Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors are personally invested in the work and service of La Paz Chattanooga. 100% of the La Paz Board of Directors contribute to the organization.

2018 Board Members

Kelly Arnold, MD, Chair - Family Physician | UT College of Medicine & Medical Director | Clinica Medicos

I began serving on the La Paz board 2015 and have lived in Chattanooga for approximately ten years. I believe that in addressing the needs and wellness of the Latino community of Chattanooga, social needs as well as medical needs are tightly intertwined.I practice Family Medicine Obstetrics, teach residents training in Family Medicine, and recently opened Clinica Medicos (, where I serve as Medical Director.

Carlos Calderin - Immigration and Nationality Attorney | Calderin and Olivia, LLC

I have served on the board for one year but have been a volunteer for La Paz for ten years. La Paz is about empowering the Hispanic community.  An empowered Hispanic community is one that is engaged and fully active in the political process and the economics of the local region.  This in turn will strengthen Chattanooga and lead it to the next level of economic development, which benefits everyone in the region including me.

Jana Eichel, Secretary - HR Training Manager | Wacker Polisylicon

I have served as a board member at La Paz since 2014. Being an immigrant myself, I understand how important and valuable the array of services are that the La Paz staff and volunteers provide to Chattanooga’s Latino Community. I am particularly proud to be a part of La Paz because it serves as a dedicated advocate for and provides visibility to our growing Latino population, fostering and promoting cross-cultural partnerships and success.

Marco Pérez, Treasurer - Vice President of Operations | LAUNCH Chattanooga

I have served on the Board for 1.5 years, although I was also a non-Board member of the Finance committee for a year prior to that. La Paz serves as a bridge for the Latino community and the rest of the city. With the growth of the Latino community over the past 10 years, La Paz's role has become more valuable. For me personally, it is important because the future health of a city requires the positive interaction of all the members of its community. Being on La Paz's Board has been one of my most fulfilling experiences in Chattanooga.

Brittany Thomas Faith - Immigration Attorney | Grant, Konvalinka, and Harrison

I have been on the La Paz board for one year but have been involved as a volunteer since moving to Chattanooga over two years ago. La Paz is great about stepping into fill the voids that the Hispanic community has in its relationship to the greater Chattanooga region.

Erwin Ovalle - Entrepreneur/CEO | Ovalle's Catering, MCS Cleaning, Nerdwebs

I grew up in Guatemala and have been a Chattanooga resident since 2001. Today, I grow my businesses, Ovalle's One Plate at a Time, MCS, and Newdwebs out of Society of Work. In addition to running three businesses, I enjoys traveling, cooking, and giving back to the greater Chattanooga community through La Paz and other organizations. Adding value to others is of the highest priority to me. The opportunity to serve on La Paz's board of directors is an honor and an exciting chance to live out my faith in doing whatever I can, wherever I am, for as long as I can to try and make a difference.

Ronna-Renee Jackson - Director of Strategic Planning | Girls Preparatory School

Jay Elliott - Vice President of Legal | Kenco Group 

I have been a board member of various non-profits in Chattanooga over the years, including Normal Park Museum Magnet Education Fund Board (Chair), Cherokee Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America (Counsel for the Council), Junior Achievement of Chattanooga and Truesdale Foundation. I am excited to join the La Paz board. I am familiar with all the great work that La Paz does in and for the Chattanooga community, and I hope I can help them do more.