Contact & Staff Directory

Chamber Administration

Christy Gillenwater, President & CEO

Leads all Chamber efforts and acts as primary interface with the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Directs senior management team. Serves as the architect and primary fundraiser for the Chamber’s Chattanooga CAN DO economic development empaign.

Lori Slatton, Executive Assistant to CEO

Provides administrative support to the president and CEO, as well as to the Chamber’s senior staff members and Board of Directors.

Phone: 423.763.4351

Josselyn Nielsen, Executive Assistant to CEO

Provides administrative support to the president and CEO, as well as to the Chamber’s senior staff members and Board of Directors.

Phone: 423.763.4351

Chamber Staff

Sandra Brewer, Vice President of Membership and Investor Relations

Leads all efforts related to the delivery of member-investor value and benefits for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce including area councils, events, new member sales, member retention and a variety of programs.

Phone: 423.763.4346

Meredith Rivers, Director of Member & Investor Relations

Coordinates efforts to retain members and investors. Manages and supports Chamber Councils. Manages the Ambassadors program and coordinates ribbon cuttings and open houses.

Phone: 423.763.4372

Austin Corcoran, Member Services Coordinator

Assists with scheduling appointments, providing information to callers, maintaining records and files, coordinating meetings and providing a full range of support to the Membership Department.

Brandon Pingry, Director of Membership

Manages team of account executives. Coordinates growth and retention efforts. Implements strategies to engage prospects as well as current members and investors.

Phone: 423.763.4375

Ben Cairns, Account Executive

Account representative for new member sales.

Phone: 423.763.4331

Kerry Beth Carico, Events Manager

Manages and coordinates all preparations and logistics related to events. Also manages Chamber Champions sponsorship program. Supports membership programs and Chamber events.

Phone: 423.763.4357

Brenda Harrison, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Responds to and routes in-bound calls from Chamber members and people seeking information about the Chattanooga area. Prepares and sends relocation packets. Provides administrative support to various Chamber departments.

Phone: 423.763.4320

Ann Riley, Receptionist

Responds to and routes in-bound calls from Chamber members and people seeking information about the Chattanooga area. Prepares and sends relocation packets. Provides administrative support to various Chamber departments.

Phone: 423.763.4352

Charles Wood, Vice President of Economic Development
Economic Development

Manages and coordinates all efforts related to economic development including business recruitment, existing business, and research. Serves as the Chamber’s primary business recruitment officer.

Phone: 423.763.4335

Alex Wilson, Administrative Coordinator
Economic Development

Provides administrative support to the vice president of economic development, director of existing business development and the economic development staff.

Miriam Hamilton, Director of Research
Economic Development

Leads Chamber’s research efforts, which include compiling statistical data sets related to economic development and workforce development. Hamilton assists with information gathering for recruitment RFIs, members, investors and regional economic development partners.

Phone: 423.763.4334

Lindsay Hiatt, Project Manager
Economic Development

Provides technical support and project management services to companies and site selection consultants considering a location in the Chattanooga region.

Phone: 423.763.4337

Steve Hiatt, Director of Existing Business Development
Economic Development

Leads the Chamber’s existing business programs.

Phone: 423.763.4333

Alexis Willis
Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Directs the Hamilton County INCubator in the Business Development Center. 

Phone: 423.752.4301

Bill Lupia, Office Manager (INCubator/CEG)
Entrepreneurial & Start Up Services

Coordinates day-to-day operations at the INCubator/CEG.

Phone: 423.752.4301 ext. 2002

Mallorie Bailey, BDC Resource Coordinator (INCubator/CEG)
Entrepreneurial & Start Up Services

Serves as receptionist of the INCubator/CEG and provides administrative support to program staff and facility tenants.

Phone: 423.752.4301

Robby Clark, Facilities Maintenance Manager (INCubator/CEG)
Entrepreneurial & Start Up Services

Manages facilities maintenance for the INCubator/CEG.

Phone: 423.752.4301 ext. 2005

Kwang No, Janitorial Technician (INCubator/CEG)
Entrepreneurial & Start Up Services

Provides janitorial and light maintenance services for the INCubator/CEG.

Chris Gobble, Senior Director of Public Policy
Public Strategies

Leads public strategies and handles all public policy research and advocacy.

Phone: 423.763.4379

Jared Bigham, Ed.D., Executive Director
Chattanooga 2.0

Phone: 423.763.4385

Robin Cayce, Ed.D., Director of Programs
Chattanooga 2.0

Provides support to the seven Chattanooga 2.0 Action Teams by networking among community stakeholders, facilitating meetings, researching best practices, and collaborating with experts to support the cradle through career collective impact model with the ultimate goal of ensuring Chattanooga is the smartest city in the South.

Phone: 615.981.4559

Jennifer Andrews, Program & Engagement Manager
Chattanooga 2.0

Phone: 423.763.4355

Alice Gilmore, Program Assistant
Chattanooga 2.0

Phone: 423.763.4377

Molly Blankenship, Vice President of Talent Initiatives
Public Strategies
Cathy Humble, Coordinator II, Education & Public Strategies
Public Strategies

Provides administrative support for public strategies and coordinates volunteers and event details for the School-to-Work programs

Phone: 423.763.4321.

Mattie Moran, Director of Talent Development
Public Strategies

Manages and implements workforce development and education programs.

Phone: 423.763.4339

Diane Parks, Director of Leadership and Community Development
Public Strategies

Coordinates and manages community leadership programs including Leadership Chattanooga, Chattanooga Insight and intercity visits.

Phone: 423.763.4353

Darian Scott, Outreach Coordinator
Public Strategies

Responsible for engaging community efforts in the Chattanooga area.

Phone: 423.763.4362

Maria Noel, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion

Leads the Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion Department, including working with minority, women, veteran owned and other historically disadvantaged business enterprises. Engages community and business leaders in the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies that advance productivity, innovation and economic growth.

Phone: 423.763.4338

Sybil Topel, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications

Leads Chamber communications and efforts to market the region for business recruitment and relocation, serves as Chamber spokesperson, handles both national and local media calls and acts as creative director and lead copywriter for Chamber communications.

Phone: 423.763.4347

Jeremy Henderson, Creative Director
Marketing and Communications

Develops creative for promoting Chamber events and programs, as well as materials to market the area’s business assets and administers the Chamber’s social media efforts including Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

Phone: 423.763.4371

Amanda Ellis, Marketing & Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications

Serves as managing editor of Business Trend magazine as well as copywriter for Chamber communications, manages department internship program, coordinates marketing for major Chamber events, handles most local media outreach and assists with national and local media requests and efforts to market our region.

About Me Video
Phone: 423.763.4358

Eric Lisica, Interactive Content Designer
Marketing and Communications

Creates digital content for the Chamber, produces BottomLines and takes lead in updating and implementing new content to the Chamber’s Web sites.

Phone: 423.763.4374

Cheryl Millsaps, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Finance & Administration

Leads and manages all efforts related to accounting, finance, human resources and facilities management, as well as providing ancillary support to collaborative initiatives such as Chatt 2.0, Principal Leadership Academy and THRIVE 2055.

Phone: 423.763.4344

Yolonda Hayslett, Accounting Manager
Finance & Administration

Primary responsibility for accounting relating to the Chamber Foundation, accounts receivable for Chamber and Foundation, and employee payroll and benefits.

Phone: 423.763.4349

Heather Pearsall, Accountant
Finance & Administration

Handles accounts payable, cash control, and all Chamber Council financials.

Phone: 423.763.4348

Dustin Harris, IT Manager
Finance & Administration

Manages the Chamber’s information systems, computer hardware and telephony systems including maintenance, updating, and acquiring new systems to ensure seamless operation and minimize downtime.

Phone: 423.763.4354

Amanda Stewart, Business Intelligence Specialist
Finance & Administration

Manages the Chamber’s membership database.