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2010 Women of Distinction Honorees

KIM COFFEY

Occupation: Owner of Pediatric Physical Therapy Services.

Family: She and husband Daryle have two daughters, Kristin and Kendall.

Civic service: Of the 30 organizations for which Kim volunteers, she has served on nine boards, in addition to chairing an allocations subcommittee for the United Way. Her board service includes

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults; the Tennessee chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association; and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. Kim is a tireless volunteer for the UT system. She has served as president of the Hamilton County chapter of the UT Alumni Association, served on the executive committee of the UT Alumni Association board of governors, is a past member of the UTC Alumni Board and participates in the career mentor program of the UT Alumni Association. She served on parent committees for all of her daughters’ schools and is an active member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

Single greatest success: "Being a mother, and serving the community as a pediatric physical therapist."

You'd be surprised to know: She volunteered as a consultant on the expansion of Lake Winnepesaukah’s playground to make it accessible for physically-challenged children.

“With her skilled application of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, Kim Whaley has enabled many children to approach their disabilities and overcome them to become functioning, capable and happy children." —Dr. Max Bryant

ROBIN DERRYBERRY

Occupation: President of Derryberry Public Relations. For 11 years she was executive director of Hamilton County Juvenile Court before going to work for Rep. Zach Wamp as deputy chief of staff. In May 2001, she joined the Ingram Group as managing partner of the Chattanooga office before opening her own firm in 2006.

Family: She is married to Andy Derryberry.

Civic service: Few nonprofits in Chattanooga have not benefited from Robin’s volunteer service. Of the 26 organizations for which she volunteers, she has sat on the boards of 12. She currently is on the executive committee of Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, and is a member of the Rotary Club, UT Women’s Council and Friends of the Zoo. She has served on the board of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and was president of the North Chattanooga Council of the Chamber during the high-profile renovation and reopening of the Market Street Bridge. Through her leadership, the reopening events served as a fundraiser for the council, which later received the 2008 Outstanding Council of the Year Award.

Single greatest success: “The reopening of the Market Street Bridge; personally, marrying Andy.”

You'd be surprised to know: Robin entered the 1982 Miss Chattanooga pageant because she lost a bet with a frat boy at UTC, but she won the title.

“Robin spearheaded one of the most exciting events this city has seen in a long time: the reopening of the Market Street Bridge. Proceeds from the weekend-long event helped raise $200,000 that was put back into the community.” - Donna Knowles Killian

DOLORES HARVEY

Occupation: Music teacher in Hamilton County Schools for eight years, and accordion teacher at Cadek Conservatory.

Family: She and husband Steve have one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Joni, and two grandchildren.

Civic service: Dolores is a past president of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, Valamont Women’s Club and Chattanooga Music Club. For 24 years, she served on the YMCA Christmas Market committee. She has given 20 years of service to the board of Caldsted Retirement Home, and is a past member of the UTC Alumni Council. She served on the board of deacons and as an elder of Rivermont Presbyterian Church, as well as vice moderator and treasurer of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. As a breast cancer survivor of 11 years, she volunteers for the American Cancer Society, calling women with new diagnoses to answer their questions and offer reassuring support. The Harveys are well-known for their support of UTC athletics, for which they received the Gordon Davenport Award. In 2008, Dolores and Steve were flown to Norman, Okla., where they were recognized on the field during the UTC-Oklahoma football game as outstanding UTC alumni and honored for their support of NCAA Collegiate football.

Single greatest success: “Enjoying time with my family and encouraging my grandchildren.”

You'd be surprised to know: Dolores is a virtuoso accordion player.

“Dolores’ support of the arts in Chattanooga goes back many years. She is a tireless volunteer and one of the most cheerful people I have ever met.” - Molly Sasse, executive director, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera

JAN HEADRICK

Occupation: Employed by IOR Global Services as a destination services consultant, assisting with relocation of Volkswagen employees to Chattanooga.

Family: She has three children, William A. Headrick, James Robert Headrick Jr. and Catherine Fiacco, and three granddaughters. She was married to the late Dr. William A. Headrick.

Civic service: Jan is known for her long and distinguished service with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society Alliance. Of her 49 years as a member, she has served on the board for 25 years and held nine offices, including one term as president. She also served several years on the board of the Tennessee Medical Association Alliance, chairing its 2005 convention. While on the state board, she chaired the American Medical Association Education and Research Fund, raising a record $200,000. She was a charter volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House and served on its board for 18 years. She co-chaired the 2002 American Heart Association gala.

Single greatest achievement: “Raising three great kids. They are all smart and good to their mom.”

You'd be surprised to know: After teaching herself how to use a computer, Jan modernized the Medical Alliance's mode of communication by single-handedly gathering members' e-mail addresses and compiling them for mass interaction.

“Jan has continuously been one of the pillars of the Medical Society Alliance...Her longterm willingness to serve is much admired and appreciated, proving a bridge connecting younger members with more seasoned members.” - Melissa Portera, co-president, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society Alliance.

JAYNE HOLDER

Occupation: UTC Director of Alumni Affairs

Family: She has three children, Julie and Andrew Holder, and Amy Holder Gailey and son-in-law Sean; and one granddaughter. She was married to the late Dr. Ronald Holder.

Civic Service: Jayne is the first female board president of the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House in its 20 years. She has also volunteered for Contact of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Symphony Guild and American Heart Association. Her interest in serving her alma mater began as an undergraduate working in the admissions office. As an alumna, she was elected president of the UTC Alumni Council and was a delegate to UTNAA before accepting her present position. She has been involved in numerous aspects of campus life and UTC Athletics from chairing the Blue and Gold Club to membership in the Mocs Club, Tower Society and UT Women's Council. She is currently vice president of the Chattanooga Quarterback Club.

Single greatest achievement: “With God’s strength, being able to face life’s unexpected turn of events and keep a family together while taking advantage of opportunities to serve a community that gives so much to others.”

You'd be surprised to know: Jayne twirled baton competitively for eight years before she was a Central High and UTC majorette.

“Jayne has been instrumental in changing the age dynamics of our board and including the next generation into the organization. She is an excellent leader, volunteer and example to all of us.” — Jane Kaylor, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga.

KRISTIN HUNTLEY

Occupation: Program officer and finance officer of the Benwood Foundation

Family: She has one son, Jack.

Civic service: Kristin is responsible for the management of the Benwood investment portfolio and working with Benwood’s investment consultants. Her job entails managing grants in three focus areas: arts and culture, neighborhood and community building and the environment. She is on the boards of Community Impact and CreateHere, serves on the Chattanooga Public Art Committee and the investment committee and allocations committee of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. She has engaged in downtown development with partners including RiverCity, the SimCenter, Community Impact, Tennessee River Gorge Trust and the Trust for Public Land.

Single greatest success: “Watching my son grow up and develop into a young man.”

You'd be surprised to know: “I have a vegetable garden in my backyard and grow much of my food. Each fall, my neighbors help me harvest all the basil and we have a pesto-making festival.”

“Kristy is a diligent student of community life and uses her wealth of knowledge and gift for relationships to stimulate creative partnerships and powerful initiatives” — Jack Murrah

ELEANOR JONES

Occupation: Retired in January as district manager of the Chattanooga Social Security Office. In her 40 years with the company she was the first African American to reach the level of district manager with the Social Security Administration in Chattanooga, and the only African American female district manager in the state. In 2009, she received the Social Security Administration's highest national award, The Commissioner’s Citation.

Family: Her mother is Vivian Wiggins; she has two sisters, Rosa Shaw and Goldie Wiggins; and one brother, Shadell Wiggins.

Civic service: Eleanor is active in Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, where she is secretary of the board of directors. She sits on the boards of Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, and Chattanooga College Board. She is a former board member for the Foster Grandparent Program, Hamilton County Adult Protective Services and Kelley’s Adult Day Care Center. She was financial secretary of Links Inc. for four years, and chaired the Beautillion biennial fundraiser. She tutors students at Hardy Elementary School through the Bridge Program and leads PSAT test-prep workshops for high school juniors.

Single greatest success: For 10 years, Eleanor wrote a weekly column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press answering readers' Social Security questions. She received letters from readers as far away as North Carolina, Florida and California.

You'd be surprised to know: “I’m an excellent cook.”

"Without her, our organization would be missing a vital link. She is an asset to us because she does so much so quietly and graciously. –Annette Douglas Adams, Chattanooga Links Inc. president.

JILL LEVINE

Occupation: Principal, Normal Park Museum Magnet School.

Family: She and husband Jim have two sons, Jake and Sam.

Civic service: Jill helped start the city's first museum magnet school at the request of former Supt. Jesse Register in 2002. By 2005, it was named the No. 1 magnet school in the country. Normal Park has received the Magnet School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America for five consecutive years. Jill and her school have been featured in 10 educational journals and videos. She was most recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the statewide Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee. Away from the classroom, she serves on the board of the Chambliss Home Children's Shelter, and is a former board member for the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and Hunter Museum. In her rare free time, she runs the scoreboard at her sons' sports events.

Single greatest success: “My family, and the growth of Normal Park school.”

You'd be surprised to know: Jill is a classical pianist and studied at New England conservatory as a teenager.

"Jill Levine consistently demonstrates many qualities of civic leadership through her positive spirit, resourceful determination to reach goals, her good-natured tenacity and ability to catalyze others to turn vision into action." — Josh McManus, co-founder, CreateHere

JENNIFER NICELY

Occupation: Vice president and chief development officer, Memorial Health Care System

Family: She and husband Maury have two sons, Charles and William.

Civic service: Actively involved in 12 nonprofits, primarily those that benefit children in some manner, Jennifer's commitment to them is shown in the multiple offices, three board seats and two presidencies she’s held. She is a former president of the Junior League, and held seven offices and committee chairmanships just within that organization. She is on the board of the Women's Leadership Institute, a member of Rotary Club, a Leadership Chattanooga graduate and has chaired committees for fundraisers benefiting Bright School, Chambliss Home Children’s Shelter and Creative Discovery Museum.

Single greatest success: “My family, and having the privilege of a career where I see people helped by the generosity of others every day.”

You'd be surprised to know: “I started working for Memorial as an event volunteer when I was 23, and they hired me at the end of that event.”

“Jennifer generously shares her talents, time and wonderful passion with numerous individuals and organizations, for the benefit of others, with dedication, style and grace.” — Jean Payne, director of volunteer services, Memorial Health Care System.

REBECCA SMITH

Occupation: Director of scholarships, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga Inc.

Family: Her mother, the late Mary Ann Smith; and extended family, the James Bowles family.

Civic service: This young professional has served on the boards of eight nonprofits in the last seven years. She currently sits on the boards of the Hazel Robinson Bowles Foundation and AIM Center. She was named the Urban League of Chattanooga's Volunteer of the Year in 2005, is a Leadership Chattanooga graduate and a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity, on whose boards she formerly served. Passionate about helping young academic achievers obtain scholarships, she serves on Camp College Financial Aid, is a judge for the Passport Scholars Program and Pearl of Promise, and is a facilitator of the National Achievers Society.

Single greatest success: “When a parent or student comes into my office totally overwhelmed about the financial-aid process and they leave my office relieved and breathing normally. I absolutely love my job and feel God put me on Earth to help people.”

You'd be surprised to know: “I am painfully shy.”

"The impact she has on the lives of students that come to the Foundation in hopes of a scholarship is literally life-altering.” — Marty Robinson, vice president of donor relations, Community Foundation

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