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Jackie Thul

Killian joins Polsinelli law firm

Former U.S. Attorney William C. Killian has joined the national law firm Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm's Chattanooga office.

Killian, who served as the Justice Department's top lawyer for the 41-county East Tennessee District for five years following his appointment by President Obama, will collaborate closely with Polsinelli's Government Investigations and Compliance-Civil and Criminal Practice, led by Edward F. Novak. The unit is comprised of former federal prosecutors and government regulators. He will work with an array of clients and primarily focus on health care and health care fraud matters.

"Bill's depth of experience is both unique and impressive, and we feel fortunate that he has selected Polsinelli as the next chapter in his decorated career," said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh.

Prior to his work as U.S. Attorney, Killian was a sole practitioner in his law firm in Jasper, Tenn., was city attorney for the city of Monteagle, Tenn. for 21 years and was the assistant district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District in Tennessee. Throughout his professional career, Killian has held various teaching positions with colleges and universities in east Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He served in the United States Army and the Tennessee National Guard from December 1970 to January 1973.

Killian earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1974 after completing his B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is a former member of the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates and the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Chattanooga Chapter.

"Polsinelli is a great fit for me, with a reputation in litigation and serving the evolving health care industry," Killian said. "Joining the firm allows me to have a platform to focus on critical health care and fraud issues, and I look forward to working with Polsinelli's highly recognized team of attorneys."

Zehnder to head Reflection Riding

Larry Zehnder, former director of parks and recreation in Chattanooga, has been named interim director of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

Zehnder is a parks and recreation specialist with over 42 years of progressive experience in the fields of parks and recreation, including serving in top administrative positions with city governments and various positions throughout the parks and recreation profession including recreation programs, facilities management, and maintenance operations. He recently served as Southeast Regional executive director of the National Recreation and Parks Association.

Zehnder earned his degree in recreation and park administration from Clemson University and is also an NRPA Certified Professional in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Thul joins Siskin Hospital

Jackie Thul, a certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse, has joined Siskin Hospital as its clinical coordinator for the Wound Care Program.

She received her nursing degree from Chattanooga State Technical Community College and attended Emory University Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program. She has most recently been practicing at Erlanger, where she was instrumental in developing its wound care program, which resulted in a significant decrease in hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

Copeland heads Chatt State workforce development

Lulu Copeland has been named interim executive director of workforce development at Chattanooga State Community College.

In her new position, Copeland offers economic and workforce development assistance to companies and individuals in the region. The Workforce Development and Community Education staff and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center Chattanooga office supports Chattanooga State's workforce projects.

Copeland previously served as manager of Extended Technical Education & Training at Chattanooga State for nearly 18 years, after working as an engineer for Olan Mills and TVA. She is a board member of the International Business Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and is STEAM Committee Chair of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

Copeland earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from UTC.

Girls Inc. gives UnBought & UnBossed Awards

Girls Inc. has elected those who will be honored as the 12th annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards luncheon next April.

Named for the phrase coined by Shirley Chisholm during her historic run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, the UnBought & UnBossed Awards honor local women who through their career achievement and/or community involvement, have made a significant impact on the lives of women and girls.

The honorees for 2016 are:

- Dr. Neslihan Alp: Interim Dean, UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science

- Monique Berke: Vice President, Business Transformation, CBL & Associates Properties

- Sharon Braden: Regional Business Development Manager,Thompson Engineering, Inc.

- Jessie Fincher: Guild Dance Director & Guild North Center Director, Creative Arts Guild

- Carol George: Market Executive, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch

- Lynne Mulligan: Sr. Programs Manager, Creative Discovery Museum

- Mukta Panda, MD, FACP: Assistant Dean, Medical Student Education, University of Tennessee College of Medicine

- Nancy Ridge: Certified Healthcare Navigator, Hamilton County Medical Foundation

- Mical Traynor: Executive Director, Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute

The 12th Annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards luncheon is Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Business News is published each Sunday. Information about new hires, promotions and business awards should be sent to onthemove@timesfreepress.com.

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