LifeSpring Community Appoints Director of Community Health and Other Career Changes in Chattanooga Area

Tannia Lascano

LifeSpring Community Appoints Director of Community Health

Tannia Lascano has been chosen as the new director of community health for LifeSpring Community Health, a nonprofit pediatric clinic that provides holistic care and services to patients and their families, according to a press release.

Originally from Ecuador, Lascano has nearly a decade of experience in rural and urban community development in North and South America. Before moving to the United States in 2014, she worked in the water, hygiene and sanitation sectors in the indigenous Quichua communities of the Andean highlands of Ecuador. Lascano received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Hope College and a master’s degree in intercultural studies from FATELA Theological Seminary located in Latin America.

“Tannia is the perfect choice to lead both LifeSpring’s community development efforts and our amazing Community Health Workers,” said Jill Fikkert, Director of Nursing and Co-Founder of LifeSpring Community Health. “His broad global insight and experience, coupled with his dynamic vision and compassion for the community, will ensure that LifeSpring Community Health is connected to partnerships and resources that will greatly benefit our patients and their families.”

Shulman named vice president of the Veterinary Medical Association

The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association recently named its 2022-2023 board of directors, made up of veterinarians from across the state, according to a news release. Among the new officers is Chattanooga veterinarian Marissa Shulman of Riverview Animal Hospital, who will serve as vice president.

Six at-large members were also elected to represent East, West and Central Tennessee, including Karin Collins of Animal Wellness Veterinary Hospital in White Pine; Dean Baird of Mountain Empire Large Animal Hospital in Johnson City; Cindy Schmidt of North Madison Animal Hospital in Jackson; Lauren Dabney of Northside Animal Clinic in Jackson; Beau House of Nashville Veterinary Specialists in Nashville and Cason McInturff of Berry Farms Animal Hospital in Franklin.

The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association has been committed since 1909 to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, according to the statement. More than 1,600 members ensure that laws and regulations promote the health and welfare of all animals and protect public health and human welfare.

ABA honors Kesler and Nelson for pro bono military service

Miller & Martin attorneys David Kesler and Merrill Nelson have been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance to Military Personnel as the 2021 recipients of the Pro Bono Military Project Outstanding Service Award from the American Bar Association for their representation of a paralyzed Navy veteran in connection with his successful appeal for additional disability benefits, according to a news release.

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David Kesler

The Military Personnel Legal Aid Committee presents these annual awards to attorneys, law firms, and legal departments who have provided extraordinary pro bono services through the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project.

As of 2018, attorneys for Miller & Martin devoted more than 150 pro bono hours to their representation of the 19-year-old Navy veteran who was denied disability benefits under the military group life insurance, which is intended to provide short-term financial support to help eligible military members recover from a serious injury.

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Merrill Nelson

After several appeals, all of which were denied, the team had exhausted administrative remedies and filed a request with the Naval Records Correction Commission, which has the authority to correct a service member’s record if it finds evidence of error and/or injustice in the decision taken. The team’s perseverance paid off as the client finally received a favorable decision and was awarded the full $100,000 in benefits to which he was entitled.

“In my 48 years of practicing law, I have never been so excited about a win,” Kesler, of Miller & Martin’s Chattanooga office, said in the statement. “Our client served his country faithfully for 19 years, became a paraplegic in the line of duty, and desperately needs the benefits he was wrongfully denied.”

Rise Partners Adds Maclellan as Head of Brokerage Services

Chattanooga-based commercial real estate firm Rise Partners has appointed Robert Maclellan as Director of Brokerage Services to help expand the company’s representation in commercial, office, industrial, mixed-use and multi-family properties throughout the Chattanooga area, according to a news release.

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Robert Maclelan

In his new role, Maclellan will bring in-depth knowledge of sales, leasing and site selection for all sectors of commercial real estate, residential developments and mixed-use projects, according to the statement.

Prior to joining Rise Partners, Maclellan began his career at CBL Properties as an Assistant Project Manager responsible for overseeing third-party consultants, budget, design, permits, rights and construction management of projects. . In 2019, he joined NAI Charter as a commercial broker.

“The selective addition of experienced real estate professionals like Maclellan will allow our brokerage services division to expand its reach while continuing our mission to be diligent, responsive and trustworthy advisers on every transaction,” said said Matt Phillips, managing partner of Rise Partners, in the statement. .

A native of Chattanoogan, Maclellan attended the McCallie School and later earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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