Cool Springs-based law firm Thompson Burton has hired Jennifer M. Lankford as an associate.
Lankford (pictured), who most recently served as an associate attorney at Nashville-based firm Cornelius & Collins, will aid Thompson Burton partner J.K. Simms in the firm’s existing employment law practice group.
Lankford has experience in the areas of wrongful discharge, non-compete agreements, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environment claims arising from a variety of laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Tennessee Human Rights Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has handled employment disputes in federal and state courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and United States Department of Labor.
“I am thrilled that Jennifer has joined the Thompson Burton team and we have the opportunity again to join forces and provide what I believe to be legal service in the employment arena that is second-to-none,” Walt Burton, firm partner and co-founder, said in the release. “We are very guarded about the culture of our law firm. Jennifer is a perfect fit and fantastic lawyer. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
Lankford received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as lead student materials editor for the Tennessee Law Review, as well as a staff writer for Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center Journal for Applied Public Policy. During law school, she worked as a research assistant to Professor Penny J. White and as a legal extern at the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for the Honorable D. Kelley Thomas.
Lankford obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tennessee, where she graduated summa cum laude with double majors in communication studies and psychology.
LifePoint Hospitals announced the promotion of five senior directors to vice president:
• Mike Caplenor, vice president of IT&S service delivery and administration
• John Faust, vice president of financial and ancillary systems
• Ed Richards, vice president of technology services
• Ron Evans, vice president of clinical systems
• Sean Van Kerkhove, vice president of physician services
"One of LifePoint's strategic priorities is talent development, and we rely on the expertise and experience of dedicated professionals to help our organization succeed," David Dill, LifePoint president and CEO, said in a release. "Mike, John, Ed, Ron and Sean understand our company's vision and our commitment to providing high quality care. Each of these individuals has made a valuable impact by helping LifePoint to develop the best technology platforms, engage physicians and staff, and support our hospitals and the communities we service."
Nonprofit clinic Siloam Family Health Center has hired Katie Richards from the YMCA to be its director of development.
Richards most recently was a development director for the Maryland Farms Y and before that was regional training director for the organization. She attended Western Kentucky University and is a member of Fellowship Bible Church.
“We are delighted to welcome Katie Richards to the Siloam family,” said Dr. Morgan Wills, president and CEO of Siloam. “Katie is a warm, energetic, and creative professional who is already very passionate for our mission. In addition to her natural gifts and skills in fundraising, she brings valuable experience in membership engagement, teambuilding, and public speaking.”
Founded in 1991, Siloam runs a 12,000-square-foot facility off Franklin Pike. In its last fiscal year, the nonprofit handled more than 18,000 encounters.