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Tannia Lascano

LifeSpring Community names director of community health

Tannia Lascano has been selected 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 news release.

A native of Ecuador, Lascano has nearly a decade of experience in rural and urban community development in both North and South America. Prior to relocating to the United States in 2014, she worked for the water, hygiene and sanitation sectors in indigenous Quichua communities throughout Ecuador's Andean Highlands. Lascano earned her 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 extraordinary Community Health workers," said Jill Fikkert, director of nursing and co-founder of LifeSpring Community Health. "Her vast global insight and experience coupled with her dynamic vision and compassion for the community will assure that LifeSpring Community Health is connected to partnerships and resources that will greatly benefit our patients and their families."


Shulman named vice president of Veterinary Medical Association

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

Six members at large were also elected to represent East, West and Middle Tennessee including Karin Collins of Animal Wellness Vet 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, the release said. More than 1,600 members work to ensure that laws and regulations promote the health and well-being of all animals, and protect public health and human welfare.


ABA honors Kesler and Nelson for military pro bono service

Miller & Martin attorneys David Kesler and Merrill Nelson have been recognized by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel as 2021 recipients of the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award 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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The Legal Assistance Military Personnel Committee presents these annual awards to individual attorneys, law firms and law departments that have provided extraordinary pro bono services through the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project.

Beginning in 2018, Miller & Martin attorneys dedicated more than 150 pro bono hours in their representation of the 19-year Navy veteran who had been denied disability benefits under servicemembers' group life insurance traumatic injury protection, which is meant to provide short-term financial support to help eligible service members recover from a severe injury.

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After multiple appeals, all of which were denied, the team had exhausted administrative remedies and filed an application with the Board for the Correction of Naval Records, which has the authority to correct a servicemember's record if they find evidence of error and/or injustice in the decision made. The team's perseverance paid off with the client ultimately receiving a favorable decision and being awarded the full $100,000 in benefits to which he was entitled.

"In my 48 years of practicing law, I have never been more excited with a victory," Kesler, with Miller & Martin's Chattanooga office, said in the release. "Our client served his country faithfully for 19 years, was rendered a paraplegic while in the line of duty and desperately needs the benefits which were wrongfully denied him."


Rise Partners adds Maclellan as head of brokerage services

The Chattanooga commercial real estate firm Rise Partners has named Robert Maclellan as director of brokerage services to help expand the firm's representation of commercial, office, industrial, mixed-use and multifamily properties throughout the Chattanooga region, according to a news release.

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

Prior to joining Rise Partners, Maclellan began his career with CBL Properties as an assistant project manager responsible for oversight of third-party consultants, budget, design, permitting, entitlements and construction management of projects. In 2019, he joined NAI Charter as a commercial broker.

"Selectively adding experienced real estate professionals like Maclellan will allow our Brokerage Services Division to expand its reach while furthering our mission of being diligent, responsive and trustworthy advisors on each and every transaction" Matt Phillips, managing partner of Rise Partners, said in the release.

A native Chattanoogan, Maclellan attended The McCallie School and went on to get his Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Alabama.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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