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UnifiEd adds Young, Ryan to key leadership positions and more Chattanooga-area career

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UnifiEd adds Young, Ryan to key leadership positions

UnifiEd has named Kendra Young as its new executive director and Blair Ryan as the organization’s chief organizing director.

Young has served as an educator for almost 20 years. As a former Hamilton County teacher, she has held the role of a behavioral specialist, various leadership positions, facilitated support for public education, and taught state standards to diverse learners. Her passion for public education led her to becoming a founding member and chairperson of Hamilton County United.

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Contributed Photo by UnifiED/ Blair Ryan

Ryan has experience in volunteer training for civic engagement and multicultural events. She served as a recruiting specialist and adjunct specialist for Chattanooga State Community College, where she developed relationships with many of Hamilton County’s high school students. Her dedication to meeting the needs of all students led to her continued development of new outreach programs in other parts of the state. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching, and plans to graduate later this year.

“Kendra and Blair are experienced leaders who practice compassion and emotional intelligence in their relationships with others,” said board chair Dr. Kathleen Hunt in a news release. “They firmly believe our public schools are a cornerstone of our community, and that all children, regardless of their background, are deserving of an excellent public-school education. We are proud to have them be a part of our organization and help drive our mission.”


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a top workplace for disability inclusion

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has been named a 2022 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion on the Disability Equality Index earning a 100 percent score for the first time, according to a news release from the company.

The Disability Equality Index is facilitated by nonprofits Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, and it exists to support businesses in taking measurable actions toward recruiting and retaining people with disabilities.

“At BlueCross, we value and respect people for who they are. We intentionally create a workforce that’s a reflection of the individuals we serve – so that we can better understand and respond to our members’ needs,” said Ron Harris, vice president of corporate workforce diversity in a statement. “In 2021, we applied for this recognition for the first time and earned a 90 percent score. This year, our score improved due to our efforts to continuously advance the ways we support employees and members with disabilities.”

BlueCross was recognized for its employee benefits and human resources policies and procedures, making accommodations for job candidates during the recruitment process and meeting accessibility standards with customer and employee-facing digital content. The company also earned recognition for offering internship opportunities for high school students who have intellectual and learning disabilities through Project SEARCH.


O’Neil Mcroy named managing broker for Re/Max in Hixson

Real estate agent Dawn O’Neil Mcroy has earned her broker’s licenses and is now serving as managing broker for Re/Max Renaissance Properties in Hixson.

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Contributed Photo by Re/Max Properties/ Dawn O’Neil Mcroy

Mcroy was formerly an affiliate broker at Re/Max Properties and has been in the industry for 17 years in the Chattanooga area. She is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. In her new role as managing broker she is responsible for managing a team of 25 agents and office staff, as well as continuing to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate needs.


Hunter Museum is accredited by American Alliance of Museums

The Hunter Museum of American Art has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums, according to a news release.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Hunter Museum of American Art was initially accredited in 1982. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, more than 1,080 are currently accredited. The Hunter Museum of American Art is one of only 18 museums accredited in Tennessee, the release stated.


Kennedy joins CHI Memorial Surgical Associates as surgeon

CHI Memorial Medical Group announced in a news release that S. Clark Kennedy, MD, has joined CHI Memorial Surgical Associates. Dr. Kennedy earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tenn.

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Contributed Photo by Clark Kennedy

He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons.


Hughes promoted to associate at Tinker Ma architecture firm

Jason Hughes has been promoted to an associate with the architectural firm Tinker Ma, LLC. Tinker Ma is an architecture and design, according to a news release from the company.

In his new role, Hughes will lead Tinker Ma’s utilization of building information modeling technology, as well as actively contribute to the strategic technology development as it relates to direction, growth, and success of the firm, according to the release.

Hughes has a background of serving in the armed forces, 3D modeling for industrial prototyping and teaching collegiate level technology courses.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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