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Classnotes

1965

Larry Blanz (BS, MA ’68) is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Nashville. He is married with two sons and attends a Unitarian church. Fellow alumni can email him at lblanz@comcast.net.

1974

John Noland (JD) is immediate past president of the Florida Bar Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Foundation and a member of its Legacy for Justice fundraising program. Noland has practiced law for more than 30 years at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Fort Myers, Fla.

1976

Ed Hargraves (MS), senior partner in Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, received a presidential citation recognizing his outstanding efforts on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee and the engineering profession.

Jim Summers
Jim Summers
Jim Summers (JD) was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of construction litigation. Summers also was nominated for membership in the Memphis Bar Foundation. He is an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Grisham.
America

1978

John Blumberg
John Blumberg
John Blumberg (BBA), national speaker and author, published his second book, GOOD to the CORE: Building Value with Values. He has been recognized by the National Speakers Association with the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, the highest earned title in the speaking profession. The CSP designation is held by fewer than 10 percent of the members of the International Federation of Professional Speakers.

1979

Paul E. Prather (BA, JD ’82), a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

1980

L. Raymond Grimes (JD), Montgomery County General Sessions and Juvenile Court judge, received the McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award from the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Harold North (JD) received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award. An attorney with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga, North was recognized for serving as chair of TBA’s Special Committee on Foreclosure Procedure.

1982

Jonathan E. Kaplan (JD), a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Rita White (BSEd, MEd ’94), principal of Riverwood Elementary School in Cordova, received the Tennessee Department of Education’s Principal of the Year Award. Last year she won the National Distinguished Principal Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

1984

Sadler Bailey (JD), founder of the law firm Bailey & Greer, received the Paladin Award from the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ). The award recognizes TAJ members who work tirelessly to fight for civil justice.

1985

Kevin Kane (BSEd), president and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, was elected 2011-12 chair of Destination Marketing Association International.

Jacqueline Williamson (BBA, MPA ’98, MS ’06), an instructional and graphic designer, is the author of Wait Until Autumn.

1987

Amy Amundsen
Amy Amundsen
Amy Amundsen (JD), an attorney with Rice Amundsen and Caperton, was elected 2011-12 president of the Leo Berman Sr. American Inn of Court. American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of attorneys and judges.

1988

Elizabeth Collins (JD), a partner with Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell, was appointed to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Committee.

Jill Powelson (BBA, MBA ’09) was named vice president of physician services for UT Medical Group. Previously she served as director of operations for the Department of Surgery, the Transplant Institute and the Adult Cardiovascular Surgery Institute.

1989

J. Gregory Grisham (JD), an attorney with Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, was selected as a master in the Leo Berman Sr. American Inn of Court. American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of attorneys and judges.

David R. Leon
David R. Leon
David R. Leon (BA) is south central regional manager for EndoGastric Solutions, an incubator company from Seattle and leader in the emerging field of natural orifice surgery (NOS). The company was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture Capital-Funded Companies in America.

1992

Sheri Bancroft (BFA) was named artistic director for DeltaARTS, a West Memphis-based nonprofit organization that provides arts enrichment programs in East Arkansas and West Tennessee. She received the Tennessee Arts Commission’s 2011 Professional Artist Grant and is a recent Fellow of The Leadership Academy.

1993

Paul Woods (BBA) is head of the Memphis office for Marsh, an insurance broker and risk adviser.

1996

David L. Bearman (JD), an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, was named the firm’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

1997

Jason Rittenberry
Jason Rittenberry
Jason Rittenberry (BA), president and CEO of Memphis International Raceway and Palm Beach International Raceway, received the Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) designation from the International Association of Venue Managers.

1998

Juloy Raymer (BBA) is vice president of revenue services for UT Medical Group. She had been administrator for outpatient services at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

1999

Kevin Balkwill (JD) was elected vice president of the Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association Inc. board of directors for 2011-12. He is disciplinary counsel-investigations for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Carla C. Wood (BPS, MS ’02) was appointed president of Altos Solutions Inc., a Web-based software applications developer for community-based oncology practices. The company is headquartered in Los Altos, Calif. Previously Wood was director of product development for Supportive Oncology Services and Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network and worked for Schering-Plough. She is based in Cordova.

2000

Marceline Hayes (PhD) is an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Arkansas State University.

Mason W. Wilson (BA, JD ’04) is president of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for 2011-12. He is an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

2002

Patsy Anderson (MS) retired after more than 36 years of service at Southwest Tennessee Community College. For the last 11 years she was director of the Elbert T. Gill Jr. Center in Frayser.

2003

David G. McDowell (JD) is vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for 2011-12. He practices law with the firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Cavett, Elliott & Cannon in Chattanooga.

2007

Taylor C. Berger (JD) received the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award from the Tennessee Bar Association for the most outstanding article published in the Tennessee Bar Journal during 2010. He was recognized for his article “Unpublished Opinions in Tennessee.” Berger is founding director of the Memphis Area Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Nathan Shelby (JD) was honored for his service as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Membership & Law School Outreach Committee and its inaugural Judicial Internship Program. Shelby is an attorney with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell in Jackson, Tenn.

2010

N. Tyler Darby (JD) joined the Blount Law Firm as an associate. Previously he was a judicial clerk for Shelby County Criminal Court judges James C. Beasley Jr. and W. Mark Ward.

Matthew P. Gabriel
Matthew P. Gabriel
Matthew P. Gabriel (JD) was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of construction litigation. Summers also was nominated for membership in the Memphis Bar Foundation. He is an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Grisham.

2011

John-Michael Clowers (BBA) joined Legacy Wealth Management as a portfolio manager.

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