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VOL. 125 | NO. 233 | Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Polly Installed as President of Downtown Kiwanis Club

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Dianne Polly, vice president of compliance and community relations for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, has been installed as president of the Downtown Memphis Kiwanis Club. Also, she has been appointed chairman of the American Dietetic Association’s Ethics Committee.

Photo: Lance Murphey

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
BS and MS degrees from University of Nebraska; Dietetic Internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago; and Juris Doctorate from University of Memphis School of Law.
Two lovely daughters, one great son-in-law, two stepchildren and one wonderful husband of over 30 years. Two brothers, one older and one younger.
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Adventure (although lots of that inside work also) and travel. Love the outdoors. I stay involved with the Memphis Runners Track Club and occasionally win an award. There are not many “old” broads still running or should I say trudging up the hills.
What does it mean to you to be president of the Downtown Memphis Kiwanis Club?
I am looking forward to a successful year of growth for our club and getting our membership more engaged with our many service projects in our community. Kiwanians are the movers and shakers of Memphis and I am honored to be their leader and spokesperson.
What does your role as chairman of the American Dietetic Association’s Ethics Committee entail?
There are three other dietitians and one attorney that meet every other month to review complaints regarding our members. These complaints involve ethical issues such as dietitians practicing outside their “scope of practice” or uncredentialed people claiming to be registered dietitians.
What originally drew you to MIFA?
I was new to Memphis in 1991. I read the ad for a part-time dietitian in the newspaper and applied. The more I learned about the organization, the more I wanted to be a part of it. It has been very rewarding to come to work and have a part in helping to improve the lives of so many people.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Probably one of my greatest professional accomplishments is serving my dietitian colleagues in the national house of delegates. Having a voice on nutrition policy at the national level is rewarding.

Maria Alam has been named human resources assistant vice president/chief human resources officer at the University of Memphis.


Debbie Purple has joined Unity Hospice Care as director of nursing.

Dr. Paul J. Huffstutter has been elected as the next president for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Alumni Council and will serve through September 2012.

Tarria Clark has joined BenchMark at Southwind LLC Realtors.

The Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association has announced new officers and board members for 2010-2011. Memphis attorneys include Robert Tom, secretary,and Ruchee J. Patel, board member.


Emily Callahan has joined ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as chief marketing officer. Sara Hall has joined as chief legal officer.

Brandon Cooper has been promoted to first vice president and relationship manager for Trustmark Bank Memphis Region. Steve Childress has joined Trustmark Bank Memphis Region as branch officer and branch manager at the Poplar Ridgeway location.

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