VOL. 126 | NO. 165 | Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Bradley Joins Food Bank As VP of Programs
By Taylor Shoptaw
Tonya M. Bradley has joined the Mid-South Food Bank as vice president of programs.
(Photo: Lance Murphey)
Hometown: Wichita, Kan.; moved to Memphis in 1995.
Education: 2011 master of arts degree in leadership and management, Webster University; and 1985 undergraduate from Langston University, bachelor of science degree in health care administration
Work Experience: More than 15 years in nonprofit management; worked for two nationally recognized nonprofits: Boys & Girls Clubs and Girls Inc.
Family: Kelvin Bradley, husband, City of Memphis firefighter; daughter, Kailen Bradley, 11; son, Justin Bradley, 21.
Favorite quote: “Tomorrow is another day to do it better.” – Bishop Brandon Porter
What talent do you wish you had? The ability to play a bass guitar and the ability to say no when I have reached my limits.
What attracted you to the Mid-South Food Bank? Because I have been in nonprofit (work) for so long and was pursuing my master’s degree, it was important to me to find a place I could bring my passion for making a difference and my leadership abilities. The Food Bank’s mission drew me in instantly. Being able to help people on such a larger scale was awesome. Helping hungry people is my goal, and I am driven daily to do this.
What will your responsibilities as vice president of programs include? My overall responsibility is to oversee the 327 agencies we serve through our program services, such as the pantry, backpack programs, Kids Café and mobile pantry.
How do you hope to improve the Mid-South Food Bank in your new role? One of my strengths is rallying people around a common goal and moving them forward. Because we are currently operating under a new strategic plan, I will be assisting in putting the necessary steps in place to support the plan.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Completing my master’s degree after being out of college more than 20 years is my greatest success this year. Throughout the years, it has always been knowing that I have had an impact on helping someone who needed me.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I like knowing each day that I fulfilled my purpose by doing or saying something that can impact someone’s life. I also enjoy that my workplace is filled with fun, energetic people who have the same passion for feeding hungry people.
Two Shelby County educators have been nominated for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year honors. Rita White of Riverwood Elementary has been nominated for the 2011 Principal of the Year award. DeAnna McClendon of Shelby County Schools has been nominated for the 2011 Supervisor of the Year award.
Kacie Denny has been promoted to regional director of casino marketing for the MGM Resorts Mississippi properties. Denny began her career with Beau Rivage in 2004 as the slot division training manager and was promoted to players’ club manager the next year. Denny moved to her most recent position as special events manager in 2007.
Daniel W. Van Horn, an attorney at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, has been sworn in as the 129th President of the Tennessee Bar Association. Van Horn is a former president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, served as 9th District representative on the TBA Board of Governors and chaired the TBA CLE committee. He currently focuses his practice on business torts, unfair competition, insurance coverage disputes, complex commercial litigation and product liability.
Dr. Margaret Carter, maternal fetal medicine specialist, has joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UT Medical Group Inc. and the UTHSC College of Medicine, where she is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
S. Joshua Kahane, an attorney at Glankler Brown PLLC, has been named president of the board of trustees of the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South. He also serves as legal counsel of the Memphis Jewish Community Center board, executive committee member of the Baron Hirsch Synagogue board and a member of the Memphis Jewish Federation board.