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VOL. 39 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 20, 2015

VUMC’s Wilson, Kapu take leadership roles

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Two longtime Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurses are starting the year in new leadership positions with greater responsibilities for nursing education and advanced practice, respectively.

Chris Wilson, MSN, R.N., has been named director of Nursing Education and Professional Development. She previously held the position in the interim and was director of Clinical Education and Professional Development for Vanderbilt University Hospital.


April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, has been named associate nursing officer and VUMC advanced practice director in the Office of Advanced Practice.

Kapu was previously assistant director of Advance Practice Critical Care at Vanderbilt University Hospital and is an associate professor of Clinical Nursing.

Their new roles will stretch across the entire Vanderbilt medical enterprise, from the adult, children’s and psychiatric areas, both inpatient and outpatient, to relationships throughout the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

Wilson is celebrating 25 years at Vanderbilt this year, while Kapu has worked at Vanderbilt for more than 10 years.



Also at VUMC:

Kathie Krause, MSN, R.N., has been named chief nursing officer of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. Krause, who began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1984, returned to her new role in January. She has served as chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis for seven years.

Ginny Moore, DNP, APRN, has been named director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). She has served as interim director of the program since August 2014. Moore has been a VUSN faculty member since 1991 and became an assistant professor in 2014. She also served as the director of the school’s Office of Lifelong Learning from 2002 through 2009.

INSBANK adds assistant controller


Nashville-based INSBANK has hired Maya H. Demonbreum as assistant controller.

Demonbreum is responsible for supporting the accounting and finance functions for INSBANK while also providing financial and regulatory support for the bank’s mortgage subsidiary, Finworth Mortgage, LLC.

Demonbreum brings more than 10 years of experience in the financial sector to INSBANK. Previously, she served as assistant controller and assistant vice president at Reliant Bank. Demonbreum earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Alabama, Birmingham and is currently pursuing an MBA at Lipscomb University.

Tennessee Latin American Chamber names board

The Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce has promoted Dalila Duarte and Karla Vazquez to senior board members and elected Karla Chavez and Gilberto Martinez as junior board members.

Duarte, a first-generation college graduate (Loyola University) of Cuban and Mexican descent, is a former public school teacher who now serves as the Southern regional coordinator and education trainer at From the Heart International Educational Services (FTH).

Vazquez, also a first-generation college graduate (Lipscomb University) and a native of Mexico City, is the development coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).

Both are former junior board members of TLACC, which sets aside two director slots for college students.

Chavez is a graduate of Volunteer State Community College and is enrolled at Lipscomb University, where she maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and expects to graduate in May. She is a communication and design intern for Hospital Corporation of America.

Martinez, an Antioch High graduate currently enrolled at Western Kentucky University, owns Wallflower Lawn and Landscaping Company and is a board member of the YMCA Latino Achievers program in Nashville.

Cheekwood welcomes 14 new board members

The Board of Trustees of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art has recently announced the addition of 14 new board members and released rosters for two newly-formed advisory councils.

The new board members will serve three-year terms expiring December 31, 2018. They are: Grace Haiwon Awh, Lee Blank, John Bryan, Chris Cardwell, Lee Carter, Barbara “Babs” Tinsley Freeman, Gary L. Hawkins, Eric Helman, Jim Hunt, Sandra Lipman, Joelle Phillips, J.R. Roper, Dudley White and Maureen Wylie.

Cheekwood also formed a new Alumni Council composed of past board members, and a new Business Council featuring a dedicated group of community business leaders.

The Alumni Council includes Milbrey Andrews, Amy Atkinson, Stephen Blackmon, Clay Bright, Elizabeth Courtney, Ann G. Coleman, Ron Corbin, Peggy Craig, Jana Davis, Josephine D. Doubleday, Jeffrey B. Eskind, Joel C. Gordon, Julie Gordon, Kate R. W. Grayken, William F. Hagerty, Lydia Howarth, Gordon Inman, William P. Johnston, Mary Evelyn Jones, Peggy Kinnard, Heloise Kuhn, Bob Lowe, Jennie McCabe, David Obolensky, Hal Pennington, Deby and Keith Pitts, Gus Puryear, Anne Shepherd, Anne Russell, Joanne R. Slaughter, Beverly and Jimmy Small, Julie Stadler, Howard L. Stringer, Judy and Steve Turner, Julie Walker, Patricia L. Weigel and Carol Yochem.

Cheekwood’s Business Council includes Richard M. Bracken, James H. ‘Jim’ Cheek III, Robert J. ‘Bob’ Dennis, Marty, G. Dickens, Colin V. Reed, Michael Shmerling and Donald B. Taylor.

In the coming year, both councils will provide guidance and additional governing perspective for the organization’s current Board of Trustees.

WPLN news director elected to TCOG board


The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government recently elected Anita Bugg, news director for WPLN, Nashville Public Radio, to its board of directors.

Bugg has worked at WPLN since 1995, holding roles of Morning Edition host and assignment editor. She fills the board seat representing Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors.

Bugg is a member of Society of Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. She graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in journalism from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where she worked for commercial stations and discovered her first public radio “home” with WKMS.

TCOG is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2003 whose sole mission is to preserve and improve government transparency. Its mission rests on the belief that access to government information, through public records and public meetings, is crucial in allowing informed citizen participation in a democratic society.

Neal & Harwell attorney selected as LCLD Fellow


Blind Akrawi, associate at Neal & Harwell, PLC, has been selected as a member of the 2015 class of Fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Akrawi’s practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation. He also represents individuals and corporations in government investigations. Prior to joining Neal & Harwell, he was the Tennessee Assistant Attorney General – Civil Litigation & State Services Division. Previously, he was Assistant Public Defender, 22nd Judicial District, in Columbia, Tennessee. He is admitted to the United States District Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, and the United States District Courts in the Middle, Eastern, and Western districts of Tennessee.

He earned his J.D. in 2003 from Vanderbilt University School of Law and holds degree in political science in 1999 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

LBMC Investment Advisors announce new partner


LBMC Investment Advisors has named Derek Bland as partner.

Bland has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting and financial advisory services, and joined LBMC Investment Advisors in 2008. He works with clients in the areas of investment strategy development, asset allocation planning, integration of investments with tax planning, and in-depth portfolio analyses.

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and majored in accounting.



In other LBMC news:

Christopher M. Lovin, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, has been named partner-in-charge of LBMC’s Valuation, Litigation and Business Transition Services Division. Lovin, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, has over seventeen years of experience in commercial litigation and valuation matters involving a variety of industries. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee where he earned a degree in accounting and business administration in 1994. He also earned his master of accountancy degree from UT.

Sese Bennett has been added to LBMC’s Security & Risk Services Practice in Brentwood. Bennett joined the firm as a senior manager after spending eight years in an information security leadership role, serving most recently as the chief information security officer for the State of Tennessee.

Habitat for Humanity names new board

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville has added eight board members for three-year terms. They are:

Jacky Akbari, director of employer services/business development for the Nashville Career Advancement Center in the Mayor’s Office

Joe Ali, president, Auto Village of Lebanon

Dan Bedore, director of product communications for Nissan North America

Daniel Clark, director of marketing, Thompson Machinery

Rodney Harris, construction manager, HCA

Tom Hendricks, district automotive manager, UPS

Mendy Mazzo, vice president of business development at Skanska

Scott McDowell, senior vice president of Student Life, Lipscomb University.

2015 Executive Committee

Chair: Ward Wilson, regional president, US Bank

Vice chair: Lucia Folk, vice president of public affairs, CMT

Treasurer: Larry Morton, retired, Crowe Horwath

Secretary: Christi Edwards, executive director and wealth advisor, Morgan Stanley

Past chair: David McGowan, president, RegentHomes

At-large: Paul Kleine-Kracht, executive vice president and partner, c3Consulting

At-large: Lucy Smith, Realtor, Fridrich & Clark Realty

At-large, Karen Springer, executive vice president/COO, St. Thomas HealthSystems

At-large, Ridley Wills, owner and design director, The Wills Company

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