give thanks

There is no denying that 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride. Despite unprecedented circumstances, our team at UTC CPE discovered that there are still things to be thankful for this year. Check out the people, experiences, and memories that we are thankful for—and hopefully, you’ll find that you are able to add similar things to your own gratitude list.

Ginger Duggan, MBA, PMP

Assistant Director of Business Development for UTC Center for Professional Education

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Decisions, Decisions! How do I pick? Here is my attempt:

  • Good health
  • Sunny days
  • Family and friends
  • Fun memories
  • Daily demands of a very spoiled snuggly cat

I feel very lucky and this list could change daily…#feelingblessed.


John Freeze

Director of UTC Center for Professional Education

John Freeze headshotSix things I am especially thankful for this year:

  • Ginger Duggan
  • Jeff Grant
  • Diane Perkins
  • Emily Rakoczy
  • William Watson
  • Marah Whitaker

I am always very proud of the work this group does, but 2020 has been an extraordinary year. Each member of the CPE team has demonstrated an ability to remain resolute and focused. Each one has risen up to meet the occasion. They have grown, each in their own way—each now more powerful and confident in their roles in our organization. They have taught me a great deal about leading in a time of challenge—inspiring me to search deeper within myself to muster courage and strength. They say leadership is not about telling others what to do, but inspiring them to do great things on their own. They have each inspired me to be a better person and, hopefully, a better boss.


Jeff Grant

Marketing Coordinator for UTC Center for Professional Education

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  • My quarantine buddies
  • Phone and Zoom calls with friends and family
  • Hiking trips
  • Books, podcasts, and Netflix
  • Getaway to Asheville



Diane Perkins

Business Manager for UTC Center for Professional Education

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  • The ability to work and offer programs to help others achieve their goals
  • The past, present, and future companies that we provide training to
  • The greatest CPE staff to work with
  • Health
  • Family and good friends



Emily Rakoczy

Registration Support Specialist for UTC Center for Professional Education

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  • Finishing my first semester of grad school
  • My health
  • Spending time with family
  • Finding a new love of puzzles during quarantine
  • Chattanooga’s fall colors



Will Watson

Program Coordinator for UTC Center for Professional Education

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  • Fall weather
  • Football is back
  • Buying my first home
  • My dog Charlie
  • Opportunity to work for CPE at UTC



Marah Whitaker

Marketing Assistant for UTC Center for Professional Education

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  • A hard-working father, a caring mother, and a joyful brother
  • Starting an enjoyable new job
  • Great friendships (both old and new)
  • Renewed joy that remains regardless of circumstances
  • Hot wings