by Nashville Health Care Council | Sep 30, 2013

The Nashville Health Care Council is pleased to announce the addition of Valerie Somerville as a new staff member and three staff promotions.

Valerie Somerville has joined the team as communications coordinator for the Council. In this role, she will support various projects to communicate with Council members, media and other stakeholders. Prior to joining the Council, Somerville served as public information officer for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services where she supported the department’s media relations and social media efforts. Somerville earned a master’s degree in advertising and public relations and bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Alabama.

Additionally, three staff members have assumed expanded roles at the Council.

Jenni Bradley has taken the role of director for Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council dedicated to nurturing the talents of Nashville’s next generation of health care industry leaders. In this role, she oversees all aspects of LHC including program development and membership relations. She previously served as the deputy director for LHC. Before joining the Council, Bradley worked in Washington, D.C., in positions at the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence and the office of Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr.

Kalyn Dennis has been promoted to event manager for the Council. In this capacity, Dennis is responsible for the planning, execution and management of Council events, including Council Fellows and LHC programs. Dennis initially joined the Council as event coordinator, after serving as executive coordinator with Nashville Capital Network.

Susan Hanson has moved into the role of office manager for the Council. In this role, she is responsible for the Council’s front office activities and database management, and serves on the organization’s event planning and execution team. Prior to joining the Council, she worked in member relations with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Just as Council membership and offerings have expanded, our exceptional team has continued to evolve as we support Nashville’s health care industry,” said Caroline Young, Council president. “We are pleased to welcome Valerie and to make way for Jenni, Kalyn and Susan to take on new responsibilities. We look forward to their contributions as we continue to foster Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital.”

About the Nashville Health Care Council

The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital. Worldwide, Nashville’s health care industry generates over 400,000 jobs, more than $70 billion in annual revenue, and is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please visit