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Corporate Moves: Feb. 2020

New leadership for Kentucky businesses

By LaneReport.com staff


Shawntae Talbert has joined Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co. in Lexington as teller supervisor, universal banker II.

Luckett & Farley,
a Louisville-based architecture/engineering/interior design firm, has announced the following appointments:

Frank Marx – vice president of finance for Luckett & Farley Development.

Jason Schlatter – senior designer, distilled spirits design studio.

David Heiss – electrical engineer, higher education design studio.


Louisville-based media and marketing communications company OvareGroup has announced the following appointments: John Paulson – chief integration officer; Jordan Reber – president and chief operating officer; and Toni Clem – president and CEO of OvareGroup subsidiary Scoppechio.


Dwayne Wilson has been named vice president of business development for TEG Architects.


■ Lexington-based Central Bank has announced the following promotions: Lesley Catron – senior vice president/director of marketing; Mark Ruddell – senior vice president, private banking manager; Shawn McWilliams – vice president, retail banking officer; Kristy Napier – retail banking officer, Berea.

■ Burlington-based Heritage Bank has announced the following changes to its senior executive ranks: Chris Caddell, chairman of the board, has assumed CEO responsibilities in addition to his duties as chairman. Lee Scheben has been promoted to president. Kevin Mooney has been promoted to chief operating officer.


Sarah Davasher-Wisdom has been named president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Bruce Wilcox has been named president and CEO of Greater Paducah Economic Development, the economic development agency for Paducah and McCracken County.


Larry Tucker has been named executive director of the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority. Tucker succeeds John Snider, who has retired from the position.


Denise King has been named provost/chief academic officer for Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

David Bledsoe has joined Eastern Kentucky University as director of Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies.

Gary Robinson has joined Bluegrass Community and Technical College as project coordinator, overseeing the college’s apprenticeship program.

■ Dr. Misty Stutz has been named dean of the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Kevin Gardner has been named executive vice president for research and innovation at the University of Louisville. Gardner comes to the position from the University of New Hampshire, where he was vice provost for research.

Matt Roan has been named director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky University.

Thomas Mitzel has been named as the 35th president of Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Darryl A. Peal has been named chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer and Title IX coordinator for Northern Kentucky University.

Isabel C. Botero has been named director of the Family Business Center at the University of Louisville College of Business.


Joanna Futrell has joined the Bowling Green office of WealthSouth as vice president, commercial relationship manager.

Cam Freeman has joined the Lexington office of WealthSouth as vice president, commercial relationship manager.


Les Fugate has joined Louisville-based Brown Forman Corp. as director of state and local government relations. Fugate succeeds Rusty Cheuvront, who has retired.

■ Lexington-based A&W Restaurants has announced the following appointments: Bill Fry – senior vice president of restaurant support services and supply chain management; Sarah Blasi Mueller – senior vice president of marketing and development; Liz Bazner – director of digital; Todd Stewart – director of special projects and initiatives; Emily Barr – manager of personnel and restaurant accounting; Silas Gray – food safety and product development manager; Jackie Wagner – manager of field training; Emily Fry – restaurant support services administrative specialist; and Rob Bryant – field trainer.


Barry Dunn has been appointed deputy attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Amy Hess has been named as Louisville’s new chief of public services.

Dr. Patricia Purcell has been named medical director for Kentucky’s Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball has made the following appointments: Lesley Bilby  – chief of staff; Lorran Hart Ferguson – deputy chief of staff; and Katherine Kington North – communications director.

Jonathan Grate has joined the staff of Kentucky State Auditor Mike  Harmon as general counsel. Carlos Felix has joined the staff as IT director.

Adam Mather has been named inspector general for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Mary Pat Regan has been named deputy secretary of education and workforce development for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Ronnie Bastin has been named deputy secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Mike Hancock has been named deputy secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Lindy Casebier has been appointed deputy secretary for the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.

Rodney Brewer has been appointed commissioner of the Kentucky State Police.

Jamie Link has been named executive director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority.

Lisa Lee has been named commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services.

Jeff Taylor has been appointed commissioner for business development at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Allyson Taylor has been named commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.


Aaron Garofola has joined UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital as chief executive officer.

Melisa Adkins has been named chief administrative officer for UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.


Heather Coleman Brooks has been named partner at the Bowling Green firm of English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley LLP.

Stephanie Wurdock has been promoted to a member at Sturgill, Turner, Baker & Moloney.

■ Stites & Harbison PLLC has promoted six attorneys to partner in the firm: Brian Bennett, Lexington; J. Brittany Cross Carlson, Louisville; Rachel Owsley, Louisville; Rebecca M. W. Sherman, Lexington; Emily Larish Startsman, Lexington; and Zachary VanVactor, Louisville.

Langdon R. Worley has been named a member (partner) at the law firm of Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney PLLC.


Jessica Morgan has joined Louisville Tourism as tourism development director.

Laura Whitehead has joined Kentucky Venues in Louisville as director of sales at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Carrie Bauer has joined Kentucky Venues as general counsel.

Jessi O’Daniel has been promoted to vice president of guest experience at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville.

Chris Brawner has been promoted to compliance officer for the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center.


Paula Garner has been named chief executive officer of Maryhurst, a Louisville organization that provides care to children and families impacted by abuse and trauma. Garner will succeed Judy Lambeth, who is retiring in June 2020.

Scott Hagan has been named president of The Arrow Fund, a Prospect-based animal rescue and rehabilitation organization.

Laura Whitaker has been named associate director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network.

Corey G. Miller has been named executive director of The Cabbage Patch Settlement, a Louisville nonprofit that provides assistance for at-risk children, youth and families. Miller succeeds J. Tracy Holladay, who has retired after serving the organization since 1984.

Garrison Cox has been named senior director for strategic communications and market at Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence.


Brian K. Brown has been named chief financial officer of Paducah-based Computer Services Inc.


John Dillon has been named vice president and division general counsel for American Water’s Southeast division. Dillon is based in Kentucky American Water’s Lexington office.


Steve McClain has been named communication and public affairs director for the Kentucky Retail Federation.

The Waterfront Development Corp. in Louisville has announced the following appointments: Ashley Smith – director of development; Catherine Nelson – director of events; and Kelley Runyon – director of operations.

Graham A. Purdy has been named chief operating officer of Turning Point Brands, a Louisville-based marketer of tobacco products and tobacco-alternative products.

Brandon Lucas has joined the office-design company of RCF Group as the company’s Louisville-based general manager.

Answers in Genesis, a Petersburg-based organization that operates the Creation Museum in Petersburg and the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, has promoted Debra Kellum to vice president of human resources and training and development.


Jay K. Box has announced that he plans to retire as president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System effective June 30, 2020, the end of the fiscal year.

Pat Dalby has retired as vice president and general manager of LEX18, Lexington’s NBC affiliate.

Michael T. Benson has resigned as president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Ellen “Nan” Plummer as resigned as president and CEO of LexArts, the Central Kentucky arts council, to accept the position of executive director at The Treeline Conservancy, a nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor, Mich.

William “Bill” Alverson has retired as CEO of Mount Sterling-based Traditional Bank.

Chip Regenbogen has retired as market president of Northern Kentucky at Forcht Bank.

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