Executive Appointments

Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 1:00am


Vanderbilt scientists elected fellows

Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists, Raymond N. DuBois Jr., M.D., Ph.D., and Walter J. Chazin, Ph.D., have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon them by their peers.

They are among 308 scientists from around the country who have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts to advance science or its applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Chazin was cited for "his important contributions to the chemistry and structural biology of proteins." He is the director of the Center for Structural Biology and Chancellor's Professor of Biochemistry and Physics.

DuBois is poised to become director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center on Jan. 1. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking contributions toward understanding the role of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in cancer and the potential for COX-2 inhibition in preventing and treating cancers.

Agents join Crye-Leike

Crye-Leike, Realtors announces that Deborah Pirtle and Ulysses Minor have become affiliated with its sales force.

Pirtle is affiliated with Crye-Leike's Franklin/Cool Springs office. She specializes in residential real estate, luxury properties, first-time homebuyers and families relocating to the area. Prior to joining Crye-Leike, Pirtle was in sales for 15 years. For the past five years, she was affiliated with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics as a sales representative as well as serving as a freelance artist.

Minor is affiliated with Crye-Leike's Brentwood East branch office. He specializes in residential real estate. Prior to joining Crye-Leike, Minor was in retail management for five years. He was most recently affiliated with SunTrust Bank as a customer care specialist.

Pinnacle Partners adds associates

Barbara Arsta and Elaine Rucker have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners, the largest Nashville-based financial services firm.

Arsta brings 26 years of experience to her role of client service specialist. Arsta previously served in a similar position at U.S. Bank. She is active in the American Cancer Society.

Rucker brings 31 years of experience to her role of credit support specialist. She joins Pinnacle from AmSouth/First American Bank where she was assistant vice president and commercial collateral operations manager. Rucker attended Tennessee State University and Columbia Business College.

Navigant Consulting names director

Wally Dant has joined Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI) as a director in the healthcare practice of the Nashville office.

Dant has more than 19 years of healthcare experience including large hospital systems, homecare and hospice agencies and commercial payers. He specializes in strategic planning and development, managed care strategy, healthcare/homecare operations, and human capital management.

Dant previously held the positions of assistant vice president of managed care and senior vice president of homecare for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

Iris Networks names acting chief manager

The Board of Governors for IRIS Networks has named Richard Ebner acting chief manager for the Nashville-based wholesale telecommunications carrier.

With more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Ebner currently serves as director of sales for the company. Prior to joining IRIS Networks, he served as carrier account manager for XO Communications where he was responsible for sales efforts to national carriers. Ebner holds a BBA in management and finance from Middle Tennessee State University.

A search to fill the position of chief manager has been initiated by the IRIS Board of Governors. Ebner's appointment follows the departure of Ellen Bryson from the company

Mcneely Pigott & Fox adds news producer

McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations announces the addition of Courtenay Rossi as an account supervisor.

As account supervisor, Rossi will be responsible for client account management, strategic planning and media relations for MP&F.

Rossi was hired by NBC in 1996, producing for Nightly News, Today, network specials and MSNBC. She covered the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, as well as the Bush 2000 Campaign, providing editorial guidance to the network. She also served as the five networks' White House pool producer, organizing transmission of presidential events and facilitating each network's needs wherever the president was visiting in the United States and abroad.

Rossi received a bachelor of arts degree in English and economics from Wellesley College as a cum laude scholar. She later earned her master of science degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Manier & Herod hires associates

The law firm of Manier & Herod has named four new associates: Krista L. Thornton, Jarrod W. Stone, Justin D. Wear and Colin M. McCaffrey.

Thornton, focusing her practice in the areas of fidelity law, surety law and civil litigation, graduated from Vanderbilt University. Thornton has served as an extern in the Office of the Comptroller for the State of Tennessee and worked with the Tennessee General Assembly. She also served as an intern in the Office of the Press Secretary at The White House.

Stone will practice in the areas of surety litigation, construction litigation, insurance litigation and general civil litigation. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law and was elected to the Tennessee chapters of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers.

Wear, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, will focus his practice in the areas of surety law and litigation. He served as a student materials editor for the Tennessee Law Review, and his case note regarding criminal malpractice in Tennessee was published in spring 2002.

McCaffrey, also a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, will concentrate his practice in the area of litigation with a focus on workers' compensation defense. While at UT, McCaffrey served as student materials editor for the Tennessee Law Review and represented indigent clients in the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic.

Financial planner is certified

Kevin M. Harris, CPA, CFP, a financial planner at The Consulting Group in Nashville, has been authorized by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.(CFP Board) to use the certified financial planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. The Consulting Group is an office of Crown Capital Securities, L.P. Harris has worked at The Consulting Group since 2000 and specializes in financial planning, investment management, tax planning and tax preparation.

Forsythe Title adds attorneys

Forsythe Title and Escrow Services has named David Kimbrough and Will Chapman as closing attorneys. They will be responsible for all legal aspects of residential and commercial real estate for the firm, to include closing residential and commercial loans and advising loan officers and real estate agents on property law.

Kimbrough has 10 years of experience as a business attorney in private and corporate practice. Prior to joining Forsythe Title, he was senior trust officer and director of trust and estate services for Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Kimbrough will be based out of the firm's office in Hendersonville.

Chapman has more than seven years of experience in government and private law practice. Recently, he served as attorney and assistant vice president for First National Financial Title Services, Inc. and as an associate attorney with the firms Mudter, Morgan & Patterson and Cox, LeVan, Sprader & Patton, all in Nashville. Chapman will practice in the firm's Nashville office.

SSOE names new associates

SSOE, Inc. Architects-Engineers (SSOE) announced that R. Scott Schulz and Michael B. Vincent have been named associates of the firm. In addition to being named associates, each will continue with their ongoing project responsibilities.

Schulz has been with SSOE for 12 years and is a registered architect in multiple states. He is currently the department manager for the Architectural/Structural and Civil Department at the company's Nashville operations. Schulz has completed projects for many Tennessee and greater-Nashville public agencies along with notable work for Nissan and Saturn.

Vincent joined SSOE in 1990 and has more than 17 years of professional experience. Vincent received his bachelors of architecture from Louisiana Tech University. He is a registered architect in the State of Tennessee and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the Southern Building Code Congress International.

Trauger attorney among best

Robert S. Brandt, with Trauger, Ney & Tuke, has been selected to be included in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which is widely regarded as a guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Robert Brandt joined Trauger, Ney & Tuke in 1997 after serving as a judge of the Chancery Court in Nashville for almost 20 years and as a senior judge from 1996 to 1997. He is a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, is on the Employment, Commercial and Complex Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association, is a member of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and the Entertainment Law Panel for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.

He is an arbitrator and mediator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, is certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a civil and family mediator and is an approved mediator in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee. Brandt also serves as a Special Deputy Receiver on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Brandt practices primarily in alternative dispute resolution. He received his JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Batten & Shaw adds engineers

Chris Tanksley and Miller Hancock have been added as project engineers to the operations department at Batten & Shaw, Inc.

Tanksley earned his BS from the University of Alabama and was formerly with Lee Company.

Hancock earned his BS from Vanderbilt University and was formerly with TRC International.

Professor receives teaching award

Art Dalley, Ph.D., received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting. Dalley is professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Master Clinical Teacher at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Dalley joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1998. He previously served on the faculty at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., for 24 years. He earned his Ph.D. and B.S. from the University of Utah.

At Vanderbilt, Dalley also serves as director of Medical Gross Anatomy, and has co-authored several textbooks on the subject. His book Clinically-Oriented Anatomy was adopted for use at 90 percent of medical schools in its first year of publication and has since been translated into six languages. Dalley has also helped edit the world's top-selling anatomical atlas, co-authored an anatomical software program and spent a year revising and relocating the definitions of some 20,000 anatomical terms for the 26th edition of Stedman's Medical Dictionaries.

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