BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
■ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has elected the following individuals to their 2016-2017 board of directors: Jania Bailey, FranNet; Andrew Cassis, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; George Demaree, Alpha Media; and Harlan Sands, University of Louisville.
■ Campbell P. Brown, Marshall B. Farrer and Laura L. Frazier have been named directors of Louisville-based Brown-Forman. All three are fifth-generation descendants of Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown. Brown is a 22-year employee of Brown-Forman and is currently president and managing director of the company’s Old Forester brand. Farrer is an 18-year employee of the company and is vice president and managing director of global travel retail. Frazier is owner, chairman and past CEO of Bittners, a Louisville interior and commercial design firm.
EASTERN KENTUCKY PRIDE INC.
■ Kristen R. Branscum has joined the board of directors of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky. Branscum is the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.
KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS
■ Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs has been named president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks.
KENTUCKY BOARD OF EDUCATION
■ Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed five new members to the Kentucky Board of Education: Ben Cundiff, Cadiz; Gary W. Houchens, Bowling Green; Alesa G. Johnson, Somerset; Rich Gimmel, Louisville; and Milton C. Seymore, Louisville.
KENTUCKY BOXING AND WRESTLING COMMISSION MEDICAL ADVISORY PANEL
■ The following individuals have been appointed to the medical advisory panel for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission: Dr. Tad Seifert, neurologist, Louisville; Dr. Kendra J. Grubb, cardiovascular surgeon, Louisville; Dr. Timothy S. Acord, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Louisville; and Dr. Scott Farner, orthopaedic surgeon, Louisville.
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL
■ Lisa Stevenson has been elected to chair the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival. Stevenson is an instructor and assistant athletic director at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville. Other newly elected positions include: Chair-Elect – Scott Watkins, Norton Healthcare; Vice Chair – Marita Willis, The American Red Cross; Secretary Mike Ziemianski, St. Meinrad School of Theology; and Treasurer – Judy Hess, Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Joining the 75-member board as newly elected directors are: Barry Brauch, American Founders Bank; Cathy Colliver, The Courier-Journal; Kristen Branscum, Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism (ex-officio) and Kathy Bingham, The Fillies Inc. (ex-officio).
KENTUCKY EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD
■ Seven new members have been appointed to the 17-member Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board: Ashley Fishback, LaGrange; Rachel Colyer, Lexington; Rob Akers, Versailles; William Owens, Beattyville; Sarah Burnett, Somerset; David Graham, Bowling Green; and Casey Gesenhues, Fort Thomas.
KENTUCKY EQUINE DRUG RESEARCH COUNCIL
■ Dr. Stuart E. Brown II has been named to the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, representing the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
KENTUCKY HORSE RACING COMMISSION
■ Dr. Foster Northrop, Kiki Courtelis and James Gatewood Bell Jr. have been named to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
KENTUCKY HUNGER TASK FORCE
■ The following Kentuckians have been appointed to the Hunger Task Force, an initiative of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture formed to find solutions to reduce food insecurity in the commonwealth: Laura
Melillo Barnum, YUM! Brands; David Beck, Kentucky Farm Bureau; Warren Beeler, Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy; Rodney Booe, Campbellsville Christian Church; Danielle Bozarth, God’s Pantry Food Bank; Tony Brannon, Murray State University, Gina Carrington, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Spencer Coates, Houchens Industries; Mary Courtney, Shelby County farmer; Nancy Cox, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture; Valerie Crouch, Kentucky Department of Education; David Dodd, Sullivan University; Thomas Fern, USDA Rural Development (Kentucky); Jamie Guffey, Kentucky Poultry Federation; Bonnie Jolly, Kentucky Port Producers; David Maples, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association; Ted Mason, Kentucky Grocers Association; Tim McGurk, Kroger Louisville Division; Ryan Quarles, Kentucky commissioner of agriculture; Marin Richards, Community Farm Alliance; Brian Riendeau, Dare to Care; Tamara Sandberg, Kentucky Association of Food Banks; Suzanne Cecil White, Daviess County farmer; and Stephanie Wooten, GLEAN KY.
KENTUCKY PAROLE BOARD
■ Melissa Chandler has been appointed to the Kentucky Parole Board. A resident of Lawrenceburg, Chandler is the internal policy analyst for the Division of Parole and Victim Services.
KENTUCKY PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
■ Michael J. Schmitt has been appointed to serve on the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Schmitt, of Paintsville, is a partner at the law firm of Porter, Schmitt, Banks & Baldwin.
KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS
■ Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed William S. Cook, David L. Harris, Neil P. Ramsey and John E. Chilton to the newly created Kentucky Retirement Systems board of directors. Those who previously served on the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ board of trustees will retain their seats on the new board of directors. Those individuals include: John R. Farris (chair), David L. Eager (vice chair), Mark W. Lattis, James A. Fulkerson, Randy K. Stevens, Joseph L. Hardesty and Thomas B. Stephens.
LOUISVILLE ARENA AUTHORITY INC.
■ Scott C. Cox, Jeffrey Spalding and Joe Reeves have been appointed to the board of directors of the Louisville Arena Authority Inc. Cox, who will chair the board, is an attorney and partner with the Louisville law firm of Cox & Mazzoli PLLC. Spalding is the human resources manager for UPS. Reeves is a certified financial planner with ARGI Financial Group.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL
■ Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has been named co-chair of the substance abuse committee of the National Association of Attorneys General. Beshear will co-chair the committee with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
SIGMA BETA DELTA
■ James Maxwell has joined the board of directors of the Sigma Beta Delta business-student honor society. Maxwell is a professor of business management at Sullivan University’s Lexington campus.
THOROUGHBRED CHARITIES OF AMERICA
■ Bob Beck Jr. has been elected to the board of directors of Thoroughbred Charities of America, the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Beck is a partner in the law firm of Stites & Harbison, based in the Lexington office.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
■ David Melanson has been elected to serve the 2016-2019 term as the staff representative to the University of Kentucky board of trustees.