The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Chattanooga Chamber Foundation congratulate the 39th graduating class of Leadership Chattanooga.   

Leadership Chattanooga is the premier leadership development and civic engagement program for established professionals in the greater-Chattanooga region. Since 1984 the program has positioned local civic, nonprofit and business leaders for personal and professional excellence through experiential learning opportunities, community service projects, and exclusive access to Chattanooga’s top leaders.  

Over a 10-month period – beginning in August and adjourning with the graduation event on May 25 – participants met monthly to learn leadership skills and establish professional connections.   

“We are so proud of our graduating Class of 2023 and applaud their dedication and commitment to learning more about our community and advancing their leadership skills, ” Toya Moore, Leadership Development Director, Chattanooga Chamber said. “Leadership Chattanooga is a development program unlike any other, where talented people from all walks of life come together to find real-world solutions to challenges facing our community.”   

Leadership Chattanooga graduates. Photo credit Flint Chaney

Congratulations to the 2023 Leadership Chattanooga graduates: 

Stephen Adams, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. 

Lisa Atkins, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Center for Professional Education  

Laura Bass, Zillion  

Shawnice Beard, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 

Sam Berry, Rise Partners 

Jeremy Bradford, Xpress Global Systems 

Hamilton Brock, Twelve Stones Property Group 

Micah Chapman, Word Empowerment Church 

Tracy Collings Reed, Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation 

Jennifer Crum, Chattanooga Lookouts 

Josh Eckelberry, Solas Bioventures 

Ronald Elliott, City of Chattanooga 

JP Evans, Urban Story Ventures 

Amanda Fabrizio-Grzesik, Tivoli Theatre Foundation 

Katrina Farmer, The Double Cola Company 

Janette Goldsmith, The Knowledge Firm LLC 

Adam Gutzman, First Horizon Bank 

John Haley, Unum 

Randal Harrell, Synovus Bank 

John Hawbaker, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 

Judy Herman, Counselor/Author 

Alisha Hixson, Tennessee River Gorge Trust 

Amber Hoyle, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga 

Rachel Inman, Goodwill Industries 

Jake Johnson, CHI Memorial Foundation 

Calandra Jones, Tennessee Valley Authority 

Stacey Keating, CBL Properties 

Gabe Kurtz, Tennessee Valley Authority 

Kim Leffew, Girls Preparatory School 

Shaquanta Locke, Volkswagen Group of America 

Sue Luse, Astec Industries 

Stacy Martin, Seahorse Snacks 

Jack McAfee, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority 

Layra Navarro-Flores, Hamilton County Dept. of Education 

Cindee McBride, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians 

Tenasa McGhee, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga 

Casey Miller, The Enterprise Center (Tech Goes Home Chattanooga) 

Beth Norton, Chattanooga State Community College 

Carolyn Ridge, Parkridge Health System 

Jasmin Rippon, Journey Health Foundation 

Jessica Stack, Tinker Ma LLC 

Andrew Stephenson, CrowdCheck Law LLP 

Leanna Young, FirstBank 

Leadership Chattanooga: Leadership Chattanooga, a Chattanooga Chamber Foundation program, recruits and prepares existing and emerging leaders for responsible public decision-making and volunteer service. It does this through a process that annually identifies Chattanoogans with broad interests and leadership capabilities. These individuals are then enrolled in an educational program to motivate and guide them toward achieving desirable community goals. Nearly 1,900 individuals have graduated since its 1984 inception.  

A maximum of 45 leaders participate in Leadership Chattanooga each year, selected through a competitive application and selection process.