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VOL. 129 | NO. 216 | Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program

By Kate Simone

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Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

Hometown: Memphis


Experience: My work experience includes 10 years of community partnerships and resource development experience; 10 years of experience coordinating special events; 10 years of experience in program development and delivery; 13 years of experience in working within schools, nonprofit and private sectors; and four years of experience in managing a mentorship program.

Family: I am 1 minute and 47 seconds younger than my only sibling and older sister. I’m a twin. My sister is a recreation program manager with the city of Memphis in the Parks and Neighborhood Division.

Favorite quote: “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” – Jessica Guidobono

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? Honestly, my parents have been my greatest influences. They have been the best examples for citizenship, friendship, and people of faith. As a youth, your parents are superman and superwoman, and that for me has not changed. They stand for what they believe in; they embody humanity and courage.

What are your goals in your new position? COOL (College Offer Opportunities for Life) is a proactive approach to serving our youth. The initial goal is to have our students graduate from high school and execute a plan to attend college or the military, but it is not enough to get them enrolled in one of these postsecondary options. I want our COOL students to participate successfully in either option they choose and then transition into a career. Hopefully, once they have gained the experience, education and skills they need, they will return to Memphis like I have to be a change agent at home.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My advice to young people is that you must advocate for yourself. Not many things in life will be given to you unless you ask, so don’t be afraid to negotiate on your terms.


Genevieve Hill-Thomas has joined Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association as corporate giving development officer. Hill-Thomas previously managed individual and corporate memberships and related events at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.


Gyasi Chisley, CEO of Methodist North Hospital, has been named a winner of the 2014 “Modern Healthcare” magazine Up & Comers award. The 12 winners, chosen from 150 nominations, are 40 years of age or younger and have made significant contributions in health care administration, management or policy. Prior to joining Methodist North in 2013, Chisley was president and site administrator at Mercy Health, Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati.

Felecia Crawford with Compass Group has joined Trezevant as general manager of dining services. Crawford previously served as director of food and nutrition for Methodist South Hospital.


Russell Hensley, shareholder at Evans Petree PC, has been elected to serve on the 2014-2015 board of trustees for Christian Brothers University. The board sustains the mission of the university, selects the president, approves budget and education programs, and assists in fundraising, among other duties.


Brian L. Yoakum, shareholder at Evans Petree PC, has been elected to the board of directors for the Touchdown Club of Memphis, a civil service club established in 1975 to promote fellowship among members, promote football and athletics for the benefit of Memphians, promote Memphis as a national sports city, present the Academic Achievement Award to the American Football Coaches Association and to offer financial support to a local charity.

The Memphis Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals has named its 2014 Crystal Awards winners. They are: City Auto Sales LLC, outstanding corporation; Sally Heinz, executive director of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, outstanding executive leader; Kavanaugh Casey, executive director of Le Bonheur Foundation, outstanding fundraising executive; Mystic Crewe of Pegasus, outstanding philanthropic organization; Ellen Cooper Klyce, adjunct faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary, outstanding philanthropist; Meg and Scott Crosby, outstanding volunteer fundraiser; and Ethan Cohen of St. George’s Independent School and Bolton High School International Baccalaureate students, outstanding youth in philanthropy.

Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC has been selected for inclusion in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms in America, tier one.

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