The Metro Parks Board of Directors has named Monique Odom, currently serving as interim director, to be the director of the Metro Parks Department. The selection follows a cross-departmental review of applicants for the position, in which Odom scored highest among all applicants.
Odom is a native Nashvillian who has been with Metro Government for over 15 years, 11 of which have been with the Parks and Recreation Department. Since joining Parks in 2006, Odom’s responsibilities have primarily focused on the department’s fiscal matters.
Odom will now head one of the largest Parks Department in Tennessee – overseeing almost 16,000 acres of open space, which includes 185 parks, 85 miles of greenway, 7 municipal golf courses, 7 regional community centers, 19 neighborhood centers, 7 dog parks, 171 sports fields, 4 nature centers, and seven historical sites including The Parthenon and Fort Negley. In addition to her duties with the Parks Board, Odom will work with the Nashville Parks Foundation, and over a dozen officially designated Friends groups. She will also guide Plan to Play: the Parks and Greenways Master Plan, which sets out the vision for the Nashville Parks and Greenways system for the next ten years.
Monique holds a B.A. from Fisk University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University’s College Institute of Government. Prior to her employment at Parks she served as the program coordinator for the Metro Human Relations Commission where she supervised all fiscal and administrative functions and oversaw the Commission’s programming efforts.
It is the mission of Metro Parks and Recreation to sustainably and equitably provide everyone in Nashville with an inviting network of parks and greenways that offer health, wellness and quality of life through recreation, conservation and community.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Building upon a professional and personal background in agriculture, Jessie Campbell has been appointed East Tennessee Public Affairs Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) has three regional public affairs coordinators to represent the three grand divisions of the state. Campbell will serve as the primary point of contact for the public and facilitate outreach activities in East Tennessee. She is tasked with building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and community leaders, identifying opportunities for TDA to further engage with counties, representing the department at a multitude of events and activities, and promoting the programs and services offered by TDA.
Campbell joins the department following two years as the development coordinator for the Tennessee Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation. In that role, Campbell’s leadership, creativity and public engagement contributed to an increase in fundraising, sponsorship and social media participation. Furthermore, she gained extensive experience in program development, promotion and facilitation.
Campbell grew up on a farm in Sweetwater, Tenn. and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Agriculture. She is nearing completion of her masters in Agricultural Communications and Leadership. Active in her community, Campbell is a member of the Rotary Club of Cookeville and the Knoxville Chamber Agribusiness Committee.
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center has announced the appointment of its Chief Operating Officer, Cory Mead, MHA, who will assume the role overseeing operations for the 126-bed south Nashville facility, which became effective October 16.
Mead comes to TriStar Southern Hills from Reston, Virginia, most recently serving as Associate Chief Operating Officer and Co-Ethics and Compliance Officer at HCA Healthcare’s Reston Hospital Center. There, he expanded the hospital’s surgical services through acquisitions of orthopedic and spinal robotic surgical systems and received state approval for a designated level II trauma center.
Prior to Reston Hospital Center, Mead served as Director of Operations and Administrative Fellow at HCA Healthcare’s Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and Administrative Intern and interim Director of Medical Imaging at HCA Healthcare’s Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Missouri.
Mead earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Health Administration degrees from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty recently welcomed Julie Christou to the team as an agent.
Christou made Nashville her “home sweet home” after living in both Chicago and Washington D.C. for many years. As a graduate of Michigan State University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Christou has a creative eye and passion for real estate. As a member of the “Make Nashville Your Home” team, she is committed to supporting her customers’ dreams in a personal and professional way. Prior to joining The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, Christou had the privilege of working more than 10 years for the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.
Christou has held several educational positions, traveling internationally to teach art and English as a second language. She has instructed art classes for the Centennial Art Center, Vanderbilt University, and Museum of Art and more.
As a marathon runner, Christou believes that reaching any goal is possible. This includes helping her clients find their dream home.