Bass Berry & Sims adds five
Bass Berry & Sims, which is home to more than 200 attorneys, has added associates to five of its practice groups. The new attorneys are as follows:
• Emily Burrows , who focuses her practice on intellectual property law, specifically technology-based transactions and the management of trademark portfolios. Before joining the firm, Burrows practiced at the Ryan Law Firm in Austin, Texas. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her bachelor’s in economics and human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.
• Kiel Fisher , who has joined the firm’s litigation practice. Prior to joining Bass, he earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Diego.
• Caroline Kirk , who focuses her work on corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Kirk practiced in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie. She received her law degree from the University of Kentucky and her B.S. in accounting and business administration from Washington & Lee University.
• Sydney Nash , who advises health care clients on regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. Prior to joining the firm, Nash practiced law in the New York office of Ropes & Gray. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and received a B.A. in public policy from New College of Florida.
• Kelly Padgett , who focuses her practice on labor and employment law advising clients in wage-and-hour law matters and issues related to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees. Prior to joining the firm, Padgett practiced at Winston & Strawn in Charlotte. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt and received a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina.
Virsys 12 adds VP
Brentwood-based technology consulting firm Virsys 12 has added Valerie Landkammer  as both partner and vice president of consulting services.
Landkammer brings more than 17 years of experience within the industry. Before joining Virsys12, she worked at Asurion, Core BTS, Edgenet, Paradigm Health, Cigna HealthSpring and Accenture. Her certifications include project management professional and lean applied to business processes.
Landkammer holds an M.B.A. from Belmont University.
"Valerie's addition to Virsys12 is a sign of our steady growth and customer-centered approach,” Tammy Hawes, Virsys12 president and managing partner, said in a release. “Valerie will help serve our growing list of health care, marketing, financial and other clients with cloud computing software as service technologies.”
Virsys12 provides implementation consulting and support for salesforce.com and the force.com platform. The company specializes in cloud computing and software-as-a-service technologies.
VU School of Nursing welcomes Schorn as senior associate dean
Dr. Mavis Schorn  has been named senior associate dean for academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
Schorn has served as assistant dean for academics for the past three years while maintaining an active clinical practice at West End Women’s Health Center.
Schorn joined the Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery faculty in 2002 and became its director in 2006. Under her leadership, the program has grown in prominence, and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top three graduate nurse-midwifery programs in the country.
In 2010, Schorn assumed the newly created position of assistant dean for academics, while continuing to lead the nurse-midwifery program and maintaining her clinical practice.
As her role expanded, Schorn has focused primarily on regulatory and compliance issues, systematic program evaluations, global health opportunities and other school-wide academic needs. She has held national leadership roles in the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and is recognized for her research on pregnancy, specifically the third stage of labor.
Schorn earned her baccalaureate in nursing from the University of Texas; her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Houston; her nurse-midwifery certificate from Baylor College of Medicine; and her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.
Schorn was inducted into the fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2011. She has consistently received clinical practice awards for meeting national satisfaction benchmarks and was named the Tennessee March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Education in 2010.
Envision Conference Center names Tomlin, Simmons as leaders
Envision Conference Center, a new Brentwood-based meeting and conference facility, has named Olivia Ruth Tomlin and Tracy Simmons to oversee the organization.
Tomlin serves as the company’s vice president of development and operations. Previously, she served as GBT Realty Corporation’s marketing and communications manager. She earned her bachelors in business administration from the University of Alabama.
Simmons joins Envision as marketing and events manager following eight years as leasing associate and event planner at GBT Realty Corporation.
Summit of the Southeast set for MCC
The Summit of the Southeast, a regional health care IT conference hosted by the Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi chapters of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), will be held at Music City Center Sept. 17-18.
The two-day conference will bring nearly 1,000 health care IT professionals, including providers, payors and vendors and will feature expert speakers and panelists from around the country.
“The Summit is the largest regional healthcare IT event in the country,” said HIMSS Tennessee Chapter President Brian Moyer. “It’s a great opportunity to bring people together from all areas of the healthcare IT industry to learn from one another, talk about the state of healthcare, and build relationships.”
This is the summit’s sixth consecutive year in Nashville.
Among this year’s featured presenters are Connie Mariano, M.D., White House Physician to President Bill Clinton and Founder of the Center for Executive Medicine; Jeff Goldsmith, President of Healthcare Futures; Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Congresswoman for the 7th District of Tennessee; Mark Blatt, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., Director of Health and Healthcare Industries Solutions for Intel; and Blackford Middleton, M.D., CIO and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University.
ISTE names Ray as board president
The International Society for Technology in Education has announced its 2013-14 board officers with Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of learning technologies and library services at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, to serve as board president.
“It is such a high honor for me as a district administrator to represent the ed tech community in this manner,” Ray said in a release.