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VOL. 35 | NO. 5 | Friday, February 4, 2011

Ronnie Steine named to League of Cities post

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Councilman Ronnie Steine has been appointed Vice Chairman of the National League of Cities’ 2011 Council on Youth, Education and Families (YEF), announced NLC President James E. Mitchell and YEF Chairman Garrett Nancolas.

NLC’s YEF Council assists municipal leaders in developing effective programs for strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth in their communities. The Council also oversees the work of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families.

The YEF Institute, a special entity within the NLC, was created in 2000 in recognition of the unique and influential roles that mayors, council members and other local leaders can play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

Steine served as co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force to create a Community Youth Master Plan and serves on the Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance leadership team. He served as executive director of the Oasis Center from 1995 to 2000.

Seigenthaler announces five staff promotions

Seigenthaler Public Relations, Inc. (SPR), an award-winning corporate communications agency, has promoted five team members.

Sonya Watson has been named art director and will oversee SPR’s graphic design projects and provide comprehensive marketing and branding services.

Kathy Gardner has been named account supervisor and will focus on developing and overseeing strategic communication programs for clients, primarily in the education, nonprofit, and healthcare sectors. She is based in SPR’s New York office.

Ben Palos also has been named account supervisor and will lead communication programs and manage strategic communication and media relations primarily on behalf of the company’s real estate, finance and nonprofit clients.

Michelle Weidner, account executive, will lead and provide research, media relations and copywriting support to clients primarily in the nonprofit arena.

Maria Guess, media coordinator, will be responsible for monitoring media coverage SPR generates for clients and supporting internal functions and events.

VUMC’s Kaye honored by Skeletal Society

Jeremy Kaye, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently received the Founder’s Medal from the International Skeletal Society (ISS).

The ISS presents the gold medallion — the organization’s highest honor — to those who distinguish themselves through their service to the organization and excel in their field of science. It is awarded to one person each year.

Kaye received the distinction during the 37th annual ISS meeting, which was held recently in Athens, Greece. He was awarded the medal for his contributions to the ISS and for his work in advancing the field of musculoskeletal science, particularly in the field of metabolic bone disease.

The ISS was founded in 1972. It has approximately 550 members from 40 countries and includes radiologists, pathologists, orthopaedic surgeons and others interested in skeletal disease diagnosis and treatment.

Kaye has been a member of the society since 1975 and has served as treasurer, president and editor of the group’s publication, Skeletal Radiology.

Currently, he is the chairman for the ISS Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund.

The medal is presented in honor of the three founders of the ISS — Harold G. Jacobson, Ronald O. Murray and Jack Edeiken.

Olgesby selected as new state architect

The State Building Commission’s Executive Subcommittee has selected Robert E. Oglesby to serve as Tennessee’s state architect.

A licensed Tennessee architect for more than 25 years, Oglesby has served as president and principal-level designer for EOA Architects in Nashville and, more recently, as the executive vice president of Wiser Company in Murfreesboro. He received his bachelor of architecture from the University of Tennessee, where he also studied post-graduate business administration courses.

The state architect serves as the curator of the State Capitol and grounds, oversees the state’s building and land development projects and develops design standards for agencies. Alan Robertson has served as acting state architect since last June to allow time for a thorough selection process.

Chemistry society honors Armstrong

Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2011 Repligen Award in the Chemistry of Biological Processes, presented by the Division of Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.

The award recognizes Armstrong’s contributions to the understanding of detoxification enzymes — proteins that metabolize foreign molecules such as drugs, toxins and other chemicals and are essential to an organism’s ability to resist chemical insults.

Armstrong and colleagues have determined structural and mechanistic features of glutathione transferases, a family of detoxification enzymes.

They have also developed techniques to evaluate the role of conformational changes that occur in the function of membrane-bound enzymes.

In work started in 1995 at Vanderbilt, his group also discovered multiple mechanisms for the resistance of pathogenic organisms to the antibiotic fosfomycin. Their findings provide a rational basis for the design of new drugs to counter antibiotic resistance.

Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Marquette University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago and was a Staff Fellow in the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry at the National Institutes of Health. He was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park for 15 years before coming to Vanderbilt in 1995.

Armstrong is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biochemistry since 2004.

Greg Coleman joins Southeast Venture

Greg Coleman has joined Southeast Venture as a broker specializing in office and retail segments, company principals announced today.

A Certified Commercial Investment Member, Coleman comes to Southeast Venture from Cassidy Turley where, as a vice president, he participated in more than $45 million of sales and lease transactions since 2005.

Coleman has represented more than 400,000 square feet of office and retail space in the Nashville metropolitan area, including the relocation of several corporate and regional headquarters.

In 2010, Coleman was a finalist for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader Award. He is a past recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Stellar Achiever Award and a past NAIOP Rising Star nominee. He also participated in the Music City Leadership Study Mission. Coleman earned his bachelor’s of arts from the University of Mississippi-Oxford.

Briscoe on Board of American Diabetes Assn.

Vanessa Jones Briscoe, PhD, NP, CDE of Nashville, has been named to The American Diabetes Association’s Board of Directors. Briscoe is an Assistant Research Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and she serves as Director for the Cardiovascular Health Disparities Project implemented by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. In addition, Briscoe is a board certified Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator with more than 20 years of experience in the health care arena.

As a member of its Board, Briscoe is responsible for assisting with oversight of the Association’s business affairs. Additionally, she will work closely with the Association’s volunteers and staff on activities and initiatives in support of the organization’s mission during her tenure.

Briscoe has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer for 16 years. Her initial involvement included work with the piloting of an African American targeted initiative to help reduce disparities facing minority and underserved populations. She also serves on the Association’s Adult Strategies Committee. Locally, Briscoe serves as President of the American Diabetes Association Nashville Community Leadership Board.

Crownover, Tisinger gets new partner, name

Two law school colleagues have joined forces after 17 years. Allen Blevins, a Knoxville native, and former manager of a 3-lawyer firm in Knoxville, Blevins, Kizer and Gammeltoft, has joined with Derek Crownover in Nashville to rename Crownover, Tisinger, P.C. to Crownover, Blevins, P.C.

Crownover notes this is not the first time that Blevins and he have worked together or discussed joining. “I have known Allen, his wife and family since law school and we tried a few times in the past to join forces, but the timing, either business or family-wise, wasn’t right. He and I continued over the years to share clients in Knoxville, Nashville and the South. With Allen’s tax, estate planning and corporate merger background, he not only diversifies us, but increases our top-end considerably.”

Allen Blevins is a CPA, lawyer, and licensed real estate broker. He is a frequent speaker in the areas of estate planning, tax, and corporate issues through various professional investment and banking-related organizations. In addition to his various speaking engagements, Blevins has written articles for several statewide professional publications as well serving as an adjunct professor at various colleges teaching accounting and law courses. He has also been an instructor for the Becker/Convisor CPA review course.

Joel Tisinger, who worked with Crownover for almost 8 years as a law clerk, associate and partner recently left firm for an in-house attorney position at a 300+ employee, healthcare technology company in his hometown of Carrollton, Georgia.

Kris Long Joins Nashville Bank & Trust

Kris Long has joined Nashville Bank & Trust as deposit operations specialist.

Long will implement and maintain NBT’s deposit services, such as online banking, bill pay and remote deposit.

“With 22 years of accounting experience, Kris is uniquely qualified to help support our deposit services,” said Tom Stumb, president and CEO. “We are glad that she joined the NBT team.”

Long comes to NBT after 21 years with Automated Collection Services, where she worked in accounting and processed ACH payments. She previously worked for the Central Adjustment Bureau.

A longtime Nashville resident, Long graduated from Glencliff High School.

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