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VOL. 44 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 5, 2020

Liberty Bell Awards to Behm, Nelson, Mosley

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The Nashville Bar Association has chosen Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson and Juli Mosley as the recipients of the 2020 Liberty Bell Award for their work in creating Votes for Women, a permanent exhibit at the Nashville Public Library on woman suffrage and the legacy of the 19th Amendment.

The exhibit tells the story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It provides an educational space for interactive exploration of the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy and the power of voting.

The trio raised more than $3 million to fund their vision, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment this year but will serve generations of Nashvillians for years to come.

Behm founded the first all-woman law firm in Nashville, Shipley and Behm, in 1980. A partner at Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella, her diverse practice includes serving as general counsel for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, for which she also serves as board secretary.

Nelson co-founded The Land Trust for Tennessee and led the organization as CEO for 16 years before retiring in 2016. She previously served as chief deputy attorney general in Tennessee and general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mosley was the first woman to chair the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. She serves on the Board of the Nashville Public Education Foundation and is actively involved with several organizations dedicated to the betterment of the city.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to a person or group —not necessarily lawyers or law-related – who have promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, or contributed to good government.

Churchwell to lead VU diversity initiatives

André L. Churchwell has been named vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University, a position he has held on an interim basis since June 2019.

Churchwell also will continue in his role as chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He holds the Levi Watkins Jr. M.D. Chair and is a professor of medicine, biomedical engineering and radiology and radiological sciences.

Churchwell’s accomplishments as interim vice chancellor include:

• Co-chairing the University Diversity Council, which is identifying strengths and areas for growth across the university

• Launching a program to increase unconscious bias training on campus

• Helping lead the Staff Listening Tour initiative

• Establishing partnerships with external councils to increase the university’s engagement with diverse suppliers

• Co-leading a summit for black men interested in health professions

Churchwell was born and raised in Nashville, and his father broke the color barrier at the Nashville Banner as the first full-time African American journalist hired by a major newspaper in the South.

Churchwell earned a degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt, graduating magna cum laude in 1975. He then went to Harvard Medical School to earn his doctor of medicine. He completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at Emory University, where he joined the medical school faculty after completing his training. He also was the first African American to serve as chief medical resident at Grady Memorial Hospital, which is affiliated with Emory University.

He returned to his hometown and Vanderbilt as a School of Medicine faculty member in 1991. He became associate dean for diversity in graduate medical education and faculty affairs in 2007 and worked closely with Jeff Balser, president and CEO of VUMC and dean of the School of Medicine, to create a plan to significantly increase the percentage of applicants to graduate medical education who are underrepresented in medicine.

In 2011, Churchwell was named dean of diversity for undergraduate medical education, in addition to his graduate medical education and faculty affairs roles at Vanderbilt. The work of Churchwell and his team, building on that of prior deans for diversity, has resulted in more diverse School of Medicine classes.

In 2011, Churchwell, along with his twin physician brothers Keith and Kevin, received the nationally recognized Trumpet Award for Medicine. In 2014, he was honored as one of the “Top 15 Most Influential African American Medical Educators” by Black Health Magazine. Through Churchwell’s leadership, Vanderbilt University Medical Center was chosen as a Top Hospital for Diversity by BlackDoctor.org in 2018 and 2019.

Last spring, he was nominated by the leadership of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to serve as a member of the Roundtable on Black Women and Men in Science, Engineering and Medicine. The roundtable is charged with proposing actionable solutions that remove the barriers facing black men and black women in pursuit of STEM careers and create the type of systemic change necessary for them to thrive.

In May 2020, he was one of 15 faculty members elected to the School of Medicine Academy for Excellence in Education, a collective of faculty members who promote excellence, innovation, leadership and scholarship at the school.

Airport Authority board elects new officers

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners has elected attorney Aubrey (Trey) B. Harwell III as its new chair. Harwell, who previously served as vice chair, succeeds Dr. A. Dexter Samuels, senior vice president for Student Affairs and executive director, Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College, who has served as chair since 2018 and as a board member since 2007.

Amanda Farnsworth was elected vice chair after previously serving as secretary, and Bill Freeman was elected secretary. These officer positions are effective July 1 and are two-year terms.

Harwell was appointed to the MNAA board in 2013 as the legal representative by then-Mayor Karl Dean and elected secretary in 2016. He was reappointed in 2017 by then-Mayor Megan Barry and elected vice chair in 2018. He is a member at the law firm of Neal & Harwell, and his principal areas of practice are complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and crisis management.

Farnsworth was appointed to the MNAA board in 2012 as the industry, commerce and finance representative by Dean, reappointed by Dean in 2014 and again reappointed in 2018 by then-Mayor David Briley. She was elected secretary of the board in 2018 and chairs the finance committee. Farnsworth was a partner with J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons investment firm.

Freeman was appointed to the MNAA board in 2016 as a pilot representative by Barry and recently reappointed to the board by Mayor John Cooper. He chairs the board’s general aviation/operations/planning/engineering committee. Freeman is chairman of Freeman Webb, Inc., a real estate investment, management and brokerage company and previously was director of Downtown Urban Development for the Metropolitan Nashville Development and Housing Agency (MDHA).

Ryan promoted to VP at Centerstone

Centerstone, a national behavioral health care company, has promoted Mandi Ryan to vice president of health care integration. She joined Centerstone in 2014 as program manager of Integrated Care and then advanced to director of health care innovation.

Ryan now oversees Centerstone’s Health Link services, Continuous Treatment Teams, Safety Net case management, hospital liaisons and several grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

BluWave names Marchetti managing director

BluWave, a private equity-focused advisory firm, has appointed Katie Marchetti its managing director. Marchetti will initially focus on growth strategy and corporate development with new accounts and current clients.

A Nashville native, Marchetti joins BluWave from Gerson Lehrman Group, a global business consultancy firm, at which she most recently served as chief of staff. Before that role, she ran the firm’s credit and macro segments for all of Europe, Middle East and Africa from the London office. Marchetti is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She earned a JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law and an LLM from King’s College London.

Tennessee Bank & Trust adds executive VP

Tennessee Bank & Trust, a locally owned and privately held bank headquartered in Nashville, recently has selected Tricia Swann as executive vice president and Williamson County executive. She will lead the building of the bank’s presence and key relationships in the Williamson County market.

Swann succeeds Brian Shaw, who served in this position for two years before being named executive vice president, business development and sales. Swann previously served as vice president and senior manager for multiple teams at First Horizon Bank. She also was a vice president and portfolio manager at SunTrust Bank

Swann earned a degree in business administration in finance from the University of Memphis.

Boudreau joins staff at Martin & Company

Martin & Company, a full-service marketing solutions firm specializing in national automotive aftermarket brand building, has hired Dani Boudreau as traffic and communications manager.

Boudreau previously served in numerous communication management roles in the wedding industry, logistics and the Tennessee state park system. She holds a degree in public relations from Austin Peay University.

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