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VOL. 45 | NO. 5 | Friday, January 29, 2021

Fields named director; CCI adds staffers

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Megan Fields has taken on a new role at The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information.

A lecturer at CCI, Fields became director of public speaking and director of the Public Speaking Center, School of Communication Studies Jan. 1.

The school also announced it has two new faculty and two new staff members.

Joy Doan, assistant professor of practice in the School of Information Sciences joined the faculty Jan. 1. She previously served as head of the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library at the University of Miami, was a lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a music instruction and research librarian at Northwestern University Libraries.

She holds master’s degrees from San Jose State University and Case Western University a bachelor’s degree in English literature and music from the University of Michigan.

Also joining the faculty is Christina Jimenez Najera assistant professor, School of Advertising and Public Relations. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Texas Tech University and will join the faculty Aug. 1. Her work falls under the umbrella of risk and media with specific focus on risky behavior and body image. She served as an administrative assistant with the legal department of the Disney ABC Television Group, as a communications and marketing consultant with JustBKause, and as a case manager with Avrek Law Firm in Irvine, California. She holds a master’s degree in communications and a bachelor’s degree in entertainment and tourism, both from California State University, Fullerton.

Fields has been a full-time lecturer with UT since 2008 and served as UT’s Panhellenic Affairs adviser from 2003-2008. Before coming to UT, Fields served as director of development for Nevus Outreach in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as an adjunct instructor at Pellissippi State Community College and as a traveling field consultant with Delta Delta Delta in Arlington, Texas.

She a master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s in speech communication from UT.

Dionne George, who comes to UT from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, is the new strategic and digital communications master’s program assistant.

George has a master of education from Central Methodist University and a bachelor’s in exercise science from Auburn University.

Julie Longmire has been hired as assistant dean for undergraduate programs and advising. Previously, she served as an academic adviser at Roane State Community College, director of advisement services at Tennessee Technological University, site coordinator/coordinator of student services at Lincoln Memorial University, assistant director of career services at the LMU Duncan School of Law, coordinator of undergraduate academic advising for UT’s College of Education, Health & Human Sciences, and a first-year studies instructor for UT’s Division of Student Success.

Longmire has a Ph.D. in education, a master’s degree in college student personnel from UT and a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Tennessee Tech.

Trust Company promotes Cardwell

Cassandra Cardwell has been promoted at The Trust Company of Tennessee to client services associate.

“Since Cassie joined The Trust Company of Tennessee, she has expanded her skills, certifications and expertise, becoming a great asset to the client services team,” says Daniel Carter, president of The Trust Company of Tennessee. “We want to help our people grow within the company and look forward to her contributions in this new role.”

Cardwell earned a degree in business management and collateral in entrepreneurship from the University of Tennessee in 2015. In October 2020, she obtained Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional certification.

She also serves as one of the in-house experts for the company’s customer relationship management platform.

The company has offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.

Broyles joins KCDC board of commissioners

Scott Broyles has been appointed to the Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation Board of Commissioners for a five-year term.

Broyles is president and CEO at National Safe Skies Alliance, an Alcoa-based nonprofit that works with airports, government and industry to maintain a safe and effective aviation security system. He graduated from the University of Memphis in 1995 with a degree in aviation management and earned a master’s degree in leadership and public service from Lipscomb University in 2013.

“We welcome Scott to the board,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley says. “He has nearly four decades of experience in the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors with the ability to identify practical solutions around important issues. Scott will be an asset to the Board of Commissioners.”

Broyles is a graduate of Leadership Tennessee (2016), Leadership Knoxville (2011) and Leadership Blount (2009). His community involvement and board service include University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates, Knox Education Foundation, Connect Knox and Innovation Valley Inc.’s Diversity Champions Resource Group.

“Scott brings an abundance of experience to the board across multiple sectors and has taken leadership roles in the community,” says Bob Whetsel, chair of KCDC’s Board of Commissioners. “We welcome him to the board, and we also want to thank Bruce Anderson, who has reached the end of his term, for his service.”

Anderson, the retired vice president for legal services and general counsel at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, concluded a five-year term Dec. 31.

KCDC’s Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Knoxville mayor to oversee the agency’s programs, including affordable housing administration, rental assistance programs and redevelopment.

Current members include Whetsel, retired City of Knoxville director of redevelopment and board chair; Kimberly Henry, financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual and board vice chair; Robyn McAdoo, licensed architect at Dollar & Ewers Architecture and board treasurer; Rosalind Hall, Lonsdale Homes resident and resident commissioner; Kanika White, Realtor and executive director of Knoxville Equity Partners; and John Winemiller, managing partner of intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould’s Knoxville office. Bentley, KCDC executive director and CEO, serves as board secretary.

Vines joins Tranzonic as safety director

The Tranzonic Companies has hired Niki Vines as director of safety for the national manufacturing firm.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, The Tranzonic Companies was founded in 1921 and manufactures and distributes wiping cloths, personal hygiene products, textiles, washroom supplies and accessories, wiping and cleaning supplies, and safety products.

Vines is responsible for safety at Tranzonic facilities in San Diego and Ontario, California; Enfield, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; Lynn, Massachusetts; Sparks, Nevada; and Bolivar, Ohio, in addition to Knoxville, where she is based.

“Niki possesses full knowledge of regulatory compliance at the state and local levels,” says Brian Rhoades, executive vice president of operations for Tranzonic. “Her expertise will help Tranzonic build on a strong culture of safety and compliance, and we welcome Niki to the Tranzonic team.”

Vines, who has experience across multiple industries, including food and beverage, manufacturing and safety consulting, held a safety and environmental manager position at WestRock, which develops beverage packaging solutions, in Knoxville before joining Tranzonic. She also served as environmental, health and safety supervisor for U.S. facilities at NEO Industries Inc. in Maryville and EHS consultant and project manager for EnSafe Inc. in Knoxville.

She currently serves as vice president and communications chair of the American Society of Safety Professionals East Tennessee Chapter.

West Knoxville Internal welcomes Schultz

Savannah Schultz, DO, has joined Summit Medical Group at West Knoxville Internal Medicine as an internist and is accepting new patients.

Schultz received her undergraduate degree in biology from Wofford College in 2011 and graduated from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine with a doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2015.

She completed a three-year internal medicine residency in Danville, Virginia, in 2018 and is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Before joining Summit Medical Group, Schultz spent two years as a hospitalist with StatCare in Knoxville.

West Knoxville Internal Medicine is located at 200 Fort Sanders West Boulevard, Suite 301, in Knoxville.

Holloway wins KAUL pitch contest

The Knoxville Area Urban League has announced the winners of its business pitch contest.

Mark Isom, the founder and president of Premiere Building Maintenance Corporation, presented the entrepreneurs with checks during Impact Week. He provides funding for the program, along with Randy Boyd, founder and executive chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, and his wife, Jenny Boyd.

Jackie Holloway, executive director of Canvas Can Do Miracles, placed first and won $5,000 in the contest.

Holloway is an artist and the executive director of Canvas Can Do Miracles, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in East Knoxville that provides free, weekly community-based art classes to individuals with substance abuse issues to aid in recovery and redirection of their lives.

Second-place winner Julia Ball is a family nurse practitioner and East Knoxville native. She earned $2,500 to support her business plan for East Knox Primary and Urgent Afterhours Care, an affordable health care center.

Ball has been a health care worker for more than 35 years and has earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee.

Three third-place winners earned $1,000:

• Molly Anderson, a life coach and speaker who started a business to inspire people with disabilities to overcome barriers

• Kevin and Amy Brazelton, who own Dog City, a mobile hot dog stand that provides family-friendly food

• Lakeisha Stover, CEO of Gold Key Access, a company that helps families stay connected to incarcerated loved ones.

Crossville Medical welcomes Rutherford

Keviene Rutherford, M.D., has joined the primary care team at Crossville Medical Group.

Rutherford, who is board certified in internal medicine, has clinical interests in asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“I have more than 24 years of experience in internal medicine and have always prided myself on providing compassionate care for my patients,’’ Rutherford says. “I’m excited to extend that care to the families in Crossville.”

Rutherford attended medical school at the Howard University College of Medicine and did his residence in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.

Crossville Medical Group is at 100 Lantana Road, Suite 202.

Catani takes on new role with UScellular

Knoxvillian Tom Catani is the new area vice president and general manager for UScellular’s Mid-Atlantic region.

This is a new role for the company to lead both corporate-owned and agent retail locations in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Catani joined UScellular in 1997 and has held multiple positions in sales and customer service, and most recently served as vice president of sales for the agent channel.

Before joining UScellular, Catani served for 15 years with AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

Catani has a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign.

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