WGU names board members
Gov. Bill Haslam and Western Governors University have named Nashville business leaders John R. Ingram, Ralph Schulz and John Steele to the advisory board of WGU Tennessee, an accredited, nonprofit online university aimed at expanding access to higher education for Tennesseans.
Ingram, chairman of Ingram Industries Inc. and CEO of Ingram Content Group, has been named chairman of the WGU Tennessee Advisory Board.
Schulz is president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. .
Steele is senior vice president of human resources at HCA Nashville.
Additionally, Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, has been named WGU Tennessee’s chancellor. Estep joins the university after serving as vice president for academic affairs and student services at Nashville State Community College. A graduate of Auburn University, she has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education as both a professor and an administrator. She will be based in WGU Tennessee’s main office in Nashville but will work with higher-education, community, and business leaders throughout the state to increase awareness and establish partnerships.
Other members of the advisory board, which is tasked with providing strategic counsel and guidance to WGU Tennessee, are as follows:
· Jerry Askew, senior vice president, government relations, Tennova, Knoxville
· Shannon Brown, senior vice president/chief human resources and diversity officer, FedEx Express, Memphis
· David A. Golden, senior vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary, Eastman, Kingsport
· Thom Mason, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge
· Jim McIntyre, superintendent, Knoxville County Schools, Knoxville
· Blair Taylor, president, Memphis Tomorrow, Memphis
· Karen Ward, senior vice president and chief human resource officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Carter, Lankford CPAs Adds Staff Accountant
Lindsey Poole has joined Carter Lankford CPAs, as a staff accountant, according to Lucy R. Carter, CPA, co-founder and principal of the Nashville public accounting firm.
Experienced in the health care industry, Poole will primarily assist with audits, reviews and compilations; process payables and maintain fixed assets for various clients. Additionally, Poole will handle the preparation of client tax returns.
“We are very happy to have Lindsey join our team,” said Carter. “She is a highly competent accountant and her knowledge and experience with the health care industry complements our firm’s focus.”
Prior to joining Carter Lankford, Poole worked as a staff accountant at Hertzbach & Company in Owings Mills, Md. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Former Obama health care czar to work for NYC private-equity firm
Nancy-Ann DeParle, President Barack Obama's point person on health care reform and a former attorney in Nashville, has joined New York-based health care private equity manager Consonance Capital Partners as a partner.
DeParle, who also served in the Clinton Administration, will re-join her former partners Dr. Mitchell Blutt, Benjamin Edmands and Stephen McKenna, who worked together for over a decade while at JPMorgan Partners and its successor and predecessor entities.
“There is no other individual with her combination of healthcare policy and industry insight and private equity investing expertise,” Blutt said in a release. “She is a delightful partner who completes the re-assemblage of our private equity team.”
DeParle, who was raised in Rockwood, Tenn., has more than 20 years of experience as a policy official, private equity investor and corporate board member. From 2009 to January, she served in the Obama White House as counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, where she spearheaded Obama’s effort to enact the Affordable Care Act and managed the initial implementation of the law.
In 2011, DeParle was promoted to assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy.
Earlier in her career, DeParle was commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. She has also worked as a lawyer in Nashville and Washington, D.C.
From 2001 to 2005, DeParle taught health policy as an adjunct professor of health care systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. More recently, she was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer in law at Harvard Law School.
DeParle received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also received a B.A. and M.A. in politics and economics from Balliol College of Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar.
“The team at Consonance Capital Partners has a unique combination of deep clinical and healthcare business expertise, as well as many years of experience in working with management teams to build successful companies,” DeParle said.
Simon Roofing adds Aschoff
Simon Roofing has hired Danielle Aschoff as business development coordinator.
Aschoff will be responsible for database management, lead generation, client introductions, community involvement and sales coordination for the Nashville region.
THDA's McBride makes move
Denise McBride, currently a loan underwriter for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Hardest Hit Fund, will join THDA’s newly created Community Outreach Team, effective Aug. 19.
McBride will be one of three community outreach liaisons working to identify housing needs, issues, and challenges in Middle Tennessee and across the state.
McBride has 34 years of experience with SunTrust Bank as local, regional and state community development manager. She holds a B.S. degree from Fisk University.
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