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January 20th, 2007 9:45 pm by Staff report









Hankwitz named fellow in American College of Health Care Executives


Phillips named Southern College of Optometry president


Two join Workspace Interiors


Law firm names Fraser a member/partner


Harrison receives President's Award


Two named affiliates of the year


Hankwitz named fellow in American College of Health Care Executives

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KINGSPORT - A. Walter "Wally" Hankwitz, executive director of Highlands Physicians Inc., has achieved fellow status in the American College of Health Care Executives.


Fellow status is the highest level of professional achievement in ACHE, an international professional society representing approximately 30,000 health care executives. Fewer than 3,000 health care executives in the nation hold the distinction of fellow.


To obtain fellow status, candidates must demonstrate their education, experience and leadership in the health care field over a period of several years. In addition, they must complete a significant project related to health care management.


Hankwitz joined HPI in 1997.


Prior to that, he served as a senior health care executive for non-profit and investor-owned health care delivery systems. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor of strategic planning and health care marketing at the University of California's Graduate School of Public Health. Hankwitz has also written articles that were published in Hospital Forum.


Hankwitz holds a master's degree in health care administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Kingsport with their two children.


HPI is an independent practice association serving more than 700 physicians and other health care providers who work in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. HPI maintains a strategic alliance with Wellmont Health System. Together with Wellmont, HPI formed the Highlands Wellmont Health Network, a URAC-accredited physician hospital organization.


Phillips named Southern College of Optometry president

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MEMPHIS - Richard W. Phillips, former regional executive director (Tennessee Operations) for TLC - Laser Eye Centers, has been selected to serve as the sixth president of Southern College of Optometry.


Dr. Phillips has held a number of leadership positions within the optometric profession. He is a past president of the Tennessee Optometric Association, SECO International (Southern Council of Optometrists) and the Tennessee Academy of Optometry.


A 1978 SCO graduate, Dr. Phillips has practiced optometry for nearly 30 years in Northeast Tennessee. In 1983, he merged practices with Dr. David Wilson marking the first OD/MD partnership in Tennessee.


A fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Phillips was named "Optometrist of the Year" in 1998 by the Tennessee Optometric Association. He is a frequent lecturer on LASIK surgery and has written numerous articles regarding laser vision correction.


Dr. Phillips will begin his duties as president-elect on April 1 and will assume the SCO presidency on May 14, 2007.


Dr. Phillips did his undergraduate work at Milligan College, and lives in Johnson City with his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Sarah.


Two join Workspace Interiors

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KINGSPORT - Workspace Interiors has welcomed two new employees to its staff.


Rebecca Speers has joined the company as controller/office manager. Speers is a Kingsport native and graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. Previously she worked at GRC Construction and Barker Building Co., and has more than 30 years of experience in construction, accounting, and project costing. Speers is married to William, lives in Kingsport and is a member of Life Bridge Christian Church.


Sandra Hillhouse has joined WorkSpace Interiors' expanded design department, specializing in architecture and graphic design. A Kingsport native, Hillhouse graduated from Sullivan South High School in 2002, and recently graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in architecture and a minor in fine arts.


Law firm names Fraser a member/partner

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KNOXVILLE - Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, has named Brad A. Fraser as a member/partner of its firm.


Fraser grew up in Kingsport and obtained a bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999.


As a law student, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and First Place Team in the Ray H. Jenkins Trial Competition in 1998. He also received the Award for Academic Excellence in Public International Law 1998.


Fraser has been admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee. He is a member of the Hamilton Burnett Inns of Court, Knoxville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. His practice focuses generally for the defense of civil litigation, primarily in premises liability, products liability, professional liability, employment, construction, workers' compensation, and other areas of defense litigation. Fraser works out of the firm's Knoxville office.


Harrison receives President's Award

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KNOXVILLE - Elizabethton native Christina Harrison, a counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of East Tennessee's Johnson City office, recently received the agency's most prestigious award, the President's Award, recognizing her as the employee who best personifies the agency's ideals of integrity, professionalism and caring for others.


As the senior counselor in the Johnson City office, Harrison counsels community members facing financial problems ranging from bankruptcy to credit card debt. In dire situations where bankruptcy must be filed, Harrison counsels individuals before the filing and teaches a class for them afterward for better money management following discharge.


Along with serving as senior counselor of CCCS's East Tennessee office, Harrison also serves as the community outreach leader, which entails teaching financial management classes to beneficiaries of the Salvation Army and teaching a money management class for women in the Johnson City jail.


Harrison serves on the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce membership committee, is active in United Way, serves as vice president of Altrusa, and also sits on the board of the WHO Foundation, an organization established to address health, education and wellness concerns for women and children.


Harrison was chosen from more than 250 CCCS employees in four states to receive the agency's President's Award.


A native of Elizabethton, Harrison and her husband, Randy Harrison, are residents of the Roan Mountain community in Carter County. She is a graduate of Elizabethton High School and East Tennessee State University.


Two named affiliates of the year

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JOHNSON CITY - Julie Horner and Anita Taylor with George Mason Mortgage have been named "2006 Affiliates of the Year" by the Tri Cities Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors. Horner is a senior loan officer and Taylor is a loan officer assistant with George Mason Mortgage.


Horner holds a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in customer-related assignments throughout her 18-year career. About three years ago, she began a branch of George Mason Mortgage in the Tri-Cities. She lives in Kingsport with her husband, Mike.


Taylor, a native of Gate City, retired in 2004 from Eastman Chemical after more than 33 years of service. She has spent most of her career in marketing and customer service. She and her husband, Mike, live in Gate City with their children, Michael and Zachary.


George Mason Mortgage, located at 3121B Bristol Highway, Johnson City, specializes in residential mortgages.


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