Alumni Achievement Awards Presented at Homecoming 2010
McKenzie native Lisa Ramsay Cole was recognized as Bethel University’s 2010 Alumni Achievement winner during Homecoming 2010 festivities Nov. 5 and 6.
Cole graduated cum laude from Bethel College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science. While at Bethel, Lisa was a member of the Women's Tennis Team, Vice President and President of Iota Alpha Omega Sorority, a member of the Student Government Association and received the award as the senior athlete with the highest grade point average.
After graduating from Bethel, Cole attended the University of Tennessee College of Law where she distinguished herself as a member of the National Environmental Moot Court Team and National Moot Court Team. The National Environmental Moot Court Team placed second in the national competition. In that competition, which included students from all major law schools in the country, she was named Best Oralist in the final round and UT's team received the distinction of Best Brief for their legal writing. She also received the McClung Medal, the award bestowed on the most outstanding student in the Moot Court Program.
Upon her graduation from the College of Law in 1993, Cole joined the Tennessee law firm of Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop, PC as an associate in their Knoxville office. Lewis King is one of the ten largest law firms in the state with offices in Knoxville, Nashville and Sevierville. She practiced in the firm's Knoxville office until 1995, when she moved to Nashville. After getting married and having her first child, Cole modified her work schedule to be at home part of the time, but Lewis King still made her a shareholder in 2003. Cole is believed to be the first woman named partner at a large Tennessee law firm while working part-time.
Cole currently serves as the Managing Partner of Lewis King's Nashville office and practices in the area of employment law and medical malpractice. She is the only female managing partner of any of the 25 largest firms in Nashville. Cole also serves on the Board of Directors of Lewis King, is a member of the firm's shareholder compensation committee, is the hiring partner for the Nashville office and is the Chair of the firm's Employment Practice Group.
She has been recognized for her leadership in the Bar and the Nashville community. She is a past board member of the Nashville and Tennessee Young Lawyers Division. She was appointed by American Bar Association President Robert Grey to serve on the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Cole is a past board member of the Junior League of Nashville. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexual Assault Center and chairs its Development Committee, and is slated to become the Chair of its Board in 2012. Cole has been instrumental in fundraisers for Centerstone Mental Health Center, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, the Exchange Club of Nashville, Belle Meade Plantation, the Nashville Symphony, and The Ensworth School.
Cole's husband, Jonathan, is a shareholder with the law firm of Baker Donelson and currently serves as President of the Nashville Bar Association. The Coles have two children: Anna Grace, a sixth grader at The Harpeth Hall School, and Ramsay, a second grader at The Ensworth School. Cole served as her daughter's girl scout troop leader for five years and is currently involved in organizing her son's cub scout troop. The Coles together teach their son’s second grade Sunday school class and recently chaired The Ensworth School's Annual Fund. Cole also currently serves on the Parent Council at The Harpeth Hall School.
Cole is the daughter of the late Dana C. Ramsay, a Bethel graduate, and Dorothy Manner Ramsay. Lisa’s grandfather, Dr. Calvin Ramsay, was mathematics professor at Bethel in the 1930s and 1940s.
Tina Tuggle, a 2009 graduate of Bethel University, was presented the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Tuggle enters her 14th season with the Tennessee Titans and her fourth as Director of Player Development. In her role with the team, Tuggle assists Titans players with continuing education, financial education, career internships and player assistance programs.
Tuggle, who previously served as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President/General Manager and Director of Football Operations, has worked closely with the team’s player development initiatives since 1998. She also serves as the players’ insurance representative for the team and has worked in both the player personnel and scouting departments.
Behind Tuggle’s contributions, the Titans’ player development department won the Winston/Shell Award in 2006 for its innovation and commitment to player development. The department was also recognized as the NFL’s most improved player development program from 1998-99 after her arrival.
In 2005, Tuggle was selected to represent the Tennessee Titans club at the NFL's Stanford Executive Training Program at the Stanford Business School, where she took part in upper level management training. She was selected to participate in the Football Operations Personnel Symposium in spring 2007. Most recently for the 2007-08 season, Tuggle won the NFL’s Best Player’s Assistance Program of the Year.
In 2009, Tuggle was appointed to the NFL Player Development Steering Committee. The purpose of the committee is to assist NFL Player & Employee Development by providing advice and opinions in matters related to off-field support of players and their families.
Tuggle lives in Bellevue, Tenn.