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Healthy Kingsport director accepts Ballad Health position

Matthew Lane • Sep 16, 2019 at 11:51 AM

KINGSPORT — After serving four years as the executive director of Healthy Kingsport, Kandy Childress is leaving the organization to begin a new chapter in her life.

As of Sept. 30, Childress will serve as director of Adopt IT/Operational Excellence for Ballad Health’s Information Technology area.

Childress made the announcement earlier this month.

“My time spent with you has blessed me beyond measure,” Childress wrote. “I have made lasting friendships that have enhanced me both professionally and personally. I look forward to staying in touch with you and my other ... colleagues through my new connection with Ballad Health.”

Since Childress joined Healthy Kingsport in November 2015, the organization has been recognized for leading the state in community-led, wellness efforts, including:

— Being selected as Community of the Year and awarded Top Small Starts Community by Healthier Tennessee.

— Being the first of a group of nine cities across Tennessee designated as a Healthier Tennessee Community.

— Receiving the Iris Award from Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

— Being the first and only city in Tennessee designated as a Gold Healthier Tennessee Community.

“We wish Kandy the best in her new role and look forward as an organization to evolving our business model to create even greater impact for Kingsport and beyond,” said Roger Mowen, board chair of the Healthy Kingsport Advisory Council.

Here are five things you might not know about Kandy:

1) To overcome her extreme fear of heights, Kandy challenged herself by hang gliding, parasailing and riding zip lines.

2) She has ghostwritten for CEOs at Fortune 100 companies, providing quotes on best-selling business books and even critiques on business books.

3) While attending Dobyns-Bennett High School, she was a three-sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and softball all four years.

4) Kandy and her husband are one of the top TCBY customers in the region, since they treat themselves to yogurt every day.

5) She’s a parent of two adopted children, becoming their mom when they were just 2 days old.

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