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On the Boards: April 2020

Kentuckians named to organizational leadership roles


■ The following individuals have been named to the board of directors of NBA2LOU, an organization formed to help bring an NBA basketball team to Louisville and the commonwealth: President – Dan Issel, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and former standout basketball player for the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Colonels; Chairman – Steve Higdon, chief development officer for Private Client Services; Secretary – Daniel Mudd, partner at Frost Brown Todd law firm, where he leads the manufacturing industry team; Treasurer – Joe Steier, president/CEO/co-founder of Signature HealthCARE; Board members – George Tinsley, former player with the ABA Kentucky Colonels and successful entrepreneur and restaurant franchisee; Lesa Seibert, CEO of brand advertising firm Mightily and secretary/treasurer of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority; John Neace, CEO and founder of Neace Ventures and chairman of Louisville City FC; Kym Hampton, former WNBA player and co-creator and spokesmodel for the Ashley Stewart Stand Tall clothing line; Jeff Mardis, CEO and founder of network engineering and GIS software company Rainbow Design Services; and James French, employee benefits consultant with USI Insurance Services. The following individuals have been named committee chairs for the organization: Ambassador Club Chairman – Nicholas Phelps, vice president at JP Morgan Chase Bank; Corporate Fundraising Chairman – Paul Andrews, CEO of The Brook Hospitals; Kentucky Legends Sponsorship Chairman – Seth Edens, vice president at TRIO Commercial Property Group; Kentucky Legends 501(c)(3) board members – Dianne Timmering, partner at MedTech Evolutions and member of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council; and Sherman Henderson III, CEO of The Derby Agency and chairman emeritus and founder of Lightyear Network Solutions.


Two Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty members have been appointed to chair committees of the Accreditation for Pharmacy Education. Barbara Jolly, professor and director of lifelong professional development, has been elected chair of the Continuing Pharmacy Education Commission. Abeer M. Al-Ghananeem, professor of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics and director of research, has been elected chair of the International Services Program Commission.


The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has created a new Workforce Development Advisory Council to advise the organization on public policy and market-based solutions for Kentucky’s education and workforce needs. Initial members of the AIKCU Workforce Development Council include: Deputy Secretary Josh D. Benton, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (proxy for Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman); Kevin C. Brown, acting commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education; Sen. Max Wise, chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education; Rep. Bobby McCool (proxy for House Majority Floor Leader John Carney); Jim Flynn, executive director, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents; Aaron Thompson, president, Council on Postsecondary Education; Brigitte Blom Ramsey, president and chief executive officer, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; and Ashli Watts, president and chief executive officer, Kentucky Chamber.


Thomas Barrow Stephens has been elected to the board of directors of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.


■ The following individuals have been appointed to the board of directors of the Bluegrass State Skills Corp.: Jai Bokey, Prospect; Aimee Wulfeck, Fort Mitchell; Gary Farmer, Wallins; Zach Weinberg, Hindman; Nicholas Rapier, Bardstown; Shannon Cales, Louisville; Melanie Ratliff, Louisville; Randall Fox, Benton; Rita Combs-Sterrett, Louisville; John Kuzuoka, Louisville; Jeff Whitehead, Pineville; and Brenda Bankston, Louisville.


David Tudor, vice president of Sullivan University’s Lexington campus, has been elected to the board of directors of Bluegrass Tomorrow, an organization that works to preserve, protect and promote Central Kentucky.


Daniel H. Miller has been elected president of the Boy Scouts of America’s Blue Grass Council. Miller is an attorney with Stonecroft Title & Escrow in Lexington.


Paul Varga has been appointed to the board of directors at Churchill Downs Inc. Varga is the former chief executive officer and chairman of Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp.


Louisville-based ClearPath Mutual Insurance Co. has appointed Jan West and Jeff Borkowski to its board of directors. West is a member of the Goldberg Simpson law firm in Louisville. Borkowski is CEO of ClearPath Mutual.


Billy Johnson has been appointed to the board of directors of the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center Corp. Johnson, of Pikeville, is an attorney with Johnson Law Firm.


The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers has appointed the following individuals to its board of directors: Joe Bobnar, director of manufacturing, Ford; Carl J. Markovchik Jr., plant manager, The Chemours Co.; and Larry E. Williams, chief executive officer and president, Aviation Safety Resources.


The Kentucky Bourbon Festival has appointed David Mandell as the chairman of its board of directors. Mandell is the co-founder and former president and CEO of The Bardstown Bourbon Co. Also serving on the board are: Vice Chair – Melissa Horton, Heaven Hill Brands; Treasurer – Donald Blincoe, Buzick Construction; Secretary – Rachel Miller, The Harrison-Smith House; Jennifer Cissell, Beam Suntory; Tony Kramer, Lux Row Distillery; Andrew Wiehebring, Independent Stave Co.


Rhonda Rose, a human resources specialist at Maysville Community and Technical College, has been elected to represent MCTC on the board of regents of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.


Jane Greer has been named to Kentucky’s Financial Institutions Board. Greer, of London, is the business development officer at the First National Bank of Manchester.


The Kentucky Genealogical Society has announced its board of directors for 2020-2021. President – Christopher Padgett, Louisville; Vice President Administration – Jodi Roessler, Perryville; Vice President Membership – Rosemary McFarland, Mount Eden; Secretary – Katie Wilson, Lexington; Treasurer – Brenda Hume, Lawrenceburg; Past President – Johnna Waldon, Lexington; Directors – Dudley Ellis, Frankfort; Paul Gregory, Georgetown; and Cynthia Maharrey, Yulee, Florida.


Lois Mateus has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities board of directors.


Lisa Circeo and Corey Fannin have been elected to the 2020 board of governors for the Kentucky Justice Association. Circeo and Fannin are founding partners of Circeo Fannin, a civil litigation firm based in Lexington.


Buddy Berry, John Daunhauer, Dennis Ashford, Tim Short, Raymond Cottrell Jr., and Steve Gates have been appointed as members of the Motor Vehicle Commission. Berry, of Eminence, is the school superintendent at Eminence Schools. Daunhauer, of Louisville, is an automobile dealer at Byerly Ford Nissan. Ashford, of Dayton, is an automobile dealer at Carthage Auto Sales. Short, of Pine Top, is an automobile dealer at Tim Short Auto Group. Cottrell, of Ekron, is an automobile dealer at Ray’s Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Gates, of Lexington, is an automobile dealer at McKamey-Gates.


David Sloan and Roula Allouch have been appointed as members of the Public Advocacy Commission. Sloan, of Fort Mitchell, is an attorney at O’Hara Taylor Sloan & Cassidy. Allouch, of Erlanger, is an attorney at Graydon Law.


Bobby Carter, Jaydee Graham, Russ Read, Cornelius Cotton and Harry Rothgerber have been appointed as members of the Kentucky State Corrections Commission. Carter, of Madisonville, is an educator in Hopkins County. Graham, of Louisville, is a social worker at the Family Scholar House. Read, of Louisville, is the CEO of Beacon House. Cotton, of Louisville, is president of Laborers Local 576. Rothgerber, of Louisville, is a part-time assistant commonwealth attorney in Jefferson County.


Scott Borders has been appointed to the Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation Board. Borders, of Florence, is an attorney at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer.


Leadership Kentucky, a statewide leadership development program, has announced its 2020 board of directors. The 2020 Executive Committee includes: Chair – Barbara Dickens, Atria Senior Living Inc.; Chair-Elect – Dan Bork, retired Kentucky commissioner of revenue; Immediate Past Chair – Teresa Trimble Hail, D.C. Trimble Inc.; BRIGHT Liaison – Elmer K. Whitaker, Whitaker Bank Inc.; Secretary – Ron Wilson, Western Kentucky University; Treasurer – Dan Bork, retired Kentucky commissioner of revenue; Perry P. Allen, US Bank; Leslie A. Fugate, Brown-Forman; Trey Grayson, Frost Brown Todd; Regina Jackson, English Lucas Priest & Owsley; Ken Perdue, Logan Aluminum; and Gina S. Winchester, Calloway County. The board of directors includes: Anthony J. Apro, Perfection Group Inc.; Christopher L. Brown, Brown-Forman; David A. Byerman, Byerman Solutions Group; Craig J. Carlson, BB&T; Carri Chandler,
St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Gary Gerdemann, RunSwitchPR; Paula C. Hanson, Dean Dorton (retired); Sara Hemingway, Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation; Rick Hesterberg, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing; Alan Keck, City of Somerset; Melissa Lee Knight, Farmers National Bank of Lebanon; Tim Kraus, Louisville Water; Gloria S. McCall, Kentucky Community & Technical College System; Beth McFarland, LG&E-KU; David W. Seewer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP; Leslie Buddeke Smart, Saint Joseph Health Foundations; Liz Snodgrass, Livingston Hospital; Chisandrea Turner, Stites & Harbison PLLC; Burton J. Webb, University of Pikeville; Cindy Wiseman, Kentucky Power; and Kelley Workman, Planters Bank.


The Kentucky chapter of the Legal Marketing Association has announced its 2020 officers and steering committee members: Chair – Katherine B. Lange, ProTem Legal Solutions; Chair-Elect – Nancy Spivey, Dressman Benzinger LaVelle (DBL Law); Secretary – Christa A. Carter, Strauss Troy; Member-at-Large – Andrew Payton, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; and Immediate Past Chair and Member-at-Large – Allison D. Saxton, Ward Hocker Thornton.


Seth Todd has joined the board of directors of the Louisville Parks Foundation. Todd is an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.


Maxim Crane Works Holdings Inc. has named Michael Kneeland as chairman of the Louisville-based company’s board of directors. Kneeland is the former CEO of United Rentals Inc.


Karen Thompson and Sonya Dick have been appointed to the State Board of Physical Therapy. Thompson, of Louisville, is a physical therapist at Baptist Health. Dick, of Smiths Grove, is an adjunct professor at Crawford Healthcare KCI.


Jonathan T. Reynolds has been elected vice president of the World History Association. He will serve a two-year term as vice president and will serve the following two years as president. Reynolds is a professor of history and geography at Northern Kentucky University.