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Corporate Moves — July 2013

By Karen Baird


Ghislain d’Humières has been named director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. He comes to the position from the University of Oklahoma, where he currently serves as director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and succeeds Charles Venable, who left last fall to become director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Jennifer Stivers has joined Paris-based Kentucky Bank as vice president and manager of the audit department.

Kevin Simpson has been named market director and senior trust officer of WealthSouth, the wealth management arm of Farmers National Bank of Danville.

Greg Lee has been named senior lender and vice president for Community Trust Bank’s Pikeville Market. Steven Allen has been promoted to vice president of the bank.

Matthew Joefreda has joined Kentucky Bank in Lexington as vice president and commercial lender.

Chris Girdler has joined Citizens National Bank in Somerset as vice president of business development and commercial lending. Girdler is a state senator representing the 15th Senatorial District, which encompasses Adair, Casey, Pulaski and Russell counties.


Becky Escue has been named director of the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce.


Ken Bothof has been named director of athletics at Northern Kentucky University.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has named Danine Alderete-Tomlin as executive director of the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative. AMTEC is a National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing collaboration of community and technical colleges and industry partners from across the United States.

Nick Brake has been named superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools. Brake, who previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp., succeeds Larry D. Vick, who is retiring from the position.

Verna Lowe has been selected as the dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University.

Sheryl Voigts has joined Asbury University as the school’s new registrar.

Rob Clayton has been named as the new superintendent of Warren County Public Schools.


Amy Gregory has been named director of communications at Keeneland.


Dr. John Langefeld has joined the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services as chief medical officer.

Thomas Zawacki has been appointed as the new secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. He succeeds Joseph U. Meyer, who has retired.


Cindy Mouser has joined Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. as director of supply chain.


Neil Napier has been named as the new administrator of the Paul Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.

Dr. Lu Cai has been appointed to lead the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Jennifer Mueller has joined MESA Medical Group in Lexington as marketing director.


Mike Arnold has been named president and chief executive officer for the Louisville-based independent insurance agency of Van Zandt, Emrich & Cary. Rudy Schlich has been named chief operating officer. Former CEO Paul Franz will continue to serve as the company’s chairman of the board.

Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance has announced the following promotions: Randy Garland – vice president of information technology and chief information officer; Jenny Whitis – vice president of human resources; Paul Dillon – director of special investigations; and W. Kevin Ickes Jr. – director of legal services.


Masten Childers III and Philip C. Lawson have joined the Lexington office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland PLLC.

Former U.S. Congressman Ben Chandler has joined the Lexington law firm of Morgan & Pottinger PSC as of counsel. Chandler will work out of the firm’s Lexington and Louisville offices, counseling clients experiencing both civil and criminal legal issues arising from government regulation and will also provide crisis management and general legal consulting services.


Florence-based Southern Air has named Fred L. deLeeuw as executive vice president and chief financial officer.


Tom Underwood has joined The Rotunda Group as a partner. The Louisville-based business advocacy firm specializes in government relations and business development.

Vernon Reynolds has been named vice president of U.S. sales for Lexington-based Birtley Industrial Equipment.


Randy J. Dunn has resigned as president of Murray State University and has been named president of Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Mary Pat Regan, president of AT&T Kentucky for the past four years, has been promoted to assistant vice president of national regulatory AT&T services. Regan’s new position is based in Chicago.

Jiro Hashimoto has retired as Kentucky’s economic development representative in Japan after 28 years of service.

R. Owen Williams will step down as president of Transylvania University after the 2013-14 academic year.

Alice Simpson will retire at the end of July as president and chief executive officer of LifeSkills Inc., a Bowling Green organization that provides services to those with developmental and behavioral issues.