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Front Page - Friday, September 18, 2020

American Heart Association announces board leaders




The American Heart Association has relaunched its Chattanooga board of directors and announced its officers for the coming year.

Dr. Christopher LeSar, Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, will serve as the board’s president. LeSar is a vascular surgeon who has worked in the Chattanooga region for over 15 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Serving as the board’s chair, Glenn Morris is the owner and operator of M&M Industries, which has several hundred employees at plants in Chattanooga and Phoenix.

Also serving on the 2020-21 board of directors are:

  • John Anderson, Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison
  • Dr. Alison Bailey, Center for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health at Parkridge
  • Dr. Thomas Devlin, CHI Memorial
  • Renee Ford, Elliott Davis
  • Gregg Gentry, Erlanger Health System
  • Corinne Henderson, Henderson + Gouger
  • Chris Hopkins, Barnett & Company
  • Anthony Houston, CHI Memorial
  • Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Quincy Jenkins, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools
  • Twila Layne, We R CPR
  • Dr. Harish Manyam, Erlanger Health System
  • D. Channing Muller, DCM Communications
  • Thomas Ozburn, Parkridge Health System
  • Scott Rowe, Encompass Health
  • Cherie Pashley, Unum
  • Maura Black Sullivan, City of Chattanooga
  • Pastor Carlos Williams, Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church
  • Will Young, Engineered Floors

Board members will assist the organization in guiding local efforts to reduce the incidences of heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 leading killers, respectively, of Tennesseans.

The American Heart Association is funding 69 research awards in Tennessee totaling $24,028,586.

Source: American Heart Association