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By Updated: March 13, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: March 12, 2019 10:48 PM CT

Laura Bailey has been promoted to principal attorney and senior vice president of legal operations for The Crone Law Firm PLC. Bailey earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2003 and her juris doctor from the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2008. She has extensive experience in employment law, personal injury and workers’ compensation.

Dan Singer has joined Colonial Country Club as director of tennis. Singer comes to Colonial from the Racquet Club of Memphis, where he started as an assistant pro in 2008 and worked his way up to director of tennis. He also serves as head tennis coach at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and has taken the team to multiple state appearances. Singer, who earned a sports management degree from Cleveland State University, is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association as an elite professional and has served as tournament director for several United States Tennis Association national tournaments.

Robert Griffin has been promoted to vice president of marketing for Memphis in May International Festival, a role in which he’ll direct all marketing strategy, branding, public relations, advertising and media for the festival’s events. Griffin began his career as the promotion manager for WMC-FM100, and previously worked for local advertising agencies TMB Marketing Group and Archer Malmo on brands such as Blockbuster, Palm Beach Tan and Southland Park, among others. He joined Memphis in May International Festival in 2017 as director of marketing.

Whitney Horak, managing associate attorney at Adelman Law Firm, has completed the Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management certification program administered by the American Hospital Association. In her current role at Adelman Law Firm, Horak focuses in the areas of medical malpractice and long-term care and aging services, specializing in representing health care providers such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, physicians and hospitals in matters involving claims of abuse and neglect, negligence, violation of resident rights, wrongful death and breach of contract.

Nick Huber has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president and mortgage adviser for the firm’s Memphis main office on Shady Grove Road. Huber comes to Pinnacle from Franklin American Mortgage, where he was a branch manager. He previously spent 27 years with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, where he served as a branch manager and district manager. Huber earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in finance and general business from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.

Emily Marshall, interior design director at HBG Design, has been named to Boutique Design’s Boutique 18 class of 2019. The annual list honors rising stars in the hospitality design industry, as chosen by industry leaders. Marshall has been with HBG Design since 2010, and her current projects include the Hyatt Central Hotel at One Beale, as well as the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Glendale, Arizona, and the Cache Creek Resort expansion in Brooks, California. She will be formally recognized at the BDWest trade show in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 13.

Two University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty members have received federal grants for their research.

  • Monica M. Jablonski, professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in UTHSC’s College of Medicine, was awarded more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to help uncover the underlying mechanisms that cause glaucoma and develop targeted therapies to preserve retinal health in patients at risk for glaucoma. Jablonski’s project, “Genetic Modulators of Glaucoma,” is being funded for four years.
  • Ramesh Narayanan, associate professor in the Department of Medicine-Hematology and adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Urology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UTHSC, was awarded over $2 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel tools and next-generation drugs to treat aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Narayanan’s project, “Novel Degraders of the Androgen Receptor (AR) and AR Splice Variants (AR-SVs),” is being funded for five years.

Andrew Francisco has joined the law firm of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC as an associate attorney. His practice areas include insurance defense, immigration, employment and civil litigation.

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