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VOL. 129 | NO. 103 | Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Dykes Joins Family Safety Center as Controller

By Kate Simone

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Janet Dykes has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as controller. In her new role, she is responsible for all finance, accounting and human resources functions, in addition to providing leadership and coordination in the organization’s administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts.


Hometown: Memphis

Experience: Mid-South Food Bank, chief financial officer, 2005-2014; Girls Inc. of Memphis, finance and administration director, 2001-2005; biomedical research organizations in California in finance positions, 1990-2000.

Family: Four kitty cats at home; two sisters in Memphis; one brother in Atlanta and many nieces and nephews in various places

Favorite quote: “Cherish your yesterdays, dream your tomorrows and live your todays.” – Anonymous

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Movie soundtracks, classic rock and The Beatles!

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Cooking, traveling, reading, swimming, playing games and watching reality TV

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had handyman skills – building things, fixing things and knowing how to use power tools!

What attracted you to the Family Safety Center? I was attracted to Family Safety Center because of the importance of the organization’s mission in our community – to be able to help individuals and families who are in crisis. I am impressed by the progressive model of Family Safety Center in being a center that provides coordinated services with partnering agencies to help those in need.

What are your goals in your new role? My goals in my new role at Family Safety Center are to bring in my years of experience and knowledge to assist in strengthening the organization in the areas of finance, administration and human resources. I want to help build Family Safety Center to be sustainable for the future and to be a strong and viable presence in our community, where there is such a need for the services provided.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My advice to young people is to focus on something you love and care about in order to build your future, and opportunities will come to you. Your success and happiness lie within yourself.



Karen Weddle-West has been named interim provost at the University of Memphis, replacing M. David Rudd, who was recently named president of the university. Weddle-West was appointed the school’s director of diversity initiatives in 2012 and has also served as vice provost for graduate programs since 2003.

Dr. Uzoma Ben Gbulie has joined UT Medical Group Inc.’s department of plastic surgery and has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Gbulie specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and body.

Melanie Stovall Murry has been appointed university counsel at the University of Memphis. In addition to leading the Office of Legal Counsel, Murry will oversee the school’s immigration services. She has been with the university since 2002 and has served as associate and assistant university counsel.

Claudia Woods and Pam Faulk have joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as property managers. Woods is responsible for daily operations of properties, coordination of outside service providers, and management of tenant improvements, moves and capital building improvements, among other duties. Faulk is responsible for day-to-day management and serves as a liaison for several industrial properties owned by institutional investors.

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