Debi Crabtree / Village Virtual LLC
Village Virtual founder and CEO Debi Crabtree is a former middle school, high school and college teacher and 10-year veteran of developing and implementing virtual school programs, first for Hamilton County Department of Education and then as CEO of Village Virtual. The company has successfully implemented online learning programs or full-time virtual schools in several states, including Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, and Oregon. Debi is passionate about connecting 21st century students to 21st century learning experiences, believing that online learning is “learning the way we live.”
Teresa Le / Petite Nation
After earning my MBA in international business from the University of Denver, I concentrated my efforts on making hip clothes that complimented my petite size. It wasn’t until i was getting loads of compliments and requests from friends and strangers that I realized I had an untapped talent for designing clothes. And thus,in 2007 I debuted my first clothing line for the petite fashionista. My “cozy chic meets contemporary mod” essence takes cues from what’s currently on-trend and chic with strong nods to what’s hot on the runway.
As a pilates and yoga instructor it was only a natural transition for me to expand petite nation® to include petite activewear. Like many women, I found myself wearing yoga pants or leggings outside of the gym and studio environment to run errands or just kickin’ it with friends.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 1997, and have been teaching pilates and yoga since 2003 in both Denver, CO and Chattanooga, TN. I’ve always looked for activewear that wasn’t only functional and stylish, but also affordable and with a proper petite fit.
At 4’11″, I never found a yoga pant or legging that I didn’t have to shorten. The petite nation® Active pants are petite lengths so no alterations are needed.
We’re so busy juggling all facets of our life…job, family, school, planning events, or even just finding time to work out. We may not have time to shower or change after a workout or run because we have to be somewhere in 20 minutes. The crossover styling and breathable materials of petite nation® Active let you look sporty & stylish in whatever you do!
Petite nation® Active is activewear made exclusively for petites. Whether you lead an active lifestyle, want to look like you do, or just totally love wearing comfortable clothes that move with you in your exciting and on-the-go life, petite nation® Active is functional, fashionable, and fitting!
Kim White / River City Company
A Chattanooga native, who moved away for over 20 years, Kim will tell you she is amazed at how far the city has come since she left. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that for the past 6 years, she has gotten to put her passion into practice leading an organization responsible for so many of the positive changes in Downtown Chattanooga.
Before coming to River City Company in 2009, Kim served as president and CEO of the Corker Group as well as Luken Holdings, managing and leasing over 2 million square feet of real estate. Prior to returning to Chattanooga, she had a successful 16 year career with Fortune 500 Company, ALLTEL Communications.
Kim loves her alma mater, the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where she has remained involved and active. In addition to being a past president of the UTC Alumni Board, she currently serves the university as Vice President of the UC Foundation and Chair’s its Real Estate Committee. She also is the current Chair of the Chancellor’s Roundtable. She is a board member of the Enterprise Center, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Chattanooga Design Studio and a member of the Chattanooga Rotary Club.
Her many previous board appointments include serving on the Erlanger Hospital Authority. In 2015, Kim was the alumna recipient of UTC’s Outstanding Service Award.
Her community work, in addition to her career path, have helped shape her vision on how to best move our city forward.