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VOL. 127 | NO. 247 | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Towns Named to Southern College of Optometry Board

By Kate Simone

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Leticia “Tish” Towns, senior vice president of external relations for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has been named to the Southern College of Optometry board of trustees. Among her duties at The MED, Towns oversees the development of the hospital’s strategic plan and manages marketing and communications, community engagement, the Traumatic Brain Injury program, government relations and pastoral care.


Hometown: Memphis

Education and work experience: Undergraduate degree, Tennessee State University; graduate degree, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Senior health care administrator since 1993.

Favorite quote: This one was tough. “If we think we have ours and don’t owe any time, money or effort to help those left behind, then we are part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Favorite movie: “A Few Good Men”

The sports teams you root for: Grizzles and Falcons

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Christmas songs

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Traveling, dining out, wine tasting and being with friends.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish that I could sing.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? So many people have had great influences on me: my family; extended family; spiritual leaders; and current and former bosses. I am inspired by those who have worked hard to open doors for me and others, served as mentors and given me a chance.

How did you become involved with Southern College of Optometry? SCO’s work was familiar to me in part because of their involvement in the medical district. Like Regional Medical Center at Memphis, SCO is committed to improving our patients’ health and making an impact on the local community, so being nominated to serve on SCO’s board of trustees was a good match.

What are the immediate goals/plans of the SCO board? My first meeting is in January, but I already know that SCO is actively working to enhance its stature as one of the nation’s top optometry schools. From constructing its new academic facility to looking for new partnerships to help even more patients in Memphis, SCO’s board is supportive of strengthening the college’s presence in Memphis, and that benefits the entire community.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Being able to make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve and the people we employ. I love motivating and encouraging people.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Take advantage of every opportunity presented, learn from your experiences, remain humble and always be willing to give back.


Marla Brown has joined Agape Child & Family Services as the director of the Families in Transition program. Brown has more than 12 years’ experience in program management, most recently with the Shelby County government, where she was responsible for the oversight and fiscal management of several federal grant-funded programs.

Jackson Lewis LLP has received a first-tier ranking in U.S. News Media Group and The Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms 2013” report in the labor law-management category.

UT Medical Group Inc. has added several physicians to its Memphis medical staff: Dr. Abdullah N. Abdullah, anesthesiology; Dr. Lucy L. Bucci, family medicine; Dr. Nader Dbouk, transplant hepatology; Dr. Narenda Dereddy, neonatology; Dr. Kashif Memon, infectious disease; and Dr. Hieu Quang Vo, nephrology.

Eight attorneys from the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC have been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 list: John A. Good, securities and corporate finance; J. Brook Lathram, Stephen W. Ragland and John C. Speer, business litigation; Richard R. Spore III and John A. Stemmler, real estate; Shepherd D. Tate, alternative dispute resolution; and David A. Thornton, employee benefits/Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Mid-South Super Lawyers has named John A. Good and J. Brook Lathram of the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC to its Top 100 Tennessee Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 (Memphis attorneys) list as well as its Top 50 Memphis Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 list.


Leah Foy has joined Dermatology Realm in Germantown as a medical assistant.

The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants has recognized these Memphis-area residents who passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination: John G. Bizzell, Lauren A. Moore, Kevin A. Boes, Rebecca H. Jacobs, Long Kwan, Miracle T. Meeks, Susan D. Barcus, Yanlan Chen, Andrew Keathley, Rebekah N. McCallie, Hannah N. Mitchell, William S. Odden, Lauren E. Rupiper, John T. White, Candace R. Nance, Chad W. Reid and Jennifer L. London.

PROPERTY SALES 55 321 3,398
MORTGAGES 27 179 2,279
BANKRUPTCIES 32 162 1,904