VOL. 125 | NO. 174 | Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Williams Joins Ronald McDonald House Charities
By Taylor Shoptaw
Keaton Williams has joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis as special events coordinator.
Education: B.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Work Experience: I am currently the special events coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Prior to accepting this position, I was the business manager for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Family: I am recently engaged to Caleb Frick, second-year dental student at the University of Tennessee (Health Science Center College of Dentistry). We are getting married May 29, 2011.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother, who raised me on her own and taught me to “just do it.” She has such a kind heart, strong work ethic and an anything-is-possible attitude. I am so blessed to have her and would be honored to grow up to be exactly like her.
What drew you to Ronald McDonald House Charities? As a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority I had the privilege of going to Ronald McDonald House every week to volunteer. I fell in love with the mission and values of the charity. I have a passion for helping others and that is exactly what Ronald McDonald House Charities does – helps families with children battling serious illnesses. Ronald McDonald House allows families to meet other families experiencing similar struggles. They make lasting friendships here.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I have been given the opportunity to work on many fun and beneficial projects. One in particular was a brunch for the families staying at the house. Ryan Seacrest, host of “American Idol,” took the time to host the event. He stayed as long as it took to talk, play and take pictures with every child receiving medical care. Getting to be part of such an incredible event that raised much-needed funds and awareness about the charity is a great accomplishment.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Knowing that while we (Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis) cannot take away the pain or make the medicine taste better, we can provide a “home away from home” for families with ill or injured children. I love seeing how much fun the children have at the House, the laughter echoes through the halls.
Chris Hitching has joined Legacy Wealth Management as portfolio manger. Hitching most recently served as an institutional investment analyst for First Mercantile Trust and prior to that was a portfolio analyst for Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc.
Olin Morris has been re-elected to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s board of directors. Morris will serve as chairman of the executive committee and audit committee. Morris is a trustee with UAB Trust Holdings in Memphis.
Wayne Segars has been named director of pharmacy for Methodist South Hospital. Segars previously was assistant director of pharmacy for Methodist University Hospital. He is immediate past president of the Memphis Area Pharmacists Society.
Charley Foster has joined the law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC. Foster is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. His practice is focused on transactional matters including business and tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.
Alex M. Barry, Whitney L. Faust and Chaya C. Glendon have joined Mercer Capital as financial analysts. Barry, Faust and Glendon will provide business valuation and financial consulting services to a broad range of companies and financial institutions across the nation.
The board of directors of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region has elected five new members for fiscal year 2011. They are Sharon Barnett-Myers, James Humphreys, Ragan Johnson, Millie Katzen and Kai Lee.
Dorothy Gunther Pugh has been named a fellow by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Pugh is founder and artistic director of Ballet Memphis.