VOL. 129 | NO. 191 | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Stuttering Foundation's Fraser Honored for Service
By Kate Simone
Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation of America, has received an honorary fellowship from the London-based Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. Fraser, whose father started the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947, has served as its president since 1981.
Experience: Bachelor of arts in Russian and linguistics, Bryn Mawr College; graduate work at the Universite of Strasbourg, France. Experienced editor, translator and interpreter; previously worked for the Institut Gustave Roussy and the Assemblee Nationale in Paris. President of the Stuttering Foundation since 1981, co-author of “If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents,” and editor or co-editor of numerous Stuttering Foundation publications.
Family: Husband, who is an attorney, and two children
Favorite quote: "Lose is not in my vocabulary."
Favorite movie: “The King’s Speech”
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Fleetwood Mac or Eric Clapton
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Swimming
What talent do you wish you had? This one is tough. … Not sure.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My father, because his goal was to help others succeed in their lives.
What is the purpose of the Stuttering Foundation? To make a difference in the lives of those who stutter.
What advancements have been made in stuttering since the foundation started? We know a lot more about early intervention and prevention.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Our recent DVD productions on prevention of stuttering.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Meeting people and helping them solve problems.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? You learn from any and every job you do, however menial it may seem at the time.
Danny McKee has joined A2H as senior associate principal. McKee will help lead the firm’s business-development efforts among public and private clients across Memphis and the Mid-South. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the local architectural/engineering industry, specifically with health care and industrial projects.
Diane Tabulog has been promoted to director of technical recruiting at Vaco Memphis. Tabulog has been part of Vaco’s technology division for eight years and has risen to be one of the top IT recruiters in the company. Prior to becoming a recruiter, she was a consultant for Vaco and has a background in database development and business analysis.
Myron Mays has been promoted to vice president of the Black Business Association of Memphis. Mays has been with the organization since 2006 as director of development and communications, and he will continue to serve in that role.
Brandon D. Pettes, an attorney with Glankler Brown PLLC, has been named a member of the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court are design as a tutorial organization with the goal of improving the skills, professionalism and legal ethics of the bench and bar. Pettes concentrates his practice in business and commercial litigation.
Dave Curran, senior vice president of Commercial Advisors LLC, has achieved SIOR designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. The designation is a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production and ethics in the real estate industry.
The Memphis Development Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates The Orpheum Theatre, has added two members to its board of directors: Jason Landrum, chief information officer, Sedgwick Claims Management Services; and Jim Meeks, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual of Memphis.
John A. Bobango, managing partner of Farris Bobango PLC, has been elected the 50th international president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Bobango will serve a two-year term and lead the fraternity’s board of directors. He previously served three terms as international vice president and two terms as international legal counsel, among other roles.
Shad D. Williams, global director of Allscripts’ Outcomes Executives Program, has been re-elected as one of Pi Kappa Alpha’s international vice presidents. Williams will serve on the fraternity’s Supreme Council, a volunteer board of directors that acts as the governing body and provides guidance to the organization.