Knoxville Chapter March Meeting

0403  |  TSCPA In Person Events  |  Scheduled


Number of Credits Type of Credits
2 Management
3 Other


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Paul K. Fain

Paul Fain owns and operates a 43-year-old independent financial planning firm in Knoxville, Tennessee.

He has degrees from the University of Tennessee and Ohio University. He earned the CFP® designation in 1990. He has served on various boards and committees for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) or its predecessors. He was chair of the FPA Retreat Conference in 2007. Paul is a regular commentator in print and television news. He has been a columnist for Research Magazine and an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Tennessee. Today, he considers it an extraordinary blessing to be at the helm of a legacy small business with client relationships that span four decades and multiple family generations. Paul married his college girlfriend, Tina. They have three wonderful semi-adult children and a dog.

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Patti Jane Lay

Patti Jane has a family law and general civil law practice. She handles divorces, post-divorce, custody, alimony and child support cases as well as juvenile court litigation. She has served as conservator and fiduciary for disabled veterans and handled probate matters for estates. She has been a mediator in family and general civil cases since 1995. A native of Knoxville, Patti Jane has practiced law in Knoxville since 1979. She is an honors graduate of Emory University and the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Lay has extensive experience working with families in the judicial system in both Circuit and Juvenile Courts and at the appellate level. Patti Jane is active in a number of organizations, including the Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance where she serves on the board and is a founding member.

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Heidi Wegryn

Heidi graduated from The University of Minnesota Law School and primarily practices in the area of Family Law where she deals with family matters and domestic relations. Heidi has completed both basic and advanced collaborative law training through the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and she is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator with special training in domestic violence. In addition to taking collaborative divorce cases, a large part of her practice is devoted to child advocacy, adoption and agreed divorce. She is active in the local and state Bars, and is a founding member and President of the East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance.

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Emily Heird

Emily Heird is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in helping individuals and families navigate the stress of the divorce process. Emily has been in practice for 6 years and maintains a private practice which focuses on relationship/marriage counseling and individual counseling for adults. She brings years of experience working with children and families and has seen first-hand the effects of acrimonious divorces on all parties, particularly the children. Emily became involved with Collaborative Divorce as way to help reduce the negative impact of divorce on children and adults. Emily is a founding member and Vice President of the ETCA.

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Jacqueline Kittrell

Jacqueline O. Kittrell, Esq. is the Executive Director of Community Mediation Center in Knoxville, TN, having been hired in 2005. Jackie graduated from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1988 and is a licensed Tennessee attorney. She is active in the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association, where she is a member of the Dispute Resolution Section, the Family Law Section, and the Collaborative Law Joint Subcommittee. She is active in the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission's efforts, serving on the Pro Bono, Forms, and Mediation Subcommittees. She is serving this year as Immediate Past President on the Board of Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators She was trained as a Collaborative Family attorney in 2007, is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, and a founding member the East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance (ETCA). Jackie is a Rule 31 listed civil and family mediator and is listed as specially trained in domestic violence screening. She is on the Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee Institute for Reflective Practice and has received training as a reflective practice facilitator.

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William Morris

Bill has been a financial advisor and business consultant for over 40 years. He is trained in collaborative divorce and mediation and holds the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator designations. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners and a founding member of the East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance. He is a graduate of The University of Memphis with a degree in psychology – a personality defect tempered by success as a two-time world champion at the Memphis International Bar-B-Que contest.

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James Hurley

Dr. James Hurley is the 28th president of Tusculum.

Dr. Hurley comes to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University where he served as executive vice president, dean of the School of Business and professor of leadership and education. Under his guidance, LMU enrolled its largest class, added many new academic programs and the School of Business grew by more than 60 percent.

Under Dr. Hurley’s leadership as Tusculum’s president, many exciting changes have occurred. The Board of Trustees has officially approved the move to Tusculum University in July, and the Tusculum community is bustling to get ready for University Rising! Along with the name change, the Board approved new logos at their most recent meeting and previously announced plans to implement a School for Optometry, soon to be one of only a few approved optometry schools in the nation. It was also announced in early 2018 that the Cincinnati Reds are bringing a rookie league franchise to Pioneer Park, with the first games set for this coming summer. Additionally, exciting news for our students and community, Chick-fil-A is coming to the Greeneville campus in July.

Dr. Hurley previously served as president of his alma mater, the University of Pikeville. During his tenure, UPIKE achieved its largest enrollment in history, experienced unprecedented programmatic growth and was named the 20th fastest-growing college in the U.S. by “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Dr. Hurley’s vision and leadership resulted in three new colleges during his presidency including the Coleman College of Business, the Patton College of Education and the Kentucky College of Optometry. A successful fundraiser, Dr. Hurley launched an ambitious capital campaign, raising and securing more than $62 million.

Throughout his 20-year career in education, Dr. Hurley has served as instructor, professor, dean, vice president and president. He has had extensive and varied experience at private, liberal arts, faith-based institutions and has shown an understanding of the challenges facing higher education, such as the increasingly competitive environment in which these institutions must simultaneously attract, retain and graduate students, as well as stabilize their fiscal health, grow their academic portfolio, and raise additional external funds.

Dr. Hurley holds a doctoral degree from Morehead State University in education leadership and finance; a Rank 1 Certification from the University of Kentucky in educational supervision; a Master of Science in education degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in business education and management from Pikeville College. He has also completed the Institute for Presidential Leadership at Harvard University and received a certificate in higher education management from Vanderbilt University.

He is committed to the community and region through service on nonprofit boards and community participation, which will continue throughout the Tri-Cities region. Dr. Hurley has extensive experience in globalization and diversity efforts. He has expanded international student opportunities and international campus partnerships on every campus he has served.

Joining sons Drew and Carter, Dr. Hurley and his wife, Kindall welcomed Blayklee Caroline on January 4, 2018, to the Hurley family.

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