Our Board of Directors

Our volunteer board leaders come all across our community, ensuring a diverse and enlightened perspective.  The goal that binds them is the assurance that the United Way of Greater Chattanooga is working at peak performance for all.  

Executive Committee

Dr. Edna Varner

Board Chair

Ken Jones

EPB – CI Chair

Chris McKee

McKee Foods – Campaign Chair

Patricia Russell

Hamilton County Schools – Secretary

Jim Catanzaro Jr.

Chambliss, Bahner, and Stophel, P.C. – Governance Committee Chair

Jay Dale

First Horizon Bank – Vice Chair

Tom White

Immediate Past Board Chair

Tom Glenn

Elders Ace Hardware – Former Treasurer

Amber Cambron

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee – Advocacy Chair

Personnel Committee

Dr. Edna Varner

Board Chair

Jay Dale

First Horizon Bank – Vice Chair

Tom White

Immediate Past Chair

Governance Board

All governance board members are independent, voting members.

Russ Blakely

RBA Benefits

Amber Cambron

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Jim Catanzaro Jr.

Chambliss, Bahner, and Stophel, P.C.

Jay Dale

First Horizon

Jon Paul Davis


Patti Dungan

Community Advocate 

Angela García

CulturAlly Consulting

Tom Glenn

Elder’s ACE Hardware

Paulo Hutson

A Medida Communications LLC

Amanda Jelks

Jelks Law Chattanooga

Dionne Jenkins

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Althea Jones


Ken Jones


DeJuan Jordan


Patricia Russell

Hamilton County Schools

Kenneth Smith

Avondale Neighborhood Association President

Michael St. Charles

Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C.

Tom White


Edna Varner

Board Chair

Advisory Board

Steve Angle

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Charles L. Arant

Community Advocate

Caroline Bentley

Community Advocate

Anne Bradshaw

Women United

Scott L. Brown

GE Appliances

Jim Coppinger

Hamilton County Government 

Ryan Crimmins

Lawson Electric 

Jeff DeLoach

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Alnoor Dhanani

Double Cola

Scott Fosse

Community Advocate

Varsha Ghodasra

Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP

Christy Gillenwater

Chattanooga Area of Commerce

Judy Graham

Sequatchie Valley Head Start 

Elaine Harper

Hamilton County Department of Education

Tom Hayslett

Miller & Martin

Brent Hinson


Everlena Holmes

Community Advocate

Bryan Johnson

U.S. Xpress

Sam Jones

Bancorp South 

Taylor Jones


Mary Killbride

Community Advocate

Ian Leavy


Michael Lebovitz

CBL Properties

Michael Mathis

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tom McCallie

Community Advocate

Donna McConnico

Signal Centers

Don Mueller

St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital

Helen Pregulman

Community Advocate

Damon Raines

Walker County Schools

Matt Royal


Cam Scearce

Community Advocate

Jeremy Scruggs

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Chris Sislo

HHM Wealth Advisors

Dr. Elaine Swafford


Taylor Clark

Chattanooga Faith and Work

Shalin Tejani

Legacy Dental Group

Joda Thongnopnua

City of Chattanooga

Jim Vaughn

Suntrust Bank 

Caroline Walker


Gary Watkins

IBEW Local 175

Miller Welborn

Welborn and Associates

Bruce Zeiser

Southern Champion Tray

Andrew Zito

Chattanooga Lookouts

Chris Sands

City of Chattanooga

Tom Greenholtz

City of Chattanooga

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