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VOL. 39 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 21, 2015

Alexis named vice president for advancement at TSU

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Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has announced the appointment of Eloise Abernathy Alexis as the new associate vice president for Institutional Advancement. Alexis will serve as TSU’s chief advancement officer providing strategic advocacy and leadership for alumni relations, annual giving and development.

With more than 20 years of experience in advancement and development roles, Alexis previously served as vice president for college relations at Spelman College, where she served in various capacities for nearly 24 years.

Alexis holds a degree in English from Spelman College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, where she is an appointee to the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations and served on the CASE District III Board.

Homegrown Taproom hires Moranski, Norman


Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace has hired Michael Moranski as executive chef and Jessie Norman as general manager to open the new neighborhood craft beer taproom and local food marketplace in Donelson. Both Moranksi and Norman are Donelson residents.


Moranski joins Homegrown as executive chef after having served most recently as executive chef of Nashville’s Flyte restaurant. He previously has worked at Husk restaurant and owned and operated The Speckled Hen, a pop-up brunch restaurant located in the Nashville Farmers Market.

Norman has 15 years of experience in the bar/restaurant industry. She spent the last year serving as the assistant manager of Barlines at the Omni Nashville hotel. In addition to Barlines, Norman worked at The Blind Tiger, Grey’s Tavern and M’Coul’s Public House in Greensboro, NC. The Nashville native is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and has a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Belmont Law Student receives 2015 writing award


Patty Whitehead, a recent graduate of the Belmont University College of Law, is the winner of the 2015 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.

The annual writing competition is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Whitehead’s paper “Opportunities for Environmental Justice Review in Title V Permits Under the Tennessee Air Quality Act” addressed disproportionate air quality among minority and low-income communities.

The competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section in memory of Jon Hastings, one of the founding members of the section.

Whitehead will collect a cash award and her article will be published in an upcoming edition of the TBA Environmental Law Section newsletter.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization welcomes 14 new members

The Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization – recognized as one of the fastest-growing EO chapters in the world – has added 14 members to its group of Middle Tennessee business owners.

EO Nashville now has 155 members with $2.18 billion in annual sales and more than 7,922 full-time employees. To join the organization, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

New members include:

Bryce Alabaster, owner of AD Apparel, LLC DBA Outfitters

Daniel Brimer, owner of XCI Building Services

Jeff Bradford, president and CEO of the Bradford Group

K. Clay Haynes, managing partner and co-founder of Oak Tree Partners, LLC

Ginger Jones, owner of Jones Therapy Services

Chris Koch, owner of Cumberland Property Investments

Eric Larence, owner of E.L Construction

Matt Lloyd, CEO and co-founder of Magic Apple Technology

Monique Muri, CEO of RAM Scientific

Al Murphy, owner of Mother Murphy’s

Jeff Pennington, founder and CEO of Speakeasy Spirits

Michael Ramsey, owner of PIA Medical Group Nashville

David Reha, CEO/CFO of Reha Enterprises LLC

Dan Stephenson, owner of Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global business network of more than 10,000 business owners in 142 chapters and more than 45 countries that was founded in 1987. Information: www.EONashville.com.

NAWRB honors Turner with Gershwin Award


The National Association of Women in Real Estate Business (NAWRB) is honoring Britnie Turner, founder and CEO of Aerial Development Group, with its 2015 Gershwin Award.

The Gershwin award honors the woman who is “writing a soundtrack for success while mentoring fellow members in an effort to foster and grow new talent.”

At the age of 21, Turner founded Aerial Development Group, a social venture real estate development company that revitalizes urban neighborhoods and supports orphans in Kenya.

She also mentors women just starting in the development business and is currently teaming with two women on a project that will help them build their resumes, gain hands-on experience in a safe environment and build their confidence.

Damon to lead Vanderbilt science graduate program


Bruce Damon, Ph.D., associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, molecular physiology and biophysics and biomedical engineering has been named director of Vanderbilt University’s Chemical and Physical Biology graduate program, which prepares students for research careers at the interface of the chemical sciences, physical sciences and biology.

Damon succeeds Hassane Mchaourab, Ph.D., who founded the program with Albert Beth, Ph.D., in 2007.

Of the 79 students admitted to the program in the past eight years, 12 have graduated with master’s degrees and 29 with Ph.D. degrees. Program alumni are working for Biogen and Google, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and American Chemical Society and at Harvard, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Damon earned his Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2002.

Rothman to lead population health research


Russell Rothman, M.D., MPP, professor of medicine, pediatrics and health policy, chief of the Section of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, has been named assistant vice chancellor for Population Health Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In the new position, Rothman, who also directs the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network, will work to advance population health research across Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

Rothman will develop and lead VUMC’s research efforts and portfolio in population health research, working closely with research and clinical leadership from across VHAN in these efforts.

Some of the areas where Rothman plans to expand research include: transitions of care; expansions of patient-centered medical home and chronic disease management activities; development of novel informatics approaches to improve population level management; and testing of novel payment models that use pay-for-performance, bundled payments and other approaches to improve care at the population level.

The Hermitage hires senior vice president


Veteran fundraising executive Susan D. Williams is joining the staff at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as its first senior vice president for institutional advancement. In this role, Williams will plan and direct the institution’s development programs, strengthening existing efforts and launching new fundraising initiatives to keep Jackson’s home in the forefront of presidential sites.

This position was created by the Andrew Jackson Foundation as the first step of a reorganization to implement a multiyear plan intended to secure the future of the National Historic Landmark.

Williams joins The Hermitage after a three-year stint as director of corporate and foundation relations at Belmont University. Prior to her tenure at the university, she was the senior director of development and of endowment giving for the Nashville Symphony. Williams also served as the executive director of the Madison Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been honored as the Association Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Executive of the Year for the Nashville area, and has served as its president.

Ingram Content Group adds to executive team


Ingram Content Group has announced two new executives, Margaret Harrison and Ed Spade.


Harrison, director of product metadata, oversees quality and communication of bibliographic metadata, utilizing her expertise in data operations for digital content, including strategic direction for metadata management, digital asset management and digital asset distribution.

Prior to joining Ingram, Harrison was the ebook global supply chain manager for Oxford University Press in New York.

Spade, senior content acquisition manager, was previously director of digital publishing for Nickelodeon in New York.

Derryberry joins Human Rights Commission

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission announced this week the appointment of Robin Derryberry to its nine-member Board of Commissioners.

Derryberry is a seventh generation Tennessean. She earned an undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Derryberry practices public, media and government relations in the Scenic City as the owner of Derryberry Public Relations. She was honored as one of Chattanooga’s “Women of Distinction,” and serves as a Member of UTC Chancellor’s Roundtable; and, Executive Committee Member of the Board of The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

Appointed by House Speaker Beth Harwell, Derryberry will serve as a representative of East Tennessee on the THRC until her term expires at the end of June, 2017.

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