Newsmakers: TCC paper takes home awards

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Balcom Agency hired Kyle Suva as interactive developer. Suva comes to Balcom from Industrial Info Resources, where he was an in-house Web developer. Prior to that position, he served as the lead Web designer and marketing adviser at iPlayerHD, and as a Web designer at the University of New Hampshire.

Banking & Finance Michelle Martin joined the financial planning office of Derrick Kinney & Associates/Ameriprise Financial as marketing manager and community relations coordinator. She has expertise in marketing and small business operations.

Boards & Organizations Michael McConnell has been appointed to a three-year term on the advisory council of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas at Austin. The center is a joint venture between the School of Law and the McCombs School of Business. The mission is to train the next generation of energy leaders, produce objective analyses of business, legal and policy questions; convene experts to promote dialogue on current energy topics; and analyze emerging energy issues in Latin America. Allyson Baumeister, a partner at Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier, has been elected as 2015-2016 chairman for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Baumeister will be the senior elected officer of the board of directors and executive board. She has 30 years of experience in business tax and consulting. Approach Resources Inc. appointed J. Ross Craft, the company’s president and chief executive officer, to the additional position of chairman of the board. Craft is a founder of the company and has served on the board since the firm’s inception in 2002. Bryan H. Lawrence will continue to serve as a director, but will retire from his role as chairman. Lawrence, a founder and senior manager of Yorktown Partners LLC, is a founding director of Approach and served as chairman since the company’s initial public offering in 2007. Vean J. Gregg III has been elected as lead independent director of the board. Gregg joined the board in January 2014 and has 18 years of experience in oil and gas investment banking with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, where he most recently served as managing director and group head of North American Oil and Gas Investment Banking. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Clint Weber, an associate for Corbett Capital LLC, and named Brandon Hurley, an attorney and partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLC, as chairman of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission. Weber is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an F/A-18 instructor pilot. He is appointed to the commission for a term to expire Sept. 1, 2019. Hurley is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association and Tarrant County Bar Association, and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is also a board member of Trinity Habitat for Humanity and The Parenting Center. He is also a past member of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court and the Austin College Alumni Board. Hurley will serve for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Health Care Texas Heath Resources named Dr. Ken Adams as the system’s first vice president, post-acute clinical leader. In his new position, Adams develops clinical guidelines and programs for the post-acute management of patients. Adams has more than 15 years of executive and clinical experience at both the local and national levels. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for Skilled Rehabilitation Specialists, where, in conjunction with eRehabData, he developed the first online electronic medical record for physicians rounding in a skilled nursing facility. He has been on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since 2008 and served as the medical director for acute inpatient rehabilitation since 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas in Austin and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Monika Mathur joined Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance as the facility’s first chief medical officer. In her new role, Mathur will oversee the hospital’s patient safety initiatives, performance improvement and outcomes management, and clinical integration. Mathur previously served as the medical director of performance improvement at USMD Inc. in Fort Worth and as an assistant professor of family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Prior to that, she was the chief of quality at Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Mass., while concurrently caring for patients, reviewing performance improvement data and implementing quality improvement projects around patient safety, performance data and patient satisfaction. Mathur earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and a doctor of medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. She completed a family medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Suzy Lundquist has been named administrator/vice president/CEO of Agapé Home Care. She has more than 20 years of experience on the executive leadership teams for two regional health care systems, Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital and Tanner Health System in the Atlanta, Ga., area. Her experience also includes working for ANGMAR Medical Holdings, a regional home health company with 65 branch offices in nine states, and for Community Hospice of Texas.

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Honors & Awards University of Texas at Arlington Physics Professor Suresh Sharma received the American Physical Society Texas Section’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Sharma began working in the UT Arlington College of Science in 1976. His current research focuses on using laser spectroscopy to study the optical and electronic properties of advanced materials. He is the author of about 120 research papers and 200 conference presentations, holds several U.S. patents and has supervised 31 Ph.D. and master’s students in physics and materials science and engineering. Consuro Managed Technology was named Dell PartnerDirect Social Media Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year. This award comes on the heels of earning a spot on CRN’s Next-Gen 250 list and being named Dell Software’s Innovation Partner of the Year. The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA) recently presented Acme Brick Co. with a Founder’s Plaque. Acme Brick is one of four partners that provided guidance and funding to help the RHCA open an office in Fort Worth.

Museums Tim Smith has joined the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in the art and research department as the exhibition designer and installation director. Smith has 20 years of experience in the planning, development and implementation of exhibitions at museums and heritage sites. Prior to joining the Amon Carter, Smith worked at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in the United Kingdom. He also has exhibition and graphic design experience from tenures at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and exhibit design firms in Portland and Dallas.

Real Estate Fidelity Title, Baker Firm PLLC welcomes Matt Tilley and Sara Pollock as vice presidents of business development. Both have extensive expertise in the real estate industry with more than 20 years in the field.

Staffing Tusk Enterprises, which includes Rhino Medical Services and Hospitalists Plus health care staffing companies, recently launched a primary care division. Under Rhino, the division focuses on locum tenens (temporary) staffing and permanent placements of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Deric Gardner, former president of H+, oversees the new division as vice president. Gardner joined Tusk in 2006 and was LocumLife magazine’s Recruiter of the Year in 2010.

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TCC student newspaper brings home top honors in national contest Tarrant County College’s student newspaper, The Collegian, took top honors during the National College Media Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Philadelphia. The Collegian won Weekly Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year among two-year colleges at the Pinnacle Awards, sponsored by the College Media Association. The Associated Collegiate Press recognized The Collegian as a finalist for the print category of its most prestigious honor, The Pacemaker Award. TCC was among only a handful of the nation’s two-year colleges to receive the recognition. The Collegian placed second in its category in the convention’s Best of Show contest. Eddye Gallagher, director of student publications since 1999, was named Distinguished Two-Year Adviser of the Year. She’s taught at TCC for the past 44 years. The awards also recognized Kenney Kost, The Collegian’s former editor in chief, with two second place awards and a fifth place award. Kost, now a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, was the only two-year college journalist recognized in the competition.