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VOL. 122 | NO. 70 | Wednesday, April 18, 2007

United Network of Organ Sharing Taps Memphian To Serve as Region 11 Councilor

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Megan Cook
Merritt Haine
Kathryn Werkhoven
Henry Turley
Santiago R. Vera

The United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) has chosen Santiago R. Vera, director of the Liver Transplant Program at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, to serve as the Region 11 Councilor on the UNOS board of directors. He will serve as the representative for UNOS members in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Vera has been with the Transplant Institute since 1982.

Diversity Memphis announced five honorees for its second Humanitarian Awards Dinner to be held at The Peabody Hotel May 10. Sylvia Marks, Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin, Russell B. Sugarmon Jr., Henry Turley and Kathryn Werkhoven all will be recognized at the dinner as individuals who serve as examples of community leadership.

The Memphis area office of The Arthritis Foundation honored Stanley Kaplan, an expert rheumatologist, and Smith & Nephew at its annual tribute dinner gala March 31.

NovaCopy Inc. was chosen as the 2007 Dealer of the Year by the Business Technology Association (BTA) at its annual Awards of Excellence program in Las Vegas March 22. NovaCopy is a dealer for multifunction office copiers and business solutions and is recognized as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the country.

Mickey Woodham has joined the staff at inferno as quality control manager. She will be responsible for proofreading and editing copy, ensuring adherence of client brand standards in design layouts and coordinating workflow with the traffic manager. Previously, Woodham spent 10 years with Thompson & Co. and seven years with Good Advertising.

Beth Harris has been named chief compliance officer at 1st Trust Bank, where she already holds the positions of vice president and internal asset review officer.

Tracy Ellis has joined the staff of 1st Trust Bank's Quail Hollow Branch as an assistant sales manager.

LeMoyne-Owen College junior and computer science major Kevin Fair has been named the first Mr. LeMoyne-Owen College to rank among the top seven finalists in the Mr. HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Kings' Leadership Conference and Competition. He competed against "kings" from 12 other HBCUs in several categories, including oratory and talent.

Claire Frisby has been promoted to account executive at Thompson and Co., a marketing and communications firm. Previously, Frisby was the traffic manager at Thompson.

The University of Memphis presented Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott and Lonnie Latham with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award, which recognizes people whose activities and goals demonstrate non-violent leadership. KaNeisha Thomas also will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.

Ashley Foley recently joined MBI as a designer. Foley earned a degree in interior design in December from Lambuth University.

SelecTrucks of Memphis has hired Robby Phillips as center manager. Phillips has been with the company since 2003, previously working as the finance and insurance manager at SelecTrucks' Nashville office.

Merritt Haine recently joined Junior Achievement of Memphis as development manager. Haine received a master's degree in 2006 from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

The Decosimo Forensic Accounting practice of Joseph Decosimo and Co. PLLC announced senior accountant Megan Cook has been awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Cook is one of six CFEs in the Decosimo firm. She is a member of the Mid-South chapter of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

The gastrointestinal surgical program at St. Francis Hospital-Memphis has been ranked among the top three in Tennessee and best in the Memphis area, based on an independent study by HealthGrades. The hospital also received several "five-star" ratings for its cardiac program.

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