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VOL. 42 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 29, 2018

Leadership Tennessee picks East Tennesseans

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Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership president and CEO, has been named to Leadership Tennessee Class VI.

Leaders from rural and urban communities across Tennessee will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of statewide importance.

“I am honored to join this group of outstanding statewide leaders who are working together on issues that affect everyone across the state,” says Daniels. “We have a great cross section of people that can bring forth new ideas and possible solutions to keep Tennessee growing.”

Other Class VI members from East Tennessee are:

-- Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president/general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway

-- State Sen. Jon Lundberg, Bristol

-- Mayor John Clark, city of Kingsport

-- Jeff McCord, EdD, vice president, Economic and Workforce Development, Northeast State Community College

-- Aundrea Wilcox, executive director – KOSBE, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

-- Pastor Daryl Arnold, Overcoming Believers Church

-- Robyn Jarvis Askew, shareholder/attorney, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop P.C., Knoxville

-- Cynthia Gibson, former chief legal & business affairs officer, Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville

-- Victoria Neiderhauser, DrPH, dean and professor, University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing

“Each Leadership Tennessee class brings its own experience and insight to the table, and we’re especially excited about Class VI and what they bring to the conversation around critical issues in Tennessee,” says Cathy Cate, Leadership Tennessee executive director.

“Each class grows together over the course of the year as they challenge their perspectives on issues in their communities. We’re looking forward to the conversations Class VI will have over the next year as they develop the program around focus areas they highlight as critical to state success.”

Tenova names White, Beck hospital chiefs

Tennova Healthcare has appointed two new heads of East Tennessee hospitals.

Tammy White is the new chief executive officer/chief financial officer of Lakeway Regional Hospital.

Pam Beck is the new chief executive officer of Newport Medical Center.

White has been the interim CEO and was named CFO in 2015.

“It has been a privilege to work with the talented physicians and caregivers at Lakeway Regional Hospital in this new capacity, and I am honored to be able to continue to do so,” White says. “Lakeway Regional Hospital is an important resource, providing quality healthcare services that impact the health and well-being of our community.”

White has more than 10 years of healthcare management and leadership experience. During her tenure with Lakeway, she has improved key quality metrics by driving initiatives to enhance patient satisfaction, increase employee engagement and empower leaders to improve the patient experience. White has also been instrumental in recruiting new primary care providers and physician specialists, providing needed access to important medical services in the community.

“Tammy has deep leadership experience and a strong connection to the healthcare needs of the Lakeway region,” says Dr. Michael Dillard, chief of staff at Lakeway Regional Hospital. “She will help us continue to build on the firm foundation of our hospital to deliver quality, compassionate care.”

White earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Kentucky University.

Beck has more than 10 years of healthcare management and leadership experience. Previously, she served as chief operating officer at Tennova’s Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. While there, Beck contributed significantly to the development of key service lines, including orthopedics and inpatient rehabilitation, while also recruiting physician specialists to improve patient access to advanced services in the Knoxville market.

“Over the past several months, I’ve worked closely with the exceptional physicians and caregivers at Newport Medical Center, and it is a privilege to be able to continue to do so,” Beck says. “Newport Medical Center plays a vital role in the health of our community and I am proud to be a part of this important resource.”

Beck earned her master of business administration from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. She also has a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Mississippi.

Punzalan-Randle picked Knoxville YWCA CEO


Alizza Punzalan-Randle has been named chief executive officer of the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley YWCA.

Punzalan-Randle, who will replace retiring CEO Marigail Mullin, takes over her new job August 1.

She is a native Knoxvillian who, as a child, learned to swim at the downtown YWCA. As a teenager, she was an active member of Y-Teens.

Previously, she served as a member of the board of directors of YWCA of Tampa Bay for six years and is a founding board member of the YWCA of Tampa Bay Foundation.

Punzalan-Randle won the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA of Tampa Bay in 2013, served as the vice chair of the National Coordinating Board for YWCA USA and was a participant in the World YWCA’s International Women’s Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS in Kenya in 2007.

“The need to put the YWCA’s mission in action is more relevant than ever,” Punzalan-Randle says. “As living proof of what happens when YWCA programs do what they’re set out to do, I look forward to elevating the YWCA’s position as a champion for advancing race equity, gender equity and social justice in the Knoxville region and beyond.

“Returning to my hometown roots to serve the organization that taught me how to jump into the deep end – literally and figuratively – is a lifelong dream.”

Punzalan-Randle has lived and worked in the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area of Florida for the last 18 years. Most recently, she served as community engagement manager for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Prior to that, she served as director of community and media relations for Eckerd College and as director of resources for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Punzalan-Randle has a deep background in leadership and management; program development and oversight; budgeting, grant writing and fundraising; and community engagement. She is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis.

“We are delighted to welcome Alizza to the YWCA family and know she will be a perfect fit,” says Julia Bentley, chair of the YWCA board of directors. “We also are so grateful to Marigail Mullin, who has been an extraordinary visionary and has lead the YWCA to new heights since assuming the CEO role nearly 12 years ago.’’

Ferriter wins textile design contest

University of Tennessee alumna Shelby Ferriter won the Common Thread for the Cure Scarf design competition hosted by Crossville Inc.

Crossville Inc., one of the college’s industry partners and a world premiere tile manufacturer, hosts the biennial competition to benefit the Common Thread for the Cure Foundation.

Ferriter’s design, titled “Climb for a Cure,” aims to empower those battling breast cancer. Her design features mountains wrapped in a pink ribbon, the international symbol for breast cancer awareness.

“The mountains are not only Crossville’s logo; it’s also a symbol of the climb that those suffering from breast cancer are going to face,” Ferriter explains.

Later this year, Ferriter’s design will be used to produce scarves to benefit the Helping Hands grants through Common Thread for the Cure Foundation. “My hope is that when those battling breast cancer wear this scarf, they are reminded of the strength they hold and are encouraged to keep fighting. Slowly but surely, we will climb to a cure,” Ferriter says.

She is moving to Memphis to work at Looney Ricks Kiss, an architecture and interior design firm.

Young-Williams Animal Center adds Vozar


Stephanie Eastman Vozar has been hired as the new development director of the Young-Williams Animal Center.

An experienced fundraiser, Vozar previously served as a major gift officer for the American Red Cross in the Florida and Michigan regions.

“We welcome Stephanie to our team of compassionate and dedicated animal welfare advocates,” says Janet Testerman, CEO for Young-Williams Animal Center.

“Her experience includes the management of major campaigns, strategic fundraising and prospecting new donors. As a nonprofit with the vision to ‘find a home for every pet,’ fundraising is a major component of our important work.”

Vozar also has 20 years of development, marketing and fundraising experience in nonprofit and business fields.

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