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VOL. 131 | NO. 144 | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

UTHSC Names Storgion Chair Of Physician Assistant Studies

By Kate Simone

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Dr. Stephanie Storgion has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Storgion’s appointment comes as the department moves to the College of Medicine from the College of Health Professions, where it started two years ago. 


In addition to her new role, Storgion is medical director of the intermediate care unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and co-medical director of pediatric neuro intensive care there, as well as a professor and coordinator of faculty mentoring in the department of pediatrics at UTHSC.

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Experience: B.S. in biology, University of Cincinnati, 1979; M.D., Medical College of Ohio 1982; residency: Medical College of Ohio and Affiliated Hospitals, Pediatrics, 1985; fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 1987.

I joined UTHSC College of Medicine in the department of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in July 1987. Currently professor of pediatrics, tenured; chair of Department of Physician Assistant Studies; medical director, intermediate care unit, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; co-medical director, neuro intensive care unit, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. 

Family: Theodore Poplos, husband; children Nicholas Poplos, 21, and Constance Poplos, 18. 

Favorite quote: “Freely you have received. Freely give.” – Matthew 10:8

Favorite movie: “Casablanca”

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Cooking for and with my family and friends, gardening, activities at my church.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I were an accomplished pianist who could play classical and the blues equally well. 

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents because they raised me to follow my dreams, value everyone and to stay close to my faith (Greek Orthodox Christian). 

What attracted you to UTHSC? I first came to Memphis because of the amazing opportunities at UTHSC and Le Bonheur for my career in Pediatric Critical Care. I have stayed all these years because the opportunities continue to be set before me. This new opportunity to lead the department of physician assistant studies is so exciting, as I can use not only my leadership and administrative skills, but also my skills as a clinician educator. 

What are your goals in your new position? My goal is to develop this PA program into one of the top-tier programs in the country. 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment has been to stay grounded in my values and faith in the midst of this very busy career, while giving my family the time and love they deserve. 

What do you most enjoy about your work? I have so many different challenges each and every day that I am never bored. 

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Be true to yourself, be kind, dream big, and honor those who have gone before you. 

Crye-Leike Realtors has promoted Steve Brown to president of residential sales. Brown has held various management roles at Crye-Leike over the past 36 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and general manager. In his new role, Brown will be responsible for overseeing and managing real estate sales as well as assisting managers and branch offices with core services in all regions of Crye-Leike, which covers nine states and a sales team of over 3,000 sales associates.



Janice Avery-Walthall has joined the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority as its new director of human resources. Avery-Walthall has more than 19 years of experience in human resources, and most recently served as manager of corporate compensation for FedEx Corp., a position she had held since 2011.

Pickering Firm Inc. has added three interns to its Memphis teams. Transportation intern James Dres is a Christian Brothers University graduate; and electrical intern Shiloh Guin and mechanical intern Patrick Silva are both University of Memphis graduates.

Junior League of Memphis also has announced its first senior management council, a newly created group that presides over management of the organization. Managers on the council include: Sherry Akins, finance; Megan Bonner, training; Natalie Cathcart, community manager-internal; Kristen Ellis, community manager-external; Laura Doty, membership; Lauren Price, civic engagement; Melissa Surles, fund development; Jan Cornaghie, sustainer; and Lee Sellers, operations.

Junior League of Memphis has announced it 2016-2017 board of directors: Jennifer Taylor, president; Peria Gober, assistant to the president; Cara Sievers, executive vice president; Marion Milner, assistant to the executive vice president; Whitney Harmon, executive secretary/league attorney; Charlene Cox, treasurer; Page Boden, police and governance director; Erica Coopwood, community outreach director; Laura Finley, nominating director; Tabitha Glenn, member at large; Karimeh McDaniel, league audit director; Caroline Sones, long range planning director; and Gay Landaiche, sustainer director.

RedRover Sales & Marketing has earned an Award of Distinction in the 22nd annual Communicator Awards for Regional One Health Foundation’s ONE Night gala invitation design. RedRover also earned the Summit Bronze Creative Award in the Summit International Awards for the design of Lori Turner-Wilson’s book “WOOF: Why Ordinary Organizations Fail – and How to Ensure Yours Won’t.”

PROPERTY SALES 36 154 6,546
MORTGAGES 34 94 4,129
BANKRUPTCIES 43 126 3,396