Executive Appointments

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 1:00am

Nashville Children's Theatre hires Baber

Julee Baber has joined Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT) as the director of education. Baber will serve as the theater's liaison to Metro schools, and will oversee educational programs, summer camps, Saturday workshops and pre- and post-show activities and events.

Baber received her master's degree in theater for youth from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005 and her bachelor's degree in dramatic arts and government from Centre College in Danville, Ky., in 2000. Baber received the Constance Welsh Memorial Scholarship at the North Carolina Theatre Conference in 2002 and 2004 and the Leighton Ballew Graduate Directing Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference in 2004.

Baber has directed more than 10 productions, including Cinderella and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most recently, she directed NCT's production of The Tempest while completing her internship with the theater in the spring.

Fifth Third Bank adds Brady

Fifth Third Bank N.A. has hired Scott Brady as commercial real estate relationship manager. Prior to Fifth Third Bank, Brady accumulated several years of commercial real estate experience at employers including NBC/SunTrust and SouthTrust Bank.

Brady received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Alabama.

Sibler joins Ward Financial Advisory

Jordan Sibler has joined Ward Financial Advisory of Wachovia Securities. An account administrator, Sibler's primary role is servicing corporate clients and participants within corporate retirement plans. His responsibilities also include retirement vendor analysis, planning illustrations, assisting with portfolio analysis, and customized fiduciary reporting.

Sibler is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in human and organizational development. In his spare time, he is a volunteer for the March of Dimes and the MS Society.

Lynch and Tiger join Pinnacle Financial

Rebecca Lynch and Deanna Tiger have joined the team at Pinnacle Financial Partners as client service specialists.

Lynch, based at Pinnacle's newest location in Hendersonville, brings 11 years of experience to her new role from First Tennessee Bank, where she most recently served as a financial services representative. Prior to First Tennessee, Lynch served in a similar role for First American/AmSouth Bank. She holds a series 6 license in investments and life insurance.

Tiger, based at Pinnacle's downtown location, also brings more than 11 years of experience to her role as client service specialist. Tiger comes from First American/AmSouth Bank, where she most recently served as head teller and on-the-job trainer for new tellers.

McLaughlin elected at Skyline Medical Center

Steven McLaughlin, orthopedic surgeon, has been elected president of the medical staff at Skyline Medical Center. His term is from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2007.

McLaughlin is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been an orthopedic surgeon with NMH/Skyline since 1999. He graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

He has served as president-elect of the medical staff for the past two years. He is affiliated with Premier Orthopedics and Sports Medicine PLC, with offices in the Skyline Medical Plaza.

Lovell Communications announces appointments

Lovell Communications Inc. recently announced the promotions of Rosemary Plorin to senior vice president and Rebecca Kirkham to vice president, as well as the addition of Malea Barron as an assistant account executive.

Plorin, who previously served as vice president, has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications in both the public and private sectors. She assists Lovell's clients with media relations, crisis management, and merger and acquisition communications, but also has experience in community and government affairs. She is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Previously a senior account supervisor, Kirkham has more than a decade of experience in health care marketing and public relations. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, she managed corporate communications at IASIS Healthcare and Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. Kirkham is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she earned a degree in public relations.

Prior to joining the firm, Barron worked as a writer for NBC affiliate WSMV-TV. She also worked in publicity for Mercury Records where she gained experience in research, event planning and media relations. Barron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in public relations. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in mass communication from Middle Tennessee State University.

Miles joins McKendree Village

Diane Miles has joined the staff of McKendree Village as director of marketing. Miles previously was marketing consultant/interim marketing director at Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community in Asheville, N.C., during a major expansion to the existing community.

Miles has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of services to aging adults. Her experience includes positions as executive director of the Council on Aging in Tallahassee, Fla., and as executive director for a retirement cooperative in Providence, R.I. In addition, she has provided dining services consultation to more than 30 continuing care retirement communities nationwide.

Miles has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and an master's degree in educational administration, both from Florida State University.

Gish, Sherwood & Friends promotes five

Gish, Sherwood & Friends (GS&F), a Nashville-based advertising agency, has announced the promotions of Lisa Morel, Scott Fortenberry, Sims Henry, Heath Overton and Maria Arteaga Stranahan.

Morel has been promoted from planner/buyer to senior planner/buyer. Morel, who has been with GS&F for eight years, is a graduate of Florida State University.

Fortenberry has been promoted from assistant account executive to account executive. He marks his fifth anniversary with GS&F this year. Fortenberry has a degree in marketing from Belmont University.

Henry and Overton, both of whom have been with the agency for one year, have been promoted to assistant account executives. Both are graduates of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with bachelor's degrees in communications.

Stranahan recently joined the GS&F media department as a media coordinator. She is a graduate of Florida International University and has been with GS&F for more than a year.

J.E. Crain & Son hires Gaddes

J.E. Crain & Son announces the addition of Chad Gaddes as project manager. He brings seven years of experience in the construction industry specializing in the retail, commercial office, institutional and health care industries.

Davis re-elected to MDA national leadership

Recording artist Linda Davis has been re-elected as national vice president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

During MDA's recent annual meeting in Los Angeles, Davis was elected to a new one-year term as a voluntary leader of the association, whose mission is to eradicate neuromuscular diseases. MDA vice presidents provide counsel in their areas of expertise to support the lifesaving programs and activities of the national health organization.

Davis, also a songwriter and Grammy Award winner, spearheads MDA fund-raising programs in Nashville, including the Linda Davis and Friends MDA Benefit Bash.

Patton elected to national Red Cross

Richard Patton, an executive committee member of the Nashville Area Red Cross board of directors, is one of eight newly elected members to the American Red Cross National Committee on Nominations.

Patton is chief manager of Nashville-based Courage Capital Management. Currently, he serves as chair-elect of the Nashville Area Red Cross board of directors. He was previously financial development chair.

Voting delegates at the organization's national convention, in conjunction with the chair of the American Red Cross, appoint members to the 19-member nominating committee.

Gilliam joins The HR Group

James "Jim" Gilliam has joined The HR Group as director of business development. Former senior director of business development with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Gilliam will be managing customer relationships and developing employee benefits, HR management and outsourcing opportunities for The HR Group. Prior to CCA, Gilliam was regional sales specialist for the General Electric Capital Corp.

Bullington named chief nurse at Horizon Medical

Gina Bullington has been promoted to chief nursing officer at Horizon Medical Center, where she has been on staff for more than 10 years.

Bullington has served as the director of Horizon's Emergency Department since 2001. In that position, she oversaw the implementation of a five-level acuity system and was instrumental in helping Horizon achieve its Accredited Chest Pain Center designation. Prior to that, she held nursing positions in Horizon's Heart Center and Intensive Care Unit.

Bullington has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Tennessee Technological University and a master's degree in critical care nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Middle Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives and is on the board of directors for the Dickson Community Clinic.

Reisman to teach at Vanderbilt

Award-winning novelist and short story writer Nancy Reisman will teach at Vanderbilt University beginning this fall, as a master's program in creative writing begins to take shape at the university.

Reisman, author of the short story collection House Fires and the 2004 novel The First Desire, moves to Vanderbilt as an assistant professor from the University of Michigan, where she was the Helen Herzog Zell Visiting Associate Professor.

Reisman earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts. Her fiction has appeared in 2001 Best American Short Stories, Glimmer Train and Kenyon Review, and her story Tea was included in the anthology The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005.

House Fires won the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture awarded The First Desire the 2005 Samuel Goldberg Jewish Fiction Award in June. The New York Times named The First Desire as a notable book of 2004.

Wilson-Krugman joins 2nd Generation Capital

Celeste Wilson-Krugman has joined Nashville-based 2nd Generation Capital as director of the analyst services group.

With more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international business, Wilson-Krugman has consulted with Japanese companies doing business in America and U.S. businesses promoting products and services in Japan. Fluent in the Japanese language, Wilson has worked closely with Japanese and U.S. government, business, media and academic leaders on economic and political issues. Some of her clients have included Nissan, Toyota, Ricoh, Mitsubishi and the Japanese National Oil Corp.

At 2nd Generation, Wilson-Krugman's analyst services group is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities, identifying and monitoring developing industry trends, and authoring formal analyst opinions for 2nd Generation's private equity investment portfolio and for clients.

Wilson-Krugman was most recently director of stewardship and communications at St. George's Episcopal Church. She has a master's degree in international economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree in Japanese studies from Duke University.

Centennial Valuation adds Sheldon

Donald C. Sheldon has joined Centennial Valuation Group LLC (CVG) as a senior consulting analyst. Sheldon will provide management advisory, financial consulting and forensic services focusing on valuations and fraud investigation engagements. He will also assist CVG and its affiliate companies with litigation support and business consulting services such as corporate recovery.

Sheldon received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Doane College in Crete, Neb. He is a certified public accountant and a certified valuation analyst.

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