Contact & Staff Directory

Chamber Administration

Christy Gillenwater, President & CEO

Leads all Chamber efforts. Serves as primary interface with the Chamber Board. Directs senior management team. 

Phone: 423.756.2121

Nickie Gates, Executive Assistant to President & CEO

Provides administrative support to the President & CEO and the boards of both the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation. Also provides administrative coordination to the Chamber’s senior staff and Board of Directors.

Phone: 423.763.4351

Lori Slatton, Executive Assistant to President & CEO

Provides administrative support to the President & CEO and the top level investors for the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation.

Phone: 423.763.4351

Chamber Staff

Sandra Mitchell, Vice President of Membership & 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 and the sales team. Oversees non-dues and revenue programs.

Phone: 423.763.4372

Ben Cairns, Account Executive

Account representative for new member sales.

Phone: 423.763.4331

Melissa Martin, Membership Services Coordinator

Supports Chamber membership sales, programs, retention and events. Coordinates ribbon cuttings for Chamber members. Liaises with the Marketing team to coordinate marketing efforts of the membership department including events, website and membership materials. Coordinates marketing for major Chamber events through trade agreements with local TV and radio outlets. 

Phone: 423.763.4376

Ross Katayama, Community Outreach Coordinator

Supports Chamber Councils. 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.

Phone: 423.763.4376

Kerry Beth Carico, Events Manager

Manages and coordinates all preparations and logistics related to events. 

Manages Chamber Champions sponsorship program.

Phone: 423.763.4357

Brenda Harrison, Administrative Assistant

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

Phone: 423.763.4320

Ann Riley, Administrative Assistant

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

Phone: 423.763.4352

Amanda Stewart, Business Intelligence Specialist

Responsible for development, implementation, maintenance, and support of the membership database and reporting initiatives.

Phone: 423.763.4383

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

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

Supports the recruitment of prospective businesses and serves as the Chamber’s first point of contact for all prospect related inquiries, including the coordination of formal responses to Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals.

Phone: 423.763.4337

Steve Hiatt, Director of Existing Business Development
Economic Development

Directs the Chamber’s existing business development team in implementing strategies that both retain existing businesses and support their expansion.

Phone: 423.763.4333

Marcherie Savage
Economic Development Marketing Coordinator

Helps with developing and executing marketing strategies, marketing plans, as well as  conceptualizing and designing creative marketing assets for a range of platforms to promote the growth of Chattanooga’s economy. 

Bill Lupia, Director (The INCubator)
Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Manages the INCubator program that provides resources for growth and financial stability for 70+ start up business. Serves as staff liaison to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Coordinates day-to-day operations at The INCubator.

Phone: 423.752.4301

Mariaelena Hays, Marketing & Programs Coordinator (The INCubator)
Entrepreneurial & Start Up Services

Serves as marketing coordinator for the INCubator and INCubator events. Manages social media accounts and online platforms with startup and entrepreneur content, including Supports the Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship in developing and implementing marketing communications strategies to promote the INCubator, its clients and the broader Chattanooga startup community.

Robby Clark, Facility Maintenance Technician (The INCubator)
Entrepreneurial & Start Up Services

Oversees facility maintenance and vendor relationships at The INCubator.

Phone: 423.752.4301 ext. 2005

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

Provides janitorial and light maintenance services for The INCubator.

Phone: 423.752.4301

Jennifer Andrews, Program & Engagement Manager
Chattanooga 2.0

Provides intensive daily support to the Chattanooga 2.0 team. Responsible for planning and coordinating meetings, collaborative projects, and events for Chattanooga 2.0’s seven action teams, as well as researching best practices, developing promotional materials, and serving as a communications liaison.

Phone: 423.763.4355

Justin Groenert, Vice President of Public Policy
VP of Public Policy

VP of Public Policy.

Phone: 423.7634379

Austin Corcoran, Director of Talent Engagement
Talent Development

Manages Chamber talent attraction and retention strategies. Works closely with Leadership Chattanooga, Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association (LCAA), Young Professionals of Chattanooga (YPC), Protégé Chattanooga, ChattaNewbies programs, and Health Care Alliance.

Phone: 423.763.4378

John Maynard, Manager of Workforce Partnerships
Talent Development

Responsible for coordinating efforts across workforce development efforts including but not limited to youth apprenticeships, work-based learning, and supporting talent development efforts with local educational partners. Serves as a proactive liaison between the Steering Committee, all stakeholders, funders, governmental agencies, elected officials, the Chamber of Commerce and the general public.

Charlye White, Talent Coordinator
Talent Development

Provides support and coordinates the logistics for talent attraction and retention programs. Supports marketing of Chamber talent initiatives and events.

Cathy Humble, Coordinator II, Talent & Public Strategies
Talent Development

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

Phone: 423.763.4321.

Lorne Steedley, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusive Growth
Diversity and Inclusive Growth

The Vice President of Diversity and Inclusive Growth has the unique opportunity to leverage the high-profile, recognized platform the Chattanooga Chamber offers to further local, state and national discourse on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion across numerous areas of economic mobility and impact: in the workforce; in the workplace; and in the marketplace.

Phone: 423.763.4375

Darian Scott, Director, Talent & Economic Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusive Growth

Leads the Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts by engaging with and recruiting historically disadvantaged segments of the community while promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Phone: 423.763.4362

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

Builds the Chamber brand and proactively manages the Chamber’s reputation through marketing communications on the national, regional and local levels. Serves as Chamber spokesperson, lead strategist in visual branding and executive communications, including traditional and new media.

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. Administers the Chamber’s social media efforts including Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

Phone: 423.763.4371

Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez, Marketing & Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications

Serves as managing editor of Business Trend magazine/ and lead writer for Chamber communications. Manages department internship program and coordinates marketing for major Chamber events through trade agreements with local TV and radio outlets. Handles most local media outreach and assists with efforts to market our region nationally. Serves on interdepartmental digital and social media team and liaises with Council communications volunteers.

Phone: 423.763.4358

Eric Lisica, Interactive Content Designer
Marketing and Communications

Creates digital content for the Chamber. Serves as in-house videography and podcast producer. Updates and maintains Chamber’s website.

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, Director Accounting
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

Dustin Harris, Director Information Technology
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