Our Board of Directors
ChaTech is led by an expert and innovative group of technology executives and advocates who are committed to growing the technology sector in Chattanooga.
Walton Robinson is a Chattanooga native who returned to the Scenic City in 2015 after working in Atlanta, Nashville, and Washington D.C. He brings over a decade of non-profit, advocacy, communications, and development experience to ChaTech. Walton also brings a personal passion for technology and a drive to help our local tech community grow and thrive. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and a master’s degree from Appalachian State University. Walton and his wife Meghan live with their three rescue dogs in the Fairfax Heights neighborhood of Chattanooga.
Melissa Phillips joined ChaTech in January 2018. She received her B.S. in Accounting and MBA from UTC. Melissa comes to ChaTech with 13 years of accounting experience in the long-term health care industry.
An accountant at heart, Melissa enjoys managing the financial aspect of ChaTech’s operations. She also enjoys interacting with ChaTech members and learning more about technology hot topics through ChaTech’s various programs.
Melissa lives in Ooltewah with her husband, Skyler, and two boys, Noah and Elliott. She likes traveling with her family and homeschooling her children.
Originally from Georgia and just back from living in Northern California, Jen LaRose has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of West Georgia with a concentration in Photography. Her marketing experience of 11 years spans from digital and social media to content creation and event campaigns.
Jen oversees all ChaTech marketing including event marketing such as TechX and Scenic City Summit.
She lives in downtown Chattanooga and looks forward to immersing herself in her new city.