Adams and Reese LLP
Adams and Reese Nashville office is pleased to announce that Jennifer G. Rowlett has joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group in its Nashville office. Practicing law since 2007, Rowlett is an accomplished trial attorney with significant experience serving as first chair in insurance defense jury trials.
She focuses her practice on complex litigation involving health care liability, motor carrier liability and labor and employment matters. She represents physicians, medical groups, hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout the state of Tennessee in medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.
Rowlett previously served as staff counsel for a Fortune 500 property and casualty insurer, defending its insureds and affiliates in personal injury, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist and subrogation claims. She has extensive pre-trial litigation and management experience, including drafting pleadings and handling discovery, depositions, mediation and direct settlements as well as trial processes. Rowlett began her law career practicing as a civil litigation attorney at a local Nashville firm. She primarily represented clients in medical malpractice defense and insurance defense matters.
Rowlett received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her B.A. cum laude in International Studies from Centre College. As a practicing in-house attorney, she completed advanced training in areas including Examinations Under Oath, Advanced Products Liability and Trial Practice. She was also heavily involved in in-house diversity and summer associate mentoring programs.
Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.,
Michael Pigg, PE, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., as Civil Engineer.
Pigg has 16 years of experience in design and management of projects requiring structural, geotechnical and civil engineering knowledge. He was previously with James + Associates, Inc., as Project Engineer working on retail, commercial, and industrial projects.
A graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Pigg obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
A resident of Gallatin, he is an active member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.
Department of Human Services
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Raquel Hatter will return to the private sector in February to work at the national level on poverty, social mobility and social justice with children, families and communities across the country.
Under her team-oriented leadership, DHS adopted the Two Gen strategy focused on addressing poverty and creating cycles of success, and the department received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service for administration of the SNAP program. She also established the Fatherhood Initiative Office to ensure an intentional focus on whole family services when partnering with families and collaborated with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to develop an adult protective services investigation academy.
Hatter and her team have consistently increased Vocational Rehabilitation employment outcomes since 2011. During her tenure DHS has partnered with Tennessee parents served by Families First, SNAP and Child Support to enroll more than 5,000 students in the Tennessee Promise. DHS also rolled out the Smart Steps Child Care Assistance Program to support the whole family by offering financial child care assistance to parents who are working or pursuing post-secondary educational goals while promoting learning and development for their children.
Hatter also serves as president of the American Public Human Service Association and is an alumna of the Ascend at the Aspen Institute. She will serve with the state until the first week of February.
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
Ryan Holt has been named a partner at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison. Holt focuses his practice on business litigation. He has been with the firm since 2011.
A Nashville native, Holt received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010, where he earned the Founder’s Medal for graduating first in his class. He served as Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. Before joining the firm, Holt was a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Since 2013, Holt has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a “Mid-South Rising Star.” Holt was a member of the 2013 class of Nashville Emerging Leaders, and was a 2016 finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Award. He serves as Board Chair and Founding Board Member of Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School, and is on Montgomery Bell Academy’s Young Alumni Board.
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, founded in 1981, provides legal services to businesses and individual clients in a wide variety of litigation and corporate practices.
Tennessee Board of Regents
The Tennessee Board of Regents has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Flora Tydings as the next chancellor of the Board of Regents system – its ninth chief executive officer since the system’s creation in 1972.
She will assume her new duties as effective February 1, leading the Board of Regents system as it transitions under the FOCUS (Focus on College and Univer- sity Success) Act and continues its major role in the state’s Drive to 55 initiative – to increase the number of working age Tennesseans with post-secondary degrees, diplomas or certificates from the current 38 percent to 55 percent by 2025.
Tydings will succeed Interim Chancellor David Gregory, who is retiring after 19 years with the Board of Regents and 34 years in state service.
The Board’s vote caps a search process that began June 24 when it approved new criteria for the chancellor’s position, followed by the appointment of a 16-member search committee chaired by Gov. Bill Haslam, who is also chairman of the Board of Regents.
Her career in higher education leadership began in 1996 when as director of curriculum and staff development at Macon Technical Institute. She became vice president for academic affairs at Central Georgia Technical College two years later, and served in that position until her appointment as president at Athens Technical College in 2003.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education, with an emphasis in behavioral science, at Georgia Southern University; her Master of Education degree at Mercer University, and her Doctor of Education degree in occupational studies at The University of Georgia.
As chief executive officer, the chancellor manages operation of the Board of Regents system and provides strategic leadership in accordance with the Board’s policies and direction and with state law.
The TBR system serves nearly 200,000 students at six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.
Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
Trombonist Roland Barber has joined the faculty of the Blair School of Music in January as Adjunct Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies, teaching trombone, jazz brass and jazz improvisation. One-half of longtime Nashville-based jazz duo The Barber Brothers, Barber has also performed with an impressive and diverse list of artists, including Chaka Khan, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kirk Whalum, the Wooten Brothers, Robin Thicke, The Temptations, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
Barber has performed in venues the world over, from Manhattan to Estonia, including Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, Lincoln Center, and Madison Square Garden. Television appearances include MTV’s Making the Band, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, CBS’ Today Show and the ESPN Awards. Barber has performed with titans of jazz music as well as young lions, including Stefon Harris, Clark Terry, Steve Turre, Houston Person, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Sean Jones, and the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Ensemble.
Barber holds an M.M. in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music (2005), as well as an Artist Diploma (2003) and B.M. in Jazz Studies (2001), both from Indiana University. His main stylistic influences are Al Grey, Steve Turre, J.J. Johnson, and Louis Armstrong. Barber’s teachers have included David N. Baker, M. Dee Stewart, Jiggs Whigham, Steve Turre, Tom Lundberg, and Horton Monroe.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Former Vanderbilt flight nurse Tom Grubbs, R.N., EMT, was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame this past November for his extraordinary career with Vanderbilt LifeFlight.
Grubbs retired in 2015 after 31 years and 6,000 flights with the program. He remains LifeFlight’s longest-serving flight nurse.
Grubbs joined Vanderbilt LifeFlight soon after it began in July 1984, when flight nursing was a new field for civilian nurses. At that time, Vanderbilt had five other flight nurses and a single helicopter. Today there are more than 85 flight medical personnel, seven helicopters, a fixed-wing air ambulance and eight ground ambulances.
The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame was established to recognize, honor and enshrine individuals whose leadership in or for aviation, whether by exceptional service or extraordinary achievement, has made an enduring contribution to aviation for Tennessee, the nation or the world.
Since its inaugural inductions event in 2002, the Aviation Hall of Fame has honored 57 people who have made significant and enduring contributions to or through aviation or aerospace.