Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, May 31, 2019

Newsmakers: Habitat appoints five new board members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga has appointed five new members to its board of directors:

• Lee Ann Adams, attorney at Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon

• Derek Bullard, president and chief executive officer of Siskin Children’s Institute

• The Rev. Mike Feely, adjunct professor of history at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

• Rhey Houston, vice president of Stowers Machinery

• Dionne Jennings Jenkins, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.

Adams has been an attorney at Gearhiser Peters since 1997. She serves on the board of governors for the Chattanooga Bar Association as well as the University of Tennessee Alumni Association board of governors.

Adams has been a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, where she served as vice-chair of the Financial Empowerment Committee, since 2013. In addition, Adams is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee Legal Association for Women.

Bullard was the founder and former CEO of Access Family Services, a multistate behavior health care provider with 11 offices.

A Charlotte, North Carolina, native, Bullard has been involved with multiple entrepreneurial ventures and has been involved as a both a volunteer and board member for several nonprofit organizations.

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 St. Andrews Center as well as a founding member of La Paz.

Houston is seated as an adviser on the Hamilton County Career & Technical Education Committee, the Tennessee Department of Education, Career and Technical Education’s Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Committee and the principal’s advisory council for Sequoyah High School.

He serves on the Tennessee FAA Foundation board of directors and has been a Mason and Shriner for 35 years. Rhey was a 2015 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and is chairman of the alumni association’s board of directors.

Jenkins works with senior leadership at Tennessee Valley to develop initiatives that increase diversity among staff through recruitment, retention and community engagement.

She has served as president of Bessie Smith Cultural Center, development director for The Next Door Chattanooga and Eastern Tennessee director of charitable giving for SunTrust Banks.

Bhadra nominated to pair of boards

Krish Bhadra, M.D., interventional pulmonologist at CHI Memorial’s Buz Standefer Lung Center, has been named and nominated to leadership roles at two national organizations.

He is the only private practice physician named to the Scientific Leadership Board of the GO2 Lung Cancer Foundation, which recently formed when the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Lung Cancer Alliance joined together. Dr. Bhadra has also been nominated for the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology board of trustees, election pending.

As a fellowship-trained physician with the Buz Standefer Lung Center, Dr. Bhadra is the first in the world to use FluoroNavigational bronchoscopy, an advanced technology that detects lung cancer in its early stages.

Dr. Bhadra received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. He completed a fellowship in interventional pulmonology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He’s board-certified in critical care, pulmonary disease and interventional pulmonology.