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VOL. 129 | NO. 152 | Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts

By Kate Simone

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Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

Hometown: Memphis

Experience: 18 years in nonprofit fundraising, most recently at Memphis Theological Seminary; (Bachelor of Professional Studies) in nonprofit development and administration from the University of Memphis; graduate of The Fundraising School and the Institute for Charitable Giving.


Family: Husband, Paul; daughter Erin, who lives in Baltimore; predeceased by daughter Ashley in 2001; 5-pound Chihuahua named Martini

Favorite quote: My rules are not your rules.

Favorite movie: “Pride & Prejudice” with Keira Knightley, which rose to the top above “Top Gun” after Tom Cruise got a little weird

The sports team(s) you root for: Tiger basketball

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Hopefully Bon Jovi, Boston, Queen, Journey or Lynyrd Skynyrd

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Volunteering at historic Elmwood Cemetery on monument restoration, the drama team and Stone College; hiking in the woods; being active in my church congregation, CrossRoads UMC in Collierville.

What attracted you to the Pink Palace? As a proud “cemeterian” and lover of all things history, the Pink Palace was a natural draw. I was unaware that other personal favorites, such as the Mallory-Neely home museum in Victorian Village and Lichterman Nature Center, were part of the Family of Museums – they were a bonus! After meeting the executive director, Steve Pike, and others, I thought it would be a great place to work.

What are your goals in your new position? Extensive and exciting plans for enhancing the Pink Palace, 3-D theater and Sharpe Planetarium are in process. My goals are to identify corporate, foundation and individual support for these large projects, while also finding ways in which all members of the Memphis community can participate in the future of this iconic landmark.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I would advise young people to learn to value the knowledge and experience of those who have come before them. Sometimes a process is antiquated, but sometimes, through hard knocks and lots of time and effort, a process is already in its refined state. Learn to embrace that!


Dr. Ted S. Cooper and Dr. Annie Hao have joined Eclectic Eye as optometrists for its Midtown and Collierville boutiques. Cooper previously owned a practice in Collierville. Hao received her optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry, serving as a student intern at Memphis VA Medical Center, Southern College of Optometry and Eye Care East.

Eileen Townsend has joined the Metal Museum as public engagement associate. Townsend graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 and served as curatorial intern at the Queens Museum in New York for a year before returning to Memphis.


Edward M. Rafalski, senior vice president for strategic planning and marketing for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, has been appointed to the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence 2014 Board of Examiners. The board reviews and evaluates applicants for the TNCPE award program, which recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

David Clark Construction LLC has been selected as a member of Professional Remodeler magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2014, which honors rising stars in the remodeling industry. The third-generation homebuilding and remodeling firm is owned by David Clark.

PROPERTY SALES 38 38 20,670
MORTGAGES 45 45 23,790
BUILDING PERMITS 187 187 42,781
BANKRUPTCIES 57 57 13,237