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VOL. 123 | NO. 246 | Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Avent Joins Smith Seckman Reid

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Justin Avent
Lori Arnold
Debi Robertson
Leslie Shankman-Cohn
Collin A. Hovinga
Terreia S. Jones
Jerry James

Justin Avent has joined Smith Seckman Reid Inc. as a civil engineer for its environmental group.

Avent will be responsible for designing site development, water, wastewater and drainage projects throughout the Mid-South. Prior to joining SSR, Avent worked for ETI Corp. in Memphis as a civil engineer.

Lori Arnold, a clinical coordinator in the pharmacy at Methodist North Hospital, recently presented her findings involving the importance of documenting asthma management for hospitalized patients at the American College of Chest Physicians CHEST Conference in Philadelphia. Arnold was one of the co-primary investigators for the project. Her findings will be published in the Southern Medical Journal.

Debi Robertson has been named to the board of directors for the Public Television Programmers Association. Robertson is television program and operations manager at WKNO Public Broadcasting. Robertson has worked for WKNO since 1981 when she began as an assistant in the communications department.

J. Gregory Grisham of Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan PLLC has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Grisham practices in the areas of labor and employment law and joined LWDN as of counsel earlier this year. Grisham is also a member of the

Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, co-chair of the Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society and a leader of the Federalist Society’s Tennessee State Court Project.

Debbie Ross has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as an interior designer. Ross received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She has 16 years of experience in architectural design, architectural interior design and furniture fixture and equipment specification. She will assist the architecture department with architectural design and interior design.

Randall D. Lewis, staff director of service experience leadership at FedEx Corp., has been elected to the board of directors of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, headquartered in Arlington, Va. Lewis is also the vice-chairman of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.

Leslie Shankman-Cohn of Jill Hertz Interior Design has won the Single Space Homes for Life Award, which recognizes excellent remodeling work for aging people and universal design. Shankman-Cohn also won the award for a remodel addressing short-statured customers.

Kelley & Associates Advertising has been awarded one Platinum MarCom Award and two Gold MarCom Awards. Kelley & Associates won the Gold Awards for creating TELErhytmics.com and an annual report design for City Enterprise. A collateral package for TELErhythmics earned a Platinum award. The MarCom Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. These honors mark the sixth award Kelley & Associates has received this year.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has named the recipients of its first K12 Scholars grant program. They are Collin A. Hovinga and Terreia S. Jones. Hovinga’s study will focus on neonatal hypoxia-induced seizures and the identification of genes related to seizure vulnerability and resistance. Jones’ research will examine how genetic makeup and environment can predict risks for secondary brain tumors in individuals taking anticancer therapy for their primary cancer.

Jerry James has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as vice president of business development. A native of Memphis, James graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology. He will assist A2H with business development for local design and construction administration projects.

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