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By Updated: January 30, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: January 29, 2019 11:16 PM CT

Sherry Turner is joining Rhodes College as the vice president of strategic initiatives, effective Feb. 18. In the newly created role, she will be responsible for helping Rhodes implement the goals outlined in the college’s emerging strategic plan, expected to be approved by the board of trustees this year, and will provide executive leadership in developing and implementing a strategic campus vision for diversity and equity.
Turner, a Memphis native and 1984 Rhodes alumna, formerly served as the director of institutional success and support for United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity Building. She also has served as the executive director and CEO of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and as vice president of student affairs at Spelman College.

Stephan Byam has joined LeMoyne-Owen College as vice president of information technology/chief information officer, effective Feb. 14. Byam comes to LOC from his second appointment at Howard University, where he had overseen the university’s student information, learning management, financial management & supply chain, and human resource management systems since 2016. He also managed Howard’s Datacenter and system operations.
Byam's nearly 20 years of higher education experience also includes serving as the director for business application development at the University of the District of Columbia, and working in the Division of Enrollment Management at Howard University.

Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC has promoted Charlotte Henderson to tax partner. Henderson, a certified public accountant, joined RBG in 2008, bringing with her 11 years of experience with a public accounting firm in Atlanta, where she served clients in the areas of tax consulting, business valuation and litigation support. She earned her master’s degree in taxation from the University of Memphis and holds CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) and CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics) designations.

Tish Pinion has joined Simple Focus, a user experience and digital design agency, as vice president of business development. In that role, she is responsible for establishing and executing a sales strategy that focuses on cultivating and growing relationships with new and current clients. Pinion is a Memphis native who recently moved back from Denver, Colorado, to join Simple Focus. She has more than a decade of user experience, creative design, e-commerce and custom development experience. 

Leadership Tennessee has announced the first class of Leadership Tennessee NEXT, its program offering early to mid-career professionals in-depth personal and career development while fostering a better understanding of Tennessee. Memphians chosen for the cohort are:

  • Hayley Isaac, senior program manager, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Nikia Johnson, senior director – operations, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Andrew Long, regional president, Community Bank
  • Kaci Murley, director of programs, Leadership Memphis

Sophie Tsagronis has joined DCA, a Memphis-based creative communications consulting firm, as account coordinator. In that role, she will provide assistance to account managers in day-to-day management to ensure continued workflow progress for clients such as Explore Bike Share, Folk’s Folly and LRK. Tsagronis earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Rhodes College in 2018. She held internships with at Miranda Creative and The Connecticut Cancer Foundation, and eventually a marketing internship at DCA during summer and fall 2018.

Mickey Woodham, quality control manager at inferno, received the 2019 Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter. The Silver Medal Award, the highest form of individual recognition by the AAF, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Woodham has more than 40 years’ experience in the advertising industry and first became an AAF board member in 1980. She has served in various positions for the local chapter, including president, program chair, party chair, newsletter co-chair and club achievement coordinator.

Katie Pickler has joined Pickler Wealth Advisors as vice president. Over the next several months, she will be pursuing registration and licensure to become an adviser for the firm. During that time, she also will work with David Pickler and the client service team to provide support for client service outreach. Katie Pickler has a background in fundraising and event coordination, and brings substantial administrative and organizational experience to her new role.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has named Lauren Lee the public information officer for Shelby County government. Lee has more than 10 years’ experience as a broadcast reporter, primarily focused on local government and public school issues. She also spent several years in the private sector, managing digital communications for a tech startup.

The Collierville Chamber has announced its 2018 Chamber Award recipients. The honorees are:

  • Hallie Ross of Collierville Schools, Educator of the Year, a new award honoring a teacher or administrator who exemplifies excellence in the preparation of students for success in the 21st-century workplace.
  • Page Robbins Adult Day Center, Nonprofit of the Year, for its dedication to making a profound difference in the lives of those suffering from memory loss and their families.
  • Sandy Barrios, owner of Bazaar – A Crazy Little Food Shop, Entrepreneur of the Year, in recognition of her innovation, originality and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A-Team Roofing, Spirit of Collierville Award, for their efforts to improve the lives of the citizens of Collierville through community engagement.
  • Larry Boyd, Person of the Year, the most prestigious recognition the Collierville Chamber and its board of directors can bestow upon a member, for his leadership and dedication to the betterment of the Collierville community.

First Horizon National Corp. has been selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second consecutive year. The index recognizes companies from across the globe for their commitment to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality. First Horizon reports women at the company represent 60 percent of the overall workforce, 76 percent of manager roles, 36 percent in the top three levels of the organization and 30 percent of the Executive Management Committee.


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