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VOL. 126 | NO. 8 | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Anthony Siracusa Joins Rhodes College

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Anthony C. Siracusa has been hired as Community Service Coordinator in the Bonner Center for Faith and Service at Rhodes College.

Siracusa (Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Memphis
Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in history, Rhodes College, 2009.
What was attractive about working at Rhodes?
I was compelled by the Rhodes Vision of graduating students with the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. In the words of former Bonner Foundation President Wayne Meisel, I’m passionate about Rhodes’ interest in moving from a world where we work to feed the poor to a world where soup kitchens are not necessary because we’ve defeated hunger.
What do you hope to accomplish as community service coordinator?
Through the Kinney Program (the college’s campus-wide service-based learning umbrella), I hope to unite students working on a similar issue (e.g., hunger and homelessness or hospitals and health care) for regular meetings and the development of an issue-based action plan to guide current and future community engagement efforts. My hope is that Rhodes students graduate with a deep connection to the Memphis community.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
When I founded Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop in June of 2002, I never thought there would be a day when I worked in the shop and people would introduce themselves and say, “Hi, I’m so and so. Who are you?” To me, Revolutions now stands as a Memphis institution outside of any direct connection to me.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy wrangling with the issues. I enjoy debating the merits of particular courses of action or root causes for the problems that surround us, and I feel fortunate to have the chance to listen to brilliant insight from the people I meet every day. I love building community with people through meaningful work, and I enjoy being with people who hope to move our city and this world from potential to reality.


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Seven members of the Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC law firm have been named 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers by Law & Politics. They are Steve Hymowitz, Jonathan E. Kaplan, Jay W. Kiesewetter, Robert D. Meyers, Paul E. Prather, Amber Isom-Thompson and Tanja L. Thompson. The attorneys were selected for their extensive experience in employment and labor law and employment defense litigation.

Bill Reed has joined the board of directors of Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation. Reed recently retired as vice chairman of SunTrust Bank in Memphis.

Courtnay Hamacheck and Susanne Budd have joined Counterpart Communication Design as account executives. Sarah Marcrom and Sydney Munroe have joined as account coordinators.


Dr. Owita Mays has joined Methodist Teaching Practice at Methodist University Hospital to lead the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis outpatient clinic.

Tencarva Machinery Co., with a Memphis branch office, has been ranked 42nd in the Big 50 listing of the national publication “Industrial Distribution.” The rankings are based on the distributors’ 2009 revenues.

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