Meet the New Squad.

We have three new interns joining us this Spring. Get to know them a little better.

Meet Brie.

Brie is a Philadelphia native who married a Covenant grad. They moved to Chattanooga so her husband could study oil painting with a local artist. She recently lived in Spain for three months. Brie studied history and philosophy at Wheaton College and has a Masters in the Humanities from University of Chicago. She currently teaches Art Appreciation at Chatt State and will be joining our team as a communications intern!

What is your favorite spot in Chattanooga?

I’m always up for a visit to the Hunter Museum, Velo Coffee Roasters, or La Altena.

What is the most influential book you’ve ever read?

The Story of Art by E. Gombrich and The Spiritual Practice of Remembering by Margaret Bendroth are two that come to mind.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where and why?

My husband and I are always in search of museums to get lost in as well as cities with a rich artistic heritage/community. I also prefer to visit places that are new to me, so for that reason I’d have to say St. Petersburg, Russia.

Meet Rhys.

Rhys and his wife were attracted to Chattanooga because of the great balance of a fun and active city with the easy access to the countryside. One of Rhys’ favorite hobbies is taking his dogs to run and hike around his Grandmother’s farm in Ringgold. He is studying Business Management at UTC after four years as a cryptologist in the Navy. He will be joining our team as an Operations Intern.

Give me 3 random facts about you.

When I was 11 I set a personal record of 700 straight jumps on a pogo stick.
Steve Irwin is one of my personal heroes. RIP.
I’ve gained an average of 6.4 pounds per year over the last 6 years.

What is your favorite spot in Chattanooga?

Either Signal Point or the back patio of Brewhaus.

Who inspires you?

My Grandad has always inspired me. He died when I was 10 so a lot of what I know about him is from stories other people tell me, but from what I’ve heard he was an amazing guy. He was a paratrooper in the Army during the Korean War, then had a very successful career as a chemist. Mema says that when he retired he rented out the largest banquet hall in their town and so many people came there was only standing space left!

Meet McKenzie.

Originally from Carrollton, GA, McKenzie is a senior at Covenant College, where she is studying English, and no, she doesn’t want to teach when she graduates. When she’s not on the mountain, McKenzie enjoys trying out new coffee shops in Chattanooga and creative writing. She will be joining the team as a communications intern to help out with blogging and social media.

What is your favorite spot in Chattanooga?

It’s cheesy, but the walking bridge wins!

Who inspires you?

My grandparents. They’re the most hardworking, selfless people I know.

Give me 3 random facts about you.

I spend my free time writing creative fiction.
I spent Christmas break in Taiwan and I’m currently obsessed with guava.
I’m terrified of the ocean but I love the Little Mermaid.