Business Briefs 1-11-2018

MP&F Public Reations
Lisa Mees, a former account director in Blue State Digital’s Washington, D.C., office, has joined MP&F Public Relations as a senior account executive.

At Blue State Digital, Mees managed the digital communications strategy and execution     for a variety of advocacy and nonprofit accounts, including Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, Special Olympics International, National Marrow Donor Program, National Wildlife Federation and United Negro College Fund, creating community growth and activation programs that achieved their advocacy and fundraising objectives.

From July 2012 until January 2015, she served as an account executive in the Washington office of Porter Novelli, the global public relations company, focusing on consumer marketing and public affairs.

In the fall of 2012, she served as the project manager for the Emerging Stars program at Porter Novelli’s parent company, Omnicom, in New York City.

Mees is a native of Leesburg, Va., and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in communication studies and journalism from James Madison University.

Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson announced Mark Glesne as marketing director, with a special focus working on the Max Lucado and Lysa TerKeurst publishing brands.

Glesne comes to Thomas Nelson with 14 years of results-driven, revenue-generating marketing experience, most recently serving as director of marketing and digital commerce at TOL, Inc. in Calabasas, California. At TOL, he oversaw marketing strategy, vision development, and brand implementation, in addition to developing digital marketing plans and growing the web presence and e-commerce business.

Glesne holds a degree in Communications, with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP has added ten attorneys and a patent agent to the law firm’s Nashville office. The additions span a wide range of practice areas including, Real Estate, Finance & Restructuring, Cor-porate, Tax, Labor & Employ- ment and Intellectual Property.

Sarah Bothma, a member of Waller’s Tax practice, assists healthcare companies and investors with complex tax and business issues associated with transactional matters ranging from mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures to dispositions, liquidations and tax-free reorganizations. Bothma earned her LL.M. in Taxation in 2017 from New York University after earning her J.D. in 2016 from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. She earned her B.A., cum laude, in 2013 from the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Seth Cohen is a real estate attorney assisting hospitals, health systems and healthcare investors with all aspects of commercial real estate and leasing transactions related to medical office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and other healthcare facilities. Cohen earned his J.D. in 2014 from the University of Alabama School of Law. He earned his    B.A. in 2011 from Vanderbilt University.

Emily Salomon Duncan is an associate in Waller’s Corporate practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate law. Since joining Waller she has assisted a range of healthcare clients including hospital operators, behavioral health services providers, outpatient services providers, physician practices, dental support organizations and private equity healthcare investors. Duncan earned her J.D. in 2017 from Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her B.A. in 2011 from Rice University.

Kyle B. Fuller, a member of Waller’s Real Estate practice, assists hospitals, health systems and healthcare investors in commercial real estate and leasing transactions involving medical office buildings and healthcare facilities. Prior to joining Waller, Fuller gained real estate law experience as an associate with a Chattanooga law firm. Fuller earned his J.D. in 2010 from Regent University Law School and earned his B.S. in 2007 from Tennessee Technological Univer-sity.

Elizabeth Hernandez has more than a decade of immigration experience gained as a paralegal at a full-service law firm and an immigration boutique. She assists employers in the   manufacturing, automotive and healthcare industries with a wide range of immigration matters including B-1/B-2, E-2, EB-1, H-1B, L-1A/L-1B, R-1/R-2, Tennessee visas, consular processing, labor certification (PERM), I-9 compliance and E-Verify counseling and training. Hernandez earned her J.D. in 2017 from the Nashville School of Law. She holds an M.A. from Belmont University and earned her B.A. in 1999 from Scripps College.

Justin R. Hickerson is an associate in Waller’s Healthcare Compliance & Operations practice. He provides counsel on regulatory compliance and operational issues to healthcare providers ranging from hospitals and health systems to ambulatory surgery centers, dental support organizations and vision care providers. Hickerson graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University College of Law where he earned a Health Law Certificate. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in 2014 from the University of Tennessee.

Kimbra N. Ratliff assists investor-owned and tax-exempt providers, private equity firms and other healthcare investors in the purchase and sale of healthcare facilities and assets. Prior to joining Waller, she gained experience with a Memphis law firm in the areas of corporate law, commercial real estate transactions, and commercial finance transactions. Ratliff earned her J.D., summa cum laude, in 2015 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where she graduated as class valedictorian. She earned B.A. and B.S. degrees, summa cum laude, in 2012 from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Matthew Reddish assists clients in commercial leasing transactions involving healthcare facilities and medical office buildings located throughout the United States. Prior to joining Waller’s healthcare real estate team, Reddish gained extensive real estate law and regulatory law experience while working at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, at a wireless telecommunications consultancy and at a boutique healthcare law firm. He earned his J.D. in 2014 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and earned a B.B.A. in 2008 from the University of Tennessee.

Courtney K. Stone is an associate in Waller’s Finance and Restructuring practice and assists banks, financial institutions and specialty lenders in structuring commercial finance transactions within the healthcare industry. She also has extensive experience in bankruptcy and restructuring matters; she has represented both lenders and debtors in out-of-court restructurings, debt settlements and credit facility compliance matters. Prior to joining Waller, Stone was an associate in the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP from 2014 to 2017. She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Harvard Law School and earned a B.A., with honors, in 2009 from the University of Chicago.

Chad Talbot, an associate in Waller’s Finance and Restructuring practice assists both lenders and borrowers in complex corporate finance transactions. His transactional experience spans the healthcare industry, including hospitals and health systems, behavioral health services, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices. Talbot earned his J.D. and M.B.A. in 2017 from the University of Tennessee College of Law and the University of Tennessee, respectively. He earned a B.S. in Finance in 2012 from the University of Utah.

Johnathon Webb is a patent agent in Waller’s Intellectual Property practice where he focuses on all aspects of patent applications and collaborates on patent strategy development and analysis for clients across a wide range of industries. Webb also assist clients with claim strategies, patent portfolio management, and IP development and monetization strategies. He earned his J.D. in 2017 from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Webb earned a B.S. in Biophysics and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Brigham Young University in 2014.

Dr. Echell Eady was recently named Senior Director of Adult Education and Career Services for YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. She is responsible for overall management and outcomes of the Family Literacy Center and Dress for Success Nashville. She is responsible for developing programming for all four family literacy components: Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Parent Time, and Parent and Child Time, and provides oversight of Dress for Success suitings and career programming for both programs. Prior to joining the YWCA, Dr. Eady served as Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships at Middle Tennessee State University. She also served as Director of Career Services at Fisk University. Dr. Eady earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Dr. Eady is a nationally certified Career and Education Advisor. Throughout her career, she has served in a variety of adult education and workforce development roles. She was appointed to the Tennessee State Workforce Development Board by former Governor Phil Bredesen, and again by Governor Bill Haslam.  Dr. Eady is an alumna of the Nashville Young Leaders Council and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Rutherford. In 2016, she received the designation of Faculty Fellow from Middle Tennessee State University. Her non-profit experience includes service on the boards of Rutherford Books from Birth and the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra.

Kristi Steel, LCSW was recently named Senior Director of Domestic Violence Services for YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Steel supervises the Weaver Domestic Violence Center, the largest emergency domestic violence shelter in Tennessee. She is also responsible for the 24-hour Crisis and Support Helpline, shelter and community counseling, transitional living programs, and Re-New at the YWCA. Steel oversees the Lethality Assessment Program in collaboration with the Metro Nashville Office of Family Safety and Metro Nashville Police Department. She joined the YWCA after more than a decade at Centerstone.

Steel holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the Alabama A&M University.  She has over 15 years of experience
working with diverse populations across a multitude of residential and community based settings.

Steel has worked as an Intensive In-Home Therapist, School-Based Therapist, Child/ Adolescent group home worker/supervisor, Adult Behavioral Health Inpatient Social Worker, Crisis Line Care Consultant,   and Regional Coordinator over Intensive In-Home and School-Based Services.