Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Optometric Association announced today that Dinah Bevington has been named as its executive director effective Dec. 14.
Current executive director Darlene Eakin, who served in that role for 37 years, will continue as executive director emeritus through April before retiring.
Bevington joins KOA after serving eight years with the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, most recently as acting secretary of the cabinet. She also previously served as general counsel for its Office of Legal Services.
Before joining state government, Bevington worked in Lexington for the law firm of Landrum & Shouse. She earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University, where she played tennis for four years and earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in government and communications.
“The KOA has become a state and national leader in progressing the optometric field through hard work, dedication and partnership from its members,” she said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to carry on that tradition of excellence and work with all those invested in providing quality eye care to Kentuckians.”
Bevington, who is from London and lives in Frankfort, has been active in the community through various volunteer efforts with organizations such as the American Heart Association, Hearn Elementary and the Franklin County Women’s Shelter.