March 2017 Around Town


Thirteen members of the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department were recognized for their professional achievements at a recent City Commission meeting. Each of the officers have met the criteria of the internationally accepted model of Professional Credentialing through the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s (CPSE) Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC). The CPC recognizes competence in fire and emergency services and offers career guidance and planning.

The CPC offers five designations developed using a model that evaluates the “whole” officer. Achieving the designation requires a strong educational background, diverse participation in emergency services at the local, state, and national level; and demonstrated involvement in the broader community, all validated by emergency services peers.

The honorees are Chiefs Brian Goss and David Windrow, Chief Training Officer Designee Russ Peterson, Fire Marshal Designee Nancy Jones, Chief EMS Officer Mike McCutcheon, and First Officer Designees Jim Roman, Brian Collins, David Harber, Jeff Pender, John LoPiccolo, Blane Newberry, Derek Hyde and John Russ.

Also honored was Managing Officer Tony Dixon. The Managing Officer program is a multi-year curriculum through the National Fire Academy designed to improve a leader’s professional skills in change management, risk reduction, and adaptive leadership.  The program consists of nine courses and a community-based capstone project.  For Brentwood, Dixon completed a trail marking system at Smith Park designed to identify locations for 911 callers.


Nashville-based nonprofit agency Play Like a Girl hosted an Empowerment Forum emphasizing confidence, leadership and Playing Like a Girl on February 1 at First Tennessee Park. The forum was one of more than 1,000 events that took place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day is devoted to recognizing the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sports and physical activity can bring to the lives of all girls and women.

Speakers included Mary O’Connor, president/CEO of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings; Olympic gold medalist Michelle Carter; Olympic swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce; Kennetra Searcy, track and field athlete and wife of Tennessee Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy; Monica Fawknotson, Director of Metro Nashville Sports Authority; Pat Pierce, retired Title IX coordinator for Vanderbilt University and pro softball player Monica Abbot, a former University of Tennessee standout and college softball player of the year.

Honorees included Shan Foster, a former Vanderbilt Commodore and NBA player who leads the MEND Nashville initiative that engages male athletes and coaches in violence prevention against women and girls; Christi Beth Adams, owner of Fleet Feet, who donates time and product to ensure that girls involved in the Girls on the Run program have appropriate footwear; and Music City Girls Lead, a leadership academy for local high school girls which was born out of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Bridgestone Arena.

For the past 13 years, Play Like a Girl has been empowering girls globally and is now working in Nashville to get more girls in the game and expand their opportunities both in sports and in life.

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Richard Parker has been hired as Brentwood’s new Finance Director. Parker steps into the role held by Interim Director, Karen Harper and previously held for more than 15 years by Carson Swinford, who passed away last year.

Parker brings more than 20 years of private sector management experience in the areas of finance and accounting, primarily with Primus Financial Services and Nissan North America. Prior to accepting his new position, Parker lived near Atlanta and worked as a consultant and regional director for a private retirement plan advisory company.

Parker is a graduate of Belmont University with a Masters of Business Administration and a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.