Ascend Re-Elects Three to Board of Directors and Names New Treasurer

| 04/20/22

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – Ascend announced today the re-election of three members to its board of directors for three-year terms — Lucy Matthews, Valerie Molette and Mark Rigney. In addition, board member Andy Flatt has been named Ascend’s new treasurer.

“We are so grateful to these members for continuing to volunteer their time to serve on the Ascend board of directors. Lucy, Valerie, Mark and Andy will help us further the goal of remaining Middle Tennessee’s most-loved financial institution,” said Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel. “They truly understand what it means to be Ascend members and have the organization’s best interests at heart. We are excited that they will continue to lend their expertise and experience to our board as we work to provide superior service to the people of our cities, communities and state.”

Matthews, who has been an Ascend member and served on the board since 2018, is currently an associate professor in the marketing department at Middle Tennessee State University. Before that, she worked at Trine University.

Matthews earned her doctorate in marketing from Kennesaw State University. She also holds a master’s degree in marketing from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Indiana University.

Molette, a member of Ascend since 2014, has served on the Ascend board of directors since 2019. In addition to her board work, Molette is managing director of workplace experience and a digital and future work strategy leader at Deloitte Services. In total, she’s worked at Deloitte for more than 20 years in various finance, operations and IT positions.

Molette earned both her master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in biology from Tennessee State University.

Rigney has been a member of Ascend for 48 years and served on the board of directors since 2014. He is also the vice president of global future of work corporate transformation at Jacobs Engineering since 2020. Previously, he served in several different operations, technology, research and design positions at Jacobs Technology, Aerospace Testing Alliance and Rawlings Sporting Goods and Worth, Inc.

Rigney earned his master’s from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University.

Flatt has been a board member since 2016, serving previously as vice chairman of the board of directors. He has been a member of Ascend since 1981. A longtime healthcare executive with 36 years of experience, Flatt is currently the senior vice president and chief information officer of National Healthcare Corp.

Flatt earned his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University.

Ascend board members for 2022 are:

  • Pat Eagan, chairman
  • Lucy Matthews, vice chairman
  • Andy Flatt, treasurer
  • David Elrod, secretary
  • Ray Guzman
  • Janet Marshall
  • Valerie Molette
  • Mark Rigney
  • Anthony Taylor

Members re-appointed to the Ascend supervisory committee for 2022 are:

  • Joshua Johns, chairman
  • Charlie Dillingham, secretary
  • Anthony Taylor

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