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Corporate Moves: September 2018

New leadership for Kentucky businesses

By Lane Report staff


Allison Pitman has been named partner at the Louisville advertising agency of Bandy Carroll Hellige, joining owners Susan Bandy, Mark Carroll, Tim Hellige, Gary Sloboda and Matt Kamer. Brian Garr has rejoined the agency as creative director.


Jimmy Evans has been named head of commercial banking and senior lending officer for Owensboro-based Independence Bank. Jack Sweeney has been named chief deposit officer.

Laura Boison has been named market president for BB&T’s Lexington market. Matthias Ward has been named market president for Louisville and Southern Indiana.

■ Community Trust Bank has announced the following promotions: Charles “Buddy” Bishop – vice president, commercial loan officer, Middlesboro market; Rebecca Hensley – main branch manager, Middlesboro; and Ethel Sparks – branch manager, Pineville.

Zhejing (Sali) Sun has been named operations manager for Bluegrass International Fund.

Steve Zagar has been appointed chief financial officer of Louisville-based Farm Credit Mid-America.

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Thomas Heintz has been named chief financial officer of Newport-based EGC Construction.


Kimberly Rossetti has been promoted to vice president of economic development for Commerce Lexington. Hannah Crumrine has been promoted to senior project manager of economic development. Ryan Kaffenberger has joined the organization’s economic development division as research director.


Christopher Leskiw has been promoted to vice president of academic affairs at the University of the Cumberlands. Trey Jarboe has been named associate vice president of online enrollment for the university.

Sonya Hardin has been named dean of the University of Louisville School of Nursing.

Heather M. Bush has been named chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky.

Roberto Cardarelli has been named chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky.


Dwayne F. Depp has been named commissioner of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards.

Erica Galyon has been named assistant secretary of state and chief of staff. She succeeds Lindsay Hughes Thurston, who has been named senior adviser to the secretary of state and general counsel.

David Horseman has been appointed associate commissioner in the Kentucky Office of Career and Technical Education in the Kentucky Department of Education. Horseman succeeds Laura Arnold, who has left to accept the position of director of workforce development for Nelson County Public Schools.

Josh Benton has been appointed deputy secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Chris and Alicia Johnson have been named special advisers in the Kentucky Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives. The Johnsons will help advance statewide foster care and adoption reform.

Charlie Riggs has been appointed director of the Kentucky Depository Institutions Division.


Patrick Falvey has been named chief operating officer of Louisville-based Baptist Health. Falvey comes to the position from Advocate Aurora Health in Wisconsin, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit, integrated health-care systems.

Greg Gerard has been named president of Baptist Health Richmond.

Robert Barnes has joined Louisville-based ResCare Inc. as executive vice president and president of the company’s intellectual and developmental disability services business segment.


Jamie Meisenhelder has been promoted to senior corporate counsel for CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, a full-service contract research organization headquartered in Covington. Peter Ackerman has joined the company as corporate counsel.


■ Internet service provider MetroNet has announced the following appointments to their Lexington team: Darrick Zucco – general manager; Jeff Moore – field operations manager; Paul Burkley – field operations supervisor; Craig Cooke – retail supervisor; and Dan Swenson – business sales manager.

■ Lexington-based information technologies services provider NetGain Technologies has promoted Megan Reed to director of marketing. Andrea Skov has joined the company as chief marketing officer.


Nick Ruffin has been named president and chief executive officer of AMR Management Services, a Lexington-based company that provides professional services to trade associations, professional societies and foundations. He succeeds John Ruffin, who retired as CEO in June. In conjunction with John Ruffin’s retirement, ownership of AMR has been transferred to Nick Ruffin and Tracy Tucker, who has been promoted to executive vice president. Delaine Bender has joined Ruffin and Tucker on the executive team, assuming the role of vice president of client services.


Augusta Julian has announced that she will retire as president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College effective Dec. 31, 2018.

Bob Davies has resigned as president of Murray State University to accept the presidency at Central Michigan University. Robert Jackson, who is president of the MSU Foundation, has been named interim president.