The primary goal of our Operations department is to provide Meridian’s
clients with accurate reports. Our Operations experts work diligently on account maintenance, investment trades, and all the behind‐the‐scenes
necessities that allow us to keep serving you.
Karan is an Operations Specialist who has been with Meridian since its inception in 1997. Her primary activities include the daily accounting of investment records, reviewing data gathered from external brokers, and reconciling accounts at the end of each quarter.
Born in Monroe County, Karan has found her permanent home there and loves the area for its many lakes and mountains. She takes advantage of her surroundings by participating in outdoor activities such as biking, gardening, and bird watching. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, including her ten four‐legged dependents of the canine and feline nature.
• ABS in Computer Programming from Draughons Junior College
Vickie Elam is an Operations Specialist at Meridian. She is primarily responsible for personal trust accounting and reporting but also provides operational support in many other areas. Due to her residency at the front desK, she is the first smiling face you will see when visiting Meridian.
Before finding her home at Meridian, Vickie worked at Valley Fidelity Bank, the Trust Company of Knoxville, Home Federal Bank, and SunTrust Bank for a combined 24 years.
Vickie is happily married to Todd and together they have two beautiful daughters, Devyn and Kailyn. She enjoys many activities with family and friends, including camping, gardening, reading, listening to live music, and following Tennessee football.
Vickie has over 43 years of experience in the financial services industry, 19 of
which she has shared with Meridian.
Janet Kannady serves as Meridian’s Vice President of Operations. She supervises distributions to clients, the establishment of new accounts, account reconciliations and activity, and asset transfers. Her additional roles include coordinating with client service teams to create specialized reports for both internal and external use, as well as overseeing Meridian’s IT department.
Janet is the proud mother of two sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. She has participated in several half‐marathons and 5Ks. She also enjoys exercising, hiking, and spending time with her grandchildren whenever the opportunity arises.
Janet has decades of experience in the financial services industry and has been with Meridian since its inception in 1997.
• BA in Finance from University of Tennessee, Knoxville ‐ honors
Jenell is a senior in the Operations department. Her roles include coordinating the daily workflow, reviewing daily activity for accuracy, and reconciling bank accounts. She also processes all stock and mutual fund reorganizations, coordinates the monthly reconciliation of assets held at brokerage firms, and compiles pricing for all assets.
In 1989 Jenell relocated from California to Knoxville, infatuated by its beauty and Southern hospitality. A proud mother of three boys, she recently joined the highly sought‐after grandmother club when her oldest son and his wife welcomed baby Leah in 2018. She is thrilled her middle son is expecting his first child in 2019.
Outside of Meridian, Jenell enjoys reading, crafting, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She is a highly involved mentor to the youth at her church, where she has led a Sunday school class for years.
Jenell has over 37 years of experience in financial services, 18 of which she has shared with Meridian.
• Graduate of Southern Trust School
• Completion of several American Banking Association courses
INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER
Ric Jenkins is the Information Systems Manager at Meridian. In this capacity he serves as network administrator and is responsible for the operation and upkeep of the network infrastructure, including all computing devices and software packages.
Before joining Meridian, Ric served in the US Navy. He was in the advanced electronics field for almost 10 years, primarily working on weapon systems radars, fire control computer, and other associated equipment. He moved back home to East Tennessee upon being honorably discharged, where he worked as a Systems Engineer for BellSouth and Arch Wireless.
Ric has over 25 years of experience in IT, 14 of which he has shared with Meridian.
Education and Certifications:
• Associates degree in Information Technology from Fountainhead College
of Technology – highest honors
• Microsoft Certified Professional
• CompTIA A+ Certified
• CompTIA Network+ Certified
Angie Waggoner is an Operations Specialist who executes trades for client investment accounts. She does all the work associated with opening new accounts and maintains close relationships with brokerage companies.
Before joining Meridian Trust in 1998, Angie had already amassed over 14 years of experience working for National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) brokerage firms. She is an avid animal lover and has enjoyed riding, training, and showing Appaloosa and Quarter horses for decades. She shares her home with two beloved Australian Shepherd dogs and also enjoys spending time with her stepdaughter and family, who reside in Nashville.
Angie has over 34 years of experience in investment trading, 20 of which she has shared with Meridian.
• Associates degree in Business
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