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Oct. 07, 2012 @ 07:30 AM

Ritchie attends specialized embalming seminar

HUNTINGTON -- Shane Ritchie of Beard Mortuary recently completed 18 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training as part of Fountain National Academy's Soft Tissue Injuries, Waxing and Airbrush Seminar.

Held at the Fountain National Academy Training Facility in Springfield, Mo., the seminar focused on highly specialized embalming techniques and included special surgical techniques. These techniques advanced the skill level of the professional embalmers attending regarding post-mortem reconstructive surgery.

A professional embalmer is often called upon to prepare a deceased that has severe traumatic injuries. Reconstructive techniques are sometimes necessary to achieve an acceptable appearance and enable viewing by family and friends. Dedicated professional embalmers understand that performance of reconstructive surgery to achieve open casket viewing provides an important and powerful psychological benefit for the grieving family and friends.

Tompkins becomes certified in da Vinci Surgical System

ASHLAND, Ky. -- General Surgeon Roderick Tompkins, M.D., recently became certified in the da Vinci Surgical System, a minimally invasive surgical robot that allows surgeons to use precise, delicate maneuvers through extremely small incisions in the body. Tompkins is using the da Vinci system for colon surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder removal and more.

Tompkins has practiced in Ashland since 1997. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his surgery residency at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., in 1997, and is board certified by the AmericanBoard of Surgery.

Tompkins can be reached at his office at Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St., Suite 440, in Ashland or at 606-329-2888.

Sias wins recreation award

Jeff Sias, a Huntington native and 1984 graduate of Marshall University's Parks and Leisure Services program was recently selected to receive a National 2012 Armed Forces Recreation Achievement Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). NRPA will present the award publicly at a special reception at the association's 2012 Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct 17.

Each year, NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies across the United States and throughout the world to honor efforts, both professional and personal, in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are chosen for excellence in topics including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

Sias has spent 27 years with the U.S. Navy's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation enterprise. His has focused on the areas of Community Recreation, Special Events, Sports, Fitness, Aquatics, Single Sailor programs, Outdoor Recreation, Facility Maintenance, Golf, Food and Beverage, an especially Deployed Forces Support.

Having served on the Navy Mid-Atlantic Regional staff, Sias has also worked on Fleet and Family Readiness programs and has the background and experience as a Program Analyst and Lean Six Sigma "change agent." He was Mid-Atlantic Civilian of the Year for 2009 and a recipient of the Navy's Meritorious Service Award.

Myers named VA's Employee of the Year

Paul Myers of Chesapeake, Ohio, has been named the Huntington VA Medical Center's 2012 Employee of the Year.

He has 31 years of service at center. As the medical center's Green Environmental Management program coordinator, Myers was recognized for his accomplishments to protect and improve the environment and integrate environmental accountability into the day-to-day decision making process. His efforts have included the initiation and expansion of recycling programs and utilization of green products, which have resulted in the VA Medical Center's receipt of eight environmental excellence awards in the past seven years.

Estep, Purgerson, Huffman honored by Ashland Alliance

The Ashland Alliance held its fourteenth Annual Meeting on last month aboard the Belle of Cincinnati Riverboat with almost 300 in attendance. It recognized three of its members for outstanding volunteer service at the meeting:

Mikailyn Estep of Century 21 received the Ashland Alliance Young Professional of the Year Award. Estep has taken on several projects with the Ashland Area Board of Realtors, Young Professionals Association and Paramount Arts Center. Estep has been an active Realtor for seven years and previously was a dance instructor for the pre-school department at Tammy Jo's Studio.

The President's Award recognizes an individual who believes strongly in the Alliance's mission and works hard to improve the local economy and quality of life. It went to former Alliance president, Jim Purgerson, the first to serve as president of the Ashland Alliance, from August 1999 until his retirement in June. He is a Certified Economic Developer with more than 30 years experience in economic development and chamber of commerce work. During his time at the Alliance he was instrumental in the recruitment of Cingular Wireless and Cintas to the Ashland area. He also worked with a team to assist AK Steel in receiving tax incentives that triggered a $65 million capital investment in their Ashland plant. He worked with several local organizations as well.

The Cornerstone Award is given each year to a community leader , and this year's recipient was Dan Huffman, chairman of the board of the Woodlands Foundation. He also serves as chairman of the board of Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, which includes Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Huffman previously served on several boards in Kentucky and has also served as a counselor for SCORE, "Counselors to America's Small Business," sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Williams to lead new DRI Center for Law and Public Policy

HUNTINGTON -- Marc Williams, managing partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's West Virginia office, has been selected to lead a new national public policy initiative of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar. The organization has launched The DRI Center for Law and Public Policy, which aims to provide a meaningful voice for the defense bar in the national discussion of substantive law, constitutional issues, and the integrity of the judicial system. It will do so through scholarship, legal expertise and advocacy, and its voice will be heard through published research materials, amicus briefs, practical tools and resources, and creative public education initiatives.

The center's mission will be to educate policy makers and the public on judicial issues and challenges important to the defense bar and, when internal DRI consensus exists, to act as an advocate for public policy change. Its overarching goal is to maintain the integrity and independence of the American judiciary.

Williams was president of DRI from 2008-2009. His law practice focuses on trials and appeals of class actions and other mass torts, as well as complex commercial litigation, product liability, toxic torts, consumer fraud, drug and medical device litigation, intellectual property and trade secrets, and environmental claims.

DRI is the 22,000 member international organization of lawyers and corporate counsel who defend the interests of corporations and individuals in civil litigation. It is headquartered in Chicago.

Williams was president of DRI from 2008-2009. His law practice focuses on trials and appeals of class actions and other mass torts, as well as complex commercial litigation, product liability, toxic torts, consumer fraud, drug and medical device litigation, intellectual property and trade secrets, and environmental claims.

McCormick, Porter honored by state engineering group

HUNTINGTON -- The West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (www.wvasce.org) has named Richard McCormick, Ph.D., PE, PS, the "2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year, and Shelley Watkins Porter, PE, was named "2012 Young Civil Engineer of the Year.

McCormick has been recognized for his excellence in teaching civil engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and positive impact on the civil engineering profession.

Since January of 2003, McCormick has taught as a tenured civil engineering professor in the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall University. At Marshall, he serves as the faculty advisor of the Society of American Military Engineers Student Chapter, and he assisted in establishment the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter.

He's a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology, has a master's and doctorate degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. He is also licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor in West Virginia.

Porter has been recognized for sustained outstanding civil engineering achievements, professional integrity, community service and exceptional contributions to the society. She is a 2006 graduate of West Virginia University Institute of Technology and has a master's from Marshall University, with emphases in both Environmental Engineering and Engineering Management. Porter has been employed with the architectural and engineering consulting firm Chapman Technical Group since 2006 and earned her Professional Engineering (PE) license in the state of West Virginia in 2012.

She's active in the engineering community and other local organizations.

Campbell Woods attorneys named 'Best Lawyers'

HUNTINGTON -- Campbell Woods law firm has four attorneys selected for the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America magazine. Selection to The Best Lawyers in America magazine is based upon peer evaluations by fellow attorneys in the country.

Howard R. (Buck) Crews, Jr., is recognized in the practice areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates. Crews is a member of the firm and a seasoned attorney with more than four decades of experience. He has conducted numerous seminars in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration.

R. Carter Elkins is recognized in the practice area of Insurance Law. A managing member of the firm, Elkins has an active trial practice and represents insurance companies and governmental agencies, as well as commercial litigation and the defense of bad faith actions against insurance carriers.

J. Patrick Jones is recognized in the practice areas of Banking & Finance Law and Real Estate Law. A member of the Business Department of Campbell Woods, Jones maintains a general business practice representing both individuals and businesses, primarily financial institutions and small corporations, with an emphasis on Commercial and Real Estate Transactions and Estate Planning.

Charles I. Jones, a member in the firm's Charleston office, will be recognized for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He primarily represents banks and other lenders in enforcing their rights as creditors in bankruptcy cases.

Campbell Woods, PLLC is a full service law firm with offices in Huntington and Charleston, West Virginia, and in Ashland, Kentucky. Services provided by the firm include counseling in business and personal matters, litigation in all courts, and compliance with and defense against alleged violations of federal and state law.