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VOL. 36 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 29, 2012




Attorney Garrett to lead Cumberland initiative

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Nashville attorney Stacey A. Garrett will lead the expansion and growth of Cumberland University’s online and continuing education programs for professionals and employers in the Nashville area.

Garrett will continue to practice law with the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, where she is a founding member and chairs the firm’s Board of Directors. She also will become a new Vice President of Cumberland University, effective July 1.

She and Bone McAllester Norton have represented the university for a number of years, and her new role for Cumberland is the product of a partnership between the two organizations. She will balance her responsibilities as an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC as she undertakes her leadership duties at the new Mt. Juliet site for Cumberland University’s nontraditional programming.

Garrett says her immediate goal will be to help Cumberland identify and develop new program offerings that address the growing demand for both online programming and professional studies.

In her legal work, Garrett concentrates her practice in the areas of higher education, corporate transactions, health care and government affairs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1990 and her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1993.

Crosslin hires director of business development

Crosslin & Associates, an accounting and consulting firm located in Nashville, has hired Stephanie Fletcher as director of business development and marketing.

Fletcher has 14 years of experience in business development, new venture management, marketing and client relations working for Fortune 100 companies including Philip Morris, USA and Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Crosslin & Associates, she worked in the health care and professional services industries in Nashville.

She holds an MBA and a degree in human ecology from the University of Tennessee.

VUMC names Cutler director of development

Allison Cutler has been named a senior director of development for Vanderbilt University Medical Center Development and Alumni Relations.

Cutler will lead the Patients and Families Program and efforts to engage new prospective donors in the Nashville community and region.

For the past 17 years, Cutler has designed, organized and executed numerous high-profile events through her strategic communications and production firm, The Cutler Group.

Some of her clients have included the 2008 Presidential Town Hall Debate at Belmont University, 73rd National Folk Festival, Nashville’s Cherry Blossom Festival, White House economic development conferences, and the “Gore Family Re-Union” White House issues conferences. She was also an event producer for the live broadcast of the 2000 Election Night Celebration from Legislative Plaza.

Cutler worked for the Metro Nashville Public School Board as its first administrator from 2003 to 2005. Her responsibilities included board management, communication and government relations.

Cutler earned a bachelor of fine arts in theater from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Calif.

Nashville Bank & Trust adds two to team

Diana Blines has joined Nashville Bank & Trust as senior wealth management services assistant, company officials announced today.

Blines brings 40 years of banking experience to NBT’s team, 30 years in the Nashville market. Prior to joining NBT, Blines worked as senior trust assistant at Regions Bank. She will be focused on account administration, client service and compliance.

Patrick Manning has joined NBT as a credit analyst.

Prior to joining NBT, Manning served as a covered cost basis representative at the Nashville office of UBS.

Manning graduated from Clemson University in 2011. He earned a bachelor’s of science in financial management.

Renwick will lead ProAccura IT security

ProAccura, which provides information technology security for the health care and financial industries, has named Michael Renwick as its business development executive.

Renwick has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, most recently as principal of MAR Health Services Consulting Group. Renwick also served as director healthcare sales, healthcare marketing for AT&T Business Solutions. He was responsible for strategic planning, market positioning, sales direction, and training for AT&T.

He specialized in HIM systems, HIEs, IT management and executing product rollout campaigns.

Renwick is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Health Information Management Association, and eHealth Initiative. He also served as a member of former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s eHealth Commission and ePrescribe Tennessee.

Two attorneys join Bass, Berry & Sims

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired Kelly P. Lineberger and Martha B. Allard for its Nashville office.

Lineberger is joining the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice as an associate and will counsel clients in the areas of wage and hour law and with issues related to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University and received a B.A from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining the firm, Kelly practiced at Winston & Strawn LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Allard is a staff attorney with the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. She has more than 10 years of experience counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademark selection, prosecution and enforcement. Martha earned her law degree from Western New England College School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Martha practiced at Waddey & Patterson, P.C. in Nashville.

Tennessee Road Builders announces new Board

Jake Stansell, president, Stansell Electric Co., Nashville

Tony Boals, 1st vice president and treasurer, Wright Brothers Construction, Co., Cleveland

Wes Stowers, 2nd vice president, Stowers Machinery Corp., Knoxville

Joe Rodgers, immediate past president, Civil Constructors, Franklin

Division Directors (terms expire in 2014) are:

Stan Bass, Aggregate Division director, Vulcan Materials Co., Nashville

Scott Thompson, Asphalt Division director, Talley Construction Co., Chattanooga

David Denham, Bridge & Concrete Division director, Simpson Construction Co., Cleveland

Dale McCulloch, Grading Division director, Jones Bros., Inc., Mt. Juliet

Joey Wilson, Specialty Division director, Wilson & Associates, Franklin

De Thompson, Associate Division director, Thompson Machinery, LaVergne

At-Large Directors:

Doug Blalock, Blalock & Sons, Inc., Sevierville

Bill Dement, Dement Construction Co., Jackson

Jerry Hayes, J.R. Hayes Construction, Paris

Rick Turner, Rogers Group, Nashville

TRBA is an organization of nearly 400 contractors and associates dedicated to promoting better contracting and conditions for workers, and securing proper funding for road construction projects. TRBA consists of six divisions: Aggregate, Asphalt, Bridge and Concrete, Grading, Specialty, and Associate.

For more information about the Tennessee Road Builders Association, trba.org.

McCloud chosen as artist in residence

The Thomas P. Seigenthaler Fund for Creativity and Room In The Inn have selected Bryce McCloud, Nashville artist and owner of Isle of Printing, as the Fund’s 2012 Artist in Residence. McCloud was chosen from among 70 applicants to direct the Fund’s second annual program, which provides opportunities for homeless guests at Room In The Inn’s campus to create.

McCloud, whose printmaking studio is adjacent to Room In The Inn’s downtown campus, said he considers the guests who attend his classes to be his neighbors as well as his students, and is enjoying getting to know them as they explore portraiture together.

The Fund is named in memory of Nashville business and community leader Tom Seigenthaler, a prolific artist who believed that, “people gain self-esteem through the creative process.” He died in 2004, and his family founded the Fund in 2009 to promote creative expression and creative solutions that better the community.

The Fund’s inaugural 2011 Artist-in-Residence program at Room In the Inn, where Tom had taught art classes, was lead by Delia Seigenthaler and Emily Holt, local artists and faculty members of University School of Nashville. The 2011 program generated more than 80 pieces of original work. The exhibition and opening reception, at which several hundred guests bid on the artists’ works, raised more than $10,000 for the TPS Fund and motivated more than 70 applicants nationwide to apply for the 2012 Artist-in-Residence position.

Worthy Publishing expands sales staff

Worthy Publishing announces it has expanded its focus on digital sales, adding two new positions to its sales team. Sherrie Slopianka has been named executive director of online sales, and Margaret Brock is joining as manager of sales coordination and content management.

Slopianka, a 20-year publishing veteran, came to Worthy from Ingram Book Company and, prior to that, held the position of director of data services for Board Member, Inc., a corporate magazine publisher where she trained Fortune 100 clients including American Express, NASDAQ, and NYSE Euronext on the use of database management.

She is tasked with exploiting online sales strategies to maximize sales of both physical and eBooks, working with such accounts as barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and Ingram Book Company. A significant part of Slopianka¹s role is to work directly with authors to maximize sales via social media, email, and other online consumer access points.

Brock comes to Worthy from a sales positions at Cisco Systems/ServiceSource. She will serve as Worthy¹s manager of sales coordination and content management. Brock is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Baptist Hospital names Toungette director

Baptist Hospital has hired Michele Toungette as planning and development director for surgical services.

She will be responsible for the financial analysis of key operating indicators, strategic business decisions regarding capital projects and growth of surgical services.

Prior to joining Baptist Hospital, Toungette served as the executive director of cardiovascular services at Lourdes Hospital, Catholic Health Partners in Paducah, Ky. She also has served as chief business development officer at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and has held marketing related roles as marketing communications manager for Vanderbilt Medical Center and as senior director of business development and marketing with Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

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