral obligation to make sure we contribute to their pay. A wheel tax on our cars is a minimal expense to most of us. Sixty dollars is not enough for us to complain. We shouldn't even bat an eye at that if it contributes to the hard working teachers who sacrifice daily for our children. We ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Have At It, Sisters!

Yes, it didn’t take long … not long at all … for a majority (remember this word) of the Hamilton County Commission to request a meeting with those teachers who still dare to bear the faces after sending a live warhead of stupid over the bow to their funding body. On Sunday there appeared a letter that chastised, by name, five county commissioners who neither deserved it nor toil ... (click for more)