CONNIE VAUGHAN

Chair

Connie Vaughan serves as the Government Relations Manager for McKee Foods, a role in which she develops strategies, and coordinates policies and objectives involving local, state, and federal government affairs.

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WHITNEY K. COE

Whitney K. Coe of Athens, Tennessee in McMinn County is Coordinator of the National Rural Assembly with the Center for Rural Strategies,a rural movement made up of activities and partnerships geared toward building better policy and more opportunity across the country

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CHUCK DOBBINS

Chuck Dobbins is the President and owner of Dobbins Investments, LLC. He specializes in commercial real estate brokerage, development and consulting for investors, corporate end users, communities, and other service providers.

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Natalie McNair
CHRISTY GILLENWATER

Christy Gillenwater serves as the President and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, working with her staff to promote regional economic development and serve the Chamber’s more than 2,000 members.  

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JOEL HOUSER

Joel Houser of Chattanooga, Tennessee is the Southeast Field Coordinator for the Open Space Institute, a regional environmental protection organization.

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BETH JONES

Beth is the Executive Director of the Southeast Tennessee Development District (SETDD) and Southeast Industrial Development Association (SEIDA), a position she has held since 2006.

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BRITTANY PITTMAN

Brittany Pittman is a native of Chatsworth, Georgia in Murray County. She has a strong desire to see rural Georgia thrive, which led her to her current role as the State of Georgia Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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HONNA ROGERS

Honna Rogers grew up in Northeast Georgia.  She graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA with a Bachelors of History degree and from the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Public Administration. 

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EMERSON RUSSELL

Emerson Russell, a resident of Rossville, Georgia, is the CEO of ERMC, headquartered in Chattanooga, and has lived in Catoosa County for over twenty years.

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DR. MINA SARTIPI

Dr. Mina Sartipi is the Founding Director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in Hamilton County, where she is also a UC Foundation Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.

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DR. EDNA VARNER

Edna is a former teacher and principal, she currently serves as Senior Advisor for Leading and Learning at the Hamilton County Public Education Foundation.

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GREG VITAL

Greg A. Vital is co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Independent Healthcare Properties and Morning Pointe Senior Living.

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