Warren E. Logan, Jr., is serving in his 18th year as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga where they serve more than 10,000 persons on an annual basis. He has also served as President, Association of Executives (AOE), National Urban League and a member of the NUL Board of Trustees. In addition, Warren served as lead delegate to Beijing, China for NUL’s African-American Leadership group in a relationship building and Trade/Cultural Mission to China.
Prior to joining to the Urban League, Warren served in various management and leadership positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Division of Power. For several years he served as Executive Director of the Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Statewide Business Development Centers. Warren is a graduate of TN State University and the Joseph Business School.
In addition he has completed the Duke University Center for Executive Leadership as well as, a host of leadership development and continuing education training. A sampling of his community service activities include, Electric Power Board (Vice Chairman), SunTrust Bank Board (Chatta), State Workforce Development Board, Bright Bridge Board of Directors/River Gorge Capital Board (NMTC), and Memorial Health Care System Foundation Board.
Warren and his wife, Linda have two adult daughters.
JAMES HARDWICK W. MCKISSIC
Vice President and COO
James McKissic is VP and COO of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. He recently served as Senior Adviser and the Director of the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs from 2013 - January 2019. His role for the City included linking diverse businesses to City Government contracting opportunities, improving the City’s supplier diversity efforts, and working to promote justice, inclusion and diversity among the employees and citizenry of Chattanooga.
James established the City’s Internship Program; set up a project to provide Citizenship assistance, free ESOL and GED classes to Chattanooga’s immigrant population, initiated GARE (Government Accountability for Racial Equity) training for city employees, and spearheaded Chattanooga’s becoming a Kiva City (access to capital for marginalized, small business owners).
James is a native of Cleveland, TN and has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors for more than 25 years. James holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Master of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School at New York University and an executive certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He recently completed the Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program and the National Arts and Cultural Strategies Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carline began her educational career as a k-12 teacher. She earned a Master’s Degree in education from Grand Canyon University and a Master Certificate in both Enrollment Management and Online Teaching. She later earned a Doctorate in Adult Education from Capella University with her dissertation, “An Investigation of Educator’s Cultural Competence its Impact in Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Classroom”. Her experiences include training higher learning educators, as well as being an educational curriculum designer. Carline is married and has three daughters. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and staying physically active. She is also active in her church as a youth bible teacher.
Oversees the implementation and design of program strategies in collaboration with partners. Manage daily program project activities implemented for the after school program, summer camps and college tours. Serve as liaison with partnering schools and other partners; handle scheduling; ensure activities are carried out in accordance with timeline. Develop professional development programs to support workshops for teachers on best practices for the after school and summer school programs. Meet with team members on a regular basis to review project status, plan and organize meetings, events, orientations, and parent activities. Coordinate performance evaluation of staff, teachers within the program and develop funder’s reports.
Oversees and manages all aspects of the implementation of the health operations. Develops programs aimed at the prevention of diseases. Identify and respond to new opportunities for partnerships with an emphasis on impact, sustainability and visibility. Reaches out to community for volunteers and support of health initiatives. Consistently monitor the effectiveness of the program and plan adjustments. Creates and revise programs. Develops policies and guidelines to ensure compliance with funder’s guidelines. Attends community events to represent our programs. Cultivates and nurtures relationships with current and past partners/funders. Implements a process for ongoing assessments and the education of current and potential donors. Works closely with funders to proactively seek new funding opportunities to as well as prepare and submit funder’s reports.
Cheryl Paris currently serves as the Advocate Counselor for the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP). Her responsibilities include providing case management, coaching, referral, and support services to participants enrolled in the program.
Cheryl has over 35 years of experience in case management, training, assessment, and supervision. She was employed at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services for over 30 years where she worked with children and families in crisis; helping them to build on their strengths to achieve the goals of safety, stability, and permanency.
Following her retirement from DCS, Mrs. Paris worked with a private child welfare agency in recruiting, training and approving foster families for children in the child welfare system. Cheryl’s vast experience and expertise in working with children and families that have endured abuse, separation and loss is a reflection of her passion to help facilitate positive outcomes for traumatized children from troubled family backgrounds.
Cheryl Paris has Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master’s of Science in Human Services from Capella University.
Mrs. Paris is a native of Chattanooga, TN where she currently resides with her husband, Ed. Together, they have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Val Palmer has been a resident of the Chattanooga area for over 40 years. She is a certified tax preparer with over 20 years of tax experience. Val is passionate about the VITA program and its free tax services to low income families and senior citizens. Val is also a strong supporter of volunteerism and its impact on the community and the success of the VITA program. As Area Coordinator, she oversees 19 VITA sites. She trains volunteers on tax laws, return preparation, tax software and teaches interview skills. This year the VITA program prepared 9,762 tax returns which was a savings for the taxpayers of $2.6 million dollars.