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VOL. 125 | NO. 17 | Wednesday, January 27, 2010

McDonald Assumes Role of Director Emeritus at BankTennessee

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Crawford McDonald has assumed the status of director emeritus of BankTennessee. In honor of McDonald’s service, the boardroom at the bank’s East Memphis office will be named the Crawford McDonald Community Room.

McDonald’s father, Percy, co-founded BankTennessee in 1934, known then as First Federal Savings & Loan. McDonald has served as First Federal’s president and as a BankTennessee board member for 17 years.

He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years and a board member for the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South for 40 years. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia. He is a veteran of World War II and is a member of Military Order of World Wars.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, professor of biology at Christian Brothers University, has been selected as a 2010 fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Inc. Since joining ARVO in 1987, Fitzgerald has reviewed journal articles, facilitated introducing CBU students to the association and served on a panel for animal care.

Fitzgerald has been a faculty member at CBU for 15 years and heads the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program.

Dr. Franklin Garcia-Godoy has been named professor and senior executive association dean of research of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Garcia-Godoy’s duties include serving as director of the college’s Bioscience Research Center.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis board of directors has approved new officers and two new directors for The MED Foundation’s board of directors. William Hamilton Smythe IV has been approved as chairman. Smythe has served on the board for three years. Marty Belz has been approved as vice chairman and Aurelia Kyles as secretary. Dr. Belvia Carter and Thomas Hussey have joined as The MED Foundation’s newest board members.

Linda Ash has been elected as the first president of the Tennessee Distance Learning Association. Ash, as the director of the Distance Learning Center at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, is responsible for developing the distance-learning program for students and teachers. TNDLA is a nonprofit association formed to promote the development and application of all forms of distance learning and to implement effective distance-learning strategies for Tennesseans and other distance-learning practitioners.

The Memphis KOA Campground, operated by Al Johnson, has been recognized as being among the “Best of the Best” in the Kampgrounds of America system that includes more than 470 campgrounds in North America. The campground received the 2009 Kampgrounds of America President’s Award at a special ceremony at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Houston.

Mona Sappenfield has completed the requirements to become a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Inc. Sappenfield is the founder and owner of Mona Spa & Laser Center. She has more than 30 years of experience as a licensed aesthetician and received the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations’ National Certified Accreditation in 2009.

Teresa J. Sigmon has been chosen for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of health care. Sigmon is the founding member of Sigmon Law Firm and defends medical malpractice claims.

Dr. David C. Portnoy has received board certification in Hematology and Medical Oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Portnoy joined The West Clinic in August. Portnoy’s clinical and research interests include genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal tumors and coagulation disorders. Portnoy is seen by patients at The West Clinic’s East Memphis and Corinth, Miss., offices.

Diana Comes, a student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, has been honored with Tennessee’s top award for law student pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual public service luncheon. Comes received the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award for her outstanding work last summer with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. She provided 280 volunteer hours and worked on a range of cases.

PROPERTY SALES 27 150 2,415
MORTGAGES 57 228 2,835
BUILDING PERMITS 157 441 6,509
BANKRUPTCIES 61 133 1,920