Kersey honored by Comfort Keepers
Baker Donelson recognizes attorney for pro bono work
Miller named regional manager operations
Buchanan receives Anselme Payen Award
Ward speaks at conference
Scofield joins OnePartner
Murray joins Edward Jones
RHA names regional vice president of operations
Kevin Depew, formerly of Kingsport, recently received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Silver Snoopy Award.
Depew was also cited for on-time delivery of verification packages for the OGS as well as his contributions to the Water Recovery System to be flown in 2008. The WRS provides recycled water for crew consumption as well as feed water for the OGS, which provides oxygen for crew consumption.
Originating in 1968, the Silver Snoopy Award is the NASA astronaut's personal award for professional excellence and is presented on an annual basis to less than 1 percent of the NASA work force.
The award is given for duties performed specifically in relation to flight safety or mission success. Depew was presented his award by astronaut Barry Wilmore.
Depew graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1981 and earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in chemical engineering from Tennessee Tech.
He is the son of Curtis and Janice Depew of Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Local resident Louise Kersey was recently honored by CK Franchising, Inc. for her dedication and commitment to the Comfort Keepers mission and vision.
Kersey was one of nine regional winners selected nationally, competing against other caregivers from independent franchises across the country.
Caregivers were nominated by the local franchise owner based on their demonstration of outstanding values and practices including a high standard of caregiving excellence, outstanding skill competency including a desire for continued learning, exceptional service, excellent client and family communication skills and consistency in delivering these high standards of caregiving.
"Louise was selected to represent the Kingsport office of Comfort Keepers because she exemplifies what it is to be a Comfort Keeper," said owner M.D. McCue. "It is an honor and well-deserved recognition to have awarded such an outstanding caregiver, whose care to the elderly is above and beyond."
Kersey said she is "overwhelmed" by the award.
"This award is not only recognition of my efforts, but of those of the entire caregiving staff. Our goal is to make our client's lives better and I am thrilled to be able to make a difference," she said.
Comfort Keepers provides in-home care services on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Packages include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, incidental transportation, laundry, recreational activities, and more.
JOHNSON CITY - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has named David Harvey as its Tri-Cities "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year."
The case involved examination of voluminous medical and psychological documents and required an in-depth understanding of a substantive area of law that was outside Harvey's practice area.
Harvey spent nearly 100 hours in preparation for trial, and although his client decided to surrender her parental rights shortly before the scheduled trial date, Harvey provided his client with the legal counsel necessary for her to make her decision - counsel she would otherwise have never been able to afford.
"We established our Pro Bono Attorney of the Year awards to acknowledge attorneys in each of our offices who demonstrate a personal commitment to Baker Donelson's longstanding support of pro bono legal services," said Jonathan Cole, head of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.
"David's dedication to seeing this exceptionally difficult case through to the end is exactly the type of commitment and service this award was designed to recognize."
An associate in the Johnson City office of Baker Donelson, Harvey concentrates his practice in labor and employment law. His representation includes drafting affirmative action plans under Executive Order 11246, performing compensation analyses and assisting clients in all aspects of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issues.
Harvey also counsels clients on wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.
He regularly represents employers in actions brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, state law employment claims and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
KINGSPORT - AccuForce Staffing Services recently announced the promotion of Jim Miller to regional manager operations, Mountain Empire Region.
In this position, Miller is responsible for the overall operations of AccuForce Staffing Services offices in Kingsport, Johnson City, Rogersville and Erwin. This includes the day-to-day office operation, customer service and business development.
Miller and his wife, Peggy, have three children and live in Greeneville, where he is active in youth athletics.
AccuForce Staffing Services is a leading staffing company in Tennessee and North Carolina. The company has offices in Kingsport, Gray, Greeneville, Morristown, Rogersville, Bulls Gap and Newport, Tenn., and in Marion, Morganton, Lenoir and Hickory, N.C.
KINGSPORT - Eastman Chemical Co. employee Dr. Charles Buchanan has been awarded the Anselme Payen Award from the American Chemical Society for his career accomplishments in the field of cellulosics science.
The Anselme Payen Award is an international recognition named for the French scientist who discovered cellulose, and pioneered the chemistry of both cellulose and lignin. He was the first to attempt separation of wood into its component parts.
Buchanan was selected for the award because of his groundbreaking research, depth of knowledge and his approach to resolving problems.
"What is perhaps most impressive," said Kevin Edgar, professor of biomaterials and bio-processing at Virginia Tech, "is that as Charles has delved into each new area, he has developed a fundamental understanding of prior work, theory, and methods. From that, he developed a new approach to attack the most important remaining problems. Time after time, this approach has yielded significant breakthroughs in understanding, better performing materials, novel and better synthetic methods, and/or critical analytical methodologies."
Buchanan has been active in the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the American Chemical Society, having served as a past chair. He has also been a key contributor of scientific presentations and a symposium organizer. Buchanan was selected as chair of the first Gordon Conference on the Chemistry of Polysaccharides in 2001.
He is a past chair of the Biodegradable Polymer Society and has also chaired the Northeast Tennessee Section of ACS, and the National Science Foundation Center for Biodegradable Polymers at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Buchanan was also a member of the international scientific advisory board for the Center for Amphiphilic Polymers (Sweden).
Buchanan is an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University and has trained a series of industrial post-doctorates in his laboratory.
The Anselme Payen Award, which includes a bronze medal and a $3,000 honorarium, is given by the Cellulose, Paper and Textile Division of ACS to honor and encourage outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and its allied products. Buchanan is the first recipient from industry to receive the award in 40 years.
KINGSPORT - Nancy Ward, owner of Classy Clawz & Pawz grooming salon in Kingsport, recently spoke at Intergroom, a conference of groomers and pet care technicians from around the world.
DUFFIELD, Va. - Thomas "Mac" Scofield has joined the leadership team at OnePartner, LLC.
Previously, Scofield worked for Eastman Chemical Co. and has extensive expertise in data center facilities and operations management roles.
"Mac's going to be a real asset to our team. There's nothing like having the guy that was instrumental in the design and day-to-day management of a world-class data center aboard," said Tom Deaderick, OnePartner's director of business development. "We're gaining talent that's going to hit the ground running - and one with the experience and process-driven background that will ensure our client's disaster recovery systems are there when they are needed."
With nearly two decades of experience with Eastman, Scofield has spent the last 14 years in data center facilities and operations management roles. During this time, Scofield gained broad experience in large-scale project management, playing key roles in data center disaster recovery planning and more recently, in the design and implementation of business continuity strategy.
Scofield is a member of AFCOM, a leading association for data center professionals, offering services to help support the management of data centers around the world. He holds a Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management Information Technology Infrastructure Library Certification.
The 7,000-square-foot OnePartner ATAC, located in Duffield, is targeted for completion in 2008. OnePartner, LLC, is an organization established to provide the regional healthcare industry affordable access to advanced data center hosting and leading-edge electronic health information technology. OnePartner is a subsidiary organization of Holston Medical Group.
KINGSPORT - Brian Murray has joined the financial services firm, Edward Jones, as a financial advisor in the Kingsport office of G. Leslie Wright.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - RHA Health Services, Inc., has promoted Margaret Gartlgruber to regional vice president of operations, overseeing operations in Tennessee.
Gartlgruber earned a degree in sociology from the University of Florida and a master's degree in social work from the University of Tennessee.
Gartlgruber is married and has one son, Giovanni.
RHA Health Services, Inc. provides a variety of services for adults and children with developmental disabilities, behavioral health, substance abuse needs, and needs for supported living in North Carolina and Tennessee. The company is headquartered in Asheville, N.C.