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VOL. 37 | NO. 31 | Friday, August 2, 2013

Watkins welcomes 4 new trustees to board

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Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has named William H. Braddy III, Deborah G. Crowder, Marci Mason, and Cano A. Ozgener to its board. Each will serve three-year terms.

Braddy is a senior vice president and private client advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. He also is the city executive for Nashville and a certified financial planner.

Crowder serves as executive vice president with SunTrust Banks, Inc. and is responsible for the financial performance of SunTrust’s 658 branch banking offices in the Northeastern and Central United States, as well as premier banking and SunTrust’s bank at work program. She is based in Atlanta.

Mason is the owner of Marci Mason Media, a full-service production company for radio, film and television projects. She formerly served as vice president of the Derrick Mason Foundation.

Ozgener is the founder and former chief executive of C.A.O., a marketer and maker of premium cigars, humidors and smoking pipes established in Nashville in 1968. After selling the company in 2007, he converted the former headquarters into the contemporary arts venue and event space, OZ.

Trustees continuing in their terms are Beth Scott Clayton Amos, Lynn Bennett, David H. Berryman, James H. Clayton III, Stephanie Conner, Dee Doochin, Paul D. Gilbert, Lee Ann Hawkins, Taylor H. Henry (secretary/treasurer), Reggie Hill, James R. Kelley, Jerry L. Maynard II, Carol L. McCoy, Ken McDonald (vice chair), Eileen N. McGinn, Lucille Nabors, Kimberly Neible, Debbye Oliver, Walter F. Schatz, Steve Sirls, John M. Steele, Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr. (chair), Tarun Surti, Laura Turner, and Waddell H. Wright. Continuing as members of the Board of Commissioners are Susan A. Basham, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., and Walter Knestrick.

Watkins President Ellen Meyer, Gov. Bill Haslam and Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr., serve as ex officio trustees.

Leadership Franklin announces 2013-14 class

Leadership Franklin has selected 20 participants to begin the nine-month program in August.

The class was selected from the largest pool of applicants Leadership Franklin has received since it was founded in 1996.

Class members include executives and senior community leaders who are selected based on diversity of industry, ethnicity, and age, serving as a representative cross-section of Franklin and Williamson County citizens.

Participants commit to a two-year involvement in the organization. During the first year, class members work through a program that develops their knowledge of Franklin and understanding of issues and organizations in Williamson County. The second year of commitment involves mentorship of the following class members.

The 2013-14 class includes:

  • Randy Bechtel – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Steve Blackman, Heritage Church of Christ
  • J. Edward Campbell, Synergy Realty Network
  • Miranda Christy, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
  • Ramon Cisneros, Millenium Marketing, LLC
  • Lisa Clayton, City of Franklin
  • Kristen Corn, City of Franklin
  • Tom Curl, SunTrust Bank
  • Tina Edwards, GraceWorks Ministries
  • Deb Enright, Williamson County Schools
  • Kelly Gilfillan, BrentWord Communications, LLC
  • Mike Jordan, Sr., City of Franklin Police Department
  • Vickie Manning, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Susan Minor, Franklin Housing Authority
  • Carol Penterman, Interim Healthcare of Middle Tennessee
  • Will Powell, Franklin Synergy Bank
  • Jason Ritzen, Ritzen Group, Inc.
  • Joshua Rogers, Williamson County Juvenile Court
  • Ben Rooke, Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Celeste Ware III, Direct General

VUMC’s Hickson named to new quality, safety role

Gerald Hickson, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for health affairs, associate dean for faculty affairs and the Joseph C. Ross professor of medical education and administration, is being promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president for Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Prevention at Vanderbilt.

In this new position Hickson will serve as the chief quality, patient safety and risk prevention officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and all Vanderbilt University-related entities. He will report directly to C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for health affairs, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

Hickson, a pediatrician by training and a member of the faculty since 1982, has served in an array of diverse and critical roles during his tenure at Vanderbilt.

A former vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Hickson currently serves as associate dean for Faculty Affairs and as the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.

With his new role, Hickson will relinquish these responsibilities but continue to serve as assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and as director for Risk Prevention.

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 5 associates

Emily A. Burrows, Kiel A. Fisher, Caroline W. Kirk, Sydney R. Nash and Kelly L. Padgett have joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC’s Nashville office.

Burrows focuses her practice on intellectual property law. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at the Ryan Law Firm, LLP in Austin, Texas. She earned her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and received her B.S. in economics and human and organizational development (HOD) from Vanderbilt University.

Fisher joins the firm’s Litigation practice. He earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School and his B.A. in political science from the University of San Diego.

Kirk focuses her practice on corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, Kirk practiced in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie LLP. She earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky and her B.S. in accounting and business administration from Washington and Lee University.

Nash focuses her practice on health care law, advising clients on regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. Prior to joining the firm, Sydney practiced law in the New York office of Ropes & Gray. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in public policy from New College of Florida.

Padgett focuses her practice on labor and employment law, advising clients in the areas of wage and hour law and with issues related to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at Winston & Strawn LLP in Charlotte, N.C. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and her B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina.

Bennett to lead VUMC’s Maternal Fetal Medicine

Kelly Bennett, M.D., associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Fetal Center, has been named director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Bennett assumes the role from Frank Boehm, M.D., professor and vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has served as interim director during the search for a permanent leader. Boehm directed the division from 1980-2004.

Bennett came to Vanderbilt in 2002. She left in 2007 for a brief appointment at Albany Medical College in New York and returned to Vanderbilt in 2009.

Under her direction, the Fetal Center grew from a twice-weekly consult service to a full-fledged, multidisciplinary clinic operating five days a week.

Since 2008, Vanderbilt’s deliveries have increased from an estimated 2,500 babies to 4,500, a direct result of the Medical Center’s continued development of outreach programs, collaboration with area hospitals and expanded services to satellite clinics in neighboring counties.

Trust advisor joins Pinnacle Financial

Chris Bricker has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice president and trust advisor.

Bricker, with 20 years of financial services experience, comes most recently from Truxton Trust (formerly Nashville Bank & Trust), where he was a senior vice president and portfolio manager. Prior to Truxton Trust he spent 10 years at SunTrust Bank, where he was a portfolio manager.

Bricker earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Lipscomb University. He is based at Pinnacle’s downtown Nashville office at Pinnacle at Symphony Place.

Ragsdale accepts seat on You Have the Power board

Richard E. Ragsdale, a founder and former Chairman of Community Health Systems, has joined the board of directors of non-profit agency You Have the Power.

Ragsdale has launched more than 15 health care corporations during his career, serving as co-founder or founding director of many businesses, including Republic Health Corporation, Great Northern Health Management, Ltd., American Transitional Hospitals, New Life Treatment Centers, Synergos, Inc. and Samissa Psychiatric, Inc.

You Have the Power is celebrating its 20th year of service in the community. Founded by former First Lady Andrea Conte, the mission of the organization is to educate, advocate and empower people and communities impacted by violent crime.

The YHTP board is chaired by founder Andrea Conte and includes: Nick Bailey, Cristina O. Allen, James Crumlin, Jr., Linda Davis, Jody Folk, Tony Grande, Jeremy Kane, Deborah Kolarich, Rachel Lassiter, Pam Lewis, Pam Martin, Sandra Morgan, Byron Trauger, Beth Wright, Brenda Wynn, and Judy Steele.

DVL promotes Williamson to senior account executive

DVL Public Relations & Advertising has promoted Molly Williamson from account executive to senior account executive.

Williamson, who has been with DVL since 2008, specializes in media relations, marketing and event planning and management.

At DVL, Williamson works with clients in a variety of industries including food and beverage, sports and health care.

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