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VOL. 39 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 7, 2015

Hanto named director of Vanderbilt Transplant Center

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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.

Hanto 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.

Commercial litigator joins Frost Brown Todd


Frost Brown Todd has hired associate Benjamin Katz to join the firm’s business litigation practice in Nashville. Katz focuses his practice in commercial litigation and works with an array of clients, including individuals and private and public corporations.

Katz previously represented consumer finance companies in cases involving mortgage loan origination issues, auto finance fraud and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations. He also has experience in matters involving labor and employment law.

Katz graduated from University of Georgia Terry College of Business with a BBA in Banking and Finance and earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. He previously worked for law firms in Atlanta and Nashville.

Patterson Law hires Hausman


Registered patent attorney Garrett Hausman has joined Patterson Intellectual Property Law as an associate. His practice will focus on the protection of inventions in the mechanical engineering field.

Hausman was previously a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA, where his work focused on the areas of internal combustion engines and heavy construction equipment.

He is a 2014 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where he took extensive coursework in Intellectual Property. He is a 2011 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Kitko to direct pediatric cell transplant program


Carrie Kitko, M.D., has joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Kitko was previously assistant professor of hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

While at University of Michigan, her research focused on understanding GVHD, a potential serious complication of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant in which the newly transplanted donor cells attack the body of the transplant recipient. Kitko will continue her research at Vanderbilt and plans to start a clinic focused on GVHD treatment.

Kitko will be the primary investigator on a national multi-center clinical trial investigating extracorporeal photopheresis for the treatment of pediatric acute GVHD and plans to have the study open for patients at Vanderbilt.

TPAC announces additions to board of directors


The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has appointed entrepreneur and former Tennessee Titan Eddie George; Tracy Kane, shareholder, Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC; and Sherri Neal, vice president of cultural development and inclusion, HCA to its board of directors.



They join returning directors Barbara T. Bovender, John E. Cody, Beth S. Courtney, Ansel L. Davis; Emanuel J. Eads, Rod Essig, J. Reginald Hill, Martha R. Ingram, Dr. Nola Jones, Christine Karbowiak, Bill Lynch, Marcus McKamey, Melvin J. Malone, Nathan Poss, Rhonda Taylor, Andrew Tavi, Dr. Philip Wenk, Gail Williams, and Uzi Yemin.

The chairman of TPAC’s board is C. Dale Allen, partner at Adams and Reese, LLP. Other officers include Ron Corbin, principal at RBBC Holdings, as vice chairman; Jim Schmitz, Middle Tennessee Area president for Regions Financial, as vice chairman and treasurer; Larry Stessel, managing partner at Revolver Marketing Group, as secretary; and Claire Tucker, president and CEO of Capstar Bank, as immediate past chairman.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation is governed by a 28-member Board of Directors. Eight of the directors are appointed by the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation, which led the efforts for TPAC and raised an endowment to support TPAC operations. Six directors are named by the Tennessee Arts Commission and six directors are named by the Governor of the State of Tennessee, with one of the Governor’s appointees being the Commissioner of Education of the State of Tennessee or a designee. The TPAC Board may elect up to eight members. Directors serve for a term of three years, and the board meets four times a year in Nashville.

Young Leaders graduates 64th training class

Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,000 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies for the past 30 years, has announced the graduates of Class 64.

After completing more than 30 hours of leadership training, these individuals will now serve one-year internships on local nonprofit boards:

  • Chris Agans, Belmont University Massey College of Business
  • Katie Atkins, PharmMD Solutions, LLC
  • Thomas Avery, Fifth Third Bank
  • Matthew Boles, Brown & Brown of Tennessee
  • Patrick Bradley, Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County Department of Law
  • Buddy Burks, Gresham Smith & Partners
  • Mariah Cole, Meharry Medical College
  • Stacy Daniel, Medalogix, LLC
  • Carl Eppler, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
  • Erin Grant, Kroger
  • Erin Grasham, Regions Bank
  • Sammie Griffin, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Jacquese Groves, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Robbie Hayes, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Russ Haynes, The Bank of Nashville
  • Tina Shihui He, Vanderbilt University
  • Ann Taylor Holley, SunTrust Bank
  • Kaleigh Imbriale, CMT
  • Treye Johnson, SSB
  • Jackie Lincoln, c3/consulting
  • Adam Mark, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Kunal Marwah, HCA Healthcare
  • Todd Matthews, SunTrust Bank
  • Sam Moran, Lipscomb University College of Business
  • Ben Nichols, Crosslin & Associates
  • Sumedha Niranjan, HCA Healthcare
  • Kristen Osborne, FirstBank
  • Tiffany Palmer, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C.
  • Alexandra Payne, TN Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Lauren Peck, Avenue Bank
  • Michaela Poizner, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Jennings Ragan, The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
  • Dee Raz, Innovo Concepts, Inc.
  • Trevor Sava, Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis
  • Ricky Scott, The Kingston Group
  • Chris Skinner, Gordon Law Group, PLC
  • Alexandra Speros, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Lamar Stanley, Diversified Trust Company
  • Lindsey Sublett, Dollar General Corporation
  • Emma Supica, W.O. Smith Music School
  • Trent Yates, OakPoint Real Estate

Since 1985, Young Leaders Council has trained nonprofit board members in the Nashville. It was created to address the need to broaden and strengthen Nashville’s volunteer leadership base by training diverse and committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations. More than 130 graduates enter the nonprofit community each year from five different Young Leaders Council classes, including two in Davidson County, one in Williamson County, and two in partnerships with the Junior League of Nashville and Jackson National Life in Franklin. Information: www.ylcnashville.org.

Agrifoglio, Kelley, Grider join Pinnacle


Christy Agrifoglio, Cathy Kelley and Sarah Grider have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners.


Agrifoglio brings 16 years of experience to her role of compliance analyst. Prior roles included serving as a Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) tech specialist for Renasant Bank and an electronic banking specialist for Capital Bank & Trust Company.


Agrifoglio is based at Pinnacle’s Financial Center in Murfreesboro.

Kelley, with 27 years of experience, is a deposit operations support analyst.

Prior deposit operations support roles were with Franklin Synergy Bank, Bank of Murfreesboro and First City Bank.

Kelley is also based at Pinnacle’s Financial Center in Murfreesboro.

Grider joins Pinnacle as a financial advisor assistant. She brings 20 years of experience to her role and comes most recently from the Bank of Nashville, where she was a senior commercial bank assistant.


Previously she was a business banking sales assistant and homebuilder finance sales assistant for Regions Bank.

First Tennessee hires pair of vice presidents


First Tennessee Bank has hired two vice presidents for its Middle Tennessee market.

Ben Altom joins the retail leadership team at First Tennessee as vice president and workplace banking director.

Altom will direct a new bank at work program for First Tennessee. He spent the previous five years with Fifth Third Bank running a similar program.

Andy Fisher has been named vice president – business banking and will operate out of the Nashville office.

Fisher most recently served as director of business development for BDO, the world’s fifth-largest CPA and consulting firm, in BDO’s Nashville practice. Prior to BDO, he spent 12 years with First Tennessee.

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