First Alum, First Woman Elected Chair of the Chattanooga State Foundation

January 17, 2017 | Betty Proctor | College Advancement

Head shot of alum and new board chair for ChattState Foundation Dr. Maricela Rodriguez

The Chattanooga State Foundation announced that Dr. Maricela Rodriguez, a Chattanooga State alumna and local dentist, is the new Foundation Board Chair and President. She will serve a two-year term. Alan Cates is the immediate past chair and president. Additional officers include Edna Varner as vice-chair and chair-elect, John Germ as treasurer, Britt Tabor as assistant treasurer and Roberta Miles as secretary. Newest Board members include: Rowena Belcher, TVA retiree & community volunteer; Scott Mattice, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley; Reggie Piercy, Senior Vice President, Vision Hospitality; Keith Sanford, President & CEO, Tennessee Aquarium; Britt Tabor, Chief Financial Officer, Erlanger Health System; and Tom White, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Unum.

Founded in 1977, the Chattanooga State Foundation fosters a philanthropic community in support of the mission of Chattanooga State Community College. Gifts to the Foundation each year help support the greatest needs across campus for things not covered by tuition and fees including scholarships for deserving students and professional development for faculty and staff. Learn more about the Chattanooga State Foundation at