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Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

Appointed Michael Plummer as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance Authority.

  • Michael Plummer of Fort Mitchell is an attorney at Michael E. Plummer & Associates. He replaces Michael Wright, who has resigned and shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2025.

Reappointed Lee Todd and Randolph Poe as members of the Kentucky Board of Education.

  • Lee Todd of Lexington is retired and shall serve for a term expiring April 14, 2026.
  • Randolph Poe of Union is executive director of the Northern Kentucky Education Council and shall serve for a term expiring April 14, 2026.

Appointed Philip Lynch and Rahul Reddy as members of the Kentucky Center for the Arts Corporation. Reappointed Mary Nixon, Kate Latts, Valerie Washington, and Gregory Bubalo and designated Mr. Bubalo as Chair.

  • Philip Lynch of Louisville is retired. He replaces Eileen Brown, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring April 29, 2026.
  • Rahul Reddy of Louisville is a physician at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He replaces Marianna Butler, who has resigned and shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending April 29, 2024.
  • Mary Nixon of Louisville is retired and shall serve for a term expiring April 29, 2026.
  • Kate Latts of Prospect is the chief marketing officer at Heaven Hill Brands and shall serve for a term expiring April 29, 2026.
  • Valerie Washington of Louisville is the pastor of Hughlett Temple AME Zion Church and shall serve for a term expiring April 29, 2026.
  • Gregory Bubalo of Prospect is an attorney at Bubalo Law PLC and shall serve a term expiring April 29, 2026.

Reappointed Natalie Gibson, Betty Baker-Wharton, and Lacy Rice as members of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.

  • Natalie Gibson of Versailles is the system director of cultural diversity at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and shall serve for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2026.  
  • Betty Baker-Wharton is a microbiologist at the Jennie Stuart Medical Center and shall serve for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2026.  
  • Lacy Rice of Radcliff is executive director of Rice Fashion, Athletics, Media & Entertainment Group Inc. and shall serve for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2026.  

Appointed Stephanie Bolen as a member of the Kentucky Commission on Women.

  • Stephanie Bolen of Crofton is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney at the Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. She replaces Alison Hedges, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring on Jan. 17, 2026.

Appointed Courtney Bourne as a member of the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.

  • Courtney Bourne of Owenton is an attorney at Bourne Law Office PSC. She replaces Melody Stafford, who has resigned and shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending April 14, 2024.

Appointed Laura Farris as a member of the Kentucky Board of Social Work.

  • Laura Farris of Lexington is a certified public accountant at Blue & Co. LLC. She replaces Lisa Johnson, who has resigned and shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending June 21, 2022.

Appointed Sheila Schuster, Kent Gilbert, Mackenzie Wallace, and Annissa Franklin as members of the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance. Reappointed Bryan Proctor, Peggy Roark, and Eric Wright.

  • Sheila Schuster of Louisville is executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association.  She replaces Melody Stafford, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 10, 2026.
  • Kent Gilbert of Berea is the pastor of Union Church. He replaces Anne-Tyler Morgan, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 10, 2026.
  • Mackenzie Wallace of Louisville is the director of public policy at the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Association. She replaces Stacey Watkins, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 10, 2026.
  • Annissa Franklin of Nicholasville is the Chief Administrative Officer at the Urban League of Lexington. She replaces Sheila Currans, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 10, 2026.
  • Bryan Proctor of Lawrenceburg is a missionary and shall serve for a term expiring April 15, 2026.
  • Peggy Roark of Nicholasville is a community liaison for the Center for Accessible Living and shall serve for a term expiring April 15, 2026.
  • Eric Wright of Louisville is a FRYSC coordinator at Jefferson County Public Schools and shall serve for a term expiring April 15, 2026.

Appointed Zachary Ausmus, Meghan Sandfoss, Roderick Jones, and Kim Morrow as members of the Geographic Information Advisory Council.

  • Zachary Ausmus of Middlesboro is a geographic information systems manager at Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers Inc. He replaces James Roberts, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 13, 2026.
  • Roderick Jones of Lexington is a statistician at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He replaces Buddhi Gyawali, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 13, 2026.
  • Kim Morrow of Bowling Green is a geographic information systems manager at the Barren River Area Development District. She replaces David New, whose term has expired, and shall serve for a term expiring May 13, 2026.

Appointed the following as members of the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting.

  • Martha Jane King of Lewisburg, representing residents of Logan County.
  • Larry Waddell of Elizabethtown, representing residents of Hardin County.

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