After graduating from Vanderbilt University’s business school, Jane Kennedy Greene worked in advertising in New York City and later in Dallas, Texas. In 2010, she was asked to join her family’s 70-year-old business, Kenco, first serving as CEO and currently as chairwoman of the board. With more than 4,000 employees and headquartered in Chattanooga, Kenco is the largest woman-owned third-party logistics company in North America. Married with three adult children and grandchildren, Greene lives in Dallas.
Tennyson Rhodes Dickinson, treasurer of Lake Winnepesaukah, describes her chief role as “putting smiles on customer’s faces.” Recently she led the expansion plans for Soak Ya, a 6.5-acre waterpark addition that has been acclaimed by the World Waterpark Association.
Prior to returning to the family business, Dickinson was president of Harrison Catalog Company, publisher of a direct mail catalog for Coca-Cola, Campbell’s Soup, and others. She is a past board president of the Chambliss Center for Children.
Where you stand depends on where you sit. That’s been Robin Still Wintringham’s mantra since her freshman year at Duke, when these words paved an interesting path for her life. Robin served as executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County, North Carolina. According to Wintringham, walking in another’s shoes, seeing another’s side of the story, and bearing another’s burdens are rich opportunities not to be wasted. She’s grateful to GPS for providing the latitude and grace to bloom and grow.
A Tennessee native and North Carolina resident, her career spans a decade in primary care management and more than 20 years in nonprofit management. She has served on multiple boards including the Alamance County Department of Social Services, Burlington Day School, St. Mark's Church, United Way of Alamance County, Community Council, and Burlington, NC, Public Transit Advisory Commission.
A stressful job demands an effective stress reliever, and for Melissa Peters, MD that means balancing the often demanding world of a physician with the world of gardening. An emergency room doctor at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Peters is also a Certified Master Gardener, thanks to her completion of an intensive course offered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (BBG). So when Peters isn’t treating young patients who might otherwise be outdoors playing and digging in the dirt, she’s likely to be doing a little digging of her own.
Not only does Peters do her own gardening, she helps others with theirs by participating in services offered to the public by ACES and delivered through Master Gardener volunteers. For example, Master Gardeners man an informational phone line made available to anyone who has a gardening problem to call and get answers. Peters also assists with BBG’s plant sales and garden tours, meeting and forming friendships with a variety of people from all walks of life.
Anjali Enjeti is a former attorney, award-winning journalist, and the author of two books out spring 2021, Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change, and a novel, The Parted Earth.
Her writings about politics, social justice, and books have appeared in multiple leading national publications. Her work has received awards from the South Asian Journalists Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A graduate of Duke University, Washington University School of Law, and the M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte, Enjeti teaches creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Reinhardt University.
She is co-founder of the Georgia chapter of They See Blue, an organization for South Asian Democrats, and served on the Georgia Biden-Harris Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Council. She lives with her family near Atlanta, Georgia.
Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., is the nation’s go-to doctor for distilling the best data to answer our stickiest health questions and make our lives healthier, richer, and easier. She is a Harvard- and Yale-trained emergency physician, international TV contributor, and regular on CNN Headline News, The Dr. Oz Show, NBC, and other outlets. Additionally, Dr. Long Gillespie, mother of two children, is the national bestselling author of Mom Hacks and TedX speaker of the now widely popular “An ER Doctor on Triaging Your Crazy Busy Life.”
Charlotte Caldwell is the founder and director of Stove Works, an art center and residency program located in Chattanooga. Caldwell earned her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from NYU Steinhardt in 2012. Stove Works, which opened in its permanent location last fall, is the culmination of Caldwell’s 13-plus years of experience, informed most by her time as Project Manager for No Longer Empty (New York City) and as Director of the Wassaic Artist Residency Program (New York).
After GPS, Robyn Spink Handschuh completed her degree in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan. During her time at Michigan she was introduced to the power of radiation in medicine that led her to pursue her master’s in medical physics. Now, Handschuh runs a medical physics consulting group that aids in providing safe and accurate radiation cancer treatments.
Morgan Elliott’s intense interest in improving quality of life led her to found the Disability Services Club at Saint Louis University, a legacy that continues at her alma mater. She was a two-time recipient of the National Aeronautic Space Administration Minority University Research and Education Program scholarship, which gave her the opportunity to intern at the Cardiovascular Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. As part of Dr. Sharon Gerecht’s laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, Elliott focuses on improving the clinical and commercial relevance of engineered blood vessels to benefit patients with cardiovascular disease and has mentored eight students, from high school to graduate level.
She was also named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Siebel Scholar. This year, she will graduate with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and plans to found a start-up company with Dr. Gerecht.
Second Lt. Victoria Hicks, a member of the GPS Class of 2016, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2019 with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. She then commissioned into the Marine Corps and will serve as a Combat Engineer Officer in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.