♦ Gary Ermers has joined Dean Dorton Allen Ford as associate director of healthcare consulting.
♦ Aleta Botts has been named executive director of The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development.
♦ Jeff Stivers has been named president of RossTarrant Architects, a Lexington-based firm that focuses on the design of educational facilities.
♦ Pamela J. King has been promoted to assistant vice president for Pikeville-based Community Trust Bank.
♦ Robert Whitaker has joined First Security Bank of Owensboro as assistant vice president and commercial lender.
♦ Randy Fletcher has joined Planters Bank in Hopkinsville as vice president of commercial lending.
♦ John R. Snider has been named executive director of the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority.
♦ Carolyn Callahan has been named dean of the University of Louisville College of Business.
♦ Jeffrey A. Standen has been named dean of the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, effective July 1. He succeeds Dennis Honabach, who announced last fall that he would be stepping down as dean to join the NKU faculty.
♦ Julie Cauthen has been named director of owner and client development at Keeneland.
♦ Sarah Butler has joined the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions as director of the Division of Nondepository Institutions.
♦ Hollis L. Alexander has been appointed Trigg County judge-executive.
♦ Bill O’Mara has been named city finance commissioner for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
♦ Mike Pryor has been appointed judge-executive for Nicholas County.
♦ St. Elizabeth Healthcare has appointed Gary Blank as senior vice president/chief patient services officer/chief nursing officer. Blank succeeds Jane Swaim, who is retiring from the Edgewood-based healthcare provider.
♦ Jody Bilney has been named senior vice president and chief consumer officer of Louisville-based Humana Inc.
♦ Brittany C. MacGregor has joined the real estate practice group of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland PLLC.
♦ Anne Ballard Ellison has joined Bowles Rice LLP as human resources director. Ellison will be located in the firm’s Charleston, W.Va. office and will oversee hiring and personnel issues in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
♦ James A. Dressman III has been named managing partner of the DBL Law firm in Crestview Hills.
♦ Kevin Willis has been named news director at WKU Public Radio. Willis succeeds Dan Modlin, who has retired.
♦ Emma Brown has been named executive director of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.
♦ Ron Bridges has been promoted to state director for AARP Kentucky.
♦ W. Timothy Yaggi has been appointed chief operating officer for Lexington-based Tempur-Pedic International Inc.
♦ Lexington-based International SPA Association has named DeLaine Bender as vice president of operations. Jonathan Sexton has been named vice president of marketing and sales.
♦ Chris Tyler has been named a partner of Thermal Equipment Sales Inc. He serves as vice president of business development for the company, which has locations in Lexington, Louisville and Paducah, Ky., and Evansville, Ind.
♦ J. Kevin Willis has been named chief financial officer for Covington-based Ashland Inc., effective May 3. Willis succeeds Lamar M. Chambers, who has announced that he will retire in July after 37 years of service.
♦ James H. Bloem, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Humana Inc., has announced that he will retire at the end of the year.
♦ Nicky Reynolds as stepped down as executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission to accept the position of vice president of the Rutherford County (Tenn.) Convention and Visitors Bureau.
♦ Andrew Varga, chief marketing officer for Louisville-based Papa John’s International Inc., has announced that he will be resigning his position to become president of Zimmerman Advertising Inc. Zimmerman is Papa John’s advertising agency of record.