CHI Memorial Foundation Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors


CHI Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of CHI Memorial, is pleased to announce officers and members of the board of directors for 2020-2021.

Dan Norton will continue in his role as chair of the board of directors for CHI Memorial Foundation. Julie Brandao is the vice chair; Jeremy Jenkins is the treasurer; and Rob Carden is the secretary. Members at large are Will Clegg and Rich Kramer.

Jonathan Adams, Zac Brown, EdD, and Lacy Burd are new members of the CHI Memorial Foundation board of directors.  They join Camille Daniel, Gina Dhanani, James R. Headrick, MD, Janie Jones, Ginny Kelly, Laura Ketcham,  Lisa Maclellan; Steve McNally, Steve Newton, Rick Partain, Dana Perry; James Pesnell, Kelly Richardson, MD, Stephanie Sinkfield, Taylor Whaley, MD, and Chad Young.

Members ex-officio are Jennifer Nicely, president, CHI Memorial Foundation, and Janelle Reilly, market CEO, CHI Memorial.

Johnathan Adams has just completed his third year as head boys’ basketball coach at Notre Dame High School, where he also teaches criminal justice, sports psychology, and wellness.  Previously, he was an assistant coach at McCallie School and a graduate assistant and director of basketball operation at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga.  Jonathan is a Chattanooga native and holds a BA in Psychology from Old Dominion University where he played basketball. He also holds a M.Ed. in Special Education for University of Tennessee – Chattanooga and an Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. During his time on the basketball team at Old Dominion, they went to the final four of the National Invitation Tournament and participated in the NCAA Tournament.   Jonathan’s community involvement includes Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, and working with the Chattanooga Ironman event.

Zac Brown is a native Tennessean who began his career as a high school math teacher and wrestling coach, then served as an assistant superintendent for school operations, principal and assistant principal in the Hamilton County school system. Currently, Zac is the Director of Induction and Leadership Development for Hamilton County Schools. During his three years at The Howard School, Zac used his visionary leadership skills to help develop the nationally recognized Intern and Leadership Program at Lookout Mountain Conservancy. Zac worked with students, parents, teachers, counselors, athletic directors, and conservancy staff to build a mentoring and leadership program focused on helping students graduate from Howard and preparing them for college or job placement.  Zac earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from Bryan College and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from Western Governors University. He holds a Master of Arts degree and an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership at Tennessee Technological University. He went on to receive a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca Nazarene University.  Zac is a member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor’s Roundtable and a board member of The Enterprise Center, Launch, Lookout Mountain Conservancy, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  

Lacy Burd is an account manager with Galerma, having previously worked in pharmaceutical sales with Medtronic, Allergan, and Salix Pharmaceuticals. She has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career.  She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in General Health Studies.  Lacy and her husband, Alex, work together to serve the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation, established in honor of his mother.  Lacy serves as a board member and treasurer, as well as fundraising event chair.  She has also served on the auction committee for CHI Memorial Foundation’s Pink! Gala and is serving as Auction Co-Chair for 2021. Lacy was part of EMERGE Montgomery Young Professionals Leadership Group in 2015.  

To learn more about the CHI Memorial Foundation, please call 423.495.4438, or visit