Food City Appoints Katie Penny as Chattanooga District Manager and Other Career Changes in the Chattanooga Area

Food City appoints Katie Penny as Chattanooga District Manager

Katie Penny has been promoted to district manager of Food City’s Chattanooga operating division and will be responsible for overseeing nine stores in Hamilton County. She succeeds Rodney Dillard, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of operations for Food City’s Chattanooga division.

A third-generation grocer, Penny joined the Food City team in 2006, working part-time as a fuel pricing assistant while in high school. She returned to the company full-time in 2020, as Human Relations Coordinator. Penny was the first person to fill this newly created position and developed the role through her involvement with the company’s team of in-store human relations coordinators. She went on to complete the company’s manager training program and most recently served as a store manager for Signal Mountain Food City. Penny has served on the company’s in-store design committee, is a founding member of Food City’s EMPOWER program, and is also a member of the company’s senior executive leadership team. Prior to joining the company, she spent seven years in management in the hospitality industry.

Penny is a graduate of James Madison University and earned her MBA from the University of Miami in 2019.

Kelly Schrader

Schrader to manage First Horizon East Ridge branch

First Horizon Bank has appointed Kelly Schrader as Director of the First Horizon Banking Center in East Ridge.

The financial services veteran brings more than 15 years of experience to her role at the bank. Schrader began her career in retail financial services in Omaha, Nebraska, where she held numerous positions including vice president and regional bank manager. She then served as Senior Client Relations Manager at Haberfield Associates before joining First Horizon.

“I am very excited to work with the incredible team at East Ridge and look forward to working alongside the amazing management team that I have joined,” she said.

Jay Dale, president of the Chattanooga Market, said Schrader’s plethora of experience and training made him the perfect fit for the role.

A native of Omaha, Schrader received his bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


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Lori Stenzel

Tenn-Am appoints Stenzel to manage water quality

Tennessee American Water has appointed Lori Stenzel as its head of water quality and environmental compliance. Stenzel will oversee the company’s water quality team, which is responsible for meeting drinking water standards from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. environment.

Stenzel has worked for American Water, the parent company of Tennessee-American, for over 10 years. Most recently, she served as environmental program manager for American Water. In this role, she acted as environmental leadership liaison for American Water and several US water states, including Tennessee.

“Lori is passionate about her role in providing clean, safe and reliable water to customers,” said Doug Wagner, vice president of operations for Tennessee American Water. “His strong compliance background will benefit Tennessee American Water’s long-standing excellent water quality record.

Stenzel was previously based at American Water’s Central Laboratory in Belleville, Illinois. The lab is used to being at the forefront of monitoring, testing, identifying and controlling contaminants before specific federal regulations are put in place. Stenzel has led several initiatives within American Water, including most recently preparing for planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emerging contaminants known as PFAS. She holds several professional certifications and was an active member of the Illinois Chapter of the American Water Works Association, where she held several leadership positions.

Five new directors appointed to Thrive Regional Partnership

Thrive Regional Partnership, a nonprofit that inspires responsible growth through conversation, connection, and collaboration in the Chattanooga Tri-State Area, kicked off 2022 by welcoming five new members from Alabama, Georgia and of Tennessee on its board of directors.

The newly elected trustees are Darren Bakkestuen of Rhea County, Tennessee; Mike Shirey of DeKalb County, Alabama; Amy L. Jackson of Catoosa County, Georgia; Carey Garland of Marion County, Tennessee; and Courtney Keehan of Hamilton County. Thrive serves 16 counties in the Chattanooga area.

“As leaders representing a variety of sectors across Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, we know these five outstanding community leaders will bring new and valuable perspectives to our Board of Directors,” said Bridgett Massengill, President and CEO of Thrive Regional Partnership.


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Rodney Dillard

Dillard to head stores in Food City Chattanooga division

Food City has promoted Rodney Dillard to executive vice president of operations for the company’s Chattanooga operating division. Dillard replaces Rick Bishop, who assumes the role of executive vice president of operations for Food City’s Tri-Cities division.

Dillard began his grocery career in 1985 as a courtesy clerk for Red Food Stores. He has also worked as a cashier, storekeeper, produce clerk, dairy/frozen manager, assistant manager, store manager, produce supervisor, regional produce manager and most recently district manager. Red Food Stores was eventually acquired by BI-LO, and Dillard joined the Food City team as District Manager in 2015 when the company acquired 29 BI-LO supermarkets in Chattanooga and North Georgia. Dillard will be responsible for the 31 stores that make up the company’s Chattanooga division.

Dillard was a three-time chair of the Bradley County School Board and previously served on the Knoxville Urban League, the Lake Forest Middle School Parent Teacher Organization, and the Bradley County Superintendent Parent Teacher Advisory Committee. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity in Cleveland, Tennessee, and an instructor at the BI-LO School of Business.

“It has been a real pleasure working with Rodney on our Food City team and watching his continued growth as a leader and watching him continue to build a great group of future leaders within his district,” said said Steven C. Smith, President and CEO of Food City. “We are thrilled that Rodney continues to lead our stores to exceed customer expectations in the greater Chattanooga area.”

Legacy Senior Living Names Riggs, LeRoux Co-Directors of Chaplaincy Program

Legacy Senior Living, which operates a family of senior living and remembrance care communities in the eastern United States, has named David Riggs and Mark LeRoux co-directors of its chaplaincy program.

Riggs, who has served as chaplain at Cleveland’s Legacy Village in Cleveland, Tennessee, since 2018, and LeRoux, who has served as chaplain at Legacy Village in Jacksonville, Alabama, since 2019, will share oversight responsibilities for individual chaplaincy programs to all 15 communities managed by Legacy Senior Living.

“The spiritual well-being of our residents, their families and our team members is of paramount importance to us, and our chaplains are chosen to serve with love and compassion, while respecting their individual beliefs,” said Barry Ray, co-founder and CEO of Legacy Senior Living. “Our chaplains lead weekly devotions and worship services and spend time developing a relationship to nurture their spiritual needs. We know firsthand from our residents, who tell us what a blessing it is to have David and Mark in their communities.”


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Michael Fleenor

Fleenor joins Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison

Michelle Fleenor joined the law firm Chattanooga Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison as a partner.

Fleenor is a Chattanooga native and a 2014 graduate of Girls’ Prep School. She attended Washington and Lee University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2018. She played on the women’s tennis team for four years and became an All-American.

She graduated from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University with a law degree in 2021. While in law school, Fleenor was a member and student editor of Cumberland’s American Journal of Trial Advocacy and was a Fellow of Carruther, a legal writing aid for first and second year law students.

Fleenor worked for Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison during the summers of 2019 and 2020 and joined the firm in 2021. She was called to the Tennessee Bar in November 2021.

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Daniel E. Murphy