MP&F adds two
McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations has hired Michelle Heard and Sara Weeks as assistant account executives.
“Michelle and Sara are great additions to our team,” said MP&F Partner Keith Miles. “With their diverse professional backgrounds, successful experience in digital marketing and enthusiasm, they will be strong assets to our clients.”
Heard graduated from James Madison University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication and political science. Prior to her role at MP&F, Heard worked as an assistant account executive for Cone Communications, a brand communications agency in Boston. Her responsibilities included social media management, traditional media outreach, event coordination and campaign development.
Weeks graduated in 2011 from Auburn University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. She also minored in English and communication studies. Before joining the MP&F team, Weeks served as the public relations and marketing coordinator for Florida-based fashion design company Southern Fashion House, parent company to the clothing lines Judith March, Deja Vu and Missy Robertson by SFH. In her position, Weeks was responsible for promoting new products, coordinating events, managing all email marketing campaigns, and overseeing and enhancing all social media efforts.
Weeks has worked as the assistant public relations specialist for Storybook Farm, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted therapy, located in Opelika, Ala., and as a staff writer for the on-campus newspaper The Auburn Plainsman.
Nashville Film Festival board announces additions
Four officers and three new directors have been announced for the Nashville Film Festival Board of Directors.
Kelly Frey of Frost Brown Todd, LLC, has been named president. Taryn Anderson of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy will take the role of vice president, while Cynthia Tyler of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has been named secretary and Stephanie Mundy Self of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy has been named Treasurer.
The three new directors are Shannon Casey of Creative Artists Agency, Courtney Ross of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Self.
Scout Staffing adds Zaccagnino
Nashville-based specialized IT and entertainment staffing agency Scout Staffing has hired Lauren Zaccagnino as a talent scout.
Before joining Scout, Zaccagnino worked at InsideTrack as a student success coach/retention specialist where she delivered personalized coaching sessions to more than 200 students to improve university admissions, enrollment and retention.
Zaccagnino also worked at Shareable Ink as a professional development trainer/documentation and quality assurance specialist.
“Lauren has experience designing and delivering new employee training and development presentations, which will help her relate to our client’s needs when searching for new employees,” said Julie Long, chief scout. “Also, at Shareable Ink, she gained health care and technology knowledge that will be very valuable for Scout’s clientele.”
Zaccagnino graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She achieved her master’s degree in secondary education at Villanova University.
Juicebox Designs unveils retail product
Nashville-based graphic design firm Juicebox Designs has introduced a new retail product that celebrates the Tennessee state tree, state bird and state flower with custom illustrated posters and greeting card sets.
It is the third product line the company has released.
“This time around we wanted a theme that would reach a bigger audience and we feel we have it with this line,” Jay Smith, Juicebox Designs president and creative director, said in a release. “And for the first time, we are introducing posters as a new product category, which we believe will be very successful for people that want to hang them in their home or office and show their love for Tennessee in a larger format.”
In addition to the Tennessee state trio, Juicebox (for which Kristi Smith, Jay’s wife, serves as co-owner) is introducing the same products for the state of Texas and its state tree, bird and flower.
The Smiths began producing prints and greeting card sets in 2012 at the same time they launched the rebranding of their design firm.
MTSU taps Hoeppner
Veteran visual journalist Val Hoeppner has been tapped to lead the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Innovation in Media, university officials have announced.
Hoeppner, who has served since last fall as journalist in residence in the School of Journalism in MTSU's College of Mass Communication, began her tenure July 1 at the student-focused center, which houses all student media plus the university's National Public Radio station, WMOT 89.5 FM, under one roof.
"Val Hoeppner brings a special combination of journalistic experience, digital expertise and impressive teaching skills to her new role at MTSU," Ken Paulson, dean of the MTSU College of Mass Communication, said in a release.
"She'll build on the foundation of innovation established by our former director, Stephan Foust, and give our students the kind of skills and experience that will best prepare them for opportunities in a digital era."
Woolsey Management welcomes Mitchell
Erv Woolsey Management Company has announced Allen Mitchell has joined the senior management team and will work directly with Woolsey and partners Tom Cheney and Clint Woolsey.
Mitchell oversaw Southwest and Midwest radio promotion and artist relations at Bigger Picture from 2012 until its closing in May 2014. Prior to his experience at Bigger Picture, Mitchell held positions at Mercury Records (Sugarland, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Julianne Hough), Universal South Records (Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Phil Vassar, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed) and Audium/Koch after a one-year stunt at WKDF following his graduation from Middle Tennessee State University.
Saint Thomas adds Parker, Milam
Saint Thomas Health has added Dr. Brett Parker, to Saint Thomas Neurology Specialists at Saint Thomas West Hospital and Dr. Michael Milam to Saint Thomas Gynecologic Oncology Specialists.
Parker previously served as the chief resident of adult neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Parker earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine, as well as a residency in neurology, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Most recently, Parker completed a Neuromuscular Fellowship also at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Milam is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who is experienced in state-of-the-art surgical techniques such as minimally invasive surgery and lymphatic mapping.
Milam received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas.
Gra-Mar, Eakin, Harpeth Valley land new principals
Metro Schools has named new principals for the 2014-15 academic year: Sonya Voltz-Brooks (Gra-Mar Middle Prep – Sonya Voltz-Brooks); Dr. Timothy Drinkwine (Eakin); and Dr. Ann-Marie Gleason
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