Dalton Chamber of Commerce Selects Mock as President, CEO, and More Career Changes in the Chattanooga Area

Dalton Chamber of Commerce Selects Mock as President, CEO

The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to select Jason Thomas Mock as the next President and CEO of the 800-member business organization.

Mock, who fills the position previously held by Rob Bradham who left the Chamber last fall, is currently president and CEO of the San Marcos area Chamber of Commerce in Texas, located 30 miles south of ‘Austin and

40 miles north of San Antonio. Previously, he was Director of Small Business Services for the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce in Cumming, Georgia.

Mock has led the San Marcos Area Chamber since 2016, growing its membership and influence. His role in the chamber has been to lead the staff, operations and strategic planning of the 550-member organization.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to return home to Georgia and be part of the Greater Dalton Chamber leadership team,” Mock said in an announcement of his selection as the Chamber’s new CEO. “With the achievements of the Believe Greater Dalton plan and the upcoming update of future strategies, I look forward to engaging with how the business community plays a role in the quality of life for current and future residents.

Mock is a graduate of the United States Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management program. The program is recognized for providing top-notch training to chamber professionals across the country. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in 2006.

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Career Moves in the Chattanooga Area

BlueCross Appoints Lay as Vice President of Properties and Business Services

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Lisa VanCleave Lay as vice president of properties and business services.

By accepting the role, Lay permanently assumes the position she had been acting in for several months. She will continue to support teams responsible for building operations and maintenance, physical security and safety, courier and warehouse services, and all building projects, renovation and construction of the company.

“Lisa has shown exceptional agility and judgment as we continue to adapt our facilities to support our new FlexWork model,” said Roy Vaughn, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for BlueCross. , in a nomination announcement.

Lay has worked in residential and commercial design for over 27 years. Since joining BlueCross’ properties and corporate services team in 1999, she has played a pivotal role in all capital projects for the company, including the move to Cameron Hill and the design and ongoing implementation of workspace facilities.

A native of Chattanooga, Lay earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology with a concentration in interior design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

McGill joins Xpress Global System as Director of Sales and Customer Service

John McGill has joined Xpress Global Systems LLC, a portfolio company of investment firm Aterian Investment Partners, as senior vice president of sales and customer service. McGill will work directly with Xpress Global Systems CEO Dan Martin to execute an ambitious sales strategy while improving the Xpress Global Systems customer experience across the United States.

“The addition of John as a senior member of our team is proof that we are serious about rapidly growing the XGS footprint while being the carrier customers can rely on for incredible service,” said Martin in a press release about the hiring.

Prior to joining Xpress Global Systems, McGill spent 10 years at CHEP, a Brambles company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Customer Transformation. In total, McGill has produced 20 years of success in supply chain sales and customer experience.

“It’s exciting to work with a company with such a growth trajectory that challenges itself to deliver better service at every stage of the customer journey,” McGill said.

Four Lee teachers are tenured

By decision of the Lee University Board of Trustees at its February meeting, Dr. Brenda Jones, School of Nursing; Dr. ChoEun Lee, School of Music; Catherine Mantooth, College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Allison Pierce, School of Business, were tenured.

Jones joined the faculty at Lee’s School of Nursing full-time in 2016 and now teaches undergraduate and doctoral nursing streams, in addition to the Disaster and Healthcare Mission Management major. In 2021, Jones began serving as Lee’s coordinator for the Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner track. With particular interests in global health missions, Jones led Lee students interested in medical missions on Global Perspectives trips. She also wrote a curriculum to train indigenous leaders in developing countries in public health and disaster preparedness practices. Jones is executive director of Life Givers International Ministries.

ChoEun Lee, a teacher at Lee since 2016, is an assistant teacher in collaborative piano and vocal coaching. She has given numerous performances around the world at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood Music Center) and Harris Concert Hall (Aspen Music Festival). She has twice been invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival and named a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Award. She has been a guest rehearsalist at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz and has also premiered co-commissioned vocal chamber music for soprano, saxophone and piano by Lori Laitman at the National Opera Center in New York.

Mantooth joined Lee’s School of Communication Arts in 2005, where she is currently an assistant professor in theater, lighting design and production management. His theatrical training specializes in all types of technical theater, as well as stage and lighting design. As Production Manager for the Lee Theater Program, she also trains stage managers and stage managers and oversees production schedules. She can most often be found backstage or in the design lab, encouraging her design students to explore their theatrical imagination.

Pierce, an assistant professor of business administration, joined Lee’s School of Business in 2016, where she teaches courses in organizational business and healthcare. Prior to Lee, Pierce worked with Century Life Pharmacy to develop a pharmaceutical business plan and pro forma, served as president of Sava Senior Care’s Central Division, and was senior vice president of people development at Life Care Centers of America. . Pierce has won numerous awards such as the 2003 National Young Businesswoman of the Year and the 2003 Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award at Tennessee. She was also chosen to lead a subcommittee for the Bush administration to address national labor issues related to the nation’s health care profession.

Morning Pointe Senior Living Appoints Baushke VP of Enrichment

Amanda Baushke has been named to the new position of Vice President of Life Enrichment at Morning Pointe Senior Living. Baushke is responsible for leading the strategic development of life enrichment and memory care programs across all Morning Pointe locations, focusing on the residents’ overall physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive and social well-being. .

Baushke joins Morning Pointe with more than 13 years of industry experience, most recently serving as vice president of operations at a senior living company in the Denver, Colorado area.

She got her start in the health industry as the Director of a Living Masterpiece for a large Life Plan community in Michigan. During her time there, she gained insight into the daily experiences of residents and how to implement wellness, spiritual care and life enrichment programs that improve the lives of seniors. . Baushke holds a bachelor’s degree from Alma College in Alma, Michigan.

Smith joins CHI Memorial Family Practice in Trenton

Amanda Smith, FNP, has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates – Trenton. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Dalton State College and a master’s degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Smith most recently worked at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga as a hospital nurse practitioner. In this role, she diagnosed and managed acute and chronic illnesses and formulated treatment plans under the supervision of a collaborating physician. Her experience also includes time as a fast code nurse assisting intensivists and hospitalists and providing critical patient care in the ICU.

Fosbinder joins the Hatcher Foundation

Daniel Fosbinder has joined the staff of the Austin Hatcher Foundation as Facilities and Industrial Arts Manager.

In his new role, Fosbinder will perform all facility maintenance duties and oversee the foundation’s industrial arts therapy division, which includes woodworking, small engine repair, vehicle construction, and more.

Fosbinder attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he majored in business administration. He also brings with him over 15 years of experience in construction and low voltage electrical work.

Dr. Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero is President of the Medical Foundation

Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD, has been named the 2022 President of the Chattanooga Medical Foundation. Lorenzo-Rivero is a colorectal surgeon at University Surgical Associates. She succeeds outgoing president Collen Schmitt, MD, Galen Digestive Health. Other officers are James Haynes, MD, vice president, UT Family Practice, and J. Eugene Huffstutter, MD, secretary-treasurer, Arthritis Associates.

“The work of the Medical Foundation grows in importance every year,” Lorenzo-Rivero said in a statement. “The past two years have brought to light health care disparities that may not have been revealed before. The work of Project Access continues to serve our uninsured neighbors who need specialized health care. This service will continue as we seek to expand the program to neighboring Tennessee counties of Hamilton.

The new 2022 Medical Foundation board members are Christie Kizer Burbank, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell; Vanessa McNeil, Unum; and David Shamblin, Pinnacle. They join former board members Mark Anderson MD, CHI Memorial Infectious Disease Associates; Carlos Baleeiro, MD, CHI Memorial Lung Care Associates; Melanie Blake, MD, Galen Lifestyle Medicine; Justin Calvert, MD, Tennessee Intervention and Imaging Associates; Anita Headrick, Medical Alliance; Tracie LeSar, Chattanooga Vascular Institute; Richard Moody, MD, Chattanooga Family Practice Associates; Glenn Newman, MD, Beacon Ridgeside Internal Medicine; and Nita Shumaker, MD, Galen North Pediatrics.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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