Chattanooga State Foundation Announces New Board Members


By Betty A. Proctor 

 The Chattanooga State Foundation recently welcomed Julie Cook Davis, Leslie Gower, Marcus Jones and Tiffanie Robinson to its 16-member board of directors.

The board also includes Dr. Edna Varner, Rowena Belcher, Stephanie Crowe, Joe Ferguson, C. Duffy Franck Jr., John F. Germ, Wade Hinton, Larry Parks, Dr. Maricela Rodriguez, Keith Sanford, Britt Tabor and Tom White.

Davis is a partner for the Round Table Advisors of Raymond James and senior financial advisor, RJFS, serving as the team’s insurance specialist. In addition to being a proud Chattanooga State alum, her mother and daughter are also Chattanooga State alums.

Gower is the CEO of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of East Tennessee. She serves as STEM Council chair for one of four Hamilton County Future Ready Institute’s industry career clusters. 

Jones owns and leads Magnolia Developments, LLC Commercial and Residential Construction Division. He is agraduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Project Manager Professional, member of the Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He volunteers for the local Habitat for Humanity, joining its Board in 2017, and most recently served as the board chair through June 2022. He is an alum of the Chamber’s Leadership Chattanooga program. 

Robinson serves as the president/CEO of Lamp Post Properties and the chief executive and principal broker for SVN | Second Story Real Estate Management, an off shoot of Lamp Post Properties. She is also the elected District 4 Hamilton County School Board member and co-founder of The Jump Fund. The first in her family to go to college, she is an alum of Lee University where she earned a theater scholarship and graduated with a degree in communications.

“We are grateful to have four new dynamic leaders joining a stellar group of dedicated board members,” stated Nancy Patterson, vice president, College Advancement & Public Relations. “Our Chattanooga State Foundation board of directors help ensure that we foster a loyal philanthropic community in support of the mission of the college.”

For more information about the Chattanooga State Foundation, contact Nancy Patterson, vice president, College Advancement & Public Relations, (423) 697-2630 or email