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VOL. 127 | NO. 183 | Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Evans Joins American Esoteric as Vice President

By Kate Simone

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Dr. Jess Evans has joined American Esoteric Laboratories as vice president of technical operations. In his new role, Evans is responsible for instrumentation, personnel, operational performance and quality assurance for the Memphis laboratory.


Hometown: Farmington, Utah

Education and work experience: Doctorate in biochemistry from Brigham Young University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. A total of 21 years of experience in the clinical laboratory at Valley Children’s Hospital in central California and Quest Diagnostics in Las Vegas.

Family: Wife, Becky Sue; Jacob and Monica, Anne, Seth, Jarom and Julia.

Favorite quote: “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Favorite movie: “Nicholas Nickleby”

The sports team you root for: I usually root for the underdog.

What’s playing on your stereo right now? National Public Radio

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time exploring unknown paths and roads; fixing things around the house.

What talent do you wish you had? To be able to quickly organize and communicate my thoughts in writing.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My parents and wife, Becky Sue.

What attracted you to American Esoteric Laboratories? Their business structure that places direct responsibility on the local management to care for the patient and client.

What are your goals in your new position? Create a place where satisfied employees enjoy the challenge of caring for patients.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Helping to raise five amazing children.

What do you most enjoy about your work? The challenge of solving problems and the joy of learning new things.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Pick a goal and go for it even if you are not sure where you want to end up.

Robbie Linsy has joined American Esoteric Laboratories as reimbursement manager. Linsy is responsible for billing, collections, insurance claims and reimbursement compliance. Jeremy Vance has joined AEL as staff accountant. Vance performs financial analysis, assists in the month-end close process and manages ledger reconciliations.


Frederick S. Norman has been named CEO and chairman of the board of The Alpha Corp. of Tennessee. Norman previously served as president and chief operating officer of AOC LLC, a subsidiary of Alpha Corp.

The Blues Foundation has name Jay Sieleman president and CEO. Sieleman is the longtime executive director of the foundation.


Vicki Lynn Jerideau has been appointed director of Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE. Jerideau has served as the nonprofit’s interim director since early 2011 and has more than 20 years’ experience in social and human services.

Dr. Melloni Cook, University of Memphis associate professor of psychology, has been awarded the W. Russell Smith Award, the College of Arts and Sciences’ highest teaching honor. Cook joined the university in 2003.

Dr. Do Nguyen has joined The Eyewear Gallery as optometrist. Nguyen received his doctorate from Southern College of Optometry. His areas of interest are children’s and family eye care.

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee has awarded Angel of the Catholic Schools awards to Monsignor Peter P. Buchignani, Dr. Thomas Hamilton, Ron Childers and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The awards honor outstanding volunteers.

Nine attorneys from Glankler Brown PLLC have been included in the September 2012 SuperLawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. They are: Louis F. Allen, Saul C. Belz, J. David Blaylock, Oscar C. Carr III, Lee J. Chase, Charles W. Hill, R. Hunter Humphreys, Arnold E. Perl and J. William Pierce Jr.

Haley Overcast has been named marketing coordinator at Paragon National Bank. Overcast previously was the marketing intern at New Ballet Ensemble.


Bill Nicol has joined Crye-Leike Realtors as an affiliate broker. Nicol will be based in Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow corporate headquarters and will assist in real estate transactions in Shelby and Fayette counties.


Courtney Leon has joined The University of Memphis as director of programs for the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Leon previously served as grants and communications manager for Hyde Family Foundations.


Herbert B. Wolf Jr. of Husch Blackwell LLP has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Wolf’s practice areas include corporate law and tax law, and this is the 13th year he has been included in Best Lawyers.

Debbie Banister has been named director of food and beverage at Gold Strike Casino Resort. Banister will oversee day-to-day operations at Gold Strike’s six restaurants, as well as banquets, catering and the beverage department.

The Blues Foundation has elected its board of directors and officers for the coming year. Board members from the Memphis area are: Joe Sichting, executive committee member; Clay Purdom, treasurer; and Ron Partain, Laurie Tucker and Dr. Susan Murrmann, board members.

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