published Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Business Digest: Slattery named BlueCross VP

Slattery named BlueCross VP

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Lisa Slattery as vice president of quality management for all lines of business.

In this role, Slattery will lead BlueCross’ clinical quality programs and further develop data-driven strategies to augment provider collaboration efforts and member engagement. Slattery also will direct the strategic efforts of Blue-Cross’ accreditation processes. She will report to Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for Blue-Cross.

“Lisa’s background in compliance oversight, quality management and patient care will be instrumental in driving our quality efforts,” said Willis. “She is a proven leader with a focus on aligning our strengths and resources to provide the best outcomes for members.”

Slattery most recently served as chief quality and compliance officer with MedHOK Healthcare Solutions, LLC, in Tampa, Fla. There she developed business partnerships and provided oversight for clinical, quality and compliance software modules.


GPS hires Mannarino

Christa Mannarino will serve as director of development and external relations at Girls Preparatory School. Mannarino, who currently serves as director of development for UTC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, has a history of work in local nonprofits and in local civic action initiatives with the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chattanooga Venture.

Incoming head of school, Autumn Graves, said, “After a national search assisted by People and Systems, I am extremely pleased to have Christa Mannarino join the GPS community.”

Since 2012, Mannarino has worked closely with LaunchTN and CoLab, business incubators that promote innovation and entrepreneurism.

Mannarino holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a professional facilitator and holds the international Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRC) certification.


VW’s Hislop joins SAWF

Jennifer Hislop, diversity and programs specialist at Volkswagen Group of America, has joined the board of the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF).

The board is tasked with increasing membership and continuing to further the organization’s mission of promoting education and scholarships, in addition to personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry.


Crane is new CCO at Guardian

Luann J. Crane, with Guardian Wealth Management, Inc., a comprehensive wealth management firm, has been named the company’s chief compliance officer. She also has earned the internationally recognized Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional designation from the Compliance Certification Board. Crane was awarded a Certificate of Achievement in the Investment Advisor Core Compliance Program sponsored by National Regulatory Services, a national leader in compliance standards for the financial services industry.

“Ms. Crane’s achievements since joining our firm in 2011 underline our team’s commitment to fiduciary services and procedures that adhere to the rules and regulations of the Security and Exchange Commission and other governing agencies,” said Kathy VanLandingham, operations and finance manager at Guardian Wealth, a VanLandingham Company.


Rains joins Alexian Brothers

Alexian Brothers announced that Amy Rains, MSN, APRN, FNP, has joined the team as nurse practitioner. She will be responsible for participants in the program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE), which helps geriatric patients avoid isolation by providing social and medical care while they live in their own homes. PACE is an alternative to nursing home placement.

Most recently, Rains worked as a nurse manager at Memorial North Park Emergency Center. Before accepting the position at Alexian Brothers, Rains received her certification as Family Nurse Practitioner Certified (FNP-C) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minor in psychology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in nursing from Southern Adventist University.


Mohsin Ali joins MHC

Dr. Mohsin Ali recently joined the Mental Health Cooperative (MHC) as a psychiatrist to serve the newly opened Chattanooga and Cookeville, Tenn., locations.

Board certified in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, Ali brings more than 12 years of psychiatric clinical experience with children and adults in various settings including private practice, community mental health, psychiatric hospital and medical consultations.

“Dr. Ali is exactly the type of physician we were looking for, one you would want to bring your own child or family member to see,” said Pam Womack, CEO and founder of the Nashville-based MHC.


Vaughn awarded AI-RRS

Vincent B. Vaughn, SRA, AI-RRS, has been awarded the AI-RRS (Appraisal Institute-Residential Review Specialist) designation from the Appraisal Institute. Vaughn held the SRA designation for 25 years prior to receiving this latest designation. He is the first real-estate appraiser in Tennessee and second in Georgia to receive the AI-RRS designation.

Vaughn began his real estate appraisal career in 1977 and now owns and operates Vaughn Appraisal Service in Chattanooga. He also has spent the last three years working as a nationwide forensic and retrospective review appraiser with Fannie Mae in Dallas ,helping to recover some of the funds lost in the economic downturn.


Ryan, Scissom gain positions

Stephani J. Ryan has been named director of the Choices program department of BlueCare Tennessee, while Melissa Scissom will fill Ryan’s previous post as director of the Cover Tennessee program.

Both Choices and Cover Tennessee are government programs administered through contracts with the state of Tennessee. Ryan was previously director of Cover Tennessee, while Scissom was manager of operations.

“Stephani and Melissa are both talented, experienced managers who always keep the best interests of our members in mind,” said Scott Pierce, president and CEO of BlueCare Tennessee, a managed care organization and subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.


Two receive designation

Two Erlanger Life Force clinical base managers and flight nurses, Troy Holder and Shane Noe, have received the highly regarded designation of Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) by the Association of Air Medical Services.

Holder and Noe join two other Erlanger Life Force crew members and approximately 300 other individuals world wide who have earned CMTE status.

To be eligible for this certification, applicants must participate in a rigorous educational program over the course of two years, pass a comprehensive written examination and satisfactorily complete a team project related to a timely industry challenge. By attaining this designation, Holder and Noe have demonstrated skills in leadership and expertise in critical care transport management.


CBM recognized as dealer

Business machine dealer Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America recognized Chattanooga Business Machines as a Hyakuman Kai Dealer for the third consecutive year. Sharp awards Hyakuman Kai status to dealers that provide exceptional service to the local business community and outstanding sales achievement. Chattanooga Business Machines is among a select group of dealers recognized by Sharp from the hundreds of dealers that sell Sharp’s advanced color and monochrome business products in the United States.

“Our goal is to provide Chattanooga-area businesses with world-class products and support,” said Lana Toomey, president of CBM.


Thompson is executive chef

Bill Thompson has been named the new executive chef of Porter’s Steakhouse, located at the Sheraton Read House.

Thompson began his culinary career in a European style apprenticeship run by the American Culinary Federation. He spent three years training and learning advanced techniques.

Thompson comes to Porter’s directly from New Orleans, where he served as banquet chef for the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

Jen Prpich, general manager of Porter’s and Sheraton Read House, said Thompson’s European-style training and attention to fresh ingredients and makes him the perfect fit for Porter’s.


Platinum adds four specialists

Platinum Financial Funding has added four new lending specialists: Clarence Hawthorne, Juan Hansford, Tony Holland and Todd Savage. They bring more than 50 years of industry experience to Platinum Financial.

Hawthorne will serve in the capacity of area sales director. He has held a number of professional and managerial positions during his 15-year mortgage industry career and has expertise in all major mortgage products including conventional, VA, FHA, USDA and THDA programs.

With many years of experience in real estate, Hansford was prepared to take the position as loan originator. He has served the mortgage industry for more than 12 years and specializes in understanding the needs of the first-time homeowner.

Holland’s expertise in the mortgage industry has developed exponentially during the past 10 years. His knowledge in conventional, FHA, THDA, USDA and VA lending is what makes Holland an expert as a loan originator and asset to the team.

As a veteran in the mortgage banking industry in Chattanooga, Savage brings an array of skill-sets for serving as a loan officer. On a daily basis, he works with a full range of borrowers and has extended knowledge in conventional, VA and FHA lending. Platinum Financial is honored to bring Savage on to assist in the mortgage needs of any level homeowner.

— Compiled by Wesley Holloway. Send digest items to wholloway@timesfreepress.com or call 423-757-6613

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