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VOL. 43 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 11, 2019

Keaton, Howell named ‘Lawyers of Year’

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Reggie E. Keaton and Donald D. Howell of the Frantz, McConnell & Seymour law firm in Knoxville have been named “Lawyers of the Year’’ in the 2020 Best Lawyers edition.

Keaton was recognized for litigation – construction in the Knoxville area.

In addition to the top lawyer award, Keaton was also listed in the guide for trusts and estates, construction law, commercial litigation and corporate law.

Howell was named “Lawyer of the Year’’ for litigation – insurance for the Knoxville area.

In addition, Howell was also listed in the 2020 publication for

insurance law, personal injury litigation – defendants and product liability litigation –defendants.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.’’

Jensen, Wise join Covenant Health

Covenant Health announces the addition of Patrick Jensen, M.D., and Mary Wise, D.O., to the health care network.

Jensen is a board certified psychiatrist at Peninsula Outpatient Center – Knoxville, a division of Parkwest Medical Center.

He has more than 10 years of medical experience, having completed his residency in general psychiatry and his fellowship in trans-cranial magnetic stimulation at the Duke University Medical Center.

Wise is at FamilyCare Specialists, is board certified in family medicine with her clinical interests in pediatric, adolescent and adult preventative medicine, diabetes management, hypertension, mental wellness and women’s health.

She attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Summit welcomes physician assistant

Megan H. Chapman, a certified physician assistant, has joined the Summit Medical Group office of Bhavana Vora, M.D., in Kingston.

She specializes in the diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions and family care and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Chapman has a degree in biology from Tusculum University and earned a master of health science in physician assistant studies from South College in 2011. She is a member of both the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Previously, she worked as a physician assistant at Dayton Internal Medicine in Dayton, Tennessee, and the Women’s Center of East Tennessee in Athens.

East TN Hall of Fame honors Parton, writers

Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall Of Fame by Friends of Literacy along with other Knoxville area writers.

The superstar was honored for outstanding contribution to East Tennessee culture and literacy.

Other inductees included Michael Lofaro for lifetime achievement, Elizabeth Genovise for fiction, Kim Trevathan for nonfiction, Rhea Carmon for poetry, Paul Harrill for screenwriting, Jamie Satterfield for journalism, Alan Sherrod for social media, Karen E. Reynolds for songwriting, and Rick Yancey for young adult literature.

Additionally, six East Tennessee writers are being inducted posthumously: Kim Williams (songwriting), Rikki Hall (journalism), Anne Wetzell Armstrong (fiction), Sarah Booth Conroy (nonfiction), Bert Vincent (nonfiction), and George Washington Harris (lifetime achievement).

KBA appoints its 2019 class of fellows

The Knoxville Bar Association has announced its new Class of 2019 fellows.

KBA provides a means for grants to be made to support important programs and projects of the community. The funding for the grants comes primarily from the Fellows of the Foundation. The Fellows program publicly honors and recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and in service to the Knoxville legal community.

Those selected: Keith H. Burroughs, Amelia G. Crotwell, Thomas H. Dickenson, Daniel M. Gass, Jackson G. Kramer, J. Douglas Overbey, Hon. Debra C. Poplin, Ann C. Short, Daniel T. Swanson, Hon. Steven Sword, Debra A. Thompson and Broderick L. Young.

This list was narrowed by vote of the board of directors due to the limited number of Fellows that can be chosen for each class.

Haslam brings Rosenberg on board for engagement

Jim Rosenberg is the new director of corporate engagement for the health care division of Graduate and Executive Education at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College.

He comes to the university after running his own business, Workbench Consulting, in Washington, D.C., since 2014. Rosenberg has worked with faculty from several universities, including Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School and Vanderbilt University, to create custom executive education programs for national nonprofits and government agencies. He also created and taught online courses for the University of Pennsylvania’s executive education programs.

Rosenberg will work as part of the business development and corporate engagement team. His responsibilities will include developing client relationships and custom course offerings, primarily in the health care space.

Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at the college, says Rosenberg’s business experience and expertise in crafting courses will augment the team’s capabilities.

“Jim’s approach to building long-term client relationships and custom solutions is an excellent fit with GEE’s approach,” Behn says. “With Jim’s arrival, we look forward to further enhancement of the Haslam brand, expansion of our executive education offerings and robust growth in our corporate partner engagement.”

Crumbly garners Von Braun Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has recognized Chris Crumbly with two awards.

Crumbly, the University of Tennessee Space Institute’s senior director for space and defense programs, received the 2019 Von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management from the AIAA Foundation and the 2019 Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award from the Greater Huntsville Section of the AIAA.

The national Von Braun award is for Excellence in Space Program Management and recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the management of a significant space program. The award honors Wernher von Braun, who was one of the world’s rocket engineering pioneers and a leading authority on space travel.

Crumbly was nominated by Joseph Majdalani for his excellence in furthering human spaceflight through strategic planning and leadership of several key programs within the Space Launch System.

The Earl Pearce award is presented in recognition of extraordinary dedication, creativity, and leadership while engaged in professional activity within the aerospace community. It is named after Retired Cammander. Earl Hewitt Pearce, an exemplary U.S. Navy fighter pilot, who faithfully served his nation and the aerospace organization for over 50 years.

A native of Rome, Georgia, Crumbly holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Auburn University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Grabman promoted at Helen Ross McNabb

The Helen Ross McNabb Center has promoted Tracy Grabman, M.D., to assistant medical director.

Grabman joined the Center in 2016 as a child psychiatrist. She earned her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in 2011 and completed her psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

She received further training through a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and is currently board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Kneiser vies for Volunteer of Year

Tara Kneiser has been nominated by the Oak Ridge School District school board to qualify as the Tennessee School Board Association Volunteer of the Year.

In the first round of qualification, Tara earned the East District School Volunteer of the Year award.

She now is one of nine volunteers from across the State who qualifies to become the State School Volunteer of the Year. This state-level award will be presented to one of the nine finalists at the TSBA Convention in November.

MITRE Corporation’s Kopp joins ORAU

Laura Kopp, former alliance manager for MITRE Corporation, a new partner for Oak Ridge Associated Universities, has been named business development and capture manager for ORAU.

Kopp will share her extensive expertise in identifying and capturing new large-scale business opportunities; identifying emerging markets, growth opportunities and new contract vehicles that will help enable growth; and leveraging and growing existing networks to help align new ORAU partners with complementary capabilities, strong federal sponsor relationships and aligned goals.

Kopp earned a degree from Vanderbilt University and her MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Initially, Kopp will focus on growing ORAU’s footprint within health and life sciences by targeting new business opportunities.

She also will serve as the business development liaison for ORAU’s University Partnerships Office.

In addition, she will provide guidance and support as a member of the business development team to the new ORAU/MITRE strategic partnership.

This partnership between ORAU and MITRE was recently formed to advance the U.S. science, technology and management agenda.

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