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Corporate Moves — September 2013

By Karen Baird


Joel Aalberts has been selected as executive director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. Aalberts comes to position from Illinois, where he served as performing arts director of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.


W. Kelly Montgomery has joined Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co. as vice president and senior portfolio manager.

Crystal Wells has been promoted to community reinvestment act officer for Community Trust Bank Inc., where she also serves as assistant vice president, assistant compliance manager.

Jenny D. Foley has joined PNC Financial Services Group as vice president and senior trust advisor for wealth management in the Lexington office. Dwain K. Neeley has been promoted to vice president for the wealth management group in Lexington. Buckner Woodford V has been named vice president and investment advisor in the Lexington office.

Rob Whartenby has joined First Financial Service Corp. in Elizabethtown as executive vice president and chief credit officer. Charles Darst has been named market manager/team leader of the company’s Louisville commercial division.

Stephen P. Brunson has been named president and chief executive officer of Citizens Bank of Northern Kentucky. Brunson previously served as vice president and director of business development for Republic Bank & Trust Co.


Elizabeth Burton has joined The Center for Rural Development in Somerset as director of business development and public relations. Burton previously served as director of sales administration for Polycom, a global telecommunications company.


Eric C. Gentry has been named vice president for university advancement at Northern Kentucky University.

Sam Corbett has joined the University of Louisville as director of community engagement for the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development.

Heather Garcia has joined Western Kentucky University’s public affairs department as marketing manager for the university’s regional campuses.

Nina Martinez has been promoted to vice president of admissions for Sullivan University. Tyiana Watt has been promoted to director of admissions for Sullivan’s online campus.

M. Dwaine Greene has been named as the new president of Georgetown College.

Ruth R. Staten has been named associate dean of undergraduate programs at the University of Louisville School of Nursing.

Meredith Wells-Lepley has been promoted to director of research and consulting at the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin).


Susan Schneider has been named executive director of the Kentucky Horse Council. Schneider succeeds Ginny Grulke, who has retired after serving in the position for the last eight years.


Tony Thompson has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Louisville-based Papa John’s International Inc.


Hiraku Tamura has been appointed as Kentucky’s economic development representative in Japan.


Jon B. Rousseau has been named president of Kindred Healthcare’s newly formed care management division.

Kim Dickey has joined Louisville-based Atria Senior Living as senior vice president of human resources. Walter Hall has joined the company as  director of human resources.

Brett Bachmann has been named as the new chief executive officer of Heuser Hearing Institute in Louisville. Bachmann succeeds Mona McCubbin, who has retired after serving as executive director for 22 years.

Tom Rawlins has joined Life Care Center of Bardstown as executive director.


Malcolm Ratchford has been appointed executive director of the Community Action Council, an organization that supports low-income people in Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties.

Jennifer Adrio has joined the American Red Cross as chief executive officer of the organization’s Kentuckiana region. Adrio succeeds Keith Alvey, who has been promoted to division disaster executive for the American Red Cross.


David W. Froesel Jr. has been appointed executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Louisville-based PharMerica Corp.


Hood Harris has been named president of AT&T Kentucky.


Andrea Hamblen has been named convention sales manager for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.


James P. Sohan has been named director of public safety for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. Sohan will oversee public safety functions – including police, fire fighting, EMS and dispatch services – at Louisville International Airport and Bowman Field.


Gary Friedman has been named general manager of KFC Yum! Center Properties.

Bob Decker has been named president of Pallas Partners Inc., a Louisville strategic consulting firm.

Scott Vanderventer has joined Louisville-based Charah Inc. as director of agricultural product sales.

Keith McCane has been promoted to director of operations/general manager for ResCare Residential Services, overseeing operations in Lexington, Hazard, Frankfort, Bowling Green, Winchester and Somerset.

William Edwards Jr. has been promoted to regional vice president of Paducah-based Credit Bureau Systems Inc.


Stephen Klein has stepped down as president of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. He will remain involved with the center as an independent consultant through the end of the season.