At a mere 37 years old, Kara Luana West was appointed Chapter 13 and Chapter 12 Standing Trustee for the Southern Division of the Eastern District of Tennessee on January 1, 2015. Ms. West has very large shoes to fill as she is replacing long-standing, retiring Trustee C. Kenneth Still. The offices of the Trustee are in the heart of beautiful downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ms. West first joined the Chapter 13 world in 2010 serving as Staff Attorney for Trustee. The very accomplished Ms. West not only received a J.D. from the University of Tennessee, College of Law, but received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as a result of her undergraduate studies. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. West practiced both corporate and commercial law at Husch Blackwell LLP in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
She worked as a senior financial auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP and later went on to work as an internal auditor and manager of financial receipts for large insurance companies.
Ms. West is an active member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and serves as Treasurer of The Justices Brock-Cooper American Inns of Court.
In her spare time she volunteers as a Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, Inc., serving as Chair of various committees since 2010.
In addition, her husband, Matthew Hill, is an incredible cook and they both love to entertain – just in case you are thinking of heading to Chattanooga. They spend time doting over their five nieces and nephews as well as their scruffy terrier named Mr. Mustache.