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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

JCMC’s Melody Trimble honored with YWCA Tribute to Women award

Melody TrimbleBRISTOL, Tenn. — Melody Trimble, VP/CEO for Mountain States’ Washington County market, was among nine women from across the Mountain Empire to receive a YWCA 2017 Tribute to Women award last week.

The awards, which were given to executives, a journalist, volunteers, advocates, educators and an economic developer, recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals throughout the greater Tri-Cities for their leadership qualities, positive impact on community and demonstrated growth and achievement.

The annual event was created 25 years ago. Categories for the award are Nurture, Empower and Transform, three words that reflect the impact of the YWCA in the region, according to a written statement.

Trimble, a health care administrator and former nurse, was a recipient in the Transform category. She supervises four hospitals: Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the region’s only children’s hospital; Woodridge Hospital, the region’s only psychiatric hospital; Johnson City Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center; and Franklin Woods Community Hospital.

Trimble is an active community volunteer, serving on the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Tennessee Economic Development Council and the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee.



» Carol Transou, an educator, who volunteered to teach some of the first racially integrated classes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and organized groups of high school students to take school trips to Europe. She is the 1987 Tennessee Teacher of the Year and was inducted in the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

» Children’s advocate Mary Margaret Denton with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County. She holds a variety of volunteer and professional roles. Denton has served children in her 47-year career as a social worker, counselor and leader with the Holston United Methodist Home for Children, national board of directors for the National Children’s Alliance and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Welmont Foundation.

» Tina Camper, with the United Way of Southwest Virginia, has nurtured the improvement of health, education and financial stability of the families served by the agency and its partners. Camper is also co-owner of a tourism recreation business and participates in the Harvard University ManageMentor or Program.


» Brenda Barnicki, gourmet chocolatier and owner of Bellafina Chocolates, founded a business with a social mission. A former Fortune 500 executive, she made a mid-career shift to develop a business that would empower women recovering from addiction, incarceration and abuse while providing funds to support children’s charities.

» Muriel Kagan Zager, a journalist, author and Middle East expert, became one of the first women to cover Israel and other countries of the region. She once wrote human interest stories for the Bristol Herald Courier and was a columnist for the Washington County News. Zager also is a philanthropist who endowed an annual lecture series for diversity at East Tennessee State University and sponsors a program in Holocaust studies at Emory & Henry College.

» Susan Reid, executive director of the First Tennessee Development District, has dedicated her 43-year career to building the organization, which has leveraged the cooperation of 20 municipalities and eight counties to develop projects ranging from clean drinking water to comprehensive care for seniors. She is a board member of the Appalachian Regional Commission and a recipient of the Tennessee Valley Corridor’s Champion Award.


» CeeGee McCord, Eastman’s director of global public affairs and vice president of the board of the Eastman Foundation. Her efforts have broadened Eastman’s worldwide philanthropy and created the infrastructure for community partnerships in locations where Eastman has operations.

» Ruth Moseley King contributed to the field of education at Sullins College for young women. Her work with YMCA of Bristol resulted in an outreach program that teaches young people to swim. King’s efforts in the arts have supported live classical music through the Paramount Chamber Players and transformation of the Paramount Theatre.