FirstBank hires Smith to oversee post office building branch
Jeff Smith  has joined FirstBank as Franklin president.
Smith will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s branch office in the historic Five Points post office building, which is scheduled to open in early 2014.
Smith comes to FirstBank from Franklin Synergy Bank, where he served a commercial loan officer. FirstBank's post office building branch is located within very close proximity to the Franklin Synergy headquarters where Smith worked.
Prior to his time at Franklin Synergy, Smith was with Capital Bank as well as Franklin National Bank. He has more than 27 years of banking experience in Williamson County, of which he is a native.
“Jeff is a well-respected, longtime Williamson County banker who will do a tremendous job heading up our Franklin office,” Gordon Inman, chairman of FirstBank Middle Tennessee, said in a release. “Having worked with Jeff previously, I know he has the leadership skills and market knowledge to help us achieve our strategic goals for this area.”
Smith, a Middle Tennessee State University graduate, is a longtime member of the Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club and is a past president. A 2013 graduate of Leadership Franklin, Smith remains active in the organization as a member of the Leadership Franklin Alumni Association.
Deane, Smith & Partners names Humble as account associate
Deane, Smith & Partners has named Kara Humble  as account associate.
Humble will work with DS&P clients such as Faces, the National Foundation for Cancer Research and law firm Butler Snow. She will handle social media marketing and public relations.
“Kara’s knowledge of the field of communications and journalism are a great foundation for her position at Deane Smith,” Silas Deane, DS&P CEO said in a release. “Her creativity will be a great asset to the team.”
Humble graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. She also has several years of experience in photography and graphic design.
Kitty L. Cluck has joined First Freedom Bank as a personal banker in the Mt. Juliet office, according to John Lancaster, President and CEO of the bank’s parent company.
As a personal banker, Cluck will provide guidance, counseling and assistance on new accounts and loans.
“Kitty is an experienced personal banker who is dedicated to the community,” Lancaster said in a release.
Cluck has more than eight years of banking experience and was previously a personal banker at SunTrust Bank, where she received recognition awards for her outstanding customer service.
Gillum joins Covenant as learning specialist
Dr. Heather Gillum has been named learning specialist at The Covenant School, with her tenure to begin this fall.
Gillum will work with Jamie Tyner, Quest Learning Services coordinator, to enhance and extend the academic enrichment curriculum, assess students' learning challenges, and work with students individually and in groups to help them achieve their educational goals, according to Dr. Catherine Graham, Head of The Covenant School.
In addition, Gillum will offer seminars for teachers and presentations for parents about methods and strategies that support the students’ learning processes.
Gillum is well known within the Nashville-area speech-language pathology and educational consultancy communities, bringing more than 15 years of experience working with children with learning differences and providing curriculum consulting and faculty education programs to independent schools.
In addition, Gillum worked in treatment efficacy research at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center prior to completing a doctorate in psychometrics and child language at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation on the relationships between oral language and reading skills exemplifies her philosophy of considering the whole child when designing differentiated instruction.
Gillum has taught courses in child language development at Vanderbilt University and at Tennessee State University, and has presented her research at national and international conferences.
A Nashville native, Gillum attended Franklin Road Academy and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology at the University of Tennessee.