Amerisource hires regional marketing manager
Houston-based Amerisource Funding has named Ivan Cook  regional market manager for the Mid-South and says he will oversee business development in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. He is based in Murfreesboro and will handle both direct business and work with Amerisource’s referral partners.
Before joining Amerisource this month, Cook spent almost six years in business development at Bibby Transportation Finance. Before that, he was a regional sales manager at Comdata Financial Services.
Cook has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washington State University. Before beginning his finance career, he spent six years coaching football at both the prep and collegiate level.
GS&F promotes Harmon
Advertising agency GS&F, formerly called Gish Sherwood & Friends, has promoted Lori Harmon  to senior vice president and director of account management. Harmon joined the Green Hills-based company in July of last year from nationally known firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami.
Harmon will oversee the agency’s business-to-business and consumer-oriented account teams as well as continue to manage the Bridgestone Americas account.
At Crispin Porter, where she worked for two and a half years, Harmon helped lead the national media planning for the Burger King account. Prior to that, she spent time at The Martin Agency and McKinney, working with Land’s End, Krystal Restaurants and Bacardi, among others.
Bass Berry & Sims welcomes back Curley
Former Bass Berry & Sims partner Matt Curley  has returned to the firm after serving a stint in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Curley had served as an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the local office’s civil division for most of the past two years. He supervised and coordinated the U.S. Attorney’s civil enforcement efforts, which focused on health care fraud cases brought under the False Claims Act.
At Bass, Curley will again be a partner in the firm’s compliance and government investigations practice group, which has in the past two years also added Eli Richardson, the former criminal chief for the local U.S. Attorney’s Office, and John Kelly, a former assistant chief for health care fraud in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Kelly is based in Washington, D.C., and is managing partner of Bass’ office there.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Curley was a law clerk for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He also is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt.
Alive Hospice adds CMO, COO
Palliative physician and psychiatrist Dr. John L. Shuster Jr.  has joined Alive Hospice as chief medical officer, while Barbara Brennan  has been added as the nonprofit's chief nursing officer/chief operating officer.
Shuster will oversee the delivery of medical care for terminally ill patients and will lead Alive Hospice’s team of physicians and nurse practitioners. He also will serve as a resource to the medical community on end-of-life care.
Shuster previously served as director of Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s Psychiatry and Medicine Program and as a palliative physician with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Nashville VA Medical Center. He is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.
Shuster served as medical director of University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospice from 1991 to 1997. He led the UAB Palliative Medicine Program from 1999 to 2004 and was the founding director of UAB Center for Palliative Care. In 2004, he joined the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center as a research physician and held an appointment as clinical professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Alabama.
Shuster received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1987.
Brennan will oversee Alive Hospice's day-to-day operations of hospice care in the home and inpatient settings as well as the organization’s grief support services. Additionally, Brennan’s responsibilities include quality/risk management, infection control and clinical education.
Brennan previously served as chief nursing officer at Skyline Medical Center. She began her career as a critical care nurse after earning a B.S.N. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She later earned an M.S.N. in nursing administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Brennan is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and recently completed two terms on the Tennessee Board of Nursing.