Arts & Business Council
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville (ABC) announced Jill McMillan as its next Executive Director. McMillan joined the ABC on June 28 after finishing up her role at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston (ICA) where she serves as Corporate Relations Manager.
Throughout her career, McMillan has developed strategic planning, communications, and stewardship practices, and has a strong administrative foundation from working in companies ranging from a recent start-up of nine employees, to a well-established institution of more than 150. McMillan is an artist herself and was active in Boston’s arts sector as a dancer with OnStage Dance Company, where she also served as Community Outreach Manager, developing strategies to increase the brand presence of the nonprofit dance company.
McMillan’s appointment concludes an extensive search conducted by the ABC Board’s Executive Committee. Her predecessor, Summar, will overlap with McMillan before relocating to Santa Barbara, California, in July to be closer to family.
The Arts & Business Council (ABC) drives collaboration between arts and business to create a thriving and sustainable creative culture in Nashville. ABC offers four core programs in service to its mission: Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, Education for the Creative Community, Arts Board Matching, and WorkCreative.
Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has announced the addition of Alysse Gregory and the promotion of Brittney Jerkins.
Gregory will serve as the new family law attorney in Legal Aid Society’s Nashville office. She most recently worked for the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center as a Civil Legal Assistance Program advocate, where she assisted victims of domestic violence. She also previously worked for Legal Aid Society as a pro bono project coordinator and paralegal, where she organized and supervised 96 free legal advice clinics, translated legal documents in Spanish and English, and trained volunteers.
Jerkins has been promoted from administrative assistant for the firm’s Volunteer Lawyers Program to director of development. She previously worked at Mercy Community Healthcare, where she was responsible for all internal and external marketing, as well as all event, fundraiser, volunteer coordination, and donor database management.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. The non-profit law firm offers free civil legal representation and educational programs to help people in its region receive justice, protect their well-being and support opportunities to overcome poverty.
Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty recently welcomed Amy Garner, C.J. Casteel and Kristin Hood to the team as an agent. Garner is a native Tennessean, who became a licensed real estate agent in 2011. Pre-viously she worked as a realtor for EXIT Real Estate Pro- perty Solutions. She attended Hiwassee College and earned her associate degree in liberal arts.
Casteel, a native Tennessean has more than 10 years of experience in client relations. He attended Tusculum College where he earned a duel undergraduate degree in psychology and intercultural communications as well as a graduate degree in counseling. Hood launched her career in 2000 as an onsite sales manager for The Jones Company of Ten- nessee, LLC, a local custom-builder in Nashville.
Throughout her career, Hood has accumulated several awards including 16 “Circle of Excellence” awards and ten “Platinum Level” awards from the Middle Tennessee Sales and Marketing Council.
As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Hood has used her knowledge of new construction to help build homes locally. Since becoming a realtor, Hood has helped build and sell more than 450 homes. She is extremely dedicated to the community and has a passion for helping clients find their model home. Hood received degrees from Columbia State Community College and O’More School of Design in Franklin. She also earned her prestigious realtor designation, Certified Sales Professional (CPS), to further her education and career.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dane Chetkovich, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Neurology and Physiology and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Neurology. He will join the faculty on September 1.
As chair, Chetkovich will lead a nationally ranked department housing 16 adult and pediatric clinical divisions, more than 80 faculty, a robust training program with more than 40 residents and fellows, notable programs in sleep disorders, movement disorders, cognitive, and behavioral disorders (including memory and Alzheimer’s), epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, neurooncology, and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The department is also a regional leader in teleneurology services for diseases such as strokes.
The Department of Neurology’s services manage more than 3,000 inpatient admissions and more than 5,000 consultations each year.
Tuya Pal, M.D., a clinical geneticist, has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as associate director of Cancer Health Disparities. Pal also has been named an associate professor of Medicine and Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research at Vander-bilt University.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Pal was an associate member at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida and associate professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida.
As one of the faculty in the Vanderbilt Hereditary Cancer Clinic, Pal will focus on clinical and research efforts to ensure that all patients have access to the latest tests and treatments for cancer and genetic tests for cancer risk.