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VOL. 39 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 10, 2015

Harbison takes office as TBA president

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Nashville lawyer William L. “Bill” Harbison has been installed as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Harbison was elected vice president in 2013 and served in that role during the 2013-2014 bar year. He served as president-elect during the 2014-2015 bar year.

Harbison, the son of the late Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William J. Harbison, is a member with Sherrard & Roe PLC and works in the areas of corporate law, commercial litigation, general civil litigation, probate and trust law, and estate planning. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1980 and received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. He joined Sherrard & Roe in 1983 and has worked there continuously since that time.

Harbison has been an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association, serving as its general counsel for several years, as secretary for the Board of Governors and as a contributor to the Tennessee Bar Journal. He received the publication’s Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing early in his career for an article on exercising a power of appointment.

In 2012, along with law partners Phil Cramer and John Farringer, Harbison received the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award for his work protecting the civil rights of Juana Villegas, a jailed immigrant who was shackled to a bed while in labor. The case brought international attention to the treatment of immigrants and pregnant women in police custody. The team of volunteer lawyers, including Harbison, ultimately won a jury verdict of $200,000 in compensatory damages and the right for the client to apply for a U-Visa – a work visa given to immigrants who have been victims of a crime. In this case, Villegas was found to have been the victim of civil rights violations.

Harbison also has served the state’s legal community by accepting appointments to the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Law Examiners, Tennessee Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Panel and Board of Professional Responsibility Advisory Committee.

He also has been active in the local legal community, serving as president of the Nashville Bar Association (1999) and the Nashville Bar Foundation (2002-2006). He is fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation, member and past president of the Nashville Estate Planning Council and a past member of the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Commission. On the national level, Harbison is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Neighborhood Health adds chief medical officer


Neighborhood Health has added Samuel Keith Parish, M.D., as chief medical officer. As CMO, Parish is responsible for the clinical program of Neighborhood Health and its 12 clinics, assuring comprehensive and high-quality care for more than 25,000 clients each year.

Parish has 24 years of experience in family medicine practice with progressive leadership roles. He is an advocate for integrated, comprehensive primary care with the goals of reducing health disparities, increasing healthcare accessibility, improving population health, and providing leadership toward value-based care. He spent the past six years with Physicians Regional Healthcare System (PRHS) in Naples, Florida, where he was a family medicine physician. He was previously an urgent care physician at Commonwealth Health Corporation in Franklin/Bowling Green, Kentucky.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Parish earned his M.D., with distinction, in 1988. He completed his residency at Trover Family Clinic Foundation in Madisonville, Kentucky. He earned his B.S., cum laude, at the University of Southern Indiana.

Neighborhood Health, formerly United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., is a private non-profit network of neighborhood health centers that have served Nashville for nearly 40 years. Through its ten Nashville neighborhood clinics, the Downtown Homeless Clinic, two mobile health units, and a clinic in Hartsville, Tennessee, Neighborhood Health annually serves approximately 25,000 medically underserved people of all ages; 17,000 have no health insurance.

Hanto named director of Transplant Center


Douglas Hanto M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, has been named the Center’s new director.

Hanto, an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation, joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 2014 as the center’s associate director and has since worked with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to establish a comprehensive pediatric liver center at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

He succeeds Seth Karp, M.D., professor of Surgery and Ingram Professor of Surgical Sciences, to become only the center’s fourth leader since its founding in 1989. Karp was recently appointed chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Surgery.

Established 25 years ago as a multidisciplinary, full-service center, the Vanderbilt Transplant Center is the only transplant center in Tennessee to offer all solid organ transplants. The center is one of the nation’s most active with more than 700 solid organ and bone marrow transplants performed each year.

Spann named to lead engineering group


Amy Spann, PE, EnSafe, Inc., has been named president elect of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC of TN), an organization whose membership includes more than 100 engineering firms located across the state.

Others Middle Tennesseans honored include:

Charlie Smith, PE, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., first vice president

Kyle Peters, PE, K.S. Ware, second vice President

Steve Field, PE, Stantec, ACEC national director.

Chuck Saunders, PE, president, Energy Land and Infrastructure, LLC., serves as past president.

Other ACEC of Tennessee Officers for 2015-2016 are:

President, John Kenny, PE, Facility Systems Consultants, LLC., Knoxville

Secretary, Danl Hall, PE, Vaughn & Melton, Knoxville

Treasurer, Tim Verner, PE, Fisher & Arnold, Inc., Memphis

Director at Large, Logan Meeks, PE, A2H, Inc., Memphis

Spann, an environmental engineer at Ensafe, Inc., is a professional engineer registered in five states and certified hazardous materials manager with more than 15 years’ experience. She specializes in air pollution control, hazardous waste management, storm water permitting, spill-planning, environmental auditing and federal and state regulatory compliance. She is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University.


Also, Kasey Anderson, CAE, has been named executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC of Tennessee) and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).

Anderson, a Certified Association Executive, brings more than twenty years of organizational leadership experience to ACEC of Tennessee and TSPE. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, a position she held for 11 years.

While there, she founded Project Access Nashville (formerly called Bridges to Care Plus), a network of over 1,000 volunteer physicians and hospitals providing low-income Nashville residents with access to specialty health care.

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