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VOL. 127 | NO. 56 | Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Humane Soc. Names Walker Development, Marketing Mgr.

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Leah Walker has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as development and marketing manager. Walker represented her home state as Miss Georgia in 2008 before joining the Greater Memphis Chamber as a development consultant.

Leah Walker holds Clementine, a bulldog mix from the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.

(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Fitzgerald, Ga.

Education: Valdosta State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication

Family: I am married to Daniel Walker, vice president of Dan Walker Associates Inc. Daniel is a lifelong Memphian, Ole Miss graduate and avid outdoorsman. We are the proud parents of our puppy, Jake.

Sports team: My husband would probably want me to say Ole Miss, but I grew up cheering on Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. Go ’Noles!

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I love to read, sing, write and cook. I also enjoy traveling, going out to dinner, wine tasting, listening to live music on a patio, college football season and spending time with good friends and family.

What attracted you to the humane society? When I decided to leave the chamber, I did a lot of soul-searching and discovered that the nonprofit world was where I wanted to be. I prayerfully began my pursuit of a new opportunity and came across the development and marketing position at HSMSC. As I learned more about HSMSC, I was immediately drawn to the unique contribution it makes to our community. They are proactive in their approach to ending animal abuse, securing animal welfare and encouraging healthy pet ownership. Most importantly, they are actively saving the lives of injured and abused cats and dogs of this community.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? One of the most difficult things about moving to a new city and starting a new position is the lack of contacts and connections, which are very beneficial in the business world. When I moved to Memphis, I did not know a soul, but I was not discouraged and I hit the ground running. Today, I feel connected to this community with a broad base of contacts and relationships that I have established with persistence, perhaps a little luck and the desire to be successful in the Memphis business community.

Local nonprofit organizations DeltaARTS, Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., Memphis Health Center Inc. and Synergy Treatment Centers have completed the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence’s Program for Nonprofit Excellence.


Anna Vergos Blair has joined Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC law firm as an associate. Blair’s practice will focus on general civil litigation. Frank B. “Trey” Thacher III has become a member of the firm. Thacher’s practice focuses on plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and personal injury litigation and workers’ compensation.


Karen Parks has been named creative services director at Signature Advertising. Jon Moore has joined Signature as a graphic designer.

Steve Quarles, vice president of development for Renal Advantage Inc., has been elected the new chairman of the board of the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society. New board members are Michelle Collis, vice president of patient and family centered care at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; and Rebecca DeRousse, assistant administrator at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown.

Dr. R. Christopher Walton, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Clinical Professorship in Ophthalmology in the UTHSC College of Medicine.

James F. Arthur III, Aubrey Brown and Leigh-Taylor White have joined Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC.

Steve Childress, Hope Cooper and Chris Jarvis have been promoted to assistant vice presidents of Trustmark Bank. Nathan Tognetti has been promoted to branch officer.

PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751