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November 27, 2012

Nashville Health Care Council Announces Two Additions, New Staff Roles

Nashville Health Care Council Announces Two Additions, New Staff Roles
by Nashville Health Care Council | Nov 27, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The Nashville Health Care Council is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members and three staff role changes.

Kalyn Dennis is the new event coordinator for the Council. In this position, Dennis is responsible for providing logistical support for Council and Leadership Health Care (LHC) member events. Previously, Dennis served as the executive coordinator for Nashville Capital Network. Dennis earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi.

Katie Schlacter was recently hired as director of Communications for the Council. In this role, she is responsible for all communication activities to Council members, media and other key stakeholders. Before joining the Council, Schlacter was a senior account executive at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, working with clients in the health care, retail, government and nonprofit sectors. Her specialties include project management, copy writing, materials development, media relations, event coordination and social media strategies. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

In addition to these new hires, three staff members have assumed expanded roles at the Council.

Judith Byrd has taken the role of executive director of the Council Fellows initiative. The Fellows program is designed to engage select senior and emerging industry leaders to explore new business strategies and meet the challenges facing the U.S. health care system in the years ahead. Judith has been with the Council for six years, most recently leading the Council’s Leadership Health Care program.

Jenni Bradley has taken the role of deputy director for Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Council. In this role, she is directly involved with the development and implementation of LHC programming, logistics, communications and membership recruitment and retention. She previously served as the program manager for the Council and 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.

Caleb Graves has taken an expanded role as director of Membership Services and Community Relations. In this position, Graves is charged with member outreach, retention and recruitment as well as promoting Nashville as a health care capital to key stakeholders in the private and public sectors.  Prior to moving to Nashville, Caleb spent approximately six years in Washington, D.C. working at the White House where he held several key positions.

“The Council has an outstanding team working diligently to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital,” said Council president Caroline Young. “We welcome Kalyn and Katie, who will enhance Council activities to support our 236 member organizations and foster a supportive environment for all health care business in Nashville.”


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

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