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VOL. 43 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 24, 2019

Denneny named TMA president

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The Tennessee Medical Association has named Elise C. Denneny, M.D., FACS, its president.

She will serve a one-year term as the public representative for the nonprofit advocacy organization’s 9,500 physician members, and will hold a seat on the TMA board of trustees.

She is the 165th physician elected to serve in TMA’s top role and the third female president in the association’s long history.

Denneny is an otolaryngologist with Greater Knoxville Ear Nose and Throat in Knoxville, where she has practiced for more than 30 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and residency at the University of Illinois, where she served as chief resident for two years before completing head and neck reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan.

A member of American Academy of Otolaryngology, she is board certified in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

Denneny has been a TMA member since 1988 and has served in numerous leadership positions including the board of trustees and for the past year as president-elect.

UTMC nurses are honored for excellence

Nurses at the University of Tennessee Medical Center have been honored by the Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives and by the hospital. The state organization accepts nominations submitted from area hospitals and selects nurses in this region who are outstanding and provide exemplary care. These awards are considered a prestigious regional recognition.

Those earning East Tennessee Excellence Nursing Awards are: Sid Baker, BSN, RN; Hannah Bellamy, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Richard Bernardi, BSN, RN, NVRN-BC; Jill Carro, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Rachel Coleman, BSN, RN; Jeanie Diden, BS, RN, CEN; Theresa Gregg, BSN, RN, CAPA; Angela Latham, RN, RNC-NIC; Lisa Lisle, BSBA, BSN, RN, RN-BC; Leah McIntire, BSN, RN; Donna Patterson, BSN, RN, NE-BC; Paul Stacy, RN, CMSRN; Stephanie Tebo, BSN, RN; Tina Vinsant, BSN, RN, PCCN.

The following nurses were nominated and selected by nursing managers and colleagues as 2019 UTMC Nurse Excellence Award winners:

Lauren Ade, MSN, RN, APRN, AGCNS-BC; Cassie Bivens, BSN, RN, CCRN; Lindsey Caldwell, BSN, RN, RN-BC; Sandy Chesney, BSN, RN; Freddy Garcia, BSN, RN; Allison Herron, BSN, RN, CCRN; Lori Shumaker, RN.

Pipeline Talent welcomes Dohlen


Chad Dohlen has joined Knoxville-based Pipeline Talent Solutions as vice president of sales.

With more than 20 years’ experience across the staffing, recruiting, MSP, and VMS sectors of the industry, Dohlen will lead all of the company’s sales and marketing efforts.

“To have Chad at the helm in this area for Pipeline is truly exciting. His track record of building successful business units while providing incomparable client services makes him a perfect fit,” says Curt Paquette, Pipeline president. “As we embark upon our journey to bring an ecosystem of trusted advisers to our clients, we know Chad will listen carefully, determining client needs and creating the right team to solve every contingent workforce issue.”

Dohlen’s versatility and drive have resulted in much recognition from his peers. Before joining Pipeline, he worked for large staffing companies where he ran top national offices and substantially increased operating incomes. Now, he has the opportunity to work with a lean, flexible team that brings some nontraditional solutions to the table.

“After years at larger, more conventional companies, working at Pipeline gives me the chance to create workforce solutions that are genuinely built on client needs,” he says. “Our experts are flexible, able to create specialized teams through our consultative approach and our innovative applications of technologies. The entire team is focused on doing right by our clients, because we know that’s what will ultimately make us successful.”

New Haslam Scholars announced


The 2019-20 incoming class of Haslam Scholars, a top-tier honors program, has been announced by the University of Tennessee.

The Haslam Scholars Program was founded in 2008 with a $2.5 million donation by Jimmy and Dee Haslam and a $2.5 million donation by Jim and Natalie Haslam. Eleven of the 15 in the new class are Tennesseans. They are:

• Aliya Benabderrazak, of Laredo, Texas, who plans to major in psychology and wants to work with children with mental illnesses.

• Eilish Bennett, of Centerville, who plans to major in political science with a concentration in international affairs.

• Browning Clark, of Nashville, who plans to major in accounting and aspires to be the CEO of a company.

• Whitson Buck, of Nolensville, who plans to major in international business.

• Nathan Clark, of Murfreesboro, who plans to major in business analytics.

• Caleb Ellis, of Sevierville, who plans to major in computer engineering and aspires to do research that leads to better technology.

• Leah Gutzwiller, of Liberty Township, Ohio, who plans to major in biomedical engineering.

• Allie Hemmings, of Hendersonville, who plans to major in pre-medicine.

• Sreya Kumpatla, of Memphis, who plans to major in aerospace engineering and aspires to work at NASA or SpaceX.


• Jessie Li, of Knoxville, is a graduate of Farragut High School and plans to major in biomedical engineering.

• John Maddox, of Jonesborough, who plans to major in mathematics and wants to be a cryptographer.

• Delia McDevitt, of Paris, Tennessee, who plans to major in philosophy and hopes to pursue a career in human rights law.

• Maggie Meystrik, of St. Louis, Missouri, who plans to major in psychology and aspires to a career in research.

• Hannah Morris, of Smyrna, Georgia, who plans to major in therapeutic recreation and wants to be an occupational therapist.

• Rachel Stewart, of McMinnville, is an aspiring diplomat who plans to major in global studies and political science.

Kelley named nursing director of year


Donna Kelley has been recognized as the Grace Healthcare Director of Nursing of the Year.

Kelley, who works with Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc., at the Beverly Park Place Health and Rehab campus in North Knoxville, was honored after an evaluation of more than 20 facilities in seven states.

She joined Hillcrest in 1996 and was named nursing director in 2007.

The award was based on clinical performance of the center, state survey results, quality measures and peer review.

Kelley, who also earned the 2014 Director of Nursing of the Year award, says, “I give credit to the leadership team that surrounds me, our nursing staff that provides excellent care to our residents, my mentor and administrator, Susette Williamson, and my husband, Chris.’’

While at Beverly Park Place Health and Rehab, Kelley has maintained re-hospitalization rates in the single digits in an industry where the national benchmark is set at 15%. She has been awarded with bronze and silver quality awards from the American Health Care Association.

Kelley has an associate of science degree in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University.

Knoxville Transit COO Campbell to retire


Beverly Campbell, chief operating officer for Knoxville Area Transit, is retiring after a career of 30 years in the field.


Campbell began her career at KAT in 1987 as a systems analyst before becoming the director of human resources. As COO, she oversaw all human resources and operations functions including the bus operator staff of over 257, dispatchers and supervisors, and all managers and directors within the department.

KAT has hired Julie Glibbery as chief human resources officer and promoted Odell Draper to COO. Draper was previously the director of operations and safety.

He began his career at KAT as a bus operator in 2007, and he will oversee all bus operators, managers, and supervisors within the operations division. Draper was a recent Mass Transit Magazine “40 Under 40” award winner

Previously, Glibbery’s broad career in human resources included experience in the automotive, aeronautical and marine industries, as well as with a major federal contractor.

She will be responsible for employee/labor relations, benefits, compensation, compliance and staffing for KAT.

Cronan earns spot in Women’s Hall of Fame

Joan Cronan, athletics director emeritus at the University of Tennessee, has been selected for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville.

Cronan is a nationally known speaker and business consultant, and for nearly 30 years, she was director of women’s athletics at UT. Among her honors, Sports Business Journal named her a Champion in Sports Business. She was elected president of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics. Cronan has been inducted into the Louisiana State University Hall of Distinction, the College of Charleston Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions.

Other inductees are: Beth Bass, former East Tennessee State University player and ex-CEO of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (2001-14); Nora Lynn Finch, Atlantic Coast Conference senior associate commissioner for women’s basketball; Ticha Penicheiro, retired professional, collegiate and international player; Ruth Riley, retired professional and collegiate player; Carolyn Bush Roddy, a two-time NJCAA All-American at Hiwassee Junior College, and Valerie Still, a former professional and collegiate player.

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