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VOL. 35 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 9, 2011




Harrington, Spradley named to bank board

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Cordia Harrington and James W. (Jimmy) Spradley Jr., have joined The Bank of Nashville’s local Board of Directors.

Harrington is owner & founder of Tennessee Bun Company, which includes three plants and five product lines, serving customers in the United States, Caribbean and South America. Her other businesses include Bakery Express (trucking) and Cold Storage of Nashville (a freezer facility). Harrington also is in her second term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Nashville Branch. Harrington served as chairman of the St. Thomas and Baptist Hospital Foundation Board from 2009-2011.

Spradley serves as CEO of Standard Candy Co., Inc. and Standard Functional Foods Group, Inc. Spradley and his family purchased Standard Candy Company, originally founded in 1901, and known for the Goo Goo Cluster. Standard Functional Foods Group, Inc., launched in 1999, has grown to become one of the leading contract manufacturers in nutritional and healthy snack bars.

Mr. Spradley has served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Nashville Branch, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education and as an at-large trustee for Presbyterian College.

Both the Tennessee Bun Company and Standard Functional Foods Group, Inc. have been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of Nashville’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies.

Nephrology Assoc. adds 3 kidney specialists

Nephrology Associates, a provider of personalized renal care in Middle Tennessee, has added Dr. Christie A. Green, Dr. Ranjan Chanda and Dr. Ling Yu to its team of experienced kidney disease specialists.

Green will serve patients at Nephrology Associates’ Murfreesboro location. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Green was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. She also was medical director of the Hemodialysis In-Center and Home Dialysis Program for University of Tennessee Medical Group (UTMG) and clinical director of the UTMG Outpatient Hemodialysis Practice.

Green is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation, and she is certified as a clinical specialist in hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension. She earned her medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College.

Chanda, who will care for patients at Nephrology Associates’ Nashville offices, recently completed a transplant nephrology fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco and a nephrology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Chanda completed his internal medicine and general preventive medicine residencies at State University of New York in Buffalo. He completed his internship and earned his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi.

Yu, who will practice at Nephrology Associates’ Dickson office, completed a nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he was awarded the program’s “Professionalism Award” in 2009. Dr. Yu completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He earned a medical degree from Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing and his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Medical University. He completed a post-doctorate fellowship in the Department of Nephrology at the University of Utah. Dr. Yu is a member of the American Society of Nephrology.

Bocanegra joins Pinnacle Partners

Eric Bocanegra has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a network support analyst.

Bocanegra brings 31 years of experience to his role and most recently was employed by HCA Healthcare, where he was a consulting engineer. Prior roles include First American National Bank (now Regions Bank), where he was a senior network engineer, and Fluor Daniel in Irvine, Calif., where he was a network engineer.

Bocanegra is based at Pinnacle’s Mt. Juliet Road office.

Southeast Venture adds 4 to design services team

Nashville-based commercial real estate firm Southeast Venture, LLC, announced today the addition of four members to its design services team: Joe Bucher, Rachael Ferrill, Darrel Hayes and Douglas Writh.

Bucher joins Southeast Venture as a graduate architect. Under this role he will design, plan and manage architectural projects. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Ferrill will work within Southeast Venture’s interior design team as a junior designer. She will assist in design development and production of construction documents. She joined the firm after graduating from

U T-Chattanooga.

Hayes joins as an architectural CAD Manager. Under his new role he will manage projects and produce CAD documents. He previously worked for Southeast Venture as a construction detailer, coordinating and producing construction documents for health care, institutional and commercial projects. He graduated with his bachelor’s of architectural engineering from Tennessee State University. He is a member of Construction Specifications Institute.

Writh joins the firm as a LEED accredited professional and graduate architect. He previously worked with Southeast Venture’s design services team. He earned his master’s of architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sigler appointed to state commission

Gov. Bill Haslam has named attorney Christy C. Sigler to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth representing the Mid-Cumberland region.

Sigler, a native Knoxvillian, practices law in Murfreesboro, specializing in representing juveniles and families in juvenile court. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where her accomplishments included receiving the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award and writing for the Tennessee Journal of Practice and Procedure.

Prior to attending law school, Sigler served in the U.S. Army as a Signals Intelligence analyst, earning two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals and a Good Conduct Medal.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent state agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.

Dotson promoted to vice president at DVL

DVL Public Relations & Advertising recently announced the promotion of Becky Dotson to vice president.

Her promotion comes after successfully leading one of DVL’s largest accounts. She specializes in media relations, special events and product launches.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dotson spent 15 years working in television news, first as a producer at WTVF and then as executive producer at WSMV. She joined DVL in 2010, and is a member of several account teams ranging from retail to healthcare.

Ricketts is recipient of Norvell Award

Chris Ricketts, operations coordinator for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), is the recipient of the 2011 Glenda C. Norvell Award.

Named for longtime MNAA employee and community advocate Glenda C. Norvell, this leadership award is presented annually to an MNAA employee who works hard to ensure the Nashville Airports Experience is provided to all passengers, strategic business partners and employees.

Norvell died of cancer in 2004. The memoriam award has been presented since 2007.

Ricketts joined the MNAA full time in 1996 after completing an internship with the operations department in 1995. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in with a degree in aerospace administration. Ricketts is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Rolston appointed to Nat. Assessment Board

Tennessee State Board of Education Chairman B. Fielding Rolston has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced this week.

Rolston, who was first appointed to the state education board in 1996, will serve in the category of “state school board member” on the Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as The Nation’s Report Card. NAEP is the country’s only nationally representative assessment of student achievement in various subjects, including mathematics, reading, writing and science.

With a professional background in engineering, Rolston also has served as board chairman for several other organizations in the field of higher education, health and industry, including the Wellmont Health System, the Board of Trustees for Emory and Henry College, and the Eastman Credit Union Board of Directors. In 2003, he retired from Eastman Chemical Company with more than 38 years of service that included work as an industrial engineer. Rolston held a series of management posts in industrial engineering, strategic planning, supply and distribution, and human resources and communications.

Hill to assume new VU diversity role

George C. Hill, Ph.D., the Levi Watkins Jr. Professor and professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has stepped down as associate dean for Diversity in Medical Education, effective Sept. 1. Hill will continue to serve the University as assistant vice chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and special assistant to the provost and vice chancellor for Health Affairs.

Since joining Vanderbilt in 2002, Hill has served as associate dean for Diversity in Medical Education for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and as director of the school’s Office for Diversity in Medical Education.

Andre Churchwell, M.D., associate dean for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs, has taken on broader responsibility, overseeing all Office for Diversity activities in VUSM.

Hill came to Vanderbilt from Meharry Medical College to direct the office and to become VUSM’s first associate dean for Diversity in Medical Education.

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