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Front Page - Friday, September 2, 2022

Newsmakers: 18th annual Pink! gala co-chairs, theme announced

Drs. Davey and Brooke Daniel and attorneys Jimar and Gabby Sanders will co-chair CHI Memorial Foundation’s 18th annual Pink! gala, currently scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The theme for the annual event is “A Pink! Night in the Big Apple.”

“The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center has provided outstanding breast cancer care for our community for almost two decades. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help raise money and awareness to help continue the mission of this remarkable center,” says Dr. Brooke Daniel.

“I’m a breast cancer survivor and have experienced firsthand the value of the work being done at the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center,” says Gabby Sanders. “My nurse navigator, the support group and the books that helped my children deal with their fears provided a clear path at a difficult time.

I’m thrilled CHI has given Jimar and me this opportunity to help raise funds that will ensure the center is able to continue to help breast cancer patients and their families.”

Pink! has raised more than $5.2 million since 2006 to ensure the Chattanooga area has access to advanced breast cancer treatments.


First Horizon names Martinez manager

First Horizon Bank recently named Melissa Martinez as manager of its banking center on 23rd Street in Chattanooga.

Martinez is responsible for developing new business and expanding on existing client relationships.

Martinez is a graduate of Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she resides with her family.

Partnership expands leadership team

Partnership recently welcomed Wendy Winters as its director of elder and disability services and quality improvement. The nonprofit also promoted its director of deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing services, Pam Smith, to director of deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing and auxiliary services.

A graduate of the University of Memphis, Winters holds a master’s degree in public administration. Winters spent the last four years as executive director of the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition, where she spearheaded homeless response efforts in the Chattanooga region on behalf of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Smith’s eight-year tenure with Partnership recently included an interim role as director of the Center for Family Connections, a program that supports parents and children throughout the Tennessee Valley by providing parenting classes, adverse childhood experiences education, supervised visitations and resource referrals.

Smith is a graduate of Covenant College, where she earned a degree in organizational management.

Erlanger Foundation adds Hurley, Lord, Lyons

Erlanger Hospital has added Taylor Hurley, Samantha Lord and Andrea Perry Lyons to Erlanger Health System Foundation, its philanthropic arm.

Hurley will serve as the director of development for special events. She previously worked in Erlanger’s human resources department as the employee events coordinator.

In her new role, she will plan and coordinate special fundraising events, such as the annual Dinner of Distinction, Believe Bash and Children’s Classic golf tournament.

Hurley earned a degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Hurley then worked for Hutton, a commercial real estate and development firm in Chattanooga. There, she managed Hutton’s trade show booths at the International Council of Shopping Centers conferences held across the country.

Lord moved to Chattanooga to pursue a degree in business marketing at UTC. While an undergraduate student, she began an internship as an Erlanger Scholar within the compliance department, where she learned the complexities of HIPAA, patient safety and information security for a health care organization.

In the fall of 2020, she made her way back to UTC to pursue an MBA.

In her new role at Erlanger, Lord serves the Erlanger Health System Foundation board of directors as board liaison, supports the foundation president and oversees the foundation’s marketing projects.

A native of Chattanooga, Lyons joined Erlanger in January as director of development for the Children’s Miracle Network program. Her role also includes recruiting local and community businesses to partner in with the health care system.

Before joining Erlanger, Lyons was interim assistant vice chancellor for alumni affairs at UTC and director of marketing and operations at First Things First.

She has an extensive background in local radio and television with both Brewer Media and News Channel 9.

Lyons holds a degree in business and a master’s in public administration.

Throughout her career, she has been a member of numerous organizations and boards including Rotary Club-Hamilton Place, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association and the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute.

Girls Inc. appoints new board members

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga recently appointed five new members to its board of directors. This brings the number of board members to 23.

The new board members include: Quintin Alford, senior executive of pharmaceutical sales at AstraZeneca; Abbey Dyer-Amonette, operations director and Cigna Healthcare; Florence Bromfield, learning business partner and director of learning at Unum; Laura Campbell, supply chain vice president at TVA; and Selma Kayne, founding attorney of Kayne Legal Consulting.