Meet Our Board of Directors
TOM WHITE, CHAIR
Mr. White is senior vice president of Investor Relations for Unum Group. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and his current board positions include United Way of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga. He previously was a member of the boards for the Urban League and The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
MARY TANNER, PH.D., VICE CHAIR
Dr. Tanner has spent her entire academic career, over 35 years, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, rising through the academic ranks from an instructor in the Department of Human Ecology to her present position as UC Foundation and Guerry Professor. She also has served as a Department Head, Associate Dean, Dean (College of Health, Education and Professional Studies), and now serves as Interim Executive Director, The Ochs Center.Dr. Tanner holds a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia, Athens, in family and child development, and a M.Ed. and B.S. from UTC in education (elementary and secondary). She is married to Dr. HomerKemp, an English professor at Tennessee Tech, and is the parent oftwo sons, Jim and Waide Tanner.
Jo Ann yates, secretary
Mrs. Yates is an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, the University of Chattanooga Foundation and St. Nicholas School.
paul loftin, treasurer
Paul J. Loftin is the president and COO of Siskin Steel and Supply Co. A Kansas native, Mr. Loftin has been employed with Siskin Steel and Supply for seven years. He began his career in the metals industry with Reynolds Aluminum as a part of their college apprenticeship program. After college he has continued to work in the industry for over 40 years. Most of his career has been in management of steel companies throughout the United States. He is vice chair of The Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association and director of Reliance Steel and Aluminum Company. Mr. Loftin is on the board of directors for the RPC Church and the Spirit of America Foundation. He and his wife Sandy have two daughters: Emily, a junior at LeeUniversity, and Katie, who will be attending Gardner-Webb in NorthCarolina this fall. Additionally, he has two daughters who live out ofstate. Angie lives in Kansas, and Camille lives in Colorado Springs.
ROSS I. SCHRAM III, HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mr. Schram is a lawyer and shareholder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. He currently serves as an elder and trustee at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in addition to being vice chairman of the boards of The Chambliss Center for Children, Fortwood Center and Volunteer Community School. Mr. Schram also chairs the Allocations Committee of the United Way and serves on its Board and Executive Committee. He is a past chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors.
F. SCOTT LEROY, ESQ., IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Mr. LeRoy is an attorney with LeRoy Hurst & Cromie PLLC, a legal practice covering a wide range of business ventures, insolvency matters, commercial litigation and small estate planning and administration. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Chattanooga Bar Association.Mr. LeRoy is board chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Alumni Board. He also serves on the UTC Advisory Board for the College of Business Administration and the UT Alumni Association Boardof Governors. He is treasurer of the board of the Mid SouthCommercial Law Institute. Mr. LeRoy also served as a boardmember for RE:START – The Center for Adult Education (formerlyREAD Chattanooga) and is a former board chair of SaintBarnabas Nursing Home and Apartments.
Mr. Binder is a multi-term member of the Institute's Board of Directors and served as board chair from 2008-2010. He is the grandson of Institute co-founder Mose Siskin. He is the assistant vice president of finance for Siskin Steel & Supply Company.
DR. VALERIE C. RUTLEDGE
Dr. Rutledge serves as the Dean in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies at UTC. Before that Rutledge served as Director of the School of Education at UTC and has led the School of Education since August 2003.Prior to joining the UTC faculty in 1995, Rutledge taught English and Latin in Hamilton County Schools. In 1999, she was appointed to a nine-year term on the Tennessee State Board of Education.She is a two-time proud graduate of The University of Tennesseeat Chattanooga, where she received her bachelor’s and master’sdegrees. She received her doctoral degree from the Universityof Tennessee.
MARVIN HALL, M.D.
Dr. Hall is medical director of T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga. He is also a pediatric intensivist and the clinical chairman for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Medicine.
r. craig holley
Mr. R. Craig Holley serves as the chairman, chief executive officer, and president of CapitalMark Bank & Trust. In 1998, he successfully completed Georgia State University’s Management Development Program at the Center for Executive Education in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a 2002 graduate of the Center of Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.Active in every community in which he has lived, he has chaired successful United Way campaigns in both Huntsville and Chattanooga and continues to serve on the board and executivecommittee of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. In addition, he currentlyserves on the board of directors for the Hunter Museum of American Art.Mr. Holley is a member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Collegeof Business Advisory Board and past member of the Chancellor’s Roundtable.Mr. Holley earned his bachelor of science degree in economics at AuburnUniversity in Auburn, Alabama, in 1979 and is a 1987 graduate of the School ofBanking of the South at Louisiana State University.
Mr. Wilder is a native of Chattanooga and graduate of Chattanooga High School and Middle Tennessee State University. He began his career in the insurance industry in 1975 at Huffaker & Associates, later serving as CEO of Huffaker & Trimble until the local company was acquired by BB&T Bank in February 2005. Currently Mr. Wilder serves as VP/agency manager of BB&T Huffaker & Trimble. He serves on the boards of the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, Bible in the Schools and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga. Mr. Wilder is an elder at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Larry S. Parks is the president of T U Parks Construction Company, of Chattanooga. Aside from his business, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Tri State Carpenters Pension fund, and is active in the construction industry serving as Chairman of CompTrust AGC,Tennessee, a self insured trust providing workers compensation coverage in Tennessee to various construction industry firms, and is a national life director of AGC of America. A member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, he is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and also serves on the board of Chambliss Center for Children. Larry is past Chairman of the finance committee of Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church. He and his wife Robin are parents of two sons, reside on Lookout Mountain.
DR. MONICA GEFTER
Dr. Gefter grew up in Colombia, South America. After earning her BA at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) she earned a Masters in Russian Language and Literature from Harvard University, (Cambridge, MA). Dr Gefter then taught Russian and Russian Literature for 2 years at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville, FL) where she also served her Internal Medicine Residency.Dr Gefter is practicing academic internal medicine in Chattanooga’s Erlanger Medical Center as a full–time Internal Medicine physician with over 2000 patients.
greg eaves, cpa
Mr. Eaves has been with the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga for nine years. He is responsible for the Finance and Legal Divisions, as well as Commercial Fiber Optics Sales. During his tenure at EPB, he has also had responsibility of the Information Technology Division. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.He has served in various fundraising capacities for the United Way, the UC Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and the American Heart Association. He is a member of Financial Executives International, Inc., Tennessee Society of CPA’s, and the Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club.He and his wife Carrie reside in Ooltewah with their two children, Carter and Caroline.
Mrs. Lebovitz is an active volunteer for Siskin Children’s Institute. She has previously co-chaired StarNight and SyleWorks, and served on the Institute’s Steering Committee. Currently, Betty is serving on the Development and Marketing Committee.
Mr. Pregulman is a Chattanooga native, father of four and grandson of Garrison Siskin, co-founder of the Institute. He is a graduate of McCallie School and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Vanderbilt University. While living in Chattanooga, Mr. Pregulman was involved in various civic and professional organizations. He was a Chattanooga Rotarian, is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, the Steel Service Center Institute, First Tennessee Bank, Bright School, Bnai Zion Synagogue and the Jewish Community Federation. He also is a past board member of Alpha Steel Corporation in Chicago, Ill.He moved to Denver, Colo. in 2000. While living in Denver, he has had various business interests and now is a private investor and senior finance manager for the The Restaurant Source.Currently, Mr. Pregulman is a member of the Board of the Allied Jewish Apartments, Anti-DefamationLeague, Shalom Park (a retirement community) and Citywide Banks. He also was a member ofLeadership Denver and the Colorado Chapter of Young Presidents Organization.
JAMES R. SHIRE, M.D., FACS
Dr. Shire is Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Shire has published papers in professional journals and written many chapters for books on facial plastic surgery. Dr. Shire's national reputation keeps him in demand for lectures, personal appearances, and private consultations.In an effort for an improved lifestyle in addition to searching for a community to raise a family in, Dr. Shire relocated to Chattanooga. He has served on the boards of a variety of philanthropic organizations, including FACES: The National Craniofacial Association, the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida. Dr. Shire also is a member of several professional organizations including the Tennessee Medical Association, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Survey and the American College of Surgeons.
JULIE BETTS BRANDAO
A native of Chattanooga, Julie Betts Brandao graduated from The Bright School, Girls’ Preparatory School and then received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1988. At Vanderbilt, she majored in Fine Arts, and was a member of Chi-Omega Fraternity. She currently serves as Family Risk Manager and Personal Lines Manager for the Chattanooga office and was named Insuror or the Year in 2000 by the Insurors of Chattanooga.In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, walking, hiking, and adventure travel. Julie is the proud mother of daughters Katie (9th grade, GPS) and Emma (5th grade, Bright School).
Ms. Varner is a consultant with the Public Education Foundation and director of Leadership Development for the Cornerstone National Literacy Initiative. She is on the board of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy as well as a former Hamilton County teacher and principal.
Rachael Welch joined the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2002 and currently serves as Senior Program Manager, Financial Operations & Performance. Welch graduated in 2013 from TVA’s Leadership and Management for Accelerated Performance (LMAP) program at the Vanderbilt Executive Development Institute, and serves on the Board of Directors for Siskin Children’s Institute. She recently co-chaired Siskin’s StyleWorks 2014, and was a member of the 2013 Circle of Red Society for Go Red for Women. Additionally, Welch has led teams for Jack’s Chattanoggins for the previous two years, shaving her head to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital oncology unit, who supports local families suffering with pediatric cancer.Currently, Welch holds the Day of Caring Coordinator role for the Greater Chattanooga Area Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), is serving her eleventh year on the CFC Leadership Team, and has organized and led TVA in annual March of Dimes and T.C. Thompson events. Welch's story of herpremature twins has been featured locally, and she continues to speak on behalf of Chattanoogaarea non-profit agencies. Welch is a graduate of Covenant College, Leadership Chattanooga2011, has been married for 15 years to her husband Chris, and has three children, Eli, (age 11)and twins Zeke and Emmie (age 7).
Claire siskin binder
Mrs. Binder is an active community volunteer, serving in board positions with the B’nai Zion Synagogue and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation. She is a past board member of the Chattanooga Symphony Opera Association and a past president of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Chattanooga.
A.V. “TERRY” BLUNT
Mr. Blunt is the vice president of Human Resources for Olan Mills, Inc. He serves as an elder for Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.
PETER T. COOPER
Mr. Cooper served as treasurer of the Siskin Foundation for 29 years. He is a member of a number of advisory committees as well as serving as president of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc., and the chairman of the board of the Chattanooga Tumor Clinic at Erlanger Medical Center. Mr. Cooper previously served on the boards of the University of Chattanooga Foundation and a number of other charities.
Mr. Henderson began his career in public accounting 1975 and is now a partner in the firm of Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC. He has served as an expert witness before the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Henderson is a former revenue agent for the Internal Revenue Service. His professional and civic affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, a member of the TSCPA Federal Tax Committee and a past president and board member of the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga.
SAM E. MILES, JR.
Mr. Miles is a past board member of the Siskin Foundation, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation and Pioneer Bank. He is a past treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Hunter Museum of American Art and a past president of the Chattanooga Symphony Association. Mr. Miles retired as vice president of Mortgage Loans and Real Estate for Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company.