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VOL. 38 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 14, 2014

Bovender inducted into Business Hall of Fame

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Nashville Business Hall of Fame laureates, from left, Mark Emkes, Hal Pennington, Jack Bovender, Ron Samuels, Rob McCabe and Joe Scarlett

More than 400 business leaders gathered at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel last week to induct Jack Bovender, Jr., retired Chairman of HCA., into the Phoenix Club Nashville Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the city’s outstanding contributors to business and philanthropy and benefits Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee students.

Bovender’s induction places him among other well-respected Nashvillians such as Rob McCabe, chairman of Pinnacle Financial Partners, Mark Emkes, former commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee, Hal Pennington, former chairman, president, & CEO of Genesco, Ron Samuels, founder of Avenue Bank, and Joe Scarlett, founder of the Scarlett Leadership Institute.

The 2014 Nashville Business Hall of Fame event had more than 90 sponsoring companies and individual donors, raising over $151,000 to finance Junior Achievement programming this school year.

Corizon Health names president of Pharmacorr


Corizon Health has named Tracy Nolan the president of PharmaCorr, the company’s pharmacy affiliate. Nolan, who was most recently vice president of operations at Optum Rx, brings more than 35 years of experience in health care, logistics, marketing and retail.

In his new role, Nolan is responsible for the organizational performance, operational insight and leadership of all PharmaCorr staff.


Nolan previously held the position of vice president of strategic service delivery for CVS Caremark and has also served in pharmacy operation roles at WellPoint and Medco Health Solutions.

Also, Corizon has named B. Anderson Flatt as its chief information officer.

Flatt, who was most recently senior vice president and chief information officer of Cigna-HealthSpring, brings more than 30 years of service-centered leadership in technology innovation to his new role.

Flatt previously held the position of CIO for AIM Healthcare Services, and he also served in technology management roles at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

TSU professor selected for accreditation panel

de Casal

The Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation has selected Tennessee State University’s Dr. Carole de Casal, professor of educational leadership, to serve on its Executive Appeals Committee.

The former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership is one of 10 in the nation chosen to serve in this role for the new organization. The committee will be responsible for reconsideration and decision when a university does not pass their accreditation and chooses to appeal.

CAEP takes the place of the long-standing National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and advances educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality, and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

De Casal has more than 25 years of experience with accreditation, and has more than 20 years working as both a team leader and team member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states.

She has also worked as a State Board of Examiner for the NCATE, and more than 10 years working as a state program approver for sponsored programs administrations.

Nashvillians selected for pro bono awards

McKelvey Castañeda

Two Nashville lawyers and a recent University of Memphis School of Law graduate will be honored with the state’s top pro bono and public service awards at a ceremony in January.

Nashville attorney Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda of Stites & Harbison will receive the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award for her commitment to serving vulnerable clients in need through direct legal representation, as well as through leadership with community organizations. Over the past year, she has handled a number of time-intensive pro bono cases and served on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center.

McKelvey Castañeda earned her law degree from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia, and her undergraduate degree from Belmont University in Nashville.


Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, will be presented with the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award.

Johnson is being recognized for her nearly 20 years of service with the Tennessee Justice Center and a career-long commitment of advocating for Tennesseans with special health care needs.

Gordon Bonnyman, Tennessee Justice Center co-founder and 1993 recipient of this same award, nominated Johnson and touted her commitment and skills that make such an impact on the community.

Johnson became executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center in January 2014 after co-founding the organization in 1996 and serving there for nearly 18 years. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Jennifer Mayham, a 2014 graduate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, will be recognized as the Law Student Volunteer of the Year for her work with the legal aid group Memphis Area Legal Services. She has served with the organization since fall 2012.

Colliers International hires 2 for Nashville operation

Janet Sterchi and Douglas Ryan have joined Colliers International | Nashville, both leaving CBRE, Inc., to do so.

Sterchi served as senior vice president and Ryan held the position of first vice president in CBRE’s Nashville office. For the past three years, the pair has headed up an office brokerage team that has completed transactions totaling more than $143 million and representing 1 million square feet of Class A office space.

Ryan also was named Nashville’s 2014 Broker of the Year by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Sterchi has 17 years of brokerage experience, and Ryan 13.

MDHA creates communications team


The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has added a new communications division, with Jamie Berry and Juanita I.C. Traughber appointed as director and assistant director of communications, respectively.

The communications division is responsible for all of MDHA’s internal and external communication efforts. The duo also will work to further the agency’s mission to create quality affordable housing opportunities, support neighborhoods, strengthen communities and help build a greater downtown.

Berry transitions to MDHA from Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc., where she served as public relations and communications manager. Prior to her time at Goodwill, Berry spent 14 years in television news as a producer.

Berry is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications.


Traughber previously served as the communications specialist for Belmont University in hybrid role of public relations, internal communications and community relations. She formerly worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and The Tennessean.

Traughber earned her MBA at Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business.

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