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VOL. 125 | NO. 150 | Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Levitt Shell Adds Development Director

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Photo: Lance Murphey

Debra Czestochowski has joined Levitt Shell as the organization’s first development director.

Hometown: Macomb, Ill.
Education: B.A. in English, University of Illinois
Work experience:
More than 30 years advancing nonprofit organizations in higher education and the performing arts, including a decade with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before joining the Levitt Shell staff.
My husband, Joseph, heads International Arts Inc., based in Chicago and Memphis. Our son, Stefan, is a professional musician preparing for medical school. He lives in Chicago.
Favorite quote:
“A good idea doesn’t care where it came from.” From Jeff Sanford, wise Memphian and fellow Midwesterner.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My Grandpa Kindred, who raised his siblings and built a farm for his family and was the kindest man I have known. No one could have had a more perfect surname.
What drew you to the Levitt Shell?
The irresistible opportunity to join those who have regenerated a Memphis treasure in order to build community and diversity through free music and education.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Reaching fundraising goals is deeply satisfying, but it is most significant to me to achieve those goals via servant leadership, which focuses on facilitating the progress of others. I thank Leadership Memphis for acquainting me with the literature in this field.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy the creativity and commitment of those around me – staff, board and volunteers. I enjoy the expressions on the faces of those who gather for each concert. I enjoy seeing families together, children dancing and musicians absorbing the energy of the experience as they perform. An evening at the Levitt Shell is joyful. It is what this world should be.


Steve Peay has been promoted to senior vice president at Boyle Insurance Agency. Peay is primarily responsible for selling commercial insurance products. He has been with Boyle Insurance Agency since 1990.

The Memphis Music Foundation has announced five new members have joined its board of directors. They are Alexandra Matlock, James Wesley Gibson II, Hemant Gupta, Alex Coleman and Al Kapone.

Dr. Gayle Beck has been named president-elect of the Society of Clinical Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association, for 2011. Dr. Beck is chair of excellence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis.


Don Wade has joined the Memphis Area Association of Realtors as information and research director.

Randall D. Noel has been recognized by the prestigious Lawdragon 3000 guide. Noel is chair of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC’s Litigation Department and part of its Commercial Litigation Group.

Desiree Lunsford has joined Counterpart Communication Design as copywriter. Cindy Lammie has joined Counterpart as a production artist.

Barney G. Fullington has joined Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. as director of water services. Fullington is responsible for the overall director of water, wastewater and water resources services across all the company’s offices, including Memphis.


Debra Fisher and Carolyn Foley have joined Memphis Investment Properties as leasing agents.

Otto L. Heissenberger Jr. has been appointed to the board of directors at Buckman International. Heissenberger retired in 2008 from Voith Paper Inc. in Appleton, Wis., where he served as president and CEO of the company’s North American business since 2002.

PROPERTY SALES 91 293 13,051
MORTGAGES 58 168 8,171
BUILDING PERMITS 99 744 30,678
BANKRUPTCIES 34 156 6,220