The Massey Distinguished Graduate Award

The Massey Distinguished Graduate Award honors Massey alumni who display a balance of strengths in the areas of professional achievement, community involvement, and commitment to The Massey School.  The award is an annual recognition. 



Michael Burcham, DBA 2017 Recipient

(Michael Burcham, 2017 recipient (center), with Rachel Layton and Chris Tompkins, Massey Alumni Board members)

Dr. Michael Burcham, MBA 1989 graduate, is the CEO of Narus Health.  Narus Health services and technologies support individuals with serious medical conditions in their treatment.  Before Narus Health, Michael was the founding President and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a nationally recognized startup organization.  He has also served as President of ParadigmHealth which specializes in the management of life – limiting and/or threatening conditions.  Prior to ParadigmHealth, he was President of Theraphysics and also served as Vice President for Managed Care at Centennial Medical Center.  In addition to his role with Narus Health, Dr. Burcham teaches Healthcare Innovation and Launching New Ventures at the Owen Graduate School of Management.  His involvement outside work and the classroom has included - Co- Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Chair of the Global Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship (King Faud University of Petroleum and Minerals) as well as strategic advisor and board member to a number of healthcare organizations.  He is also a national speaker on leadership, entrepreneurial thinking and healthcare innovation.  Michael resides in Nashville, TN. 


Brady Plummer

 (Brady Plummer, 2017 recipient, (center) with Rachel Layton and Chris Tompkins, Massey Alumni Board members)

Brady Plummer is a 2009 MACC graduate and currently the CIO of Parallon Business Performance Group.  His responsibilities include setting strategy and providing leadership for supporting Parallon’s BPG’s business processes. Prior to his employment with Parallon, Brady was Assistant Vice President of Internal Audit for HCA where he focused on information technology risk and compliance.  He has also held positions with PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte & Touche.  In addition to his responsibilities with Parallon, Brady serves on several boards – Rest Stop Ministries, Belmont Accounting and MIS, and Trevecca Association of Business Professionals.  Brady holds several certifications - Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).  He and his wife, along with their three children, live in Mt. Juliet.    



Joan Signorille grad award recipient

(L to R: Pat Konyn, Massey Alumni Board; Joan Signorille (2016 recipient); Dr. Joe Alexander, Associate Dean)

Joan Signorille, a 2007 MACC graduate, is currently employed with Quorum Health Resources as the Senior Vice President of Service & Administration as well as President of Quorum Purchasing Advantage.  During her employment with Quorum, Joan produced $27 million in annual revenues via leading functional areas of Consulting and Group Purchasing and led human resources for the entire subsidiary.  Prior to her employment with Quorum, Joan served as Director of Network Management with Cigna Healthcare of Tennessee.  Her involvement in the community includes the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Davidson County Foster Care Review Board, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and the Exchange Child Abuse Prevention Center.



Amber Sims grad award recipient

(L to R: Pat Konyn, Massey Alumni Board; Amber Sims (2016 recipient); Dr. Joe Alexander, Associate Dean)

Amber Sims earned her MBA from The Massey School in 2005 and is the Chief Strategy Officer with St. Thomas Health.  Her responsibilities include developing and leading the health system strategy and working with the Ministry Market President and CEO to determine the integrated services to be offered and populations to be served.  Previous positions held with St. Thomas include Vice President (Health Alliance), Chief Operating Officer (Physician Services), and Division Business Operations Director.  During her employment with Baptist Hospital, Amber served as Director of Clinical and Support Services, Director of Physician and Product Development, Planning and Operations Consultant, Special Project Manager, and Operations Analyst.  Amber is active on several boards including the New Beginnings Center and Life Credit Union. 


Teresa Broyles Aplin grad award recipient

(L to R: Pat Raines, Dean; Teresa Broyles - Aplin (2015 recipient); Kimberly Loudon, Massey Alumni Board; Dr. Lee Warren, Professor of Accounting)

Teresa Broyles - Aplin (co - recipient) earned her Master of Accountancy in 1997 and holds a B.B.A in Accounting from Austin Peay State University.  She served as manager for Deloitte & Touch, LLP from 1997 to 2004 before moving to her current organization, Nashville Electric Service. Teresa is currently the Chief Financial Officer for N.E.S as well the Secretary/Treasurer of the Electric Power Board.  In addition, Teresa serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Downtown Rotary. 

Butch Eley grad award recipient

(L to R: Pat Raines, Dean; Butch Eley (2015 recipient), Kimberly Loudon, Massey Alumni Board; Joe Alexander, Massey Associate Dean)

Howard "Butch" Eley (co - recipient) earned his MBA from The Massey School in 1994, and his career has included positions as President of the Ingram Group and Chief of Staff for the Metropolitan Nashville Mayor's Office.  His most recent roles have been as Chief Executive Officer and President of Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA).  His involvement in the community includes service on the Board of Oasis Center of Nashville, the Center for Non – Profit Management, and the Nashville Children’s Theater.  He is the past president of Nashville’s Table and oversaw the merger with the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

Bryan Martin grad award recipient

(L to R: Alumni Board President, Jason Whitman; Bryan Martin (2014 recipient) and Dr. Marilyn Young)

Bryan Martin (co - recipient), a Massey M.Acc alumnus (2002), holds a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He is currently a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and leads Deloitte’s New England Healthcare and Life Sciences mergers and acquisitions. He consults with boards of directors and senior executives on M & A strategies in both the public and private sectors. Bryan’s community involvement includes company campaign leader for the United Way, youth basketball coach, and contributor to the local Boys and Girls Clubs of Massachusetts. He also enjoys volunteering his time to the NABA as well as speaking to college students about the accounting profession.

Jim Greene grad award recipient
(L to R: Dr. Joe Alexander, Associate Dean; Jim Greene (2014 recipient), Jason Whitman, Alumni Board President)

Jim Greene (co - recipient) is the president and owner of Richland, LLC – a licensed industrial contractor and contract manufacturer. Under his leadership, the company has become the largest private employer in the area; its products are shipped worldwide. In addition to his responsibilities with Richland, Jim is actively involved in the community and serves on several boards such as the Tennessee Technical and Vocational Advisory Board, the Giles County High School Vocational Advisory Board and Creating a Rural Entrepreneurial System in Tennessee (CREST). He is also a member of the Exchange Club of Giles County. Jim was also a Massey Alumni Board member from 2006 to 2010. He is a Massey M.B.A. alumnus (2005) and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama.

Ann_Hatcher grad award recipient

(L to R: Dr. Pat Raines, Dean; Ann Hatcher (2013 recipient); Alumni Board President, Jason Whitman; Dr. Joe Alexander, Associate Dean)

Ann Hatcher, a 1999 graduate of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, is the Vice President of Human Resources, IT&S at HCA. HCA was founded in 1968 and was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. The company is comprised of over 160 hospitals and 106 freestanding surgery centers that are locally managed in 20 states and Great Britain. Ann’s team, which supports the division that provides IT services across the company, won two HR Excellence Awards from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for HR Strategy and Measurement of HR Performance. As a Vice President Human Resources, Ann oversees HR Operations, leadership and management development, as well as recognition programs for the IT&S Division.


Helen_Lane grad award recipient

(L to R: Alumna Courtney Hensley, Helen Lane (2012 recipient) and Dr. Pat Raines, Dean)

Helen Lane is a partner with C3 Consulting, LLC, and a 1994 graduate of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business.  Helen was honored with the Massey Distinguished Graduate Award in October 2012. C3 consulting is a management consulting firm that provides project leadership and guidance for companies experiencing organizational growth and change. Helen, who was also named a winner in the "2012 Health Care Heroes Awards" presented by the Nashville Business Journal, is the Health Care Practice Leader for C3. As one of C3's partners, she specializes in helping health care companies through the strategic planning, design, and execution of critical business processes and leveraging technologies to improve clinical and business results. Helen also oversees projects focused on strategic initiatives, including Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange implementations.




Jim Stefansic grad award recipient
(L to R:  Dr. Pat Raines, Dean and Jim Stefansic, 2011 recipient)

Jim Stefansic is the co – founder and COO of Pathfinder Therapeutics. Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc. (PTI) is the developer of ExplorerTM, an image-guided “GPS” device that enables physicians to accurately and efficiently guide the delivery of cancer therapeutics (usually resection and/or ablation) in soft-tissue organs. Jim has been responsible for day to day operations since February 2005 and served as both CTO and COO. During this this time, the company has grown from 2 to 14 employees. In addition to his responsibilities with Pathfinder Therapeutics, he has served as a guest speaker on several occasions including congressional testimony in 2008 before the US House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. His testimony in part helped lead to the passage of H.R. 2965, “Enhancing Small Business Innovation and Research Act” by the U.S. House of Representatives. Jim is an alumnus of The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business (M.B.A., 2005) and holds a Bachelor of Science from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Master of Science and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.


Damon Hininger grad award recipient
(L to R: Dr. Pat Raines, Dean: Alumna Londa Morgan, Damon Hininger (2010 recipient) and Alumna Courtney Hensley)

Damon Hininger is the President and CEO of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). He began his career with CCA in 1992 as a Correctional Officer at the Leavenworth Detention Center. During his tenure at Leavenworth, he held positions in Transportation, Warehouse, Training, and Quality Assurance. Since coming to Nashville, Damon then advanced through various CCA roles, including Director of Strategic Planning, Vice President of Business Analysis, Vice President of Customer Relations, Senior Vice President of Federal/Local Customer Relations, and finally, Chief Operating Officer. In August 2009, he was named by the board as President and CEO, a position where he continues today. He is a member of the American Correctional Association, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, and the National Sheriffs Association, and also serves on the advisory board for The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business. Damon is a graduate of The Massey School of Business (M.B.A., 2000) and holds a B.S. from Kansas State University. He has also earned a Certificate in Executive Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.


Nancy Leach grad award recipient
(Dr. Pat Raines, Dean and Nancy Leach, 2009 recipient)

Nancy Leach is President, CEO, and Founder of Facility Planners, Inc. (FPI), a Nashville, Tennessee based office furniture dealership. FPI is a full-service company, providing furniture solutions to companies in the markets of healthcare, finance, manufacturing and legal, including city, state and federal government agencies. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in interior design, office furniture and the management of small businesses. A graduate of O’More College of Design in 1984, one of the nation’s top interior design schools, Nancy has been instrumental in the design and project management of numerous corporate, commercial, medical, retail, manufacturing and hospitality facilities. She holds an M.B.A. from Belmont University, where she graduated in 1992, and is a registered interior designer in the state of Tennessee. She currently serves on the Board of the Tennessee Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) where she received their highest honor, the 2006 Star Award, serves as a founding member of the Belmont University Center for Business Ethics and is Director of Health & Safety as a member of the Board of The American Red Cross of Middle Tennessee.

Charles Hagood grad award recipient(L to R:  Dr. Pat Raines, Dean; Charles Hagood, 2008 recipient, and Mrs. Barbara Massey Rogers)

Charles Hagood is President and CEO of Healthcare Performance Partners, LLC (HPP), a Lean Healthcare Europe Affiliate Company, and has overseen the introduction and implementation of Lean Healthcare systems in numerous healthcare organizations including some of the largest non-profit hospitals, national systems, small critical access hospitals, clinics, and large for-profit systems. HPP is one of the few organizations that have successfully translated Lean manufacturing and the Toyota Production System (TPS) to the healthcare industry. Charles also is a founding Principal of The Access Group, LLC (TAG), which is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee USA area along with HPP, and has worked with Fortune 100 companies throughout the world (GE, Tyco, Cessna, Nissan and many others) in their Lean transformation and process improvement initiatives. Charles also oversees the application of Lean/TPS methodologies into the planning, design, and construction phases of a wide range of clinical and hospital renovation and construction projects. Charles received his M.B.A. from Belmont University's Massey School of Business and is on the faculty of the Belmont University Lean Healthcare Certificate Program.


Richard Treadway grad award recipient

Dr. Richard Treadway, 2007 recipient

Dr. Richard Treadway is a physician who specializes in the treatment of psychiatric patients and in the management of healthcare systems. His lengthy career includes positions with the National Institute of Mental Health (Washington, D.C.), Johns Hopkins University, IBM, Vanderbilt University, and HCA, Inc. He has also served in key advisory roles in both state and national government, including an appointment as Commissioner of Mental Health for the state of Tennessee and an appointment to the National Advisory Mental Council by President Richard Nixon. Dr. Treadway is the founder of Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., which operates psychiatric hospitals across the country, and Medical Properties of America, a medical real estate corporation. Treadway earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed his medical residency at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He later pursued post graduate study in public mental health from the Washington School of Psychiatry. Dr. Treadway is a 1999 M.B.A. graduate of The Massey Graduate School.