Boyd Center promotes Bruce, Permaul

Friday, May 7, 2021, Vol. 45, No. 19

Don Bruce has been promoted to associate director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research following former associate director Matthew Murray’s retirement.

Bruce is the Douglas and Brenda Horne Professor of Business at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

“Don is an outstanding leader and academic (and) we are privileged to have him as associate director,” says Bill Fox, director of the Boyd Center. “Don is a superb scholar, a wonderful mentor and a servant leader across campus and the profession.”

Bruce holds a joint appointment in the Boyd Center and the Department of Economics, and serves as the University of Tennessee’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and SEC. His academic research largely focuses on tax policy and its economic and behavioral effects on small business activity or owner-occupied housing. Since joining the Boyd Center in 1999, Bruce has worked on many economic research projects for state and federal government agencies.

“It is an honor and a privilege to step into this new role after 22 years, and it is a treasured gift to be able to work with the amazing Boyd Center staff every day,” Bruce says. “I look forward to great things as we continue to be of service to the business and policy communities in the coming years.”

Boyd Center business manager Brittany Permaul has been promoted to assistant director. Fox said that Permaul’s growing contributions – not only to the Boyd Center, but to the Haslam College of Business and UT as a whole – led to the creation of this new position.

“We were so fortunate that Brittany joined the Boyd Center,” Fox says. “She started as business manager and immediately demonstrated to us, and all of campus, extraordinary capabilities. She makes the Center better in so many ways, and we are delighted she has taken on the extended responsibilities as assistant director.”

Permaul has been with the Boyd Center since 2016, and completed her Masters of Public Health degree at UT in 2020.

Brown named Vistage member

Mike Brown, president and CEO of M&M Productions USA, has been selected to be a member of a chief executive peer advisory board in Knoxville by Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

M&M Productions is based in Oak Ridge.

Brown joins over 300 senior executives, business owners, and CEOs across the state of Tennessee who are Vistage members. Brown has had a vision for his business since he created it as a teenager in 1988 – growing it from a DJ service to a national recognized production company featured on the Inc. 5000 list, which celebrates the fastest-growing private companies in America.

“Right now, the world desperately needs better leadership,” says Kurt Greene who chairs the three Vistage advisory boards in the greater Knoxville area. “This is no time to go it alone, and Mike joins a group of real A-players who are on a powerful journey of intentional professional and personal growth.”

Vistage members meet monthly with peers from local non-competing businesses to help one another improve their companies and themselves. Membership is by invitation only and requires a nomination and a selection process.

Tennova Karns welcomes Anderson

Daniel Anderson, D.O., an internal medicine physician, has joined Tennova Primary Care – Karns.

Most recently, Anderson saw patients at Tennova Primary Care – North, located in Powell.

He offers well checks, sick visits and annual health screenings for men, women and young adults, ages 18 years and older. He is also dedicated to preventive medicine and management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Anderson earned his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also completed an internship and residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He is board certified in internal medicine. Anderson is also an adjunct professor at Lincoln Memorial University.

Tennova Primary Care – Karns is located at 7210 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville. In addition to Anderson, family medicine physicians Rachel Bowman, M.D., and Kaneez Leonard-Bowden, M.D., are also accepting new patients at Tennova Primary Care – Karns.

ReVIDA brings Santana on board

Ida Santana, M.D., is joining ReVIDA Recovery Centers clinic in Knoxville.

She is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine and palliative medicine. She is board eligible in integrative medicine, pain medicine and addiction medicine.

Santana most recently served as the medical director for Behavioral Health Group in Nashville and before that as the medical director for the Greenwich House Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program. Her medical career spans 20 years in a variety of roles in New York and Tennessee.

“We are elated for Dr. Santana to begin her time with us, I am sure that her experience and skill set will prove to be a valuable asset to our team,” says ReVIDA CEO Lee Dilworth. “ReVIDA is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of care and compliance to ensure that our patients have the best opportunity to reclaim their lives from opioid use disorder. I know that Dr. Santana will help us continue our mission throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.”

Santana received a medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis and a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University.

“I am looking forward to working with ReVIDA to help those who struggle with opioid use disorder reclaim their lives from this terrible disease of addiction.” Santana says. “I know that ReVIDA has an excellent history, and I hope together we can help even more people with addiction have the best chance at recovery.”

Maryville College hands out annual honors

Maryville College announced honors for students, faculty and staff at a recent virtual celebration.

Ten members of the campus community were named recipients of the College’s Spirit of the Covenant Award, which recognizes individuals who embody the spirit of the principles of scholarship, respect and integrity as outlined in the college’s covenant.

Covenant recipients are: Dr. Naji Bsisu, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Nathan Duncan, associate professor of chemistry; Elea Forester, a senior history major; Madison Gilliam, a senior biochemistry major; Kelly Hernandez, a junior Spanish major; Mackenzie Lamb, a sophomore chemistry major; Dr. Danielle Lincoln, chemical hygiene officer and Natural Sciences officer; Kylie Sliger, a sophomore political science and economics double major; Bettye “Maddie” Taylor, a sophomore political science and sociology double major; and Katelyn Witucki, a senior design and marketing double major.

The Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award, established by the Tennessee State General Assembly, recognizes students, faculty and staff across the state who have engaged in exemplary community service. This year’s nominees are: Bryan Crouser, a senior biology major, Dr. Ariane Schratter, professor of psychology, and Kayla Zimmerman, a senior biochemistry and exercise science double major. The award recipients will be announced by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission this spring.

Other awards included:

• Christina LaFreniere, a sophomore sociology major, was named Resident Assistant of the Year. Kayla Zimmerman, a senior biochemistry and exercise science double major, received the Resident Assistant Distinguished Service Award.

• The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance recognized the following students who received the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential: Remington Green, McCall Smallwood, Benjamin Kamdem-Talom and Kayla Zimmerman.

• The Community Engaged Students of the Year award went to two students: Bryan Crouser and Madison Gilliam.

• The Student Activist of the Year award went to Jane Meadows.

• The Community Engaged Faculty Member of the Year award went to Dr. Rebecca Lucas, associate professor of education at MC.

• The Charles and Mary Ensign Scholarship, which recognizes students’ contributions to the religious life of the campus, was presented to two students: Elea Forester and Jordan Stafford.

• The Tennessee Volunteer Star Award goes to Anya Dunn, a senior biochemistry major, and Remington Green, a senior marketing major.

• Kris Seiber, a sophomore child development and learning for teacher licensure K-5 major was honored for being named a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow. MC Ambassador Awards

• The Spirit of the Ambassador Award went to Bailey Mary, a senior history with teacher licensure major.

• The Maryville College Ambassador of the Year Award went to Leah Alsobrooks, a sophomore psychology (counseling) major and Emily Christian, a sophomore management major

• The Maryville College Ambassador Outstanding Lifetime Service Award was presented to Jordan Dopp, a senior biochemistry major.

• Angela Anderton, a junior sociology major was honored with the Sojourner Truth Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in a Maryville College female student of color.

• Christopher “CJ” Bryson, a junior psychology, won the W.E.B. DuBois Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in a male student of color.

• Shokhrukh Samadov, a sophomore computer science major from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, received the Outstanding International Student Leader of the Year Award.

• Jessica Twitchell, resident director and coordinator for access and inclusion received the Spirit of the Tartan Award, which recognizes campus partners whose work positively reflects inclusive excellence and impacts student success on campus.

• Terry “Meridith” Daffron, a junior writing communication major, received the Outstanding Career Senior Award, which is awarded annually by the Maryville College Career Center to the graduating Peer Career Coach who has shown exemplary performance in their personal career management and their investment in developing career readiness competencies and skills in their peers.

• The Outstanding Freshman Leader Award went to Zineb Aarab, an international business major from Casablanca, Morocco.

• Bettye “Maddie” Taylor, a political science and sociology double major, was awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Leader Award.

• Nicholas “Nico” Starcher, a management major, received the Outstanding Junior Leader Award.

• Alexa Maqueo-Toledo, a junior sociology major, received the Sharon A. Murphy Crane Memorial Award, which is awarded to a rising junior or rising senior who is an active participant in the College theater and/or student programming activities.

• Ryan Indelicato, CCM/Bonner program coordinator, was named Student Organization Advisor of the Year for his service as adviser of the MC Votes student organization.