2020 Report

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2020 Report

Our work has a single goal and purpose: for every student to succeed. At PEF, we leverage innovative ideas, community partnerships and long-standing relationships with teachers, principals, and families to transform the education and lives of our community’s children, especially those who experience poverty and discrimination.



Empowering Students Successful students build successful communities.

Our programs provide transformational opportunities that empower public school students to succeed in college, career, and life.

Top: Students participating in PEF’s 21st annual Camp College. Bottom: Bill Gates and PEF Vice President, Stacy Lightfoot, with students from The Howard School.


INCREASING SUCCESS IN COLLEGE PEF’s newest partnership helps students from six diverse Hamilton County high schools find a best fit college and succeed in those critical first two years of post-secondary education.

PEF’s extensive research shows that less than 20% of the freshmen from Brainerd, East Ridge, Hixson, Howard, Red Bank, and Tyner high schools earn a college degree or career credential. Given that statistic, our county can never thrive, let alone be a place of equal opportunity. That’s why we established a partnership with Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga State Community College, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lane College, Benwood Foundation,

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and Chattanooga 2.0. Together, and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are implementing strategies in these six schools to increase the number of Black, Latinx, and economically disadvantaged students who graduate, enroll in a post-secondary institution, and are on track to earn a credential with labor market value. One of those strategies is assigning graduating seniors their own College Advancement Mentor (CAM). Currently, 700 college freshmen and sophomores have a CAM mentoring them through the post-secondary education process.

Before Deric Tremble entered his freshman year at Chattanooga State Community College, he needed help accessing financial aid, tutoring, and counseling services. As a graduate of one of six target high schools, Deric was assigned a College Advancement Mentor (CAM). Deric’s CAM, Miracle Miller, helped guide him through the academic, financial, and emotional challenges of his first year of college, and will continue to support him throughout the rest of his college career. “The most important thing she does for me is care about me. I have someone that I can come to for advice or when I just need someone to talk to.”

– Deric Tremble Chattanooga State Community College, Class of 2022





participants apply to college

Insight, guidance, and support for high school seniors who want to be the first in their family to go to college.

For many talented, lowincome students, education ends with high school graduation. But since 1999, over 1,100 Hamilton County students have taken part in PEF’s Camp College and continued their educational journey to a college degree. Camp College annually offers 100 students intensive help in finding a best fit college, securing financial aid, writing an admissions essay, and understanding the admissions process.


matriculate to college

Maria Ramirez still remembers meeting Stacy Lightfoot in 2014 at a Passport Scholars informational session. She caught the program’s vision of enabling young women to feel empowered, equipped and ready to go to college. Maria found her passion for environmental science at Earlham College (IN), during her Passport summer experience. Maria’s connection to PEF changed her in ways she could not have imagined. For a quiet and shy high schooler, the opportunity to spend her whole summer meeting strangers was a huge leap forward toward being comfortable with herself. Maria’s quest to be a college graduate continued at Camp College in 2015. She didn’t even know where to start in applying to colleges or obtaining the money to go. However, when Maria stepped foot on the campus of Sewanee: The University of the South, she knew that was the university for her. At Camp College, Maria learned about scholarship and financial aid opportunities.


receive scholarship or aid


return for a second year of college

Through a long-standing partnership with Sewanee, Maria was offered a substantial financial aid package, making Sewanee the most affordable option for her. Five years after participating in Camp College, the Red Bank High School alumna graduated from Sewanee with a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Sustainability with a double minor in Spanish and Music. Maria is the first person in her family to graduate from high school and college. She now works for PEF as a College Advancement Mentor. “My dream is to someday work at the state government level advocating for environmental justice in the water sector,” she says. “Helping make a change and contribute to also making a positive impact in at least one person’s life is what keeps me going. Without PEF’s support and guidance, none of this would have happened.”

– Maria Ramirez


STEP-UP Chattanooga Summer internships for students from low-income backgrounds.

Every spring, PEF recruits and trains several hundred students and then teams with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide summer internships that benefit the employers as well as the students. Since 2016, STEP-UP Chattanooga has partnered with 137 businesses and nonprofits to create more than 1,333 internships.

Last summer, Komatsu America’s Walt Nichols agreed to hire one STEP-UP intern. The problem was, STEP-UP Chattanooga had sent him two interesting candidates. Ultimately, he hired both and says that was a great decision. Both students turned out to be high performing, high quality interns. “The STEP-UP experience is a great thing that no one should miss out on. I was taught networking skills, and every time I have a professional encounter, I now know what to say and do. Plus, the staff makes it very beneficial and extremely fun.”

– Tyrese Starling STEP-UP Chattanooga Intern with Komatsu America

Top: Baljot Kaur interned at HHM Certified Public Accountants during summer 2019. Bottom: LaCara Bell is busy at work at the Tennessee Aquarium, where she’s interned for 3 years.


Lucas Wright knew in the 10th grade that he wanted to be a criminal prosecutor, but he did not know if he would be able to afford a college education. That same year, Lucas participated in STEPUP Chattanooga and was placed at Warren & Griffin Law Firm for his first paid summer internship. Fast forward to today: he is a sophomore at Emory University, studying Philosophy Politics and Law with a Spanish double major. He actively serves as an Emory Matriculate Advising Fellow (AF) who mentors high-achieving, low-income high school students as they navigate the college admissions process. He meets virtually with students to help them identify colleges that are a good fit, complete essays, résumés, financial aid packages and prepare for the academic, social and emotional transition to college. “I began working with PEF my second year of high school and continued until I graduated, participating in programs like Camp College and STEP-UP. The most immediate impacts those programs made for me were financial and

experiential. During the summer I was able to hold a job, and while earning money I gained experience in different fields I wanted to work in or learn more about.”

– Lucas Wright STEP-UP Chattanooga Intern with Warren & Griffin Law Firm | Camp College Graduate | Current Pre-Law Student at Emory University

Top Left: Magdalena Perez, Camp College participant now attending UTC. Top Right: Louis Ramirez, Ooltewah High School graduate, Camp College and STEP-UP participant now attending the University of Alabama - Birmingham. Middle Left: Kedhejah McDaniel, participant of Camp College, Passport Scholars, and STEP-UP, now attending Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Middle Right: Brian Townsend, Camp College and STEP-UP participant, now attending Fisk University in Nashville, TN. Bottom Left: Cade Murray, Camp College & STEP-UP participant, now attending UTK. Bottom Right: Frida Uwimana, participant of Camp College, Passport Scholars, and STEP-UP, now attending ETSU in Johnson City, TN.


PASSPORT SCHOLARS Helping young women set and achieve long-term goals through an intensive summer enrichment experience, college counseling, and mentoring.

Passport Scholars gives rising high school junior girls the opportunity to attend a rigorous summer program outside of Chattanooga. Since 2001, 168 girls have been Passport Scholars, and almost all have gone on to graduate from college.

Students attended programs across the country in the summer of 2019.

Daphne Penn was a Passport Scholar. After her junior year at The Howard School, Daphne studied at Smith College’s summer school—and she says that experience led her to apply to Vanderbilt for her undergraduate degree. In the years since, she has completed her B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt, her M.S. in Sociology from Purdue, and received her Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University in May of 2020. “That summer opened me up to a whole new world of possibilities. With the support of my teachers at Howard High and the hard work and dedication of my college advisor, I was able to step outside of my box and apply to some of the world’s greatest universities. It’s because of PEF that I am now making history as a member of Harvard University’s inaugural Ph.D. cohort in Education.”

– Dr. Daphne Penn

Top: Micah Raymond, Passport Scholar and Camp College participant, now attending Middlebury College in Vermont. Micah is working toward a double major in Architectural History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies with a minor in German. Bottom: Kay Howell, a Passport Scholar who attends UTK, received a $10,000 Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship in April of 2020.



Transformation starts with Great Teachers When a classroom is a place of hope, transformation and growth, it’s because of a great teacher. When they learn best practices and innovative strategies through programs such as Project Inspire, teachers can change the course of a student’s life—and at scale, the life of our community. Top Left: Amanda Akin, now Project Inspire graduate and mathematics teacher at East Ridge High School, with Superintendent Bryan Johnson at a Hamilton County Schools job fair in 2017. Top Right: Jonathan Brown, a Project Inspire graduate, with one of his students from Orchard Knob Elementary. Bottom: Brooklyn Caulder, Project Inspire graduate with her students at her host residency site, Orchard Knob Middle.


Project Inspire College graduates who have a passion for social justice and want to teach in high-needs schools become the next generation of educational change makers.

By teaming today’s outstanding teachers with college graduates and career changers who are committed to making a difference in the world, Project Inspire creates tomorrow’s superstar teachers. For an entire school year, an aspiring teacher works alongside a master teacher who has deep knowledge of instruction and building relationships with students. Along the way, the aspiring teacher earns a Master’s Degree from Lee University and a teaching license. After 14 intensive months in Project Inspire, the aspiring teacher is ready to make a difference in our most challenging schools.

● More than 130 new teachers have successfully completed Project Inspire, and over 75% of those teachers remain in the profession, with more than 95% teaching in highneeds schools. ● Graduates earn higher “teacher effectiveness scores” than teachers trained in traditional programs working with similar students. ● In 2019, numerous Project Inspire graduates and their host clinical instructors were recognized with awards– including Teacher of the Year and Most Passionate Teacher– and leadership roles, such as Model Teachers, within their respective schools.

Right: Tiffany Corkran, Project Inspire graduate and first-year Clinical Instructor.


“I want to help students search out and actualize what they are passionate about in life, then help them create links to how they can encourage and benefit their local community.”

– Jordan Simon Teacher at Tyner High School | Recipient of National Center for Teacher Residencies Resident of the Year Award during his residency at Brainerd High School.

“This has been one of the most powerful experiences I have had as an educator. Collaborating with veteran teacherleaders, working with dedicated residents, and witnessing the impact of this equity-driven program have made me a more intentional, mindful, and reflective teacher.”

– Erica Kelly Clinical Instructor at Orchard Knob Middle School | Nominee, National Center for Teacher Residencies Mentor of the Year

Chandler Davenport first heard about Project Inspire during her undergraduate years at Sewanee: The University of the South. A friend and classmate had accepted a position with the program and shared about the experience. Chandler went on to become a member of the ninth cohort of Project Inspire, and during her residency year was able to interact with teachers and administrators at a variety of schools in the Chattanooga area. Chandler saw Project Inspire as an opportunity to become a great educator, one who unlocks initiative within her students. By learning best practices and continually searching for effective ways to serve students, Chandler has seen the dangers of complacency in the classroom, and is positioning herself to put her students first.

“I feel a sense of renewed purpose now. I’m the kind of person that gets very invested in places and people that matter to me. As I was approaching graduation from Project Inspire and choosing my successors for the various programs I was in, it dawned on me that after I graduated I could very easily be without purpose. Teaching has allowed me to see myself in a new capacity and apply my knowledge in a way that helps better my community. Every day I can see my students growing and it feels good to know I’m a part of that.”

– Chandler Davenport History Teacher at The Howard School


Strong School Leaders transform schools We collaborate with partners to help develop effective public school leaders who create learning environments that inspire exploration, discovery, and wonder and yield exceptional levels of student learning.

Top: Greg Wilkey and Jasmine Farrow use the skills they learned in Leadership Fellows and Principal Leadership Academy to foster a sense of teamwork at East Side Elementary. Bottom: Dr. Ann Kilcher speaking at the Hunter Museum celebrating 20 years of Leadership Fellows.


Leadership Fellows An intense year of learning for emerging teacher-leaders.

Educators need skills and knowledge to lead change, strengthen instruction, and transform schools. For 21 years, Leadership Fellows has provided aspiring leaders with intensive training in leadership theories and effective practices. Leadership Fellows is PEF’s longest running program—and probably our most beloved program. In February 2020, graduates from every cohort converged at the Hunter Museum to celebrate two decades of success.

Right: Principal Jane Reynolds in her office at Soddy Daisy Middle School.

Every school in Hamilton County has at least one Leadership Fellow on its staff. Fifty-four graduates serve as principals, 74 serve as assistant principals, and 127 serve in other leadership roles ranging from the district’s Chief Schools Officer to grade level chairs.

“Leadership Fellows was, by far, the best professional learning I have ever experienced in my career. Because of Leadership Fellows, I was able to broaden my vision and see further than my own school and classroom. It was as if someone had flipped a light switch.”

– Jane Reynolds Principal at Soddy Daisy Middle School


Principal Leadership Academy A year of training in education and business leadership for those who aspire to be a school principal.

Great schools are led by great principals. That’s why in 2010, PEF teamed up with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton County Schools, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to prepare the next generation of great school principals. Over the course of 12 months, a dozen aspiring leaders learn the key skills of successful principals: hiring great teachers, managing a budget, giving warm and cool feedback, improving instruction, and communicating during a crisis. Every aspiring principal is also paired with a successful

business leader, and throughout the year, the two of them compare notes and discuss leadership. Well over half of Hamilton County’s principals graduated from the Principal Leadership Academy. Many claim that the PLA was the most impactful professional learning of their careers.

Right: Juan Moreno is the Principal at East Ridge Elementary. Member of PLA Cohort 8

Innovative Learning


Innovative Learning Brings Great Ideas to Life When teachers, students, schools and communities come together to create the best learning environments, innovation is bound to happen. We recruit, attract, develop, and incubate innovations that increase student engagement and improve public education.

Top: VW eLab Specialist, Jennifer Mitchell, guides students on the CNC router at CSAS. Bottom: Teachers go on a virtual field trip to visit the 7 wonders of the world.

Innovative Learning

VOLKSWAGEN eLabs Thanks to a partnership between Volkswagen Group of America, the State of Tennessee, Hamilton County Schools and PEF, Hamilton County has the largest concentration of educational Fab Labs in the world. Every day, students in Hamilton County learn how to solve problems and collaborate.

To thrive in a 21st century workforce, students need to be agile problem solvers who are skilled at productive collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, and communication. Since 2017, PEF has led the development of VW eLabs in 16 Hamilton County Schools. These world-class labs have resulted in HCS emerging as a global leader in innovative learning experiences through a one-of-a-kind digital fabrication ecosystem that is now available to more than 16,000 public school students.

The labs are advanced “maker spaces” that empower students to use high-tech, computer controlled tools to create functional solutions to real-world problems. In addition, the labs also integrate content and skills necessary for success in today’s workforce.

● Beginning with one lab in 2014, the effort now incorporates labs in 21 schools and affects the education of more than 16,000 students, every year. ● In 2019, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fab Foundation recognized Hamilton County Schools as a global leader in education-based digital fabrication. ● In November 2019, Chattanooga State Community College, HCS, and PEF unveiled plans to open the Global Center for Digital Innovation (a 15,000 sq. ft. super-Fab Lab) that will be co-operated by the K12 district and the College.


Teacherpreneur Incubator + ACCELERATOR Classroom teachers develop, publicly pitch, and ultimately launch innovations that provide new opportunities for students.

● Elementary teacher, Tarah Martin, partnered with local chefs to develop Cooking Up Learning, a Teacherpreneur initiative that connects crosscurricular standards and Since 2014, PEF has brought early STEM practices through culinary arts. Students learn together teachers to develop cooking skills alongside innovations that benefit students. renowned chefs in schoolbased culinary labs while After six weeks of design, teachers connect these teachers pitch their ideas in a real-world skills with core classroom content.

public forum, and the best ideas get funds and wrap-around ● Middle school teacher, Michelle Bettis, partnered support from local entrepreneurs with K5 STEM Lab teacher, and community leaders that Nikki Russell, to launch Gig City Girls – girls-only coding grow these ideas into scalable, clubs in K-12 schools. Now sustainable solutions. there are more than 20 clubs To date, 87 innovations have been successfully launched by 106 teachers. PEF has provided close to $500,000 in seed money, thanks to support from the Benwood Foundation and other local investors.

that have given opportunities to more than 2,500 girls.

● High school math teacher, Michael Caraccio, developed Tiny House: Big Impact, a unique high school math course that weaves Algebra and Geometry standards into the semester-long construction of a portable Tiny House.

Teacherpreneur Accelerator Building on the first five years of successful implementation of Teacherpreneur projects, in 2019, the PEF Innovation Hub partnered with Hamilton County Schools and the Benwood Foundation to launch Teacherpreneur Accelerator. This initiative is strategically designed to support the scaling of successful Teacherpeneur ideas across the entire district.

Innovative Learning

STEM Fellows A year-long professional development journey that cultivates a STEM mindset in teachers, allowing them to develop as instructional experts, community connectors, and school leaders.

STEM Fellows is a year-long learning opportunity for teachers across Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Working with leaders from K12 education, business, and higher-education, STEM Fellows learn best practices in problem-based learning, technology integration, and interdisciplinary teaching.

â—? Since 2012, more than 300 teachers from 112 different schools across our region have become a STEM Fellow. â—? In 2019, the program was redesigned to support schools pursuing TN Dept of Education STEM Designation. The following spring, five HCS schools earned the prestigious designation, the most of any district in the state.

19 Colleen Ryan is a teacher at Rivermont Elementary, a Teacherpreneur participant and a STEM Fellow. When she first started working at a Hamilton County school, another teacher who had been through programs with PEF saw her passion with education and gave her information about different programs, suggesting that she apply.

allowed us to make a passion of meeting those parents into a reality and made a huge impact on the whole Chattanooga community. Policy Fellows taught me that I, as an educator, have a voice and ideas and I need to advocate for what is best for our community with parents, students, and teachers.”

– Colleen Ryan In the years since, she has grown in both knowledge and confidence to make an impact in her community. When she first started teaching she had ideas and dreams, but PEF gave her the tools she needed to make them a reality, and taught her amazing ways to communicate and collaborate with fellow educators. “Without PEF I am not sure if I would still be in education. When I was a first year teacher, PEF allowed me to explore, learn and grow in a way I needed to find myself as an educator. STEM Fellows showed me that my crazy ideas can work and impact students positively to engage in their learning. Teacherprenuer

Brittany Harris is an Area Learning Coach for the Harrison Bay Learning Community. She has participated in Leadership Fellows, STEM Fellows, Teacherpreneur, and Fund for Teachers at PEF. Building capacity through knowledge was her top priority. When she and Colleen Ryan created The Passage, a mobile classroom for the community, they were able to supply parents and students with the resources needed to excel. Since The Passage was established in 2017, it has served 5,400 students and traveled 15,100 miles, with a notable increase in student

achievement in literacy and math in elementary grades. “I am blessed to have participated in various PEF programs. Through Fund for Teachers, I have been able to explore different cities to find effective strategies for enhancing learning for students living in impoverished circumstances. With innovation, I was given the opportunity to dive into different platforms. Teacherpreneur set the stage for building capacity in Chattanooga. With the guidance and knowledge of the community, Colleen Ryan and I created and built a sustainable mobile classroom, known as “The Passage.” The Ellen Show and The Steve Harvey Show were opportunities I appeared on to share and represent The Passage.”

– Brittany Harris

Innovative Learning

Fund for Teachers Teachers can travel anywhere in the world to extend their knowledge and thus increase the learning of their students.

PEF’s partnership with Fund for Teachers provides Hamilton County teachers the opportunity to design their own summer fellowships. Teachers travel around the globe and come back home to share their knowledge with their students and their community.

Since 2012, 192 Hamilton County teachers have visited 38 different countries and studied a wealth of topics. ● STEM School Chattanooga teachers Shannon Seigle and David Vanzant traveled to isolated towns in Peru to tour self-sufficient community-based Fab Labs.

● Middle Valley Elementary’s Lauren Pritchett traveled to the United Kingdom to study parallels and differences between bridges there, and those in Chattanooga. ● Red Bank Elementary’s Beth Wilson traveled to document best practices of intergenerational centers in Paris and Denmark to build a curriculum that respectfully reconnects students with their elders for progressive programming and mutuallybeneficial learning. ● Howard School’s Jessica Ghazi trekked through Costa Rica, Belize and Guatemala, investigating tropical rain forests, plate tectonics and tropical aquatic diversity, to support environmental science curriculum and improve cultural fluency of an increasing student population at school.


PEF Innovation Hub Through a partnership between PEF and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), the PEF Innovation Hub oers teachers free access to hands-on training workshops from around the world and more than $200,000 of technology that can drive instruction in the classroom, including Micro:Bits, Virtual Reality headsets, and Ozobots.

Financial SUMMARY Revenue and Support

Long-Term Endowment



Account Balance: June 30, 2019




Account Balance: June 30, 2018


Earnings on Investments


Account Balance: June 30, 2017


Fee for Service and Other




Expenses Passport Scholars




Camp College


College & Career Success




Project Inspire


STEM Hub/STEM Fellows




Policy Fellows


VW eLabs


Communications & Development


Management & Finance


Leadership Pipeline


Leadership Fellows


Principal Leadership Academy





PEF Board of Directors in 2020 Executive Committee John Germ Board Chair Past CEO of Campbell & Associates, Inc.

Roger Dickson Board Vice Chair Partner, Miller & Martin

Lisa Iglesias

Ashlie Henderson Community Volunteer

Ian Leavy Assistant General Counsel, Volkswagen Group of America

Alan L. Lebovitz Executive Vice President, Management, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Board Secretary Executive Vice President, General Counsel Unum Group

Sammy Lowdermilk

H. Grant Law, Jr.

Jacob Preston

Board Treasurer Community Volunteer

Senior Implementation Manager, EVERFI Inc.

Dr. Fannie Hewlett

Marie Webb

Provost & VP for Academic Affairs (retired) Interim President, Chattanooga State Community College

Dr. Yancy Freeman Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Success, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ron Harr Community Volunteer, Former President & CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Program Coordinator, Tech Goes Home Chattanooga

Senior VP Human Resources Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer, EPB

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS Jim Hill – Immediate Past Chair PEF Board Chair Emeritus

Ruth S. Holmberg – PEF Board Chair Emeritus In memoriam

Mary Jo Clark – PEF Board Member Emeritus, Vice President, Tennessee PTA Executive Board, Hamilton County Council of PTAs In memoriam

PARTNERS We are grateful for the support of our partners, without whom this work would not be possible.

College and Career Success General Support Anonymous Anne and George Bright Darrell and Gloria Freeman Jay and Jennifer Mills The Lillian L. Colby Charitable Foundation Southern Association for College Admission Counseling

Dr. Jane W. Harbaugh – PEF Board Member Emeritus, Associate Provost for Undergraduate & Special Programs (retired), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga In memoriam

Camp College Janice Neal George Skonberg Dr. Sue Anne Wells The Lillian L. Colby Charitable Foundation

Dr. Sue Anne Wells

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Cofounder, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Founder, Montessori Elementary at Highland Park Owner, Founder, Mustang Leadership Partners LLC


Todd Womack President and CEO Bridge Public Affairs

Cula Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Faculty members of Camp College Anne and Ernie Aguirre Larry Blackwell Lisa and David Burns Dan and Melinda Challener Farish Jerman Elizabeth Merritt

PARTNERS Lee Ann and Lawrence Samuels

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Principal Leadership Academy

Mr. and Mrs. Herb Cohn

Sharon Williams

Regions Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kennedy

Schuyler Colquitt

Benwood Foundation

Pete and Linda Cooper

PEF Innovation Hub

Hamilton County Schools

Sydney and Nicola Crisp

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Aiken, Jr.

General Support

Project Inspire

Mrs. Elizabeth Caldwell

Battelle Foundation

Hacker and Kitty Caldwell Dan and Melinda Challener

Community donations received through Donors Choose

Reverend Robert and Terry Childers

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Melvin and Eleanor Cooper

Jack Daniels Distillery

Lee University

Jim and Margaret Anne Haley

The Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

Lyndhurst Foundation

JP Morgan Charitable Giving Fund

State of Tennessee, Volunteer Tennessee

D’Wauna Young Passport Scholars

Dr. John McCravey Rick and Cannon Montague Paul Neely Ruth and Fred Obear *Mrs. Mary Quick Susan Street Michael and Denise Taylor STEP-UP Chattanooga Dr. Sue Anne Wells Barry Large Bank of America Benwood Foundation Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Chattanooga Cares, Inc. Chattanooga Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Benwood Foundation Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga Hamilton County Schools

National Center for Teacher Residencies Smart City Venture Fund Tennessee Technological University

Fab Institute

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dubose Marcia and David Eason David Eichenthal Dana and Ron Feldman Castwell Fider Dr. Yancy Freeman Mr. and Mrs. John F. Germ Becky Gladney Ms. Julie Goss Saunya Goss Leslie Graitcer Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Greer

PEF Annual Fund

Dorothy L. Grisham

Anonymous (4)

Stephanie Hannah

Teacherpreneur Incubator

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Aiken, Jr.

Mr. and Ms. Ron Harr

Dr. Sarah Lane

Elizabeth Baker

Ashlie Henderson

John and Vickie Smith

Ms. Rowena L. Belcher

Dr. Fannie Hewlett

Dr. Edna Varner

Lauren Bensman

Mr. and Mrs. James L. E. Hill

Benwood Foundation

David and Judy Britain

Craig and Terri Holley

The Enterprise Center

Charles Brock

Locals Only

Pat and Nina Brock

Rev. Dr. Hunter and Prestine Huckabay

The NEA Foundation Volkswagen Group of America

Mr. and Mrs. Paul K. Brock, Jr.

Leadership Initiatives

Mr. and Mrs. Grady Burgner Judith Carscaddon

Chattanooga Gas Company

Leadership Fellows

Ms. LaKesha Carson

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC


Emily & Paul Campbell, III

City of Chattanooga

Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation

Dan and Melinda Challener

Hamilton County Schools

Kathy Clark



*Mary Jo Clark

First Tennessee Foundation

Warburg Pincus Foundation

Brad Cobb

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Mr. & Ms. Joseph H. Davenport III

Chitra Chandrasekaran

Jeannine and Gary Grogg

Michael & Lisa Huskey Ms. Lisa Iglesias Christie Jordan Reuben Justice Ismahen Kangles Solomon Killiebrew, Jr. Tom and Marjorie Kinser Ian Leavy Alan and Alison Lebovitz Charles and Betty Lebovitz Stephen Lebovitz


MJ and Howard Levine

Ms. Jo Ann Yates

In Memory of Bobbye Schroeder

Brittany Mairena

Brooklyn Community Foundation

Kristin Burford

Rhae Makansi

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Mildred Dedman

Ms. Joni Martin

Fawn Hoener

Allen and Alice McCallie

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Jack and Toni McGauley

Eichenthal Fellows Fund


Kelly McKeethan

Law of Offices Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Juan Moreno Jay and Jennifer Mills Kincaid and Allison Mills Mr. and Mrs. Olan Mills II Ms. Sharon Mills Rick and Cannon Montague Tom and Kristina Montague Sarah and Jay Morgan Mr. and Ms. Edward O’Brien III Virginia O’Neal Faye Pharr Helen Pregulman Jacob Preston Tom and Kim Quillen George Ricks Karla and Frank Riddle Dr. LeAngela Rogers Patricia Russell Lee Ann and Lawrence Samuels Henry and Rachel Schulson Judy Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Robert Siskin Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Smith, Jr. Debbie Smith Debbie and Larry Stone Michael Stone Donna Taheri Dr. Edna Varner Marie Webb Dr. Keith White Mr. and Mrs. John H. Woody, Jr.

Lisa Stauffer

Unum UBS Financial Services Inc. In Memory of Dr. Vahid Alavian Barbara Miller In Memory of Mary Jo Clark Sharon & Laura Abrams Dan and Melinda Challener Helen Coleman David & Ivy Cowan Ismahen Kangles The Kesslers Lu Lewis Gail R. Lindsey Janet & Robert Locke Earl & Carol Marler Steven & Pattye McNally

We are grateful to everyone who joined us in the spring for the celebration of our 30th Anniversary! Thank you to the many table hosts, donors, and attendees, with a special thanks to the following sponsors: 30th Anniversary Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Dickson Carla Donina Robert Donina Alan and Alison Lebovitz BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Chattanooga Times Free Press Chattem, Inc., a Sanofi Company Elliott Davis EPB JHM Certified Public Accountants Miller & Martin PLLC

Kathy Noseworthy

Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC

Glenda Perry

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Vickie Rasnic


Red Bank High School Class of 1954 Wendell & Gwendolyn Stewart Robert Webster & Anita Larry Cutonilli Dr. Sue Anne Wells

Please contact: Mary Klinghard mklinghard@pefchattanooga.org

Merck Foundation Park View Elementary School

Our heartfelt thanks to all of PEF’s donors. Every effort has been made to list current and accurate information. If you see an omission or error, we want to hear from you.

*Denotes deceased donor


LEADERSHIP + STAFF Senior Leadership Dr. Daniel D. Challener President

Bill Kennedy

Cliff Brittingham

Joni Martin

Instructional Development Coordinator, Innovation Hub

Executive Assistant to the President

Sarah Broadnax

College Advancement Mentor

College Advancement Mentor

Miracle Miller David Morton

Vice President of Leading Director, Principal Leadership Academy

Dr. Michelle Caldwell Director, Student Success

Data Application and Visualization Implementation Developer

Stacy Lightfoot

Eva Castillo

Janice Neal

College Advancement Mentor

Youth Services Manager, College Access and Success

Vice President, College and Career Success

Larry Stone Chief Financial Officer

Mark Neal

Chitra Chandrasekaran Coordinator, Leading & Learning

Anne Choyce

Maria Ramirez College Advancement Mentor

College Advancement Mentor

Dr. Jeff Rector

Schuyler Colquitt

Business Partnerships Manager, STEP-UP Chattanooga

Director of Innovative Learning

Communications and Operations Coordinator, Innovation Hub

Donna Taheri

Dr. Edna Varner

Camden Eckler

Director, Project Inspire

Michael Stone

Senior Advisor, Coach, Project Inspire

Dr. Keith White Director, Research and Effectiveness

College Advancement Mentor

Research Fellow

D’Wauna Young

Julie Goss

Program Associate, STEP-UP Chattanooga

Finance Manager

Solomon Killiebrew, Jr. College Advancement Mentor

Mary Klinghard

Dr. Ann Kilcher


Assistant Director of Communications and Development

Senior Consultant, Leadership

Dr. Moise Baptiste

Kristin Labs

College Advancement Mentor

College Advancement Mentor

Lauren Bensman

Rhae Makansi

College Advancement Mentor

Recruiter, Project Inspire