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Spring 2010 Features


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In the Green Zone



Delores Kinsolving (BS, MM ’73) was recognized as Patron of the Arts by the Germantown Arts Alliance. She is a founding member of the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble and serves on the board of Opera Memphis.


Janet Richards (BSEd, JD ’76), a professor in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, received the Marion Griffin- Frances Loring Award for service to the legal profession from the Association for Women Attorneys.

William Yarbrough (BBA) was appointed deputy regional director of the National Labor Relations Board’s Memphis office. He joined the NLRB in 1979 and served most recently as supervisory field examiner.


Don Donati (BA) of the Donati Law Firm was selected as the best Memphis labor and employment attorney for 2010 by Best Lawyers.

Mary Ann Lucas
Mary Ann Lucas (BS, MA ’76), medical compliance analyst with Watkins Uiberal Healthcare Consulting Group, was named president-elect of the Memphis chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Janice Nabors Raiteri
Janice Nabors Raiteri (BSEd) is curator of Gallery Fifty Six in Memphis.


Patsy Jones (BBA) is a certified financial planner for Shoemaker Financial in Germantown. In her practice, she takes a special interest in teaching women about their finances.

Dr. Fred M. Niell (BS, MS ’98) is headmaster of The Cathedral School in Little Rock. He had been a teacher, department head and administrator at Lausanne Collegiate School.

Al Tarsi (MBA) is Memphis market president for Trustmark Bank. He has 40 years of experience in the banking industry.

C. Barry Ward (JD) joined the law firm of Ballin, Ballin and Fishman as a partner. Numerous surveys and rankings have recognized Ward as one of the Memphis area’s top lawyers. He has been certified in commercial litigation since 1999.


Martine Meredith Collier (BFA) received the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute Inc. She is director of development and membership for Grantmakers in the Arts.

Jerry Stauffer (JD), president and CEO of the Baker Donelson law firm, received the Patriot Award.

David Wade
David Wade (JD), a shareholder with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, was listed among the state’s top civil litigation attorneys in BusinessTN magazine’s “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee.”


Samuel J. Blustein (BSEE) is international president-elect of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and will serve as international president for the 2010-11 term. He is an attorney with Hirsch & Westheimer in Houston.


Judge Tim J. Dwyer (BA, JD ’80) received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Christian Brothers High School.

Larry Rice (JD), senior partner at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, was selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, the only certified family law specialist named to the publication.


Lancelot L. Minor III
Lancelot L. Minor III (JD), a partner with the law firm of Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, was elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Minor also was selected for inclusion in Mid- South Super Lawyers. He has practiced law in Memphis for more than 30 years.


Joseph S. Mecham
Joseph S. Mecham (BBA) earned an MBA in information technology from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business, graduating with honors. He is a research associate and technical liaison with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Living Choice Project.

Phyllis Golden Morey
Phyllis Golden Morey (BA) was named one of the “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit” by DBusiness magazine in the area of intellectual property law. She is a shareholder and chief diversity officer with Brooks Kushman and heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice.


Blanchard E. Tual (MA) of Tual Graves received the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award, the Memphis Bar Association’s highest honor.


William J. Borah (JD) was named a judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. After 21 years of practicing employment law, he closed his firm and began hearing discrimination cases in November 2009.

Joey Harris
Joey Harris (BS, MAT ’84) was named chief operating officer of Cook’s Pest Control Inc. in Decatur, Ala. He had been vice president of sales and service.


Liz Conway
Liz Conway (BPS) joined Memphis Area Legal Services as director of development. Her duties include directing the annual Access to Justice fundraising campaign and coordinating MALS’ 40th anniversary commemoration.

Debbie Gilbert (BA, MS ’87) is a reporter for the White County News in Cleveland, Ga., where she lives. From August 1999 to April 2009, she was a reporter for The Times in Gainesville, Ga. Gilbert started her journalism career with Memphis Magazine and The Memphis Flyer in 1988.

Trish Swope (BBA) was promoted to director of human resources and accounting at archer>malmo.

Carl R. Williams (MBA, MS ’04) received the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award for his contributions to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Williams has been a member of SME since 1980 and has served 17 consecutive years in various elected positions. He is an associate professor and coordinator of graduate studies in the Department of Engineering Technology in the U of M’s Herff College of Engineering.


Carrie Pinson (BBA) is a real estate agent living in Kennesaw, Ga. She retired from General Motors in 2004.


Dr. Rene Friemoth Lee (PhD) is executive director of The Bodine School, which offers educational programs for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Marshall Talley (BBA) joined Paragon National Bank as senior credit officer and senior vice president.


Dr. Mohammed A. El-Saidi
Dr. Mohammed A. El-Saidi (PhD) is associate vice president of academic affairs at Utah Valley University. He served as academic dean at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.


Dan Overbey
Dan Overbey (BBA) was named president of BankUnited Investment Services, the company’s securities and investment sales division.

Carla Yarbrough
Carla Yarbrough (BA) is video/audio operations manager at the University of California, Riverside. She had been teaching broadcast journalism and online news courses at California State University, Long Beach, and has worked at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn. She has her own production company producing segments for television, short films, documentaries and marketing presentations.


James R. Mulroy II
James R. Mulroy II (MBA), resident manager of the Jackson Lewis Memphis office, was named an “MBQ Player” by Memphis Business Quarterly magazine in its guide to the area’s movers and shakers in the employment law industry.

Crystal Robbins
Crystal Robbins (BFA), an actress and certified voice trainer at Santa Monica College, will be teaching “Lessac For You, Developing the Adolescent Actor” at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., this summer. Robbins directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with children 9 to 14 years old after a three-week Shakespeare camp at Woodbury, and is set to direct Macbeth at the Shakespeare camp there this year.


Kelly Dobbins
Kelly Dobbins (BA, MA ’97), owner of Mid-South Drug Testing, received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award in the business category. The award recognizes women for their significant contributions to the Memphis community.

William D. Domico (JD), a founding member of Domico Kyle, was certified as a medical malpractice specialist.

Phillip Tutor
Phillip Tutor (BA) won the national Carmage Walls Commentary Award for newspapers under 50,000 circulation. Tutor and two of his colleagues at The Anniston (Ala.) Star collaborated on an editorial series that examined the effects of predatory lending on Alabama’s low-income residents.


Joey Bland (BPS) is vice president of Commercial Alliance Management.


John Norris
John Norris (BBA, JD ’95), a partner in the Jackson Lewis law firm, was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal. He handles state and federal lawsuits, arbitrations and administrative claims regarding age, race, gender and other types of discrimination or harassment, as well as disability accommodation issues.

Philip J. Osteen (BS) became the first student to earn a double PhD from the University of Denver by completing doctorates in both social work and statistics. Osteen also received master’s degrees in social work and statistics from Denver. He is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.


Mario B. Powells (BBA), owner of The Memphis CPA Group, was elected to the board of directors of the Memphis Health Center.


Shane M. Davis (BA) joined Service Assurance as senior vice president of managed services and IT operations. He directs business development and sales for the managed services business line.

Michael Graber (BLS, MFA ’98) is managing partner of the Southern Growth Studio, a brand marketing and product innovation consultancy with offices in Oxford, Miss., Memphis and Little Rock.


Kirk Caraway (BA, JD ’97), a partner with the law firm Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, was selected for the second straight year as a “Mid- South Rising Star” by Law & Politics in the field of labor and employment law.


Shannon Fristensky (MS) is manager of physician and guest relations at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

Peter S. Knoop Jr. (BS) was named managing director at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.

Dusty Roser (BBA) earned his Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certificate from APICS, the Association for Operations Management. He is product supply manager at the Snyder’s of Hanover Midwest Regional Distribution Center in Brownsburg, Ind.


Claire Cissell (JD) joined the Thomason Hendrix law firm.


Chris A. Blair (MA, PhD ’02) was elected president of the International Digital Media and Arts Association. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the IDMAA in 2009. Blair is an associate professor and coordinator of the Digital Media Studies program at Union University.

Katrina Jones (BBA) formed Gelman & Jones, a law firm in New York City. The firm focuses on employment law, family law and estate planning.


Chantelle Roberson
Chantelle Roberson (JD), an attorney with Miller & Martin in Chattanooga, has been named a German Marshall Fund Fellow for 2010. Fellows work on questions of foreign policy, international security, trade and economic development, immigration and other topics important to the Euro-Atlantic community. Roberson concentrates her practice in civil litigation matters.


Steve Brigance (BSCE) joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates as a project engineer.

Shannon Fagan (BFA) is president of the Stock Artists Alliance for 2009-10. During his first year as president of the SAA, Fagan led the organization to a successful merger with the world’s largest photographic organization, the Professional Photographers of America. Amy Webb Martin (JD) of The Landers Firm and Bobby

F. Martin Jr. (BA ’94, JD ’98) of The Cochran Firm were jointly honored with the Memphis Bar Association’s Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award. The award recognizes young attorneys who provide outstanding legal service to the profession and the community.

Claire Robinson (BA) is co-hosting The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network.


Kyle Dickerson
Kyle Dickerson (JD) was named a partner of the law firm Sumrell, Sugg, Carmichael, Hicks & Hart of New Bern, N.C.

Zac McRae
Zac McRae (BBA) is an account manager with the Memphis office of Technical Innovation, where he specializes in corporate audio, visual and videoconferencing integration.

Ayoka Pond (MA) is public relations manager for Baptist Memorial Health Care. Adrienne Timberlake (BA) was promoted to producer at archer>malmo.


Gokben Yamandag (MBA) was promoted to director of digital strategy and marketing at archer>malmo.


Kevin Baskette (JD) joined the Thomason Hendrix law firm.

Lee Rudd (MBA) joined BancorpSouth as senior vice president of its Premier Banking Group.


David McDowell (JD) has been named a member of the law firm Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett and Elliott of Chattanooga. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Hixson, Tenn., with their son, Graham.


Shon Johnson (JD), of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, was elected vice president/ president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.

Erin Allison Melton (JD) married Martin Flanagan Shea Jr. on May 15, 2009. An attorney with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell, she was included in the 2009 Mid-South Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers magazine.

Kyle M. Wiggins (JD), of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, was named president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.


Amelia Byrd (BPS, BFA ’07) teaches dance at Colonial Middle School.

Matt Griffin
Matt Griffin (BA) was promoted to assistant account executive at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville. He has worked with clients such as Constellation Energy Projects & Services, Hennessy Industries Inc., Metro District Energy System and Lilly USA.

Xiaoou Zhao (MM) was invited by The United States and China Foundation to conduct a celebration concert at Lincoln Center in New York City in October. Zhao is assistant dean of the conducting department at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.


David Lisik (DMA) joined the faculty of the New Zealand School of Music, where he teaches jazz composition, arranging and theory. His portfolio includes more than 200 works.

Melissa Stephens (MA) teaches Spanish and serves as chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. She will begin doctoral studies in Spanish-American literature at the University of Missouri this fall.

Taylor Webb
Taylor Webb (BSCE) is a civil engineer intern with Pickering’s Memphis office.


LaTricea Adams (BA) earned the Teacher of Honor designation in education. from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. She is a Spanish teacher and head of the Foreign Language/ELD Department at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, Tenn. Adams is pursuing her EdD in administration and supervision at Tennessee State University.

Bryce W. Ashby (JD) returned to the Donati Law Firm after completing a federal district court clerkship with Judge Bernice B. Donald.

Darrell Cobbins (MBA), founder and owner of Universal Commercial Real Estate, is the youngest board chair of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division.

Joel D. Revalee
Joel D. Revalee (BS) is a doctoral student in biophysics at the University of Michigan after earning a master’s degree there in 2009. Since arriving at Michigan in 2007, he has received a Regents Fellowship and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. While at the U of M, he received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for students pursuing studies in math, science and engineering.

Ethan Wright
Ethan Wright (BSEE) joined Pickering’s Memphis office as an engineering intern.


Louise Chandler
Louise Chandler (JD) joined the HF Law Group as an associate attorney. She works in the areas of personal injury, entertainment law, intellectual property, medical malpractice and commercial litigation.

Peter Colin (BM) participated in the 2009 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles inaugural Young Conductors Mentorship Project held at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Colin spent a week attending professional development clinics and studying with two mentor conductors. He was one of only six participants selected from an international pool of applicants. Colin is director of choirs and assistant director of bands at Munford High School.

Sandra Cox (DMA) presented her dissertation topic, an in-depth description of performance-related injuries in woodwind musicians, at the Tennessee Music Educators Association in April. Cox, who with Kennith Freeman performs as the Cox-Freeman Duo, gave a recital at Emporia State University in Kansas. The duo performed at the Hawaii Music Educators Association Conference in Honolulu in February, where they also gave a presentation based on Cox’s dissertation topic. The Cox- Freeman Duo has been invited to perform at the International Society for Music Education biennial conference in Beijing in August.

Julia M. Kavanagh (JD) joined the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

Slade Kyle (BFA) played the role of Puck in the Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Joshua Pursley (BFA) joined Disciple Design as a graphic designer.

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