Event director, senior communication specialist join fundraising team at UT Health Northeast
January 23, 2014
The Office of Institutional Advancement at UT Health Northeast has hired certified meeting professional Lisa Chatterton as event director and award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jeff Johnson as senior communication specialist.
Chatterton comes to UT Health from Tyler Junior College, where she served as program development manager for corporate services. Prior to that she spent most of her career with Nortel in an international marketing, sales and events management role. She also previously served as the senior manager for professional memberships at the American Heart Association.
In addition, Chatterton produced large meetings, events, and incentive programs for corporations, associations, and individual clients through her event and marketing business, LTC Consulting. LTC’s clients included Cisco, Humana, Alsbridge, FedEx, Sally Beauty Supply, the Canadian Consulate, and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.
She has achieved the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). This program, sponsored by the Convention Industry Council, recognizes professionals with significant experience and education in planning and executing meetings, conventions, and other professional events; CMP applicants must also pass a rigorous exam.
Chatterton earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration-marketing from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as an associate’s degree from Tyler Junior College. She currently is community service director of the Tyler Rotary Board of Directors and is a Leadership Tyler alumna.
Johnson will be responsible for enhancing donor communications for the only university medical center in the 28-county Northeast Texas region.
Before joining UT Health, he spent five years as an on-air host, webmaster, audio/video producer, and graphic designer at radio stations 89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY. During that time, KVNE won four national “Station of the Year” awards from both the National Religious Broadcasters and the Christian Music Broadcasters.
He also has worked as a broadcast journalist in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., where he co-hosted the “Cam & Co.” political talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Johnson was the Washington bureau chief for the nationally syndicated “Family News in Focus” radio newsmagazine and the senior investigative reporter for the Cybercast News Service.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y. He also has an associate degree in communications from Excelsior. He has won seven large-market journalism awards from the Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.