Oak Ridge names Dunn to city attorney position

Friday, January 22, 2021, Vol. 45, No. 4

Former senior staff attorney Tammy Dunn has been appointed city attorney for Oak Ridge, replacing the retiring Kenneth Krushenski.

A native of Oak Ridge, she has been with the Oak Ridge Legal Department for more than 20 years, beginning while she was still in law school.

“Technically, I worked for the City even earlier than that. I worked at the Oak Ridge Public Library Children’s Room during my break between undergrad and law school,” Dunn says.

She worked as a law clerk in the legal department for two years before stepping in as acting staff attorney for six months before officially transitioning to staff attorney, a role she filled for two more years.

While she primarily works on contracts for the city, Dunn has served in many capacities. She serves as the Title VI Coordinator, represents the city manager in personnel matters before the Personnel Advisory Board, and provides legal advice to all Oak Ridge departments with respect to policies and procedures, as well as state, local and federal laws and regulations.

“I try to find options to resolve problems and implement new ideas,” she says. “I will take a look at something and determine what needs to be done to accomplish the goal or what legislation or policy might need to be changed to get the outcome the City is working towards.”

For several years, she also served as staff liaison to the Oak Ridge Beer Permit Board before those responsibilities were transferred from the legal department to police.

She was selected by the City Attorney Evaluation Committee, which came with many praises from her colleagues, council members and Krushenski.

“I couldn’t think of a better person to fill this position than Ms. Dunn,’ Krushenski says. “We have worked together for many years and she is more than qualified to take this on. I wish her the best and I am looking forward to seeing what new things she accomplishes.’’

Dunn adds Krushenski has always made sure that she has been able to expand her legal knowledge over the years. “He gave me opportunities to participate in litigation and allowed me the experiences I needed to prepare me for this new role.’’

Dunn says she wants to put a focus on increasing the City’s and Legal Department’s technology when it comes to record-keeping.

“I am looking forward to digitizing more of our records to provide faster access for employees, implementing a plan for review and updates to the city codes, and working with the city clerk on a citywide records retention and destruction policy to help address the City’s physical storage limitations.’’

ETSU’s Williams begins ASHA presidency

East Tennessee State University professor A. Lynn Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has taken office as the 2021 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Williams is ETSU Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences and a professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Part of her work involves providing oversight and curriculum development for allied health professions taught at her college.

In her term as ASHA president, Williams will work to advance the objectives of the organization and its more than 211,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students in communication sciences and disorders.

“I am honored to serve as ASHA’s 2021 President,” Williams says. “In my new role, I intend to focus on empowering ASHA members to advocate on behalf of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. As the country grapples with the health and educational consequences of the global pandemic; strives to address the pressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; and readies to inaugurate a new president who has been vocal about his experiences as a person who stutters, the importance of the professions is more apparent than ever.”

An international expert on intervention for speech sound disorders in children, Williams has produced and/or given more than 175 professional publications and presentations. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, she developed a model of intervention for children with severe speech disorders that has been used nationally and internationally. She also developed an app with NIH funding that will translate research to facilitate intervention to children with speech sound disorders.

From 2016 to 2018, Williams served as ASHA’s vice president for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology and was named an ASHA Fellow in 2006. Additionally, she was named a Distinguished Fellow at the National Academies of Practice; was inducted into the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education Hall of Fame; and was named an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

ORISE selects Golden as health studies director

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has promoted Ashley Golden, Ph.D., to director of its health studies program.

She previously served as a group manager and biostatistician.

Golden holds a doctorate of philosophy in comparative and experimental medicine with a major in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Tennessee. She is an active scientist within the radiation epidemiology and occupational health scientific communities with numerous publications, invited presentations and service to scientific committees and journals.

She will oversee the health studies program, including organizational strategy and implementation along with the day-to-day operations. She also will serve as a subject matter expert for epidemiologic investigations, biostatistical analyses and interdisciplinary projects in the areas of occupational health, radiation exposure and dosimetry, medical surveillance, public health and survey analyses.

“We are thrilled for Ashley to take on this new role because of her extensive knowledge and experience in health research, especially in biostatistics,” says Jim Vosburg, director of ORISE. “She has proven herself as a natural leader, and we can’t wait to see how she will continue to energize our health studies program.”

For more than six years, Golden has supported the epidemiologic study of the 1 million U.S. Radiation Workers and Veterans, a multiinstitutional and multiagency funded study for health effects of radiation exposure in which ORISE is a key collaborator.

Since joining the organization in 2012, Golden continues to provide analytical expertise and direction to four ORISE worker health data registries. In the ORISE Beryllium Laboratory, she participates in review of test results, new serum validation, proficiency procedures and research efforts. Additionally, Golden leads research studies and analyses for the U.S. Department of Energy Former Worker Program.

Tonkin elected president of Knoxville Barristers

The Knoxville Barristers, members of the Knoxville Bar Association and who are younger than 36 or who have been practicing law less than five years, have elected new executive officers.

New officers are Amanda Tonkin, president; Meagan Collver, vice president; Zack Walden, secretary/treasurer and Matt Knable and Chuck Sharrett, members-at-large.

Tonkin is an attorney with the Social Security Administration, Collver works at the firm of London & Amburn, Walden at Eldridge & Blakney, Knable at the law offices of Matthew R. Knable and Sharrett at London & Amburn.

Allison Jackson of Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis was the immediate past president of the division.

Noland joins TVA board of directors

Johnson City’s Brian Noland has assumed his role as a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors with a term expiring May 18, 2024.

Noland was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December. He was sworn in in Johnson City.

“TVA’s mission of service ultimately comes down to making the lives of nearly 10 million people better,” Noland says. “As an educator, that goal resonates with me and I am honored to join the TVA team in helping achieve that end.”

Noland joined East Tennessee State University as its ninth president in 2012 after previously serving as the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System. In 2018, he was elected to the board of directors for the American Council on Education and also serves on the boards of a number of other educational and civic organizations, as well as an Institute of Higher Education fellow at the University of Georgia.

Noland holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University.

Williams named CEO of Newport Medical

Scott Williams is the new chief executive officer of Newport Medical Center in the Tennova Healthcare system.

Williams brings a breadth of experience to this role, including his start in health care as a bedside nurse in Johnson City. During his 25-year career in hospital administration, Williams has held senior leadership positions at five hospitals in Tennessee and Alabama. His focus is on creating great environments for patients to receive care and for the employees and medical staff to deliver this care, achieving strong improvement in patient, employee and physician satisfaction.

Previously, Williams was chief operating officer at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, a 247-bed, city-owned hospital. During his tenure there, Williams recruited 68 new physicians to bolster existing services lines and launch new services. He also led the construction of several new environments of care including cardiovascular ORs, wound care center, cardiac imaging and a radiation therapy unit.

He holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee, and a degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University. He worked for more than 10 years as an ICU/trauma nurse, nurse manager and house supervisor before returning to school to pursue his master’s degree in hospital administration.

“Scott is the right fit for Newport, given his longstanding commitment to growing hospitals and communities as well as his track record in recruiting high quality providers” says Tony Benton, president and chief executive officer of Tennova’s East Tennessee Market. “I look forward to working with Scott to move our plans forward and further enhance health care quality, service and access in Cocke County.”

Brewer promoted to special events director

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon has appointed Kyndra Brewer as director of the City’s Office of Special Events.

She began her career in city government in February 2005, when she was hired by Mayor Bill Haslam to join the Office of Special Events under the late Mickey Mallonee. She served as deputy director under Judith Foltz, who retired in December.

Brewer has played a formative role in establishing and developing several events into popular holiday traditions, including the Christmastime Celebration of Lights and Festival on the Fourth

Even with most events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brewer has utilized her deep network of relationships and experience to help many organizers find alternate ways to celebrate. She has also been working tirelessly to help reschedule events, when possible.

Brewer is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.