CHI Memorial Foundation Announces 2021-2022 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 2021-2022. 

Julie Brandao is the new chair of the board of directors for CHI Memorial Foundation. Dan Norton is the immediate past chair; Jeremy Jenkins and Rob Carden continue as treasurer and secretary, respectively.  Members at large are Will Clegg and Jonathan Adams.

Deanna Brown, MD, Patti Dungan, Betsy Washburn, MD, are new members of the CHI Memorial Foundation board of directors.  They join Zac Brown, PhD, Lacy Burd, Camille Daniel, Gina Dhanani, James R. Headrick, MD, Janie Jones, Laura Ketcham, Lisa Maclellan, Steve McNally, Steve Newton, Rick Partain, 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. 

Deanna Gardenhire Brown, MD, FAAD, is a native Chattanoogan and alumna of Girls Preparatory School. She completed her education at Belmont University, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and Case Western Reserve University / MetroHealth Medical Center Dermatology residency. Dr. Brown was selected as the Resident Trustee for the Ohio Dermatological Association Board during her training.

In 2014, she obtained board-certification through the American Board of Dermatology and eagerly returned to her hometown to practice dermatology with Dr. C. Rodney Susong. Dr. Brown sees patients of all ages for a variety of skin issues, including surgery and cosmetics. She is also a consulting staff member for CHI Memorial hospitals. Dr. Brown is a member of the CHI Memorial Melanoma Center of Excellence Committee.  Additionally, she proudly supports and promotes the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma 5K Run every year, serving on the planning committee in 2021. Outside of work, she is an avid supporter of Chattanooga Ballet, previously holding the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for two years. 

Patti Dungan is also a native of Chattanooga. Her relationship with CHI Memorial began in the 1970s while visiting friends and relatives as inpatients. In high school, she became a part-time employee in the hospital admissions office for several summers. Patti is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Covenant College, and a Master of Science in Human Resources from the University of Scranton.  Her leadership career began with roles in the hospitality industry with the Marriott Corporation’s Contract Division and Five Star Food Service’s Corporate Leadership team. Researching the potential for a career in healthcare resulted in the opportunity to join Chattem locally as the Head of Human Resources for a little more than a decade. Currently, Patti enjoys the opportunity to work in a consulting capacity serving several organizations.  Her community service includes participation in United Way for many years in different capacities, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization) raising funds for women in education, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Women’s Ministry, and Friends of CHI Memorial Council as a volunteer since 2011. Patti is married to Kent. 

Betsy Washburn, MD, is a fellowship-trained breast oncology surgeon with CHI Memorial Breast Care Associates. Dr. Washburn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and medical degree from Medical College of Georgia. She completed her general surgery residency at Medical College of Georgia and her breast oncology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Washburn currently serves as the Surgical Director for the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial.  In 2014, Dr. Washburn received the Best Clinical Surgical Patient Experience award from Healthstream. This is a national honor awarded to only two physicians in the country each year.  Dr. Washburn is very involved with International Allied Missions, currently serving the organization’s Board of Directors as Secretary. She is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and American Society of Breast Diseases.

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