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Front Page - Friday, April 27, 2018

Newsmakers: Hart Gallery names Mindy Kelly executive director




The Hart Gallery’s board of directors has unanimously elected Mindy Kelly as its new executive director. Kelly will replace Hart Gallery Founder Ellen Heavilon, who will continue to be involved with the organization as mentor and advocate.

An Atlanta native, Kelly moved to Chattanooga in 2006. She’s a self-taught artist who creates works of acrylic paint and mixed media using vintage books and magazines.

Kelly also has 20 years of business background in the beauty industry as a small business owner. She sold her business to take on the leadership role at Hart, where she originally served as a board member and volunteer artist.

Habitat hires new CFO

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has added Brant Mason to its leadership team as chief financial officer.

Mason is a certified public accountant with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. He held senior financial leadership roles within the private sector prior to coming to Habitat.

As Habitat’s CFO, Mason will oversee the organization’s financial, accounting and human resources processes and recordkeeping.

Mason earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Tennessee Technological University and his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Habitat appoints banking executive

Patrick Daugherty, vice president at First Tennessee Bank, was recently appointed to the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. He has been chairman of Habitat’s Family Selection Committee for the past two years.

McLain new client relationship manager at Acumen

Acumen Wealth Advisors has hired Julie McLain as a private client relationship manager.

With nearly 20 years of experience in client service, including 11 years helping families with complex estate administration, McLain joins Acumen to develop and strengthen relationships. She will serve as the point of contact for clients and assist with their needs, process client requests, research and analyze financial information and deliver reports and presentations for client meetings.

McLain will also collaborate with Acumen’s chief investment officer, chief compliance officer and wealth strategist to coordinate the resources of the firm for the client.

Prior to joining Acumen, McLain was a trust advisor assistant and served as a liaison in coordinating all aspects of account management and maintenance.

McLain earned a Bachelor of Science in human ecology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Brown returns to GPS to coach

Girls Preparatory School alum Jasmine Brown has been named the volleyball varsity head coach at her alma mater. Brown has experience as a GPS student athlete, NCAA Division I volleyball player, high school coach, K2 Volleyball Club head coach and Division I college coach.

Brown’s most recent coaching assignment was assisting the women’s volleyball team at the University of Louisville. The Cardinals were co-champs of the ACC in 2017 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Prior to coaching at Louisville, Brown was an assistant at Berean Christian School in Knoxville, where her teams won back-to-back district championships and a region title. She was also part of a state semifinalist and region champion squad at Christian Academy of Knoxville in 2013.

Brown played volleyball at the University of Tennessee and was named to the SEC Honor Roll all four years.

At GPS, Brown was part of TSSAA state championship volleyball teams in 2007 and 2008, earning All-Tournament Team honors in 2007 and MVP recognition in 2008.

Brown was a three-sport star at GPS, lettering all four years in volleyball, basketball and track. She was the captain of her volleyball and basketball teams during her senior year.

Forbes honors Kelly as top advisor

Bryan Kelly of Tandem Financial Partners was named to the list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors published by Forbes magazine. The rankings are based on data provided by more than 11,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors.

Kelly was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, regulatory and compliance record, revenue produced over a three-year period and community involvement. Kelly has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry.

A graduate of Lee University, Kelly serves on several non-profit boards and committees, including Sculpture Fields, Downtown Rotary Club, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Partnership for Families Children and Adults, ArtsBuild, UnFoundation and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Kelly and his wife, Mindy, live on Chattanooga’s Southside with their two dogs, Biscuit and Gravy, are enthusiastic foodies and love to travel.

Heard named Life Care’s nursing director of the year

Austin Heard, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Hixson, was named Life Care Centers of America’s company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year earlier this month.

Heard received the award during Life Care’s Directors of Nursing Annual Meeting in Cleveland. He was selected from all the directors of nursing in Life Care’s more than 200 nursing and rehabilitation facilities throughout the country.

Heard was praised for his commitment to educating his staff. In February of 2017, he coordinated a training course for tracheotomy care so nursing associates could serve this population of patients, and he has required nursing staff to complete cardiology courses through Life Care’s online learning site.