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VOL. 126 | NO. 121 | Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Poteat Recognized With Active Living Award

By Taylor Shoptaw

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David Poteat, executive vice president of Meritan, has been awarded the Josephine W. Burson Active Living Award by Meritan’s board of directors, recognizing his contributions to the community.


(Photo: Trey Clark)

Hometown: I was raised in northwestern North Carolina in a farming community called Clingman.

Education: B.A. in sociology from North Carolina State University; M.S. in social work from the University of Tennessee with a specialization in administration and planning.

Work Experience: Nearly 34 years in senior management at Meritan. Along the way, I have been responsible for or directly involved in every area of administration.

Family: My wife, Ann, is a retired teacher. Our daughter, Laurie, is an air traffic controller at the Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center.

Favorite quote: The North Carolina state motto: “Esse quam videri” (To be rather than to seem).

Last book read: “Yellow Dog” by Martin Amis

Favorite music: Bob Dylan, WEVL radio shows, Americana, jazz

Favorite movie: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Sports team: St. Louis Cardinals/Memphis Redbirds

What talent do you wish you had? Writing fiction

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father

What originally drew you to Meritan? At the time, Meritan was already an ambitious and energetic service organization. It clearly presented the best opportunity available to me for immediate and lasting challenges in the environment that suited my interests and education.

What does being awarded the Active Living Award mean to you? I am very grateful that Meritan has enabled me to have a meaningful career, and that the agency’s board members feel that my work has been worthy of recognition.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I’ve had the privilege to assist in greatly expanding Meritan’s scope, both programmatically and geographically. This has meant that more service consumers and more funding bodies could benefit from the agency’s capabilities.

What do you most enjoy about your work? My job gives me opportunities to help achieve success through making distinct contributions to collaborative efforts. Meritan’s slogan is “We’ll find a way,” and it’s very satisfying to live that philosophy day in and day out.

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals has named chapter officers for 2011-2012. They are Charlotte Doyle, president; Viola Cage, president-elect; Patricia Cook, vice president; Artie Watson, secretary; Sharon Gardner, treasurer; Janice Ernest, director; Helen Meyer, director; and Jennifer Thornton, director.


Dot Gilbertson, a nine-year Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association veteran, has been promoted to the nonprofit organization’s vice president of development. Since 2006, Gilbertson has served as director of grants and research. Dorothy Lane McClure has been named director of annual giving. She previously served as director of outreach and development for explorefaith.org.

The Stuttering Foundation has received the Gold Hermes’ Creative Award for its 2011 Winter Newsletter, which featured the movie “The King’s Speech” on the cover. The Memphis-based foundation received the award for the design and content of the quarterly newsletter.


Taleka Perry has been named director of Methodist Hospice Residence by Affiliated Services, a division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Perry joined the Methodist Hospice leadership team in fall 2010.

Matthew Love is the new chairman of the board for the Memphis Medical Center, the urban redevelopment organization focused on the Memphis Medical District. He will serve a two-year term. Love is vice president of strategy, business planning and operations for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.


Stephanie J. Phelps, associate dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the Richard A. Helms Award for Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice during the 20th annual meeting of the Pediatric Pharmacy Group.

Steven Robillio, the general manager of Mesquite Chop House, has been promoted to executive chef/general manager of Spindini. Robillio will continue his general manager duties at Mesquite Chop House. Joe Cartwright, executive chef of Spindini, has been promoted to executive chef/general manager of Mesquite Chop House, Southaven.

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