Executive Appointments

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 12:00am

Colton joins Murrah Music

Attorney Doug Colton has joined the staff of Murrah Music Corp. as its general counsel and director, international relations. In addition, Colton and Murrah have formed Murrah Colton Entertainment, a multi-genre music publishing and production venture.

Colton's area of expertise is in intellectual property and entertainment law. During his years at Sukin Law Group, practicing in Nashville and New York, Colton represented a diverse group of songwriters, recording artists and music publishers, including Warner Chappell Music and the estates of George and Ira Gershwin, and Elvis Presley.

Before graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School, Colton was the lead singer and primary songwriter for a local rock band.

THDA selects new CFO

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) has selected Alice Williams as its new chief financial officer. Williams replaces former CFO Ted Fellman, who is now THDA executive director.

Williams began her career in the health care industry. After 12 years, she moved to the private business sector and worked as CFO for several companies. Williams' last employment prior to operating her own accounting and tax practice was with food distribution company Robert Orr.

Williams has a Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University, a master's degree from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate from Canbourne University in London. Williams also teaches night classes for adults in accounting and finance in the graduate program at the University of Phoenix.

Renal Advantage Inc. adds five executives

Renal Advantage Inc., one of the nation's major providers of dialysis outpatient service, has added five veteran health care executives to its management team.

The newcomers are Clay Bittner, vice president for managed care; Monte Frankenfield, vice president of finance and controller; Eric Enderle, vice president of development; Gayle Franks, RN, vice president of risk management and compliance; and April Hackney, business office director.

Bittner has 15 years of managed health care experience and formerly served as vice president of network operations for Coventry Healthcare in Louisiana. He has held leadership positions in network operations with UnitedHealthcare and Foundation Health Plans of Florida.

Frankenfield has 20 years of experience in corporate financial management, banking, financial reporting and forecasting for both public and private companies. Most recently, she was chief financial officer of SeniorHealth Incorporated. Her prior experience includes senior finance positions with PhyCor Inc., now Aveta Health Inc.

Enderle has 12 years of business development experience in health care mergers and acquisitions and investment banking. He most recently served as vice president of development at Ardent Health Services where he provided advisory services on acquisition and divestiture initiatives. Prior to Ardent, Enderle was vice president of the health care investment banking division at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Franks, a registered nurse, has 15 years of experience in risk management, claims management, patient and employee safety and OSHA compliance. Franks recently worked for Gambro Healthcare Inc., where she created and developed an internal risk management department.

Hackney has 13 years of experience in health care finance and billing. She most recently served as director of billing for Gambro Healthcare, where she managed the billing function for more than 500 dialysis centers and developed communication and quality assurance protocols to improve accuracy in billing.

Hilton Nashville Downtown names Kiel catering director

Hilton Nashville Downtown has named Penny Kiel director of catering and convention services.

Kiel brings 20 years experience to the position. Recently, she was responsible for catering/social events for the Hermitage Hotel and director of social catering at Gaylord Opryland Resort. Her experience also includes membership director for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and community leadership roles with the Nashville Symphony Guild and Nashville Heart Gala Board.

Pierce named director at Vanderbilt

Tim Pierce has been named director of major gifts in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining the Owen School, Pierce was director of business development for Automsoft Inc., an international database software supplier.

West joins TPAC as patron services head

Michael West has joined the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to manage a new division at TPAC.

As the director of patron services, West will supervise employees in the box office, subscriber services, group sales, concessions and house. Prior to joining TPAC, he spent 12 years with the management of pro basketball franchise the New Jersey Nets in ticketing, season subscription renewals, customer relations, sponsorships, community outreach and game night operations.

In addition to creating the division of patron services and hiring West, Kathleen O'Brien, TPAC's president and chief executive officer, announced the following promotions in senior management at the performing arts center:

Roberta Ciuffo, appointed to senior vice president for institutional advancement; Teresa Ellithorpe, senior director of event sales and services; Brent Hyams, senior director of marketing and sponsorships; Susan Sanders, senior director for institutional advancement; and Lori Ward, senior director of communications.

Also promoted were Melissa Brett to community relations manager; Lattie Brown to director of special projects; Linda Jolly to senior box office manager; Leigh Jones to director of ArtSmart; Bonnie Keller to senior marketing manager; Stephanie Milhoan to senior human resources manager; Ginger Muse to ticketing manager; Brenda Otis to office manager; Rebecca Robbins to director of development; and June Swartz to senior events manager.

Also joining the TPAC staff recently are Leigh Hearne, marketing coordinator, and Paul Strickland, assistant house manager.

Prevent Blindness Tennessee names Miller president

Prevent Blindness Tennessee, a nonprofit health agency providing public education, vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses to children, seniors and other Tennesseans in need, has named Donna Miller president and chief executive officer. Miller succeeds Alice Orr, who is retiring next month after 22 years of service to the Tennessee community.

Miller joins PBT from Fisk University, where she was director of corporate and foundation relations. Prior to that, she was chief executive officer of Gateway Community Services in East Lansing, Mich., where she oversaw an agency that ran three medical clinics and delivered intensive crisis counseling for children, adolescents and families in crisis.

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