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VOL. 124 | NO. 222 | Wednesday, November 11, 2009

YLD President Wiggins Joins Baker Donelson as Associate

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Kyle M. Wiggins

Kyle M. Wiggins has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as an associate in the Health Services & Products group. He will concentrate his practice on litigation surrounding medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense and general civil litigation.

Wiggins is president of the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and a member of the MBA’s Leadership Forum Steering Committee. He also is a member of the Leo Bearman Sr. Chapter of American Inns of Court.

Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg has been named Distinguished Alumna of the Year by Rhodes College. An attorney, Wurzburg authored Tennessee’s first antidiscrimination law in employment, housing and public accommodations. She founded the Mediation Association of Tennessee and the Memphis Panel of American Women. U.S. President Gerald Ford appointed Wurzburg to the International Women’s Year Commission in 1976.

Dr. W. Anthony Greer has been named chief medical officer at Methodist South Hospital. Prior to joining Methodist South, Greer served as chief quality officer at Moses Cone Healthcare System in Greensboro, N.C., chief medical officer at St. John Detroit Riverview and vice president of medical affairs and medical director for Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y.

Becky Rupe has joined MBI as an account manager. Rupe will specialize in government services clients. Rupe previously served as a project and account manager at Maryland Office Interiors.

V. Latosha Dexter has joined Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC. Dexter’s practice will focus on employment law, municipal law and federal civil rights litigation. She previously served as program management adviser at FedEx Corp.

Dr. Mitchell Watsky has been named associate dean for Graduate Health Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Watsky joined UTHSC in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and has since been awarded tenure as full professor in the department.

Obsidian Public Relations has received a VOX award from the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Obsidian received the award for its media relations campaign for the iPosture. Obsidian also received a Gold Award for its single-project media relations campaign for the launch of holy hip-hop artist Mr. Del’s Dedicated Music Group and the release of his newest album, “Thrilla.”

Guy Lee Bailey has joined Theatre Memphis as costume shop manager/assistant designer. Diane Kinkennon has joined Theatre Memphis as the new lighting designer.

Sameka Johnson has been named project coordinator at RISE Foundation. Johnson will oversee the “Goal Card” and “Choices or Chances” programs, which teach youths to increase school attendance and excel in academics. Prior to joining the RISE Foundation, Johnson served as program director for Neighborhood Christian Centers.

John Barzizza, Adrian Starks, Alicia Brown and Velma Bledsoe, all of Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, have received awards from The Arc of the Mid-South for their work with people with disabilities. Barzizza received the Distinguished Community Service Award. Stark received the Empowerment Award. Brown received the Employee of the Year Award, and Bledsoe received the Professional of the Year Award.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine has honored Dr. Henry Cheairs Farrar, Dr. James Netterville, Dr. T. David Sisk and Dr. O. Douglas Wilson with its Outstanding Alumni Awards. Farrar practices medicine and surgery in Carthage, Tenn. Netterville serves Vanderbilt University as professor of otolaryngology and director of the Division of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. Sisk dedicated his career to orthopedic medicine and is being honored posthumously. Wilson has recently collaborated with the University of California-San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego in research studies for vaccine trials in pediatric patients. He is currently involved in an effort to improve the early detection and treatment of autism.

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