VOL. 129 | NO. 84 | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Miles to Lead Germantown Community Theatre
By Kate Simone
Michael D. Miles took over as executive director of Germantown Community Theatre Monday, April 28, about two weeks before the theater closes its 2013-2014 season with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” May 16 to June 1.
Miles spent five years as a public school teacher in New York City and Jonesboro, Ark., and is a former actor and director, including performing and directing shows at Arkansas State University and off-Broadway shows in New York. He is also the founder of Learning Avenues, a nonprofit that facilitates child sponsorships, builds English-learning academies in overseas orphanages and provides online foreign language education for adopting families in the U.S.
Family: Married to Megan (Shaughnessy) Miles and father to four adopted children (two adopted from Jonesboro and two adopted from Ethiopia). Our children are 3, 5, 10 and 11.
Favorite quote: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are your goals at Germantown Community Theatre? Simply put, I want GCT to grow and become better than it is today. GCT is great right now, but we have many things planned that will make it a bastion of the arts in Germantown and in the region. This could never happen without the incredible work of my predecessors and the staff currently with GCT today. I am also thrilled and energized to work with our wonderful board of directors.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Before adopting our children, I would have said that the completion of my dissertation and doctoral degree was my greatest accomplishment, but this was immediately eclipsed by our adoptions. In other words, my children are my greatest accomplishments.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Remain open to any and all possibilities. I am a perfect example of this, as I had never planned on becoming a teacher nor an administrator in higher education, nor had I planned to ever be the executive director for a great place like GCT. But because I remained open to possibilities, I was able to find better and better opportunities that have led me to this dream come true.
Dr. Milton Moreland has been named Rhodes College’s interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Moreland is a professor of religious studies, chair of the archaeology program, director of the Memphis Center and coordinator of the Institute for Regional Studies at Rhodes.
Adam Moore, head of Woodland Presbyterian School, has been selected to serve a two-year term as board president of the Memphis Association of Independent Schools. Moore has been head of school at Woodland Presbyterian for six years.
Mason W. Wilson has been elected a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. Wilson is a member of the firm’s transportation, health care litigation, and product and mass tort practice groups, as well as its 24-Hour Motor Carrier Emergency Response Team.
Harold Blockman, vice president of Keller Williams Memphis, and Verna Littleton of ERA Legacy Realty, have joined the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Realtor Advisory Board. Blockman has more than 30 years of real estate experience, Littleton has more than 16 years of experience in the lending and mortgage brokering business.
Stephen Duckett has joined Zycron Inc.’s Memphis sales staff as an account executive. Duckett previously worked for the city of Memphis as a market research analyst.