Bader to lead major GOP group
Nashville native Jill Bader has been appointed by the Republican State Leadership Committee as that organization's communications director. The RSLC is based in Washington, D.C., and works to gain GOP seats in state government nationwide.
Bader spent several years on Capitol Hill as press secretary for Sen. Lamar Alexander and the Senate Republican Conference. She has also worked on the campaigns of Senators Alexander and Bob Corker and is former communications director for Gov. Scott Walker's campaign in Wisconsin. While working for Walker, she also headed press operations for Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
“On the heels of two record breaking election cycles, Jill’s outstanding record on Capitol Hill and in successful campaigns across the country make her a perfect fit as we continue to build upon our successes in electing Republicans to the office of attorney general, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and legislator," said RSLC President Chris Jankowski. "In addition, her strong personal and professional passion for supporting women's leadership development will be an invaluable asset as we work to grow our Right Women, Right Now initiative.”
After leaving Wisconsin to return to D.C., Bader joined the Girl Scouts of the USA as senior public policy and communications advisor, overseeing the organization's centennial celebrations on Capitol Hill and in state capitols nationwide. She was most recently in Tampa for the Romney campaign, serving as Florida communications director for the Republican National Committee.
Ingram Barge names senior VP
Ingram Barge Company has promoted Robert Barker to senior vice president and chief information officer.
Previously, Barker served as director of information systems for a division of Manitowoc Companies in Shady Grove, Penn. He is an alumnus of Purdue University with a degree in computer integrated manufacturing.
“Robert has been managing operations, budgets, and varied technological projects of the Information Services group since joining Ingram in 2010,” Craig E. Philip, Ingram Barge chief executive officer, said in a release. “[His] expertise and leadership in this department continues to make a positive impact.”
Ingram Barge Company is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc.
Dickinson Wright names two partners
Regional law firm Dickinson Wright has named two of its Nashville attorneys members.
Robert Bigelow's work focuses on labor and employment cases as well as class action, business litigation and music, sports and entertainment work. Before joining Dickinson Wright, he clerked for the Honorable Juliet E. Griffin in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Bigelow (on left in photo) is the current president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association and takes part in the Nashville Pro Bono Program, among others. He earned both his bachelor's and law degrees from Vanderbilt University.
Darrell West focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class actions, labor and employment litigation, real estate litigation and appellate proceedings. He received his bachelor's degree and J.D. from the University of Tennessee.
The Fifth Third Center offices of Dickinson Wright are home to almost 30 attorneys. The firm moved into the Middle Tennessee market four years by acquiring Stewart Estes & Donnell and last year added to its footprint.
HighPoint names CFO
HighPoint Health System has named Kevin Rinks as the Gallatin-based health system’s new chief financial officer.
Rinks served as chief financial officer at Clearview Regional Medical Center in Monroe, Ga., since 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he was the chief financial officer at Santa Rosa Medical Center, in Milton, Fla. From 2005 to 2006, he was controller at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn.
Rinks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master’s degree in health service administration from Strayer University in Nashville.
PharmMD appoints pair
PharmMD has hired Kempton Presley as director of health care analytics.
Previously, Kempton worked for WellPoint where he led a team of health information advisors to create and present financial and clinical analytics to large employer accounts. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University, Kempton developed and still teaches a class on health IT strategy in the School of Public Health.
Kempton received a B.A. in economics from Washington & Lee University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. He is also doing graduate work in medical informatics at Northwestern University.
PharmMD has also appointed Becky Tate as VP of operations. Tate joins PharmMD with more than 15 years of experience in the health care industry, most recently holding the title of senior director of compliance and privacy officer at Simplex Healthcare.
Tate’s background includes operational experience in disease management, managed care, commercial and self-insured health insurance and account management. She earned her B.B.A. and M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University.