Women of Distinction Luncheon - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:13 PM | Anonymous
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Ten Chattanooga women who have distinguished themselves with their professional, civic and volunteer service will be honored May 5 during the annual Women of Distinction luncheon sponsored by the American Lung Association of Tennessee.

Sheila Ullenberg, luncheon chairman, announces the honorees are Maxine Bailey, Caroline Bentley, Debbie Brown, Stefanie D. Crowe, Sue D. Culpepper, Joyce Godsey, Robin R. Grant, Peggy Laney, Betsy Chapin Taylor and Lillie Wills.

Tennessee Woman of the Year Vicky Gregg, president and chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, also will be honored during the luncheon.

Friday is the reservation deadline. Tickets are $60 per person, with tables starting at $750. Call 629-1098 for reservations.

2009 HONOREES

MAXINE BAILEY

* Career: Former director of Girls Inc.; co-founder of Tennessee's first all-girls public charter school, the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. She has taught women's history in the State University of New York system, was executive director of a battered women's program, co-founded a Women and Diversity Institute, managed the nation's largest public/private summer youth employment program in New York City. She served as director of community resources for Chattanooga's Community Impact Fund and was co-coordinator of the District 9 community economic development planning project.

* Volunteerism: Founded the Westside Progressive Academy women's adult literacy program.

CAROLINE BENTLEY

* Career: Former chief financial officer of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, now director of The United Way's Tocqueville Society.

* Volunteerism: Past president of Girls Preparatory School Alumnae Association, first chairwoman of GPS Alumnae Advisory Council, chaired 2004 Visions for GPS; past president of Junior League of Chattanooga. She has served on boards of Habitat for Humanity and Chattanooga Room in the Inn, chaired 2008 Spectrum for Hunter Museum of American Art, volunteers for READ, Alzheimer's Association, T.C.Thompson Children's Hospital, Jordan Thomas Foundation.

DEBBIE CLIFFORD BROWN

* Career: Vice president of Morgan Keegan & Co.

* Volunteerism: Solely raised $10,000 and work crew to build a church in Venezuela, co-chaired first Daffodil Ball for American Cancer Society, chaired 2007 Siskin Possibilities luncheon, serves on Possibilities committee. She is a board member of Bright School Parents Association, past board member of MaryEllen Locher Foundation and American Cancer Society, volunteers for Siskin Children's Institute and Salvation Army Auxiliary.

STEFANIE CROWE

* Career: Formerly senior vice president and private bank client manager with Bank of America; in 2007 joined CapitalMark Bank and Trust, where she designed the bank's Trust and Wealth services group.

* Volunteerism: Board president of Fortwood Center, chaired the 2009 Houston Museum Antiques show, advisory board member of Arts and Education Council, volunteers for Conference on Southern Literature, Normal Park Museum Magnet School, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, and the Health, Housing and Education Bond Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.

SUE CULPEPPER

* Career: Executive vice president at SunTrust Bank.

* Volunteerism: Serves on the boards of Chattanooga Ballet and Chattanooga Theatre Centre, chairs the theater's special events committee; volunteer for Pink!, United Way, the CSO and Siskin Children's Institute; founding board member of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She is a member of the Rotary Club, serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the UTC College of Business and is on the Vestry Committee of St. Paul's Episcopal.

JOYCE GODSEY

* Career: She and husband Don have been partners in work for 34 years. After recently selling Gold Bond Inc., the couple remain owners of Innovative Outdoor Signs, Worldwide Lines of Memphis and a commercial real estate company in Memphis. She serves as a trustee of The Godsey Foundation.

* Volunteerism: Board member of MaryEllen Locher Foundation, in charge of the VIP barge at Riverbend for 12 years, volunteer for Siskin Foundation, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. She established a scholarship for children of breast cancer victims.

ROBIN GRANT

* Career: Youngest senior hospital sales consultant within the Southern Region of Novartis Pharmaceuticals; lead Novartis product educator working with hospital residents in the medical schools of UT-Chattanooga, Huntsville, Ala., Vanderbilt and Meharry in Nashville.

* Volunteerism: Board member and past president of the American Lung Association, appointed to ALA state board, received 2006 ALA Development Volunteer of the Year; co-chaired St. Peter Episcopal School annual campaign, co-chaired Daffodil Ball; Chattanooga Theatre Centre actress, volunteers for Arts and Education Council, Conference on Southern Literature, Emily's Power for a Cure; is a professional jazz singer.

PEGGY LANEY

* Career: President of The Design Company Inc., an interior design firm she opened with her husband, Jim. She has received three residential design awards from the Tennessee chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, was part of the team that received national Interior Design for Humanity Award given by the American Society of Interior Designers.

* Volunteerism: Past president of the Tennessee chapter of ASID, co-chaired building campaign for Fortwood Center, served on the Hamilton County Mental Health advisory committee. She is president of the Lookout Mountain Conservancy, chaired the first Spectrum for Hunter Museum of American Art, served on the UTC Department of Human Ecology advisory panel and on the board of the Evans Foundation.

BETSY CHAPIN TAYLOR

* Career: Chief development officer of Erlanger Health System

* Volunteerism: Volunteers for Little Miss Mag Day Nursery, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Women's Fund Health Task Force, Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute and Catoosa County Performing Arts Center. She's been a member of the Junior League of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Rotary Club, Ringgold Rotary Club, and twice chaired the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce's gala.

LILLIE WILLS

* Career: Retired after 40 years employment with BellSouth. She was project manager for the development and delivery of BellSouth.net training to 7,000 customer contact employees throughout BellSouth's nine-state region. The training was used as a model across the country.

* Volunteerism: Serves on the boards of the Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga Theatre Center and Chattanooga African American Museum, where she is secretary of the executive board; is a Theatre Centre Associates member. She is chairwoman of the Chattanooga Public Art Committee, chaired AVA's 20th anniversary event, is a graduate of Leadership Walker County.
 

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